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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Book Review - A Walk Across the Sun By Corban Addison

"A novel that is beautiful in its story as also important in its message." ~ John Grisham

Deserving to receive the title of #1 on the New York Best Seller List, A Walk Across the Sun not only addresses but also attacks a subject that most people cringe at when mentioned - Human Trafficking, Sex Trade and Slavery.

Hopefully progress on this attack will prevent even another child to be stripped of her/his childhood innocence. Realistically, we know we are a long ways off before this is accomplished legally, but we mustn’t give up in working towards that end.

While many turn a blind eye or bury their head in the sand and wish it away, author Corban Addison delves right in and challenges the subject head-on by penning this brilliant, page-turning read. (I was up until 3:30 am reading it, not able to put it down.) Although the story in and of itself is fictitious, the devastating tragedies it portrays certainly is not. It is very real in the world we live in today.

The author of suspense himself, Mr. John Grisham is singing praises for this priceless piece of literary artwork.

Peppered with intrigue and suspense, this cat-and-mouse game will keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot is not all clear cut as you may think as you read it. The many twists and turns will grab you, as just when you think you see the light at the end of the darkest tunnel, you realize it is just the train coming in the other direction toward you. You are taken through the gamete of emotions from sadness and fear to anger and joy. Profoundly touched to my very core, I cried and then sobbed for not only the characters in the novel, but for all the women and children across the globe who find themselves robbed of their dignity to be treated as a human beings versus something comparable to caged animals. The vivid descriptions help you to envision those whose eyes have become lifeless and their souls hollow as they desperately seek a way out of their tortured existence. Yet by the last page, I was left with an energetic feeling to stand up and join the cause against these heinous crimes and the demons who commit them!

Written in such a way as to make you well aware of what is taking place without all the graphic details being spelled out, A Walk Across the Sun is a masterpiece. It tells the story of two innocent young sisters Ahalya and Sita Ghai, who after being left homeless and orphaned are through no fault of their own pitched headlong into a world they could never have imagined in their worse nightmares - the debauched underworld of slave labor, human trafficking, sex trade and drugs. Following their plight across the globe along with the lawyer who works tirelessly to rescue them as he works out his own personal demons and heartbreaking circumstances; Addison weaves a tale of the stark reality of this sheer depravity that exists not only in South Asia for certain but that which spans across the entire globe. At the same time he succeeds in depicting the beauty of India and her people which also exists. It is a story of "love's transforming power, even in the face of unimaginable obstacles." 

If there is one book we all need to read, be moved by and share with others, A Walk Across the Sun is that book! It will take you on an unforgettable journey into the "darkest and most resilient corners of the human heart", but it will hopefully also leave you a changed person in the sense that there is something each and every one of us can do in helping to eradicate this global pandemic. 

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A Walk Across the Sun, published by SilverOak, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, can be found in major bookstores and online (978-1-4027-9280-9). It is also published as an Ebook (978-1-4027-9281-6). 

1 comment:

  1. Great review!

    I recently read this book, and finally decided to write up my thoughts on it. Wonder if you could share your understanding of the short poem the protagonist wrote towards the end of the book? I mulled over it, but it didn't quite connect for me.

    The poem can be found here along with my thoughts: