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.
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.