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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 dream—a 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 believe—except 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 FBI’s 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 past—or 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 hope—that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.
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About the Author
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
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The Tears of Dark Water
By Corban Addison
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2015 Regulus Books, LLC.
All rights reserved.
The Way of the Gun
* * *
In those days there was no king. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
— The Book of Judges
Mahé Island, Seychelles
November 7, 2011
Daniel Parker woke with a start, a line of perspiration on his brow. He looked around the darkened cabin of the sailboat, searching for her face, but she was gone. He shook his head, as if the sudden motion could shake off the anguish of the dream, but the chains of the past bound him to her, as did the vague whisper of a prayer that she was wrong. Her words were stuck in his mind, like a prophecy playing in an endless loop, the truth of half a life spoken as if from the beginning.
It won't last.
The declaration had escaped her lips without effort, but not uncharitably. She had smiled at him when she spoke, her green eyes dancing above the dimples in her cheeks, her candlelight dress and red-brown Bissolotti violin luminous in the concert hall.
Nothing does. Why would you expect us to be different?
He looked out the porthole at the lights of Victoria Harbour, sparkling in the twilight before the dawn. The sky was the color of ash, but the stars were beginning to retreat on the coattails of the night. He listened to the main halyard knocking against the mast and the gurgling sounds of cavitation as the Renaissance bobbed on the occasional swell. At least we'll have a decent wind, he thought, throwing back the thin sheet and scooting out of his rack.
He placed his feet on the polished mahogany floorboards and took a slow breath, relishing the smoothness of the wood on his skin. He had loved the feeling of going barefoot on deck since he was a boy handling lines and trimming sails on his father's Valiant 40. But he had paid a price for it. The soles of his feet were a patchwork of scars.
He opened the door to the saloon and slipped stealthily into the living quarters. Dim light from the harbor filtered in through the curtains covering the windows, but the saloon and galley were still shrouded in darkness. He stepped around the weak spots in the floor and took care not to wake his son, Quentin, who was sleeping on the settee berth across from the dining table.
He flipped on the accent lights in the galley. The LEDs glowed softly under the cabinet rails, illuminating the gas stove and granite countertops. He heated a pot of water and filled his French press, waiting precisely four minutes before pouring the steaming coffee into his Naval Academy mug. His father had given him the mug at the rechristening ceremony of the Renaissance, along with a hearty laugh and a slap on the back. It was as much a gag as a gift, for Daniel had gone to Boston College instead.
He opened the main hatch and inhaled the moist island air. Across the water sat the city of Victoria, tucked like a jeweled blanket between mountains of granite and the hem of the sea. He rummaged in the locker by the stairs and retrieved his writing chest — a genuine gift from his father, an antique from Zanzibar, in honor of their voyage. He collected the mug and went topside.
On an ordinary morning the sight of sailboats at anchor crowned by winking stars would have brought a smile to Daniel's face. But this morning he scarcely noticed them, troubled as he was by the portents of the dream. He sat down in the cockpit and put the mug on the bench beside him, opening the carved wooden chest and laying out paper and pen on the life raft container, which he used as a writing surface. He lit a battery-powered lantern and took a sip of coffee, struggling to suppress the dread her words had inspired. They were wrong. They had to be. The smile, the dress, the violin, the concert hall — all were exactly as he remembered. But her words had carried a different meaning. They had been ironic, not tragic; a welcome, not a farewell.
His mind raced on the current of memory. New York City. April 1993. Daffodils blooming in Central Park, buds on the dogwoods and azaleas, a blaze of sunlight chasing away the early-spring chill. He had seen the handbills posted all over Columbia University — the Juilliard Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall. He wouldn't have given the concert a passing thought, if not for the photograph of the soloist. Her name was Vanessa Stone, and she was a student at Columbia, not Juilliard — a double major in biology and music. She was pretty but not remarkably so in New York City's hall of mirrors. It was her expression that made him pause — then halt — his mad rush to a law school seminar to which he was already late. He took down one of the flyers and studied her more carefully. She held her violin tenderly, her bow just touching the strings, and looked at the camera almost curiously. The question in her eyes was as frank as it was astonishing: Why are you staring at me?
