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UNDER SIEGE
THOMAS LAKE
February 06, 2012
IN CRIME-RIDDEN VENEZUELA, EVERY CELEBRITY IS A POTENTIAL TARGET AND BASEBALL STARS HAVE BECOME AN INVITING MARK. NATIONALS CATCHER WILSON RAMOS IS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES—HE SURVIVED HIS KIDNAPPING. BUT HE KNOWS THAT ESCAPING POVERTY AND FULFILLING MAJOR LEAGUE DREAMS CAN LAND YOU IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRISON
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February 06, 2012

Under Siege

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Justice is like light. Ramos could see nothing in the jungle night. A cop could be a criminal, a prisoner blameless, an arrest one more kind of kidnapping. A government known for deception would be disbelieved even when it was telling the truth. Across Venezuela, an unknown number of mothers waited for an unknown number of sons.

"Let's go!" Ramos said again. The agents lit the path with their flashlights, and he followed them down the mountain. Soon he would have eight bodyguards. The kidnappers had opened the door to his new life. He was no longer Pipo from the slums of Valencia. He was Wilson Ramos, major league baseball player, and now he would be watched by men with guns.

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