Forgiveness and redemption find their source in the unlikeliest of places, even in the torture cells of Saddam Hussein. In Tanya Parker Mills' award-winning and gritty work, The Reckoning, one woman's past comes back to haunt her as she struggles to survive political cruelty and injustice.
Journalist Theresa Fuller has epilepsy, but this hasn't slowed her search for stories of injustice to broadcast to the world. When she and her cameraman, Peter Cranston, are captured inside Iraq in August 2002, she is cut off from her medication. Seizures resume, and dreams and visions of her American childhood in Baghdad begin to trouble her. Tormented by the relentless Colonel Badr, she is forced to focus on her own father's death years before in a Baghdad prison. The strain of her own captivity is relieved only by her growing attraction to Tariq al-Awali, the Iraqi captain who took charge of her capture. The more she learns of him and his family, the clearer her haunting dreams become, and the more puzzling her past. Before American bombs begin to fall, and all of Iraq is thrown into even darker chaos, Theresa must find a way to escape the cruelty of Colonel Badr and save those she cares for most.
The author has a masterful way of writing! I love the detailed descriptions that help you to really see the story happening in your mind. The twists & turns keep the story very intriguing so that it's hard to pause from listening. I loved the way she used the epileptic episodes to see into her childhood without pulling you away from the story. What a tender love story amidst so much pain - yet coming to an end with peace & understanding. She did an amazing job on the audio with all of those foreign accents and differing genders. I would definitely recommend it!
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Would you listen to The Reckoning again? Why?
Yes, I would. I really enjoyed the development of characters and the narration.
What other book might you compare The Reckoning to and why?
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because of the use of past and present in the story line. As well as the way both author transported me into the scenes using the sense of smell.
What about Tanya Parker Mills’s performance did you like?
She was a rock star with all the accents! That was a most welcome surprise!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, indeed. Not much laughter, but many gasps and waiting with my heart stuck in my throat.
Any additional comments?
I found myself lost in this story more than once-even folding socks and listening proved to be difficult.
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Had to quit reading. Narration is Terrible and the very graphic violence is just not my "cup of tea"
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