Two days later, Daniel walked into the grand lobby of Carnegie Hall clutching the handbill and the face he couldn't forget. His seat was on the parquet level of the Stern Auditorium and close to the stage. He settled into his chair and listened to the musicians tune their instruments, annoyed at the butterflies crowding his stomach. At last, she appeared with the conductor at her side. She was dressed in a diaphanous gown that complemented her auburn hair. She nodded to the audience and then placed her violin beneath her chin, waiting for her cue.
His eyes never left hers from the beginning of the performance to the end. The music was Beethoven, his first and only violin concerto, and she played it immaculately, even the most virtuosic passages in the Kreisler cadenza. At the close of the third movement, the audience gave her a rousing ovation. She received it with an almost perfunctory bow and exited the stage with a swiftness that confirmed Daniel's suspicion. She had come to be heard, not to be seen. The magic was in the violin.
The receiving line outside the auditorium was long, and Daniel took his place at the end. While he waited, he tried on phrases like costumes until he felt more confused than confident. When the moment came and she offered her hand, thanking him for coming, he spoke purely by instinct.
"You play like your name," he said.
"I beg your pardon?" she asked, taking back her hand.
"Vanessa in the old Greek. It means 'butterfly.'" Something changed in her eyes, but she didn't reply, so he forged ahead. "It's like you're somewhere else — in the air, dancing with the sun."
She stared at him for long seconds before her lips spread into a smile. "It doesn't last," she said, surprising him with her candor. "It fades like everything else."
"But it's why you play, isn't it? Even when it makes you uncomfortable."
He saw it then: the inquisitive look she wore in the flyer in his pocket. She tilted her head and her eyes glittered in the light. "Do I know you?"
He shook his head. "I'm Daniel."
"Are you a student?" she asked, trying to place him anyway.
"Columbia Law," he affirmed.
"Law. I would have guessed poetry." Suddenly, she caught the eye of the conductor as he bid farewell to his last guest. "I'm sorry. I have to go. It's nice to meet you."
She said it almost regretfully, and he took courage. "When will you play again?"
He saw it a second time, her instinctive curiosity. "I'm graduating in May."
He nodded. "So am I."
She glanced at the conductor again. "I really have to go. There's an after party."
"Right," he replied, feeling the moment slipping away.
Then she said the words that changed his life. "I practice at Schapiro Hall. Maybe I'll see you there sometime."
* * *
Daniel picked up his pen in the waning dark and began to write her a letter. "Dearest V: Is love like the body? Does it begin to die the day it is born? Is it like the breath of transcendence you feel when the Bissolotti is in your hands — evanescent, a chasing after the wind?" The words flowed onto the page like spilled ink as the sky brightened and the dawn came. The first light caught him by surprise and pierced his eyes when he looked toward the east. He took another sip of his now lukewarm coffee and watched the sun rise above the distant masts of a large ship. The advent of day transformed him, lifting his spirits. He looked down at the unfinished sentence before him and thought, She doesn't need this.
He folded up the pages he had written and placed them in the chest. He took out fresh paper and began again, telling his wife about Quentin, about climbing boulders with him on the island of La Digue, about the transformation he had seen since they set sail so many months ago. He signed his name and wrote out the address on an envelope. It would take three weeks to reach her. By then he and Quentin would be in South Africa — her last chance to join them before the long passage to Brazil.
"Morning, Dad," Quentin said, appearing in the companionway dressed in board shorts and a T-shirt, his wavy brown hair past his shoulders now. He had been growing it long since he met Ariadne in the South Pacific. The Australian girl had transformed everything about him — well, the girl and the sea. Every day, he seemed surer of himself, less afraid. He was even calling himself Quentin again, after years of going by "Quent." The eighteen-year-old boy was slowly becoming a man.
"I checked the Passage Weather report," Quentin said, taking a seat in the cockpit. "Steady winds out of the north at eight to ten knots, seas less than a meter, and no tropical activity in the forecast. We should make decent time with the gennaker up."
"Ten days if it holds," Daniel replied. "More if it doesn't."
Quentin pointed at the letter. "Do you think she's going to come?"
"She might," Daniel said, giving voice to a hope he didn't feel.
