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A South American adventure. A trip to die for. Colombia 1994. 150,000 people have been 'disappeared' and two young adventure-seeking backpackers are about to be added to the list. 'We were going to be killed. For what? A pair of rich-country passports? Our rucksacks? The clothes that we were wearing? They didn’t know about the si A South American adventure. A trip to die for. Colombia 1994. 150,000 people have been 'disappeared' and two young adventure-seeking backpackers are about to be added to the list. 'We were going to be killed. For what? A pair of rich-country passports? Our rucksacks? The clothes that we were wearing? They didn’t know about the silver. Or about the money I had hidden on me. But of course, they’d be finding it. A little bonus. Once we’d stopped struggling and become silent.  A glint as the knife blade moved. 2.8 seconds of real-time left.  Big... deep... breath.' 3 Seconds in Bogotá is the true story of a bungling British backpacker who had assured his street-dancer girlfriend that she would be safe with him on their South American travel adventure. When he is suddenly confronted with their imminent murder can he get one thing right, keep his promise and save both of their lives? Forced to delve into his deepest memories searching for any clue that might provide a means of changing their fate, he is soon torn between two solutions. Should he listen to his logical mind, or follow his gut instinct? He has three seconds left to decide. World traveller and multi-award-winning screenwriter and film director Mark Playne is known for his films set overseas. The action-adventure memoir 3 Seconds in Bogotá is his debut as an author and the first in his series of real-life international adventure stories called World Wild Tales.If you fancy a fast-paced and spin around the countries of South America, then add the page-turning 3 Seconds in Bogotá to your library today, and click that buy button. Remember. There are no second chances when you have three seconds left.


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A South American adventure. A trip to die for. Colombia 1994. 150,000 people have been 'disappeared' and two young adventure-seeking backpackers are about to be added to the list. 'We were going to be killed. For what? A pair of rich-country passports? Our rucksacks? The clothes that we were wearing? They didn’t know about the si A South American adventure. A trip to die for. Colombia 1994. 150,000 people have been 'disappeared' and two young adventure-seeking backpackers are about to be added to the list. 'We were going to be killed. For what? A pair of rich-country passports? Our rucksacks? The clothes that we were wearing? They didn’t know about the silver. Or about the money I had hidden on me. But of course, they’d be finding it. A little bonus. Once we’d stopped struggling and become silent.  A glint as the knife blade moved. 2.8 seconds of real-time left.  Big... deep... breath.' 3 Seconds in Bogotá is the true story of a bungling British backpacker who had assured his street-dancer girlfriend that she would be safe with him on their South American travel adventure. When he is suddenly confronted with their imminent murder can he get one thing right, keep his promise and save both of their lives? Forced to delve into his deepest memories searching for any clue that might provide a means of changing their fate, he is soon torn between two solutions. Should he listen to his logical mind, or follow his gut instinct? He has three seconds left to decide. World traveller and multi-award-winning screenwriter and film director Mark Playne is known for his films set overseas. The action-adventure memoir 3 Seconds in Bogotá is his debut as an author and the first in his series of real-life international adventure stories called World Wild Tales.If you fancy a fast-paced and spin around the countries of South America, then add the page-turning 3 Seconds in Bogotá to your library today, and click that buy button. Remember. There are no second chances when you have three seconds left.

30 review for 3 Seconds in Bogotá: The gripping travel memoir of two backpackers who fell into the hands of the Colombian underworld. (World Wild Travel Tales Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marlys

    I received an ARC of the book from the author. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I thought this was a good book. It showed the realistic view of a foreigner in a different country.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    This is a very different type of thriller, with excellent descriptive writing and a quite unique way of telling a story. The locations, in and around Bogota are very evocatively described, and the tension is ratcheted up throughout the story. However for me I found the way that the story was told, with repeated flashbacks, rather disjointed and spoiled the reading flow. This is why I have rated it at 4 stars rather than 5, but it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it, or that it isn't a good piece This is a very different type of thriller, with excellent descriptive writing and a quite unique way of telling a story. The locations, in and around Bogota are very evocatively described, and the tension is ratcheted up throughout the story. However for me I found the way that the story was told, with repeated flashbacks, rather disjointed and spoiled the reading flow. This is why I have rated it at 4 stars rather than 5, but it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it, or that it isn't a good piece of writing, but it just didn't completely suit me. I received an advance copy of the book, but have voluntarily written this honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    I have to start by say I totally LOVED this book. Its unusual, gripping and clever. Mark paints pictures in your head so you can really feel like you are the one travelling in South America. I felt like I was there.The characters are believable and well rounded. Its very well written and the concept clever. I cant wait for more by this author.I recommend this book if you like fast paced thrillers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    I love the way this story unfolds. The author knows how to stretch 3 seconds to tell the most awesome story! For those of us who love to travel and know what the world can be like, but still love it and all of the people out there. Great story! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Just okay. There is a lot of jumping around in this story. The reader gets back to the plot for a few lines at the end of each chapter. To fully understand the ending, the reader will need consult the notes the author makes available when you sign up for his mail list. Would have been better to have included the information in an epilogue.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    This was a good story of adventure. For those of us who haven’t traveled much internationally,and certainly not the way these two did, this was an interesting and eye-opening true story. I only wish when I was young I was brave enough to have traveled like this. A nice vicarious ride through amazing parts of the world.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Anderson

