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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded façade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dreama sailing trip around the world. Little does he know, the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead.
Half a world away on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believeexcept for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives.
Paul Derrick is the FBIs top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. They have reached the summit of their careers by savvy, grit, and a secret determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. When Paul is dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take him and Megan into the pastor the chance it will give them to redeem the future.
Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hopethat out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.
Corban Addison is the international bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water,which won the 2016 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award. His novels have been published in over 25 countries. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of humanitarian and social justice causes around the world. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia. Learn more at his website corbanaddison.com Facebook: CorbanAddison Twitter: @CorbanAddison
Church LibrarianAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not a Christian bookJuly 12, 2016Church LibrarianAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 2Great storyline, very well written, colorful & well-developed characters. I learned a lot about Somali culture and the Muslim faith but this is not what I would consider a Christian Fiction book. Yes, there is a theme of forgiveness, but no mention of the Father from whom that forgiveness comes. There is language that, while is probably realistic for the situation, is not appropriate in a book marketed as Christian Fiction. Also, while there is no explicit sexual content, there is mention of a sexual relationship outside of marriage that is so casual it's as if the author is conveying the message that a sexual relationship between unmarried people is really no big deal. We get that enough from the secular world, don't need it in Christian Fiction. I think this author has great talent and enjoyed the book and will even pass it on to a friend with some cautions regarding content, but will not be keeping it in the catalog and will be cautious about purchasing future works by this author for our Church library.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Gripping, gritty, timely novelFebruary 3, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book I've read by Corban Addison, but it probably won't be the last. He has an intelligent style and is able to weave multiple storylines together into one masterful tale.
Let me say from the start that this book is "edgier" than my usual fare, so I can't recommend it without warning that there is some violence, language and adult themes. That said, there is no explicit sexual content, and most conversations/situations are tastefully conveyed. However, I wouldn't want my review to make anyone think this is the type of Christian writing they'd usually find on my bookshelf.
On the surface, this is the tale of young Somali pirates taking over a luxury sailboat on the Indian Ocean, and the personal and legal recriminations of that act. But like all great books, this is really a LOVE story. The strained and cooling love of over-busy spouses; the bruised and painful love between an adolescent and his parents; the overcoming love of siblings who survived a horrible family tragedy (on both sides of the world); the tentative love of broken hearts risking a new start. Each of these relationships is examined and tested throughout the six aptly named sections of the book. The final section, Renaissance, shows how each love survives and even flourishes under the rigors of life's tests when it is willing to pay the ultimate price.
I found the characters in this book to be interesting and complex. Like many authors, I felt Addison sometimes gave them advantages most of us don't have, and that made them less credible for me - e.g., concert-hall quality music talent, millions of dollars in assets, incredible physical beauty, encyclopedic memories. But I also saw in his characters real fortitude and endurance, and a willingness to admit their mistakes and live with the consequences. This made me care about Paul and Vanessa and Quentin, and Ismail and Yasmin and Megan. I thought the book's length (439 pages in the hardcover edition) none too long for the amount of ground it covered in these unexpectedly connected lives.
One of the things I liked about this book was its careful research into the religious and political background of Somalia. I felt it helped me to understand the Islamic mind and culture better, and made me more sympathetic to the struggles of people in this fractured country/area. Like the author, I cannot condone the actions of modern-day pirates, but I feel I better understand the pressures they face in an unstable part of the world. I think it also helped that Addison is an attorney - his descriptions of the trial and the work that went into preparing for it were riveting.
If I could ask the author a question, it might be how he choose the title for The Tears of Dark Water. I must confess that I am entirely at a loss to understand how it relates to the story.
After repeatedly moving this book to the bottom of my "to be read" pile, I finally picked it up and read it in just a few days, because it was so hard to put down. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Mama CallieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Tears of Dark Water Will change You ForeverJanuary 17, 2016Mama CallieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Have you ever read a story that grips you and refuses to let go? One that draws you in so deep that you are afraid that you are drowning? This is that type of story.
I was hesitant at first to read this book due to the nature of the characters. Not wanting to cast an unfavorable light on any of the story, because I needed to review it, I dug in and was shaken to the core at the depth of this incredible story.
The characters are deep, so very deep, and so well written that by the end I felt like I had known them for my entire life. They were friends, and enemies that I had grown up knowing. I was shaken to the center of my being by the ebb and flow of the words.
This is a story that will be ever present in my mind. There has never been a story that made me see another human as clearly as I did in this book. The struggles were hard, the emotions were harder. I wanted to lay the book aside and never pick it up again because I was so angry, but then I was drawn back in due to the unanswered questions that I had. My emotions were in turmoil, as much or more than the characters.
This book is an incredible book that I now know to be one that takes real life and spins it into a story that anyone can comprehend. I am so pleased to be able to read this book and if you are looking to be led away on a treacherous journey, this is the book to read. You will not be the same person when you are finished. The Tears of Dark Water will change you forever.
* I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was given. *
Lucy3 Stars Out Of 5Good Premise, But Not For MeJanuary 8, 2016LucyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2Soooo THIS.
I'm not sure what I thought. Before you read this, I will let you know: I DNFed this book. Reasons will be stated below.
For starters, this book was written in a similar style as two other books I didn't enjoy, one of which I DNFed. These books are The Scroll by Alton Gansky and Grant R. Jeffrey and A Treasure Deep by Alton Gansky.
I honestly wish I could have enjoyed this book. I loved the premise of the book (I mean, modern day pirates???? WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?). But when I read it, it fell flat for me. Per usual, I read 40% of this book before DNFing it. Usually if a book starts out boring, I can get into by 40%. But with this book That just wasn't the case.
I really don't have much to say. I felt that the characters were similarly written compared the other characters in the aforementioned books, and the writing was just soo familiar. And not in a good way. The above is why I DNFed this book. And all those amount up to a waste of time. And I don't have reading time to waste.
Note: THE COVER IS GORGEOUS
DISCLAIMER: I do not intend to say that this is a bad book. I'm sure it's a lovely adventure across the high seas, but the writing, characters, and book didn't suit me. But if you think that YOU would enjoy this book, go for it! The end is the limit :)
FOR THE PARENTS -
There was nothing inappropriate in the first 40%, except maybe a little violence and one or two cusswords. But still fairly clean.
Three stars good premise but not for me
bookstoregal3 Stars Out Of 5hmmmmDecember 18, 2015bookstoregalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
I normally like this type of book, but I have to say that this one was not my favorite. Not that Corban Addison is a bad author, but I personally don't care to read books with a lot of bad language, which this has. Another thing that I didn't like about it is that it was touted as a Christian book, when it really has nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity (it was sent to the Christian bookstore where I work as a new release...)
Some things I did like about it are that I learned a lot about Somalia, it shows how important forgiveness is, several of the characters are musicians. There's good character development, and you get to know the characters well!
So, if the things I listed as negatives don't bother you, you just might like this book! :) Just don't expect it to be a Christian book!