Quentin placed a postcard beside the envelope. "I wrote her something, too."
"Good man," Daniel said. "I'll get the harbormaster to mail them."
"Hey, did you hear about the Navy ship?" Quentin asked. "It put in yesterday with a bunch of Somali pirates. They're going to be tried here."
Daniel was intrigued. "An American ship?"
Quentin nodded. "The Gettysburg. François says it's a cruiser."
Daniel looked toward the sunrise and focused on the silhouette of the ship just visible above the port. He saw details he had missed earlier: the gray paint; the twin superstructures, bristling with masts and antennae; the raked bow and athletic lines. "Did François say anything else?"
Quentin nodded. "He said the Navy caught them off the coast of Oman after they tried to hijack an oil tanker. They've been in the brig until now."
"François seems to know everything that happens in this place," Daniel said.
Quentin smirked. "The guy's got more friends than marbles in his head."
Daniel laughed out loud, thinking of the garrulous and absentminded captain of the catamaran La Boussole anchored nearby. Inside, however, he felt a vague disquiet. The number of pirate attacks had dropped off substantially in the past year, thanks to patrols by international naval forces and armed security teams on merchant ships. But the pirates were still a threat from Egypt to India to Madagascar, a vast area of ocean that included the Seychelles. Since August, he had been monitoring reports from maritime organizations in London and Dubai to see whether the end of the Southwest Monsoon — a period of high winds and heavy seas around the Horn of Africa — would trigger a fresh wave of hijacks, as it had in years past. But for two months, the pirates had been largely quiet, their attacks infrequent and distant. Looking at the Gettysburg, Daniel felt the weight of his responsibility. Quentin's life was in his hands. No matter what it took, he would bring his son home.
"Something wrong, Dad?" his son asked, examining him carefully.
"It's nothing," Daniel demurred. "Are we set for supplies?"
Quentin nodded. "I went through it all yesterday."
"How about a system check?"
"I did a full workup. Engine, generator, instruments, radio, everything's good to go."
"And our course?"
"I plotted it twice. Outside the harbor, we take the channel south, avoiding the shoals near Isle Anonyme and the Isle of Rats. After the airport, we turn south and follow the coast of Mahé to Point du Sud. Once we're clear of land, we sail almost due south for a thousand miles to Réunion."
Daniel smiled. "Well done, Captain Jack. There's just one thing you forgot."
"What?" Quentin looked puzzled.
"Breakfast. It's your turn. I'd like an omelet and some fresh-squeezed papaya juice when I get back from the harbormaster."
"I was actually thinking of Spam," Quentin deadpanned, "and some of that Vegemite Ariadne's mom left with us. I remember how much you loved it." He laughed when his father threw his pen at him, and then disappeared into the cabin below.
"Make it quick," Daniel called after him, taking the letter and postcard in hand. "Anchors aweigh at eight."
* * *
It's called crossing the bar, when a ship leaves the harbor and puts out to sea. For Daniel, the feeling it evoked was the same in all latitudes — an epinephrine shot of intoxication and danger. The blue horizon beckoned like the sea stories his father had read to him when he was a boy. Voyaging under sail was an adventure unlike any other, the ultimate test of courage and will. The risks were enormous, but the rewards were greater still.
He stood in the cockpit of the Renaissance, feet wide apart, one hand on the helm, as the forty-six-foot yacht glided effortlessly through the cobalt waves, bow pointed just south of east, toward the open sea. The custom-built sailboat was lithe and graceful in the water, with the high mast and spare rigging of a sloop and the bulb keel of a racing craft. Manufactured in Sweden to the exacting specifications of her original owner — a surgeon from Maine — she was the most pleasant boat Daniel had ever sailed. She had also proven herself to be exceedingly durable, surviving two knockdowns in a Force 10 storm off the coast of New Zealand with only minor leaks and a few tears in the mainsail, and shrugging off a lightning strike in the Strait of Malacca that might have split the mast of a lesser boat.