    Not that good Superficial flow of consciousness. The characters lacked depth. The characters seemed to be traveling through the adventure in a detached state.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Short, uneventful and interesting, I've had more excitement going to the shops.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julian Walker

    Nicely done travelogue/biography and cleverly written. Really enjoyed this short read on my Kindle and loved the way he ratcheted up the tension. Thoroughly enjoyable - despite the potentially dangerous premise.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    I have to start by say I totally LOVED this book. Its unusual, gripping and clever. Mark paints pictures in your head so you can really feel like you are the one travelling in South America. I felt like I was there.The characters are believable and well rounded. Its very well written and the concept clever. I cant wait for more by this author.I recommend this book if you like fast paced thrillers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    3 Seconds in Bogotá - a review by Rosemary Kenny This 'Quentin Tarantino does Rough Guide to Colombia' may ostensibly only last 3 Seconds, but they're not at all your usual time period, rather what one would expect inside Dr Who's TARDIS - much bigger and more exciting on the inside! Told as almost an aide-memoire/journal, by the male protagonist, a backpacker-cum-itinerant-silversmith, with frequent fascinating flashbacks, narrating his and his beautiful - but deadly-tongued if necessary - feisty 3 Seconds in Bogotá - a review by Rosemary Kenny This 'Quentin Tarantino does Rough Guide to Colombia' may ostensibly only last 3 Seconds, but they're not at all your usual time period, rather what one would expect inside Dr Who's TARDIS - much bigger and more exciting on the inside! Told as almost an aide-memoire/journal, by the male protagonist, a backpacker-cum-itinerant-silversmith, with frequent fascinating flashbacks, narrating his and his beautiful - but deadly-tongued if necessary - feisty Latina street-dancer girlfriend's back story, from their first meeting and journeys en route to an amazingly stunning (and totally unexpected by me) conclusion in the eponymous city of Bogotá, 3 Seconds in Bogotá: A Colombian Kidnapping (Wild Worldwide Travel), by the brilliant Mark Playne, will definitely blow your mind. Whether you absorb it completely on all its many levels - social commentary, morality take, modern classic, urban fantasy, based on what could be a true story etc - and which should definitely be made into an action movie, (with someone like Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp or Keanu Reeves as the MC/narrator and maybe Pénélope Cruz, or Anne Hathaway as the love interest), or just as a thought-provoking fiction, there's something within for absolutely everyone. I cannot recommend this wonderful novel, Mark Playne's 3 Seconds in Bogotá, highly enough, as it is so well-written, (not relying on foul language or graphic violence/sex scenes) and fast-pacedly engaging, that I couldn't put it down for one single second, let alone three. Ve rapidò to get your copy today and tell all your friends (and your local library) to make this 5-star winner rocket up the book charts to the top - exactly where it should be - vàmonos amigos!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sapthagiri

    Oh God, It's 3 Seconds! A traveler's account of his experiences. Experiences of robbery, drug peddling, etc. Mr. Mark has tried his best to present the true story in a gripping manner. Proof being the title of the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Brilliant raconteur ❣️ I read the story in one sitting and I was riveted ❣️ Suffice it to say, glad that didn't happen to me 🙌🙌🙌

  14. 4 out of 5

    TJ Brooks

    The format is as compelling as it is unusual. The recording of time passing is clever as the reader is taking on a tour of South America. Traveling from one marketing opportunity to another one gets to experience this trip as if you yourself were the street vendor. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought the ending extraordinary!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Mcdermott

    Nostalgic journey down Latino memory lane An easy read which flooded back great memories of my own long term trip in Latin america. The twist at the end is certainly entertaining!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Avdm

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee Hird

  18. 4 out of 5

    JAN JULIUS PERERA

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mal Hudson

  20. 5 out of 5

    linda knights

  21. 5 out of 5

    mary caldwell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcie Pearson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian Holmwood

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vusi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kacper Skrzyński

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bryan D.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren McGlynn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Renault

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Duncan

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