RESCUE MY CHILD by Neil C. Livingstone


The Story of Ex-Delta Commandos Who Risk Their Lives to Bring Home Children Illegally Abducted Overseas
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 Tense commando rescues of American children, excitingly told by Livingstone (coauthor, Inside the PLO, 1989). Livingtone's tale revolves around Don Feeney, who, after participating in missions such as Desert One and the infiltration by helicopter of Richmond Prison in Grenada, left the Army's Delta Force in 1984. Delta is composed of crack Special Forces and Airborne men, some of them so mean ``they need the fur shaved off of 'em in the morning before they get their clothes on,'' according to Feeney's wife, Judy. The Feeneys launched Corporate Training Unlimited with four other ex-Delta commandos in order to offer training in security and bodyguard services to corporations. When they were approached by Cathy Mahone--whose child had been taken to Jordan by her ex-husband--they embarked on the first of several rescues that Livingstone relates here with a white-knuckle vividness. Mahone had married Ali Bayan, a Jordanian national, in Dallas. After two years, they were divorced, and she was granted custody of their daughter, Lauren. But when his restaurant failed, Bayan took Lauren and skipped the country. The State Department told the frantic Mahone that the case was governed by Jordanian law--under which the father has all legal rights to children regardless of divorce or his character--and that they could do nothing. The story of how Feeney and his ex-Delta partners removed Lauren from her closely watched school bus in Amman and escaped overland to Israel with Jordanian police setting up roadblocks and the Jordanian Army surrounding the airport is gripping, as are the stories of other rescues--from Bangladesh, Tunisia, and Ecuador- -told here. Although writing what's primarily an excellent action- adventure tale, Livingstone provides relevant political background, pointing out, for example, that Sen. Alan Dixon estimates that 10,000 children are currently ``held hostage in foreign countries.'' (Eight pages of b&w photographs--not seen.)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-76934-0
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1992