Daniel watched as Quentin worked the main sheets and let the boom out to port, allowing the mainsail and gennaker — a headsail much larger than a jib — to drive the Renaissance forward on a leisurely four-knot run. The winds off Mahé were as fair as predicted, which surprised Daniel. In the Seychelles, November was a month of transition between the dominant monsoons, which meant that anything was possible, including a perfect calm. Two days ago, Daniel had topped off the fuel tanks, expecting to motor-sail all the way to Réunion. Now, however, he powered down the engine and enjoyed the gentle swish of the wake dovetailing behind him.
"Motor's off," he called to Quentin as his son spider-walked to the foredeck, the strains of Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" wafting out of the cabin below.
Quentin gave him a thumbs-up sign and sat down beside the bow rail, his long hair flowing out behind him. Seeing his son so at peace with the world brought Daniel a joy he could scarcely describe. It was as if Quentin had been sent back into the womb and reborn. After three quarters of a year at sea and twenty countries sprinkled like fairy dust around the equatorial belt of the earth, the years of parental anguish he and Vanessa had suffered almost seemed like someone else's history.
Quentin had been a challenge from birth. As a newborn, he had squalled while other children cooed. As a child, he had made impossible demands and thrown tantrums when they weren't met. In adolescence, his moodiness had grown into low-grade misanthropy. He was extremely bright — his IQ was in the genius range — but he had treated people like irritants. After years of struggling, Daniel and Vanessa had sought professional help, but the therapy and medication had only confused him further. He was highly sensitive and emotionally immature, the psychologists said, but he was too functional to be autistic, too socially capable to have Asperger's, and too stable to be bipolar. His agitation wasn't mania, just intense frustration with a world that never met his expectations. He was, in short, undiagnosable, which left everyone around him floundering.
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Corban Addison is a fine writer and I have enjoyed his previous novels but this one is his best. No one who is engaged in our world politics should miss reading this book. It should be required reading in every legitimate book club that is not just a social meeting. The pages just flew by. Nary a dull page.
This book was so much more than I anticipated! It was such a roller coaster of emotions! I had a hard time getting into it at first, even though it was interesting but then I really got caught up in it. There is so much more to the events in the story than what it looks like on the outside. It's very interesting to see how far people will go to save their family members. Such a good read and really gets you thinking about things and how we judge other people.
I was really pleased with this book. The author was very good at building the plot, to the point where, about halfway through, I thought the story was coming to an end but there was still half a book to go. I couldn’t imagine how he was going to fill all those extra pages, but he did. And he did it well! Daniel Parker and his son, Quentin are taking a trip around the world in his sailboat- taking the time to rediscover each other and reflect on problems at home that are taking them to places they don’t want to go. They keep in close contact with David’s wife, Vanessa on their trip, hoping that she will join them at some point in the trip but so far she hasn’t been willing to do so. As they sail the waters of the Indian Ocean, warnings go out that there has been an unsuccessful attempt to pirate a ship ahead of them. The son asks his father if they should cut their trip short and make for land to be on the safe side. Daniel ponders this and then decides that they should not be victimized by the possible threat, but they should continue on their trip- hoping against hope that Vanessa will join them when they reach South Africa. From the other side, we meet Ismael, a Somali pirate who is onboard one of 3 boats trying to overtake a ship and hold it and its crew hostage for a ransom. Not being able to contact the other boat, Ismael and the men on his boat quickly retreat and try to decide what to do next. The financiers of the pirate crew will want to know why they didn’t succeed and it could cost them their lives if they don’t bring back a reward worth sending them out for. It is then that they decide to find a new target and Daniel’s sailboat provides just the thing. From here the story moves back and forth from the pirates to the Parkers to Vanessa, who is anxiously trying to raise the money needed to secure her husband and her son’s lives, while, on board an American military ship, hostage negotiators work to bring the ordeal to a successful end and get the Parkers home safely. The book kept a good pace, used a lot of descriptive language that would impress any hostage negotiator or sailor, and made me feel empathy towards the Parker family and all they had to deal with. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat- very well written!
