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A Walk Across the Sun

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

A Must Read

Those of us not familiar with the sex trade, me being one of those, usually think of it as happening “someplace else”. The reality is that it happens all over the world, including right here in the United States. Children are sold for drugs, prostitution, kidnapped ri...
Those of us not familiar with the sex trade, me being one of those, usually think of it as happening “someplace else”. The reality is that it happens all over the world, including right here in the United States. Children are sold for drugs, prostitution, kidnapped right off of the street. Before you go any further in this review you need to know that this is not a feel good topic. It is repulsive and hard to read.
We start off the story with two innocent girls whose life is decimated due to a tsunami. They try to get to their school where the sisters will take care of them. Things go wrong and they find themselves where no young person should ever be, in the sex trade. Thomas Clarke is a lawyer who has lost so much already. He witnesses a kidnapping of a young girl in a park and this sets him on his mission to work against these traffickers.

This story moves along smoothly carrying the reader from one heartbreak to another. It is a very emotional book to read. It lets you see inside the head and heart of these people who sell children for sex. I think it was best said when one of the characters said to the young girl he had with him, “You are not here because I enjoy the sale of sex. You are here because men enjoy the purchase of it.” (page 329)
I thought about that remark. If we could get rid of all of the people who were willing to pay for this service then we would not have the sex trade.

As the author took us across India we get a look at the different caste systems and the way they treat people. Both of these girls were middle class students who knew English. This made them more valuable than many others. The author doesn’t leave the reader in a depressive state. He definitely wanted to give the reader hope that this situation can change in the future. This is a must read book. If nothing else you as a parent should read it to see what you need to protect your children from.

Corban Addison is able to give a voice to the victims of human trafficking. Without that voice people like me know nothing of it. We live in our safe little world. After reading this book my world doesn’t feel so safe anymore and it isn’t as small as it once was.

posted by skstiles612 on January 8, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This book is a tough read. The subject matter can make your skin crawl and the hairs on your arms will rise. There are more ways to create a human slave than I had ever imagined. There is no end to the number of people who will prey on the innocent.

The book is mainly about two main characters, sisters, aged 17 and 15, Ahalya and Sita. Before literally being cast adrift by a tsunami, in their home town in India, they led charmed lives in a lovely house with loving, educated and successful parents. Afterwards, all ...
The book is mainly about two main characters, sisters, aged 17 and 15, Ahalya and Sita. Before literally being cast adrift by a tsunami, in their home town in India, they led charmed lives in a lovely house with loving, educated and successful parents. Afterwards, all of their family, all of their servants and friends are suddenly wiped out; they are completely alone. While trying to get to their convent school and safety, they are kidnapped and sold into human bondage, disappearing; one young woman’s life soon begins as a sex slave and the other as a servant.
Many of the girls that are sold have been captured because of their naivete. They answer questionable ads, run away from home in search of a better life, escape to raise money for poverty stricken or ill relatives. Regardless of their motives, they are all abused and terrified of their captors who show them no mercy and treat them without any consideration for human needs. Reading this, I could feel my blood pressure rise because of the horror the young women were exposed to and because of the despicable nature of the men who abused them. These young, inexperienced girls were in no condition to fight their captors. In order to stop this trafficking, the users of these services should be punished, along with the pimps and the kidnappers and the brothel owners; anyone involved in aiding or abetting this practice should be put away forever. How they turn a blind eye to their complicity in this crime is incomprehensible.
Although the book could have degenerated into a sex crazed story, with elaborate descriptions of rape and physical violence, the author let the story move the plot along rather than the titillating descriptions, which are the meat and potatoes of many novels today. The more explicit scenes are left to the reader’s imagination. The narrative is suspenseful and very exciting. The story is filled with twists and turns which will hold the reader's interest while at the same time educate the reader about this abominable trade that can only exist because there are so many depraved men supporting it.
The main problem with the book is the number of failed rescues; there were just too many near misses. They tried to include every different kind of human trafficking possible while at the same time, the author seemed intent on protecting and keeping the teenager, Sita, safe from the actual consequences of her captivity, the actual moment of the rape which would make her a courtesan or worse. Either all law enforcement is corrupt and inept or the author wanted to portray them that way to keep the story going on. One thing is for sure, there are corrupt politicians and law enforcement officers who allow this to continue. There is an underlying love story, complete with betrayal, which moved the plot along and moved the characters to the countries they needed to be in order for the tale to play out.
The confluence of many events occurring at just the right time, and for just the right reason, appeared a bit too serendipitous, at times, but it held my interest completely; its human interest tugged my heartstrings. It is at once sad and painful, as it is also hopeful and joyful.
It is obvious that the author knows this subject well and while the story may go off on one too many tangents, on occasion, the book deserves to be read. the book deserves to be read. The crime and shame of human trafficking always remains the main theme that the author wished to expose and expunge.

