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Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC power broker, and she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the facade, 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 that the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead.

Half a world away, on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Ibrahim is plotting the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. Driven to crime by love and loyalty, he hijacks ships for ransom money. 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. When Paul is called to respond to a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take them both into their traumatic 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 a glimmer of hope - that out of the ashes of tragedy the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow, not only for themselves but also for Somalia itself.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 11-25-16

Best of Both: Entertainment & Learning

I thank Audible for offering “The Tears of Dark Water” as a Deal-of-the-Day, because I probably would never have discovered this audiobook otherwise. I do not know if I would recommend “The Tears of Dark Water” to everyone — nor even to all thriller lovers — because it gives the listener a bit of a harrowing ride. Although it does qualify as a thriller, I would never call it Escape Fiction. I do not think that you will want to take this audiobook to the beach, for example. Corban Addison clearly knows his subject matter — which includes Somalian piracy, all things maritime, human rights advocacy, and some recent appalling African history — and delivers it to us in a most enthralling manner. (I do not know about you, but I prefer my history and current events education spoon-fed to me via the humans — albeit fictional humans — who actually experienced these events.) Addison builds a lot of character development into “The Tears of Dark Water,” which renders the story both believable and compelling. Narrator Korey Jackson has a beautiful voice, and does an excellent job of distinguishing all of the diverse characters in this excellent audiobook. He was perfectly chosen to tell us this story. I recommend "The Tears of Dark Water" to anyone who does not mind a bit of education mixed in with their entertainment, and I plan to look for other audiobooks by this author and narrator.

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Captain Philips on steroids

Did a great job of character development. You got to see all sides of the story. The conclusion was guessable and maybe tired up too nearly, bit still a lot of fun.

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Wow another winner for Corban Addison!

Corban is obviously a natural story teller and the detail and content he puts into his international thrillers makes them so hard to put down. From his characters to the environment, politics and geography you feel embedded in the story. what is hard about finishing this book is waiting for the next one! Thank you Corban for another great experience in the same tradition of "a walk across the sun" and "garden of burning sand" - Master Dean Siminoff








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Good to Very Good story, OK narration

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This was a good enough story that it kept me listening. The narration was fairly wooden - an effect heightened by the writing, which was at times irritatingly pretentious ( Who 'illumes' a lamp? You just light it, for Heaven's sake!) BUT the story is good - enough to keep you engaged. And the character development works well, on the whole. Everybody gets a little too saintly at the end - the sugary redemption quotient goes way up. Ignore that, and the first three quarters, four fifths are well worth listening to.

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Too much = too little

This book tries to do way too much between its covers, and as a result, it fails in almost every way.

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Could not listen to this

The story sounded interesting and something I would have liked. But the reader is stiff in delivery, enunciating each syllable, lacks nuance and variation.

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  • jane joensen
  • 07-14-18

I got hooked ..

This book is about piracy. I did not think I would like it but I got intrigued and hooked. I love the way this book tells the story from different angels and therefore gives food to thought about the interactions of rich and poor countries. Well worth a listen..

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  • Graeme
  • 09-16-17

Great begining

I was a little disappointed after such an exciting beginning and then low and behold, a romance. All turned mushy and predictable. I loved the geography and information regarding the pirates.
Not sure I will seek out this author again.