The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did I was hooked. I enjoyed the twists and turns the writer took me through to get to the end of the story. Admittedly I was a bit perturbed with him halfway through the story when it took me in a completely different direction, but I could not throw the book down in a huff and walk away. I had to keep reading. I had to keep reading to the very end. Daniel and his teenage son Quentin are sailing around the world, while Vanessa, wife and mother to the two respectively, stays in Annapolis and contemplates the state of her marriage. Paul is a hostage negotiator for the FBI and has been married to his job since his wife left him years before. Ismail is a Somalian pirate. Megan is a successful attorney and Paul’s twin sister. Each of them has a story of his own and yet their stories are about to become interminably entwined. Corban Addison’s The Tears of Dark Water is probably not a book I would have picked for myself to read, but I am glad I did. I enjoyed the journey. While I do not have the same worldview as the author, I enjoyed the story. Justice truly does prevail in the end too. I received this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. Note: this book has some mild language
This 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.
Okay, first off -- props to whoever thought up the title! When I was first sent this book, without even looking at the synopsis, it instantly had me thinking "ah, pirate story I'm guessing." Imagine my surprise to find that it involves modern day pirates! It's not a topic I see come up a lot in novels, so I was definitely intrigued. Given the pirate idea, I was thinking this one was primed to be quite the action-thriller but something about it missed the mark a bit for me. While the story did have its entertaining and edgy moments, I thought that the characterization work as a whole was a little lacking. This kind of story is perfect for the style of writing that is quick, terse, to the point, but here it felt like the plot got bogged down a bit with too many minute, unnecessary details. I was missing that sensation of pure nail-biting suspense. And side-note, can I just put in here that I was a bit icked out by Paul's multiple "if you weren't my sister, I'd marry you / I'd be all over that" lines to Megan in the early parts of the story. Thankfully he reigns that in later, but ... blech. Back to the plot being bogged down -- my initial reaction to seeing that this was a story involving a kidnapping / hostage situation, my initial thought was 440 pages for that?! Seems a bit long. And I did find that there were portions of dialogue that did feel repetitive, could definitely do with a hack down in parts. Also, the heavy use of acronyms had me thinking of one of my favorite scenes from Good Morning Vietnam. I know it's the military, but lordy! Still, the length of the book makes sense when you see that part of it is the hostage situation itself, but a good portion of the book gets into the aftermath / recovery process -- how the victim characters heal, how the criminals are made to answer for their actions. That level of tense action I was hoping for does pick up during this second half, starting with when a metaphorical wrench is thrown into the negotiations.I actually found that to be one of the most interesting parts of the story myself. My favorite part though was the story of Yasmin, Ismail's kidnapped sister. Though her story is only a tiny portion of the entire novel, I found her character to be so brave, yet so real. I seriously could have read a whole novel just on her experiences!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Tears of Dark Water. At times I found it slow and others quite intriguing. My expectations were short sighted, and thus I found the second half to move a little faster. A much longer story than I had assumed I would be reading. You could almost make two books out of it. At least thats what I originally thought. Once I finished and let the story ruminate for awhile, I realized I enjoyed the story and the pace. Beautiful ending and well woven. I liked the element of realism to the romance and characters lives in general. Not a fluff book, but not action packed either. I am sure others will find it more gripping than I seem to have. I would recommend it to many people without hesitation. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for review. However, I am under no obligation to read or review and my words are my own*
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 shines 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 is 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 ty 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. It’s a story of forgiveness and redemption. While it isn’t a Christian book exactly, one will definitely be able to pick out the themes. 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. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
