Detained - Book Review

A man and his son dreamed of America's freedom,
but the dream became a nightmare
when they ended up at Guantanamo Bay.

Hasan Makari and his son, Najib, both Lebanese nationals, 
have dreamed of the day they would experience the shining freedom of America.
But when they arrive in the US, they are arrested, accused of terrorism,
and incarcerated at the Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba, all on false charges.
Suddenly, they face the nightmare of death by execution.
Their only hope is Navy JAG Officer Matt Davis, who has been assigned to the case of his life-
to defend the Makaris in court at Guantánamo Bay.
Matt believes his clients are innocent, but he faces monumental opposition-
not only from powerful federal prosecutors with a huge agenda and an unlimited budget,
but also from the woman he loves who, as a fellow JAG officer,
has been ordered onto the prosecution team to convict the Makaris.
As the drama unfolds in Cuba, Emily Gardner, a top-ranking TSA lawyer,
has just received a larger-than-life nomination
as General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security.
While preparing for confirmation by the US Senate,
she discovers a shocking scheme that will turn her life upside down.
Can Emily expose the truth in time to save the lives of those being accused-
and escape with her own life?
Somewhere between the war-torn plains of Northern Lebanon
and the secret torture chamber of Guantánamo Bay lie the keys to justice.

My Thoughts
I have to confess that I was a little. . .okay, very apprehensive about reading this book.
Typically, I don't read many novels that are in the political realm,
but I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and try something new.
Boy, am I glad I did!

Detained is the first book in The Navy JAG Series 
and begins with Hasan Makari and his son Najib who are Lebanese nationals.
We meet these characters in Lebanon where they have come out to watch
the American Ambassador make history in their country,
only things go terribly wrong that day. . .

Years later the memory of what happened to the Ambassador
is still etched into the minds and hearts of Hasan and Najib.
Unfortunately, the event that took place so many years ago
 now becomes a terrifying reality for them as they face accusations of being terrorists.
These two men know Christ as their personal Savior
and they will have their faith put to the ultimate test as they endure pain, heartache,
and the threat of death by execution.
They must rely solely on the Lord Jesus Christ for He is their Rock and Strength.
More than once I had tears in my eyes as I read about what the Makari's faced. . .

"Hasan closed his eyes and remembered the words of Isaiah the prophet:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.

But the words of Scripture did not stop the rats from advancing on his body.
They crawled up onto his neck and face and into his hair.
"Take me, Jesus! Take me!"
{ Detained - page 134 }

You will want to buckle down for this book because it will give you a thrilling ride.
The pages are filled with drama, excitement, governmental intrigue, and suspense.
You will walk away from Detained with your eyes open a little wider
to things about the government, the Navy, and the TSA.
It is truly terrifying to see what can happen when someone in a position of power
loses control and it's heartbreaking to see the Constitution of America
thrown out the window because someone has his/her own agenda. . .
an agenda of power and greed.
May we never forget the cost of our freedom and liberty 
and may we continue to fight for it - may we never let out guard down!
Detained is a fictitious book, but it hits oh-so-close to home.
The truth will set you free and in this book there is a battle raging for truth and justice.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning CalmThe Malacca Conspiracy,
The Navy Justice Series, and 
The Black Sea Affair,
a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia.
Don served five years in the U.S. Navy
as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps,
which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy
and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon.
He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice,
but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He and his family live in North Carolina,
where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.
Learn more at www.donbrownbooks.com


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Stephanie. At first glance, like you, I thought I would not like this book. Thank you for the review because it sounds like a very good read/series and I do need to step out of my comfort zone occasionally. With the hot temps, I am reading more in the comfort of the air conditioning.

Wishing you a blessed weekend.

Debbie said...

good, it sounds like in the end, you enjoyed it!!

Vee said...

It sounds way too intense and too much like the news for me. Glad that you persevered to the end and that you have an appreciation for the story.

You have a beautiful new header there! (Maybe I just haven't been paying attention.)

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, I am so impressed with how much you love to read. I have been wanting to find a good book and start reading again. Nel is the book lover in the family, and she has a whole library of books in her study. I wanted to thank you for your comment on my story today, it meant so much to me. I have been feeling sad since yesterday, as it was unsettling to hear about that, but having blog friends like you who care makes it so much better. Thank you, dear Stephanie. You are truly a good person.

love, ~Sheri

vic said...

Hello lovely Stephanie oohh another book I think I will have to read thank you for this it sounds pretty interesting.
Have a lovely evening my friend
Vic xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning sweet friend!

Like you, I probably would have stayed away from this genre of literature simply because I'm not particularly interested in political or military themes! But good is good. And the first step begins with starting out from page to page; this has happened to me with other books whose subjects did not interest me, but once I got started, I was SURPRISED! That is the beauty of reading: you open the pages and the pages open YOUR MIND. Awesome.

Have a super weekend! I hope you have something lovely planned! Anita

Blogoratti said...

Sounds like a really engaging book, and the storyline seems nice. Nice review and great of you to share!

Linda Walker said...

This does sound like a good book! How do you find time to do everything plus all this reading??? You are simply amazing!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Now I have to say I too, probably would not have chosen to read this book but you have piqued my interest. I'll be adding it to my 'list' on BookBub.

Anne Payne said...

I had no intention of reading this book (I saw it come through for review but ignored it) BUT now that I have read your review, it will definitely go on my TBR list. I'm so glad you stepped out of your comfort zone and read this book. I need to do that more often. I think I am in a rut.

Happy Reading!!!

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