Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction, Politics
When I first received this book to review, I wasn’t sure what to think. It wasn’t something that would normally interest me. John Grisham is endorsing this novel so I figured I would go ahead and give it a try. I’m glad I did because I had trouble putting it down!
Corban Addison did a fantastic job. His extensive knowledge and research shine through in this tale of loss, devotion, forgiveness, and compassion. I definitely will be reading more from him in the future!
Daniel and Vanessa Parker are your typical American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a flourishing practice. Behind the façade are a marriage that is falling apart and their teenage son, Quentin, who is going down a dangerous path. In a desperate attempt, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream. A dream that involves sailing around the world. Little does he know that the very voyage that he hopes will save them might just destroy them instead.
Meanwhile, off the coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living life as a pirate. The very kind of crimes that are a direct violation of the very things he was taught to believe. Ismail is highly intelligent whose love and loyalty drives him to hijack ships for ransom in order to try to save his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing that he will not do in order to save her, including taking innocent lives.
Paul Derrick is the FBI’s top hostage negotiator. His sister, Megan, is a beloved defense attorney. Both have reached the peak of their careers by savvy, grit, and a determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. Little do they know how much this hostage situation will take them into the past or the chance it will take for them to redeem their futures.
I found myself drawn into the character’s lives and questioning how I would handle things if I were thrown in their situations. It’s much more than a story about piracy and hostages. In fact, that’s not what the story is about at all. It’s a story about the people of Somalia. This is published by a Christian author but there nothing in the book stands out as a Christian theme.
This read does contain violence and swearing as it is dealing with terrorism. It’s a highly recommended read for older teens and adult as it will open the door for discussion.
About Corban Addison
Corban Addison is the author of two international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun and The Garden of Burning Sand, which together has been published in over 20 countries. His third novel, The Tears of Dark Water, will be released in the fall of 2015. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of human rights and social justice causes around the world. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia. Website: corbanaddison.com, Facebook: CorbanAddison, Twitter: @CorbanAddison.