First of all, I have to tell everyone this book is not my typical read. Not only are the topics out of my usual preferences, but I start screaming "hokey" the minute I hear about the whole "pirate, intrigue, mystery" thing. I am honestly so glad I was able to step outside my usual reading box on this one! This great book would have been one that I would have missed out on reading if I hadn't expanded my choices, that's for sure! My hat is off to you, Mr. Corban Addison for a fantastic book filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, realism, loss, love, devotion, forgiveness, compassion, and so much more! I may even venture into reading your other books thanks to this eye opening experience! Mr. Addison does a fantastic job at his story telling in The Tears of Dark Water. The plot is - in a nutshell - about modern day piracy with people's lives being torn apart and cultures clashing. It's about terrorism, which tragically, is in the newspaper and has become part of our everyday lives. It's about the United States government versus - well - "them". In The Tears of Dark Water, we read about human needs, different cultures and religions, the bonds of families, and ultimately about justice and truth. We begin the book learning about Daniel and Vanessa Parker, who are a successful lawyer and doctor, respectively. They have a 17 year old son, Quentin, who is at the difficult teenage stage causing trouble at school and in their lives. In the hopes of reconnecting with Quentin, Daniel plans a world sailing trip on the family yacht, Renaissance. Daniel also hopes that Vanessa will join them since their slowly fading marriage is in desperate need of repair and restoration. Vanessa opts to stay at home, in Washington DC, working in her medical practice, so Daniel and Quentin head on the trip alone. As Daniel and Quentin travel on the yacht, Daniel continues to write to Vanessa encouraging her to join them at various ports along the way. Their trip is doing Daniel and Quentin's relationship a complete restoration and they have gotten pretty far on their trip, until they get the coast of Somalia. That's where the pirates come into the story: A band of pirates hijacks the yacht and its two sailors, Captain Daniel first mate, Quentin. The leader is Isamil, who is a highly intelligent young man, who has experienced his own sadness in life. He has seen violence and murder, having even been kidnapped himself. He knows what a family torn apart looks like and is desperate to reconnect with his sister, Yasmin, who disappeared years earlier. His only link to Yasmin all this time has been a mobile phone she has managed to keep secret from those around her. The US employs the services of hostage negotiator, Paul Derrick who, along with the Navy and the SEALS, are deployed to rescue Daniel and Quentin, and to stop the seven pirates who have now become their hostage takers. Everyone gets involved, including Daniel's parents, and Vanessa feels her heartstrings pull toward the love she feels for Daniel. I'm not going to spill the beans here, but I'm going to tell you I found the book to be quite believable. I was intrigued while learning about the Quran as it was quoted several times throughout the book. These diverse elements and characters come together and the author shares each character's different pasts while weaving the characters into this one single traumatic event. See the rest of my review at http://2014andbeyond.com.
I was given this book for an honest review. I thought this book was a page turner, once I started reading I couldn't put it down till I was done. I really felt that this book covered so many issues going on right now in the news....On US Government vs everyone, terrorism, Piracy on the Indian Ocean, family bonds, human truth, justice and decency, and religion. I truly think this book was well researched. This book is about a successful lawyer, his wife a doctor and their teenage son, Daniel, Vanessa and Quentin Parker. Daniel and Quentin almost through a world sailing trip on there yacht. Vanessa lives in their home in Washington DC, working as a doctor in a practice she founded. The sailing trip is an attempt to re-bond father and son. Quentin has been a troubled teen. At the same time Vanessa and Daniels relationship has been on the rocks, they have had there ups and downs over the last few years. The trip was going magnificently, they are off the coast of Somalia. Then out of nowhere a band of pirates led by Ismail, hijacked there yacht. Ismail has lived through violence, murder, kidnapping and his world torn apart. To add to it Ismail's sister Yasmin has disappeared. Ismail is extremely smart, concreting how young he is. News hits the United States of the hijacking and the United States sends a group of Navy seals and a hostage negotiator named Paul Derrick to rescue Daniel and Quentin Parker. Of course things don't go as planned, that leaves everyone to protect and save themselves. Corban writes this story with heart. The elements, characters and story are gripping twisting and turning, leaving you with a since of knowing each character for who they are. It also leaves you with a serious message about people.
