Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero   -     By: Ashley Smith
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William Morrow Paperbacks / 2015 / Paperback

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In 2005, Ashley Smith was taken hostage by a man who killed four people while escaping from an Atlanta courthouse. Seven hours later, he surrendered peacefully to police. What happened? Juxtaposing a minute-by-minute account with the tragic story of her own life at that time, Smith shares her gripping, inspirational account. Now a major motion picture starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo from Paramount. 272 pages, softcover from William Morrow.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0062439200
ISBN-13: 9780062439208

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Publisher's Description

In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account—now a motion picture from Paramount—Ashley shares the details of her traumatic ordeal and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life helped her survive and bring the killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end.

Like her captor, Smith too had faced darkness and despair. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant training program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to have. Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier, he'd allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a deputy, and a federal agent and escaped in a stolen vehicle. Now she found herself face-to-face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man with nothing left to lose.

Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Captive is a riveting story that will leave no reader untouched.

Author Bio

Ashley Smith lives in North Augusta, South Carolina with her husband Daniel Robinson and her three children Paige, Riley, and Cole. She is an imaging technician at University Hospital, loves to run, paint and enjoys crafts. She also travels the world and shares her story through public speaking, and finds it very rewarding.

Stacy Mattingly is an Atlanta-based writer.

Editorial Reviews

“This is a woman who understands grace.”
“...a newly minted author and celebrity.”
“A remarkable tale of redemption.”
“Smith leads the reader through the long, dangerous night, minute-by-minute.”
“...could serve as a companion volume to The Purpose-Driven Life.
“...required reading.”
“Smith’s revelations offer a new wrinkle to a story that...captivated the country.”

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 15, 2015
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before I even knew the book existed, I saw a clip of the movie Captive. When I finished reading the book, I felt a few emotions deeply in my heart. The first is that God is a redeemer, and while some people were killed by the assailant, there is hope that more will come to know Him. The second is that our world today shows us the devastating results when a person or persons take a life of a loved one. The third is that we all need to be prayer warriors for those who serve and are the front lines of defense so others can live peacefully. Finally, my personal heartfelt thanks for the honesty with which this novel was written and the hope that families and friends of the four victims allow God to redeem their lives.

    One impacting aspect of the book is that after many years of failing treatment centers and family members trying to help her, Ashley discovered through this experience that many of the truths she was taught became real. Ashley will be the first one to tell readers she is taking it one day at a time and listening to what pleases God and doing it. We all should be such servants of Christ.

    Inspiring just doesnt really cover what youll read or see in the movie, but its a start. I hope readers take time to thank those who serve, pray for those who are hurting and in bondage as well as be thankful for their life. I wouldnt be surprised if some people found themselves asking God what He has for them to do, or where He wants them to serve. God just waits to be asked and believe me Hell answer the seeker.

    Last of all remember to pray for the family and friends of those who commit crimes for they too are victims just in a different way. They hurt, suffer, and go through all types of emotions just like those who were victimized by what someone did to their loved one. Remember, above all, Jesus wants us to literally minister to those in prison. While all may not be open to the gospel, our job is to obey Him and share the gospel, letting the individual be responsible for the result. Our society needs us to reach out with the hope what no one or anything else can bring or give them. Perhaps you might consider giving this book, a Bible or The Purpose Driven Life to a person(s) who you know or to a total stranger.

    Like this story reminds us God does indeed redeem and has never stopped seeking the lost.
  2. London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Incredible Story
    August 20, 2015
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Imagine: Just as you're starting to get your life back on track, a man takes you hostage in your own apartment. "Captive" is Ashley Smith's true story of how God helped her earn the trust of a man, who just killed several people in an attempt to escape going to prison, in order to escape his captivity.

    As I read this book, I couldn't help but wonder how I would have handled the situation. I can definitely say, I likely wouldn't have done it as well as Ms. Smith. In the book, she talks about making it her goal to connect with the man, Brian Nichols, and to make him see her as a person - a mother and a recovering drug addict. She makes no bones about how scared she was or how her own sorry past allowed her an insider's view of how her captive must be feeling.

    As far as the story goes, it was fascinating. As far as the book goes, I found it a bit repetitive. She talks a lot about her daughter Paige. She talks about how her daughter has lost a father, how her daughter has been through a lot because of her drug problems, how she's trying to get custody of her daughter back. Each of those sub topics was discussed over and over again until I started skimming. Throw in the fact that she also used her daughter as her main avenue for getting her captive to let her go free, and you start to lose me. I understand that Paige was pinnacle in her life struggles as well as instrumental in connecting with Brian Nichols but I started feeling like saying, "I get it. Move on." The same could be said for how often her late husband Mack is mentioned. It's not that he too isn't pinnacle to her story, it's just that she kept coming back to the same point.

    Don't take me wrong, it wasn't so bad that I didn't want to finish the book. (something I quickly do if the book isn't great) Plus, as soon as I finished "Captive", my 12 year old daughter picked it up and was consumed by it.

    BTW, I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What is the purpose of your life?
    August 16, 2015
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The is the true story of Ashley Smith who was held captive for seven hours by a desperate man, Brian Nichols, a fugitive from justice who shot and killed four people earlier that day. On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols shot and killed four people in the Atlanta courthouse. He then stole a car and made his getaway. While a massive man-hunt was launched to find him, Ashley was going about her business in an Atlanta suburb. Ashley already had a lot on her plate in her own life, so gave little thought to the dangerous situation unfolding around her. She didn't believe it would affect her.

    At the time, Ashley was a young widow, and a drug addict. She was desperately trying to kick her drug habit, and regain custody of her five year old daughter, Paige. One of the steps she was taking to change her life was moving into an apartment on her own. Along with working on March 11th, she was busy finishing up her move that day.

    While she was walking towards her apartment, Brian jumped her, held a gun to her head and forced her into her new apartment. She didn't realize he was the murderer that was on the loose until he told her who he was. That information only added to her terror.

    A Life or Death Situation

    This story will keep you on the edge of your seat as Ashley relates how she was able, after lots of talking and desperate prayers, to establish a rapport with Brian. To begin with, he told her he wasn't comfortable with her at all. She was terrified he was going to shoot her right then. But before the night is over, he allowed her to read to him out loud portions of her Bible study, The Purpose Driven Life. Ashley was able to convince Brian it wasn't mere chance that he ended up in her apartment complex, and taking her hostage. God arranged their meeting as part of the purpose He had for both Brian's and Ashley's lives.

    She credits God for many miracles that took place during her ordeal with Brian. This includes the fact that Brian did not kill her, even though he had already killed four people just a few hours earlier. An additional amazing fact was that he eventually let her go, unharmed. Even more of her prayers were answered when Brian was taken into custody without anyone else being hurt.

    Not only was this a traumatic event for Ashley to live through, her captivity with Brian became the situation that allowed her to completely turn away from drug use. Although she had been wanting to be free of this habit, she was never able to do it up until this time. This circumstance in her life became the defining moment when she was able to muster the strength to finally move forward in her life drug free. Starting September 18, the movie, Captive, based on this book is being released in theaters.

    Weve all faced circumstances that have held us captive in some regard. What has held you captive? How did you find your purpose?

    I highly encourage you to go to the Captive movie site and read how others, including myself, have answered these questions. And then, consider adding your response as well! Read this exciting story, and see the movie! I am happy to say I have a copy of the 5-star book Captive to giveaway on my blog.

    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

    Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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