Marine Gunner Shake Davis, his best buddy Mike, and their families are in a semi-tropical paradise fishing and soaking up the sun. The vacation in Belize is apparently a freebie, a relaxing interlude funded by persons unknown. And it provides a chance to reunite with some friends from the Middle East who have been reassigned to Central American missions. Of course, nothing in Shake’s life is ever as simple as it seems—and before long they are shanghai’ed into another high-stakes intrigue. This time it involves gang-bangers running drugs by land and sea through covert pipelines into Mexico and eventually into the U.S. As they investigate, operating under cover for the mysterious man who calls himself Bayer, they slog through the jungle with Gurkha troops, operate at sea against dopers using submersibles, and discover the tragedy of human-trafficking that runs rampant in parts of Central America.
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Mr. Fazli and Lt. Col. Moffett have written a compelling, insightful, and exciting memoir of a real "hero's journey" in their book, Fahim Speaks. The authors relate details of life in Afghanistan with unblinking clarity and honesty, and with a refreshingly objective style, forgoing blame, and instead, letting events speak for themselves. Mr. Fazli courageously speaks about the harsh realities of life in Afghanistan under Russian authority and the emerging Taliban, and the tolls this life took on him, his mother, father, and siblings. All responded to the pressures differently, and these events are related with frankness, forthrightness, and self-reflection. Mr. Fazli traces his journey from anger to compassion, from suffering to gratitude, and from dreamer to man-of-action. Lt. Col. Moffett lays out the events of Mr. Fazli's early life and escape from Afghanistan with journalistic clarity and an engaging pace, creating curiosity and a desire to find out "what happens next" in the reader. As the story unfolds in the United States, then opens out into the theatre of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Moffett's writing style hits its stride. Weaving history with current events, the reader is afforded an expertly crafted and easily understandable account of Fahim's experiences as an interpreter to the commander of a company of U.S. Marines in one of the most dangerous areas of conflict in Afghanistan. The poignancy of Fahim's return to the land of his birth under these circumstances is beautifully and compassionately written, his respect and love for the place and the people palpable. At least as beautiful and compelling is Fahim's devotion and gratitude to his new homeland, the U.S. Fahim Fazli followed the call to a new life in a new country and faced the "monsters" of challenges and setbacks, sadness and heartbreak along the way. Through persevering toward his dream, he achieved what he never thought possible as a young boy, embracing his gift as an actor in Hollywood. Infused with a deep desire to thank his new country, Fahim took the extraordinary step of giving up his sweet home-life with his beautiful wife and daughter for one year, in order to serve the United States in tangible form, in the uniform of the Marine Corps. The most important part of any hero's journey is that time when the hero must bring his "boon", or gift, back to the community. Fahim did this, does this, in an amazing, unique and inspiring form. Rarely do we read such a beautifully written love-letter from a man to his country. ~~Beth Anne Boardman, PhD