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.
Early in this timely and harrowing thriller from Addison (The Garden of Burning Sand), lawyer Daniel Parker and his troubled piano-playing teenage son, Quentin, are sailing their way toward a better relationship when pirates board their boat in the Indian Ocean. Enter Paul Derrick, a love-starved FBI hostage negotiator, and his twin sister, Megan, a hot-shot attorney. Ismail Ibrahim, the pirates' second-in-command, wants money to free his kidnapped sister, Yasmin, but he's a morally questionable character who's hard to care about. Daniel's violinist wife, Vanessa, and his father, a Washington insider, add emotional complications. Although the details won't be revealed for hundreds of pages, the basic structure of what will happen is clear from the get-go. Very little is what it seems, thanks to double crosses, agency jurisdictional disputes, and passages describing the blood-soaked history of Somalia. Fortunately, the soul-healing power of music lightens the story.
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The Tears of Dark Water
An absolutely amazing book! It touched me so deeply and in so many ways - definitely a book I will never forget. Stunning.
The tears of dark waters
The story is worth telling, but the author's prose is horribly distracting and his understanding of traumatic grief is appalling. It's as if he kept a thesaurus open so he could add unneeded silly adjectives. Characters' deepest thoughts are unnecessarily included with the dialogue, acting as hammers to get his points' across. Author is clearly not familiar with survivor's significant grief reaction and tries to wrap up the process in a neat little package in record time. Overall, this book needs better editing to remove the heavy handed prose that strangles the story and to help author understand the issues of grief in traumatic situations.
The Tears of Dark Water
I have not read a captivating thrille-romance as i did this a combination of Tom clanc, Stieg Larsson and Danielle Steel all rolled into one..with an unpredictable twist at the end.... could we have a sequel Mr Coban ??..awesome