The ISIS Hostage

One Man's True Story of 13 Months in Captivity

Puk Damsgård David Young

RRP: £9.99

4 August 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786490568

RRP: £8.99

4 August 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786490582

In May 2013, freelance photographer Daniel Rye was captured in Syria and held prisoner by Islamic State for thirteen months, along with eighteen other hostages. The ISIS Hostage tells the dramatic and heart-breaking story of Daniel’s ordeal and details the misery inflicted upon him by the British guards, which included Jihadi John.

This tense and riveting account also follows Daniel’s family and the nerve-wracking negotiations with his kidnappers. It traces their horrifying journey through impossible dilemmas and offers a rare glimpse into the secret world of the investigation launched to locate and free not only Daniel, but also the American journalist and fellow hostage James Foley.

Written with Daniel’s full cooperation and based on interviews with former fellow prisoners, jihadists and key figures who worked behind the scenes to secure his release, The ISIS Hostage reveals for the first time the torment suffered by the captives and tells a moving and terrifying story of friendship, torture and survival.



Outstanding... With Daniel Rye by her side, Damsgård takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride
Ekstra Bladet

No one who reads the story of Daniel Rye will escape untouched by the experience of his horrific stay as an involuntary guest of ISIS... Genuine and heart-breaking

A deep, powerful story of a hostage's nightmare... brilliantly balances expert research and compassion

Provides a captivating account of Daniel Rye's days inside the early incarnation of the ISIS machine, where he was only kept alive as a financial pawn, and a dramatic tale of hostage negotiation and family sacrifice... Captures an inspiring message about the collective reaction of humans to such brutal trauma.