posted by thewanderingjew on February 19, 2012

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Excellent reading, timely topic - loved this book

    This was an excellent story of a loving and caring family wiped out by a natural disaster and the struggle and resilience of two young girls following the death of their entire family. Once I started reading the story, it was so timely and interesting, I couldn't put it down. It tugged at every emotion and heightened my awareness of human slavery and how it can affect every socioeconomic group. The saddest part is that this problem wouldn't exist were it not for the perverts who use and abuse these young girls and have no respect for humanity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Thought Provoking

    A well written story that brings to light how young girls are treated as posessions in many cultures including ours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    highly recommended

    did not want to put down. felt i knew the people in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Started out promising, but then.....

    I enjoyed the book. It started off very exciting, and then it got silly. I thought it was kind of a goofy book.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Outstanding!!!!!!!

    I loved every page. Beautifully written. Heartwarming. Made me laugh and cry. I highly recommend reading this book. Worth the money. Looking forward to his next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Eye opener

    Well written and interesting this story kept me up reading past 2am and I still had trouble putting it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    A. Walk into The Sun

    I absolutly loved this book. A real eye opener regarding the world of human trafficing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    A book you cannot put down

    On a subject that plagues this work, as human slavery does, this book is very well written. It is a book that I will never forget, and so well written. I would reccomend this book to any one. A Great Read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    A Story About the Child Sex Trade to Keep You Up All Night

    This book is so fast-paced you could call it a thriller and not be wrong, but the story of two young Indian sisters sold into prostitution after the great tsunami leaves them orphans will break your heart. You will be praying for them to see that not all of humanity is evil, while your own eyes are opened to a whole new world of horror right in your own backyard. Everyone should read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Read this NOW!!

    This book will pull you in and not let you go until you've read the last page. Thrilling page-turner full of the reality of human trafficking, the hope that things will one day change, and the inspiration that one person can do something and make a difference in the lives of the victims.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    This is an awesome book written so well. Once you start it is hard to put it down. Deeply moving on a very sensitive subject. Since I am Indian, I also appreciate how truely Corban has portrait his characters and how well and true picture of India is shown!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Very Important Book

    Takes you immediately into a world that we find difficult to conceive. Parents, always know exactly where your children are. Addison has researched this very important topic - very believable and emotional story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    A Must Read

    One of the best books I have ever read.

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    It's more than a little bit absurd that I have to say this but t

    It's more than a little bit absurd that I have to say this but the human sex trafficking industry is horrible. I believe that we should be spending more time and money on stopping it than we currently do.

    It is however, very important to point out that the perpetrators, while committing heinous acts beyond any justification, are human beings. Many of them forced into this evil industry by poverty. When you simply make them villains with no redeeming qualities or human characteristics the message is lost. I did not enjoy A walk across the sun and I would not recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Phenomenal Story!

    Very interesting story about human trafficking and sex trade practices. Two teenage females find themselves caught in web of lies, deceit, abuse, and seperation and how one man's hope and presistance led to a suprisingly amazing ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I love this book. I have not been able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    The book is intended to handle a very scary yet real topic of yo

    The book is intended to handle a very scary yet real topic of young girls being kidnapped and being sold to prostitution. However the writing is trite and tedious.  The author works hard to educate his readers that he has studied and knows India: going at length to describe a highly unlikely breakfast that the young girls eat at the beginning of the book to telling us the meaning of Priya's name: the story wanders painfully and is reminiscent of B grade Bollywood movies.  Reading this book was a total waste of time  

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    This book was exciting, moving, and informative about the sex tr

    This book was exciting, moving, and informative about the sex trade. The characters are well drawn and the writing vivid. The main characters are two teenage girls in dire circumstances and an adult man who seeks to help them, thus is will appeal to both men and women. A riveting thriller --- read it!

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Highly recommend this book. I started to read this book then go

    Highly recommend this book.
    I started to read this book then got interested in another, last week I decided to finish reading this book AND am I glad I did, I could not stop reading, I wanted to see what happens next, Its sad that human beings think its ok to "sell" a child, just a sad sick world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

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    Enjoyed this book, I would definitely recommend it. Can't wait for our book club discussion.

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