Hostages: Captives of a Middle Eastern terrorist and international intrigue.

ABOUT Terrence Crimmins

Terrence Crimmins
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then travelled off to Boston College where I learned to play rugby, drink beer, and read 600 page history books in small print.   I've been teaching history in Baltimore for a number of years, and, in my spare time, writing novels.



Tom O'Malley has a life that would make many Americans jealous, as he just graduated from Georgetown University, and is a handsome young man with a beautiful girlfriend. One fateful day, however, while finishing his part time job as a Pizza deliverer, Tom makes a delivery to a place where a Muslim Terrorist is holding Americans hostage, and Tom, too, becomes a hostage. Not only does he become a hostage, however, but a celebrity, as the terrorist takes him out onto the balcony in front of television cameras and introduces him to America in a not very complementary manner. Tom's life is radically changed by this quirk of fate that makes him a pawn in a chess game of international relations. During his journey Tom finds out that the game is played by people who are far more powerful than he, and who don't care in the least about whether he lives or dies. Meet Andre, the Muslim terrorist who was actually born a Christian in West Beirut before he, too, was kidnapped. Meet Amado, a Spanish translator who grew up in Chile during the violent military coup de tat that overthrew Salvador Allende. Meet Amy, Tom's girlfriend, who is deathly afraid that this unexpected adventure is going to change her lover forever. And meet drug dealers, media professionals and other fascinating characters, all of whom have a hand in determining Tom's fate. Join Tom in his perilous journey, where we view a terrorist network that is global in nature, making convenient alliances to promote their goals. This young man is confronted by very serious threats, and some of the people that he is dealing with are not who they seem to be.

Years ago I worked with a fellow who was a veteran of the Israeli Army. He told me lots of stories about the battles that he'd fought in, and I began to think about the world in a very different way. Eventually, this led to the writing of Hostages.



If you want a fast-paced read, with interesting contemporary characters, get your hands on Hostage. The plot is intriguing -- and it's ripped right from the headlines. The characters are interesting--and the clash of cultures theme gives heft to the story. I read this very quickly,not wanting to put it down. I'll look for more novels from Crimmins.

By Anne Kaier