The Tears of Dark Water By Corban Addison Each choice we make throughout our life is like a pebble tossed into a pond. The ripples spread out touching and crossing the choices others have made, but how these choices merge is unpredictable. Three different families are about to discover how the choices they've made throughout their lives are about to forever alter their lives. In each the decision to take one course rather than another sets them on a path that leads to both tragedy and hope. In an attempt to help save his son, Quentin from the self-destructive path he finds himself on Daniel Parker has embarked on a sailing trip that will take them around the world. But an unplanned encounter with Somali pirates is about to reveal a world and a culture that is hidden behind media headlines. The Tears of Dark Water is a brutal and eye-opening book that peels back the layers of a world held hostage by those who seized power. What we see if not necessarily what is and this thought is thoroughly explored throughout this book. The verse "We see through a glass darkly," suits The Tears of Dark Water. We see the Somali pirates as mercenaries who are motivated by greed. But why do they want this money? Why do they need this money? To those who know Ismail, in no way could he be involved in piracy or the violence that followed. But the truth is hidden away in the mind of one young man - a truth that may or may not ever be known. This book is unlike any previous Thomas Nelson I have before read. I wouldn't label it Christian, though the publisher is known for its Christian titles. There is a powerful message tucked within these pages - a message that is timely and may touch each reader's heart in a profound way. Hope is a powerful weapon, allowing us to face the seemingly impossible. It allows us to confront the day no matter what troubles we know are coming. Hope allows us to heal. To love. To be willing to sacrifice what we have. Hope allows those shackled by their life to search for a glimpse of freedom. Be ready to be moved in both your way of thinking and feeling. Look beneath the surface to discover the whole truth. I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
I received this book in the mail, it didn't say who it was from or anything. I looked at the cover and I was like, I've never even heard of this book or author. The next day, I got the same book again and it was from Fiction Guild. And I was like okay, guess I will be reading this one. Wow, was I surprised! I absolutely got into this book after the first couple of chapters and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! There was a lot going on in this book. A couple who let the work rat race come between their marriage, a man and a son who took off for a journey around the world, an FBI negotiator who has a twin sister who works for a well known Washington law firm, Somali pirates and a history of Somali. Even Captain Phillips (the role portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie of the same name) was mentioned in this book. You can imagine how all this comes together, but you can't imagine that the story is only half way over after the hostage crisis. You will have so many feelings for the hostages, plus so many different feelings for one of the hostage takers. It's like no book that I have ever read. Suspenseful, emotional, sad, characters facing all their demons and fears and just down right entertaining and intriguing. I profoundly recommend this book as it makes you judge your own character as well as you think "just what would I have done?". Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
A fast paced thriller that kept me reading. A novel of misfortune and tragedy but also of justice, hope and redemption.
This book was different for me. It reminded me a lot of the Tom Hanks movie, so if you enjoyed that movie you may like/love this book. For me this book at times moved slow because I felt there was too much information (such as the Somali pirates weapons and things being said between each other that really had no reason to be in the book). Others will feel completely opposite of me and feel this was the best book of the year (which I am happy they feel this way). This is just not my normal genre so I think that made a big difference for me. I did really try to love it. I received a copy of this book from Fiction Guild for my honest review.
This book was not my normal type of reading material, and the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure about it, but once I got into it, I had to finish reading it. I found myself reading in airports, on the plane, at restaurants, and in my hotel room in the evenings until it was finished. This is a very intense story about two Americans who sail into dangerous waters, are kidnapped by Somali pirates, and the ensuing casualties and trial. It is told from the perspective of each of the main characters by chapter. While on the surface this is just a terrible tale of Somalia and the pirates operating there, in reality it is the story of Somalia in the aftermath. It is the story of how the type of horror that tears a country apart drives the people who lived through it, and how it affects them and those in their path forever. I connected with the main characters, even Ismail, because of their deep development. Each of the main characters have a terrible tragedy in their life, and these build and develop them into the people they are now. Paul is a successful FBI negotiator, Megan is a successful lawyer, Vanessa carries with her the remnants from a horrible childhood, Ismail is forever marked by the Somalia war and what it did to his family, Quentin has to deal with the aftermath of what occurs during the kidnapping, and they all have to find the truth of what really occurred during that time on the sailboat that resulted in Daniel's death in order to move on with life. In spite of the tragedy and horror of the kidnapping and how it affects them all, there is a thread of hope and justice being served that runs throughout the story. I found the ending to be one of hopefulness for the future and reconciliation of past hurts. Overall it was an amazingly intense read with a very important message.
