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The Tears of Dark Water ~ Review

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 is 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.

About the Book:
Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, D.C. power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded fac̦ade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream of theirs--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 this: the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and to 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 life. 

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 Megan and him into the past--or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. 

Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them, and break them, but that 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.