No one believed his story, not the police or anyone else. Feb 01, Valerity Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , true-crime. I read this book by Marc Schiller after seeing trailers for the movie, and realizing somehow that there was a true story behind it that was even more fascinating.
After searching it out and beginning it, I couldn't stop reading it. Its exactly the kind of book I love to read. Non-fiction, true-crime, and yet after all Mr.
Schiller went through during his time in captivity, all he lost, he never gave up, kept his inner strength somehow, and even managed to survive despite all odds. It simply defi I read this book by Marc Schiller after seeing trailers for the movie, and realizing somehow that there was a true story behind it that was even more fascinating.
It simply defies logic and is inspiring to the rest of us, or should be. While it may not be a perfectly written book, it makes up for it and then some in content and spirit.
Pain and Gain
Jul 03, D. Childers rated it it was amazing. Pain and Gain by Marc Schiller tells Mr. Schiller's incredible true-life story - a story that literally runs the gamut. At its onset, the story is heart-tugging as the young Marc begins his life in abject poverty in post-Peron Argentina. Finally emigrating to the United States at about 9, his life went from one extreme to the other as he began the transition from living in remote rural Argentina - without even the luxury of running water - to living in New York City, where he learned for the fir Pain and Gain by Marc Schiller tells Mr.
Finally emigrating to the United States at about 9, his life went from one extreme to the other as he began the transition from living in remote rural Argentina - without even the luxury of running water - to living in New York City, where he learned for the first time in his life that such things as TVs even existed. Instilled with determination and drive at a young age, Schiller began working at any odd job he could find and literally became his own man while still in his youth. No doubt this determination and drive would serve him well in what lay ahead for him. Finding success in life and having a knack for remaking himself several times over, however, eventually led Schiller to an encounter with a group known as the Sun Gym Gang.
This group of absolutely idiotic criminals set about kidnapping Schiller in an effort to obtain his money.
As the story continues from there, at times you can almost lose sight of the fact that this story is not a work of fiction as some of the events literally seem to want to play out like a farcical slapstick routine. But at the center of it all is still the real Mr.
Schiller, who actually endured these events, absurd as some of it seems. And despite that absurdity, the ultimate intended outcome was very real - Schiller was placed in his car and intentionally wrecked, the car subsequently set on fire, and when he unexpectedly survived this and escaped from the car, he was then repeatedly run over by another car.
At that he was left for dead, but that life-long determination and drive was still there and he somehow managed to survive even that, though then only to have to endure yet another tremendous difficulty in convincing the authorities to believe his story.
Pain and Gain
Pain and Gain reads pretty easily, though the content could be disturbing for some. The editing is on the better side of average, and has nothing that really throws it off in a way that it takes from the story being told. As far as that story, Pain and Gain is a book from which you can take numerous messages or that you can read from many different angles.
You can read it as the story of one man's successes in overcoming many adversities. You can read is as a tale of luck. You can read it as a true-life crime story. You can read it as an inspirational tale of survival.
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You can read it as a tale of motivation to persevere. But whatever angle you read it from, you'll find it entertaining and inspiring. Mar 20, Donna Anastasi rated it it was amazing. This story captivated me from page one, and I read it straight through, though I did have to skim through some of the more sadistic parts. Marc Schiller was born into a tough life. His father, a proud and patriotic man, refused to leave their country of Argentina until the family was in a state of utter poverty. Then, he left Marc, Marc's sister, and his mother to fend for themselves while he made a place for them in America.
Marc, well before the age of seven and his arrival to a dangerous area This story captivated me from page one, and I read it straight through, though I did have to skim through some of the more sadistic parts. Marc, well before the age of seven and his arrival to a dangerous area of New York City, learned how to be tough as nails and self-sufficient, as well as the central importance of family. A lovely side-thread through the book is the close bond between him and his sister his confident and rock.
Through perseverance and hard-work he established a business, a home, and a nice income for himself and his wife and two young children. This then became a story of "no good deed goes unpunished" taken to a horrible extreme. What makes this book so compelling and amazing is that Mr.
Schiller never loses his quiet dignity despite all of the humiliation and pain inflicted upon him. One fascinating aspect of the book is how he very quickly adapted to the situation and relied on many survival skills such as compliance, playing along with their stories, keeping a clear head and not setting himself up with false hope, but always thinking, always looking for opportunities. He does all in his means to protect his family and survive for as long as possible.
He keeps his faith and somehow doesn't lose sight of who he is and who they are.
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His derogatory naming of them "Mr. Friendly," "Mr. Torture," etc. Even to the point of death, he maintains one and only one overriding goal - to keep his family out of harm's way. I loved how in his ordeal very quickly all of concern for the material trappings and even for his own personal welfare just fell away and it was entirely about his wife and children. Though there is chapter upon chapter detailing the cruel treatment Mr. Schiller experienced at the hands of his captures and the authorities who so badly handled his case, it was the ending where he reflects on the experience that brought me to tears.
I cried through the entire final chapter. This book was amazing, moving, and inspirational. It inspires a new appreciation for the blessings of this life. It made me want to sit down to reassess my priorities and then go hug my kids. From the moment I started this book I couldn't stop reading it. I personally have never heard of the movie or the tv show that was about this so when I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book and lets just say I was shocked. If this book had been fiction I would have stopped reading it because some parts of it are so far out there that is insane.
I am actually at a lose of words to describe this book. I liked the book and the fact that it is a true story made me like From the moment I started this book I couldn't stop reading it. I liked the book and the fact that it is a true story made me like it even more. This is for sure a book for people who love to read true crime stories like I do. Feb 26, Amber Moore rated it it was amazing. I was floored at the awfulness and deceitfulness of these people thinking they could do what they do and think they could get by with it!
This poor man!! Jun 05, Brie McGill rated it it was amazing. I read this book in one sitting and it left me gobsmacked. It is stunning, the depths of senseless human cruelty that exists. The degree of torture that the author endured, physical and mental, first in captivity and after release, is shocking: and the most harrowing part it is that it was cruelty for the sake of cruelty. The author was a random person targeted for money, and had even shown nothing but extreme kindness toward one of his torturers prior to the abduction.
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In reality, they became the worst combination of manipulation, muscle and murderous intent. They played Russian roulette against my temple and performed mock executions. I was blindfolded throughout. In fact, they kept adding duct tape so that in the end I must have had up to two rolls around my eyes and face. It was only taken off twice: once to put a sanitary towel under the tape because my face was bleeding so badly, and in the end when they changed to bubble wrap and tape in preparation for my murder.
The men had no intention of killing him at this stage, not before they had forced Schiller to blindly sign document after document, one of which was granting Jorge Delgado the power of attorney over all his business affairs and bank accounts. The men also presented him with a series of spoken "scripts" that he would be coerced to repeat over the phone to his family and business partners until there was nothing left of his life. The gang held a gun to his head while they listened in on an extension. They also said they would kidnap my son, who was six, and daughter, who was two, and chain them next to me.
So I made them an offer.
They could have anything they wanted if they let my wife and children leave the country. I felt with them gone, the kidnappers would lose their leverage on me. I had only one way to survive and that was to try to buy my life by giving them what they wanted. That did not work out too well, as we now know. More than four weeks later, Schiller was still chained to the warehouse wall. He was also being routinely abused. Savory Ways to Season Watermelon Watermelon Watermelon is called "the king of midsummer", refreshing and quenching thirst, tastes sweet and juicy, is a good summer fruit.
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