This is not what I expected at all. After reading the cover I thought oh no, but decided to take the plunge and read. The more I read the more I wanted to read faster to find out the outcome. I found this to be well written and the characterization was great. I liked how each chapter was from the viewpoint of the different characters and you found out how the past affected their present actions. We all have things in our past that can make or break us by our choices. It is a book of forgiveness and learning to move on, of growing and learning, of giving a voice to the enemy, etc it is multifaceted. I want to thank Thomas Nelson & Zondervan's Fiction Guild for giving me the opportunity to read a copy of "THE TEARS OF DARK WATER" in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is the most descriptive book I have read in a long time. In fact, it is so descriptive that when I had a couple of moments to read, I thought to myself, "What was the name of that show I was watching?" because I thought that I had been watching a show from DVR and forgot that it was a book. The descriptions were that good! It was clear a lot of research went into this book. I learned a lot about the culture in Somalia and the geography in the area as well. I always enjoy reading a book that I learn something from. The characters were nicely written, but I would have appreciated a little bit more backstory to further the connection before the story took off. I wanted Daniel and Quentin to survive, but didn't have a huge emotional investment in whether they did or not. I was a little surprised to read a couple of curse words in the book. I never expected to read curse words in a Thomas Nelson book. I also anticipated a little more of a message of Christianity in the book. However, I enjoyed the book despite it. Overall, this was a good book. I think fans of suspense novels would enjoy it a lot. I would love to read another book by Addison. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
A sailing trip around the world, a father, a troubled son, a Somali kidnapper/pirate and an FBI top hostage negotiator equal a book full of tension, sorrow and compassion. Addison writes an excellent tale of danger on the high seas,along with the consequences of not keeping a negotiated agreement.
A very interesting book. A little scary at times but to realize that some of these things actually happened. I would recommend this book who like a books with a little suspens
Apt title for captivating tale of three families. We begin with a father who takes his troubled son on a sailing adventure, the wife & mother, a physician, has just bought her airline ticket to join them overseas in hopes of repairing the rifts in their family when she learns they have been hijacked by Somali pirates. From here we learn the "rest of the story" as the backstory, family adversity & trials of all three main characters are revealed. The main pirate involved whose sister has been kidnapped by the man who killed their father in front of them leading him on a path that leads him away from all his beliefs & values. The top leading FBI hostage negotiator & his sister, a leading defense attorney, who takes on the defense of the pirate. Two families that seem to have attained fame & fortune but where has it led them to? Get comfortable for you will not want to put this book down once you are led from Washington, D.C. to tears of dark water.
In this novel, three families each touched by their own separate tragedies, will forever be bound together in a tangled web of betrayal, love, and forgiveness. Daniel and Vanessa Parker have a struggling marriage that is only made worse by the problems they’re having with their teenage son, Quentin. To give his marriage and Quentin the second chance they desperately need, Daniel takes Quentin on a voyage sailing around the world. His hope is not only that Quentin will benefit from the voyage, but that Vanessa & Daniel will be able to rediscover their love for each other and save their marriage after the voyage is done. Ismail is a young Somali pirate that has seen his fair share of tragedy. Not only has he seen family and friends murdered before his very eyes, but the man who committed these murders also kidnapped his sister, Yusmin. Whether good or bad, every choice Ismail has made since Yusmin’s kidnapping has been to put him on a path to rescue her. Paul Derrick is the government’s top hostage negotiator. His sister, Megan, is a well-respected criminal defense lawyer in Washington. The two siblings share a deep bond that was born out of a family tragedy that has affected them throughout their entire lives. Oh, this was a wonderful story! I was initially intrigued by the description of the book and I was hooked immediately. There’s a strong theme of familial bonds and loyalty that is just beautiful throughout the book. I immediately found myself swept up in Daniel & Quentin’s story of circumnavigation and then being transfixed with Ismail & Yusmin’s story later on in the book. And about halfway through the book the author brilliantly unearths more of the story to give the reader a deeper glance and it truly kept me hanging on in suspense until the very end. I appreciated the separate points of view from the characters that gave their stories an added depth as well. This was a riveting, multi-layered story that is sure to entertain and keep you in suspense. I also have to add that with 10 or less cuss words in the entirety of its 400-something pages, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others. I really appreciate that while the author was able to describe some harsh realities, especially for women, there was no graphic sex or violence. I was shocked at how “clean” the book was. It’s truly hard to find a good book without all the junk in it and this book passes with flying colors. While it’s difficult to leave a detailed review and communicate just how well-written and fantastic this story is without giving away any spoilers, I can for sure say that I highly recommend this book and am making it a priority to get my hands on the other two books by this author! (I received and ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The above opinions are entirely my own.)