The Tightening Dark by Sam Farran audiobook

The Tightening Dark: An American Hostage in Yemen

By Sam Farran  and Benjamin Buchholz
Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Hachette Books, Hachette Book Group 9780306922718

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549165467

  • ISBN: 9781549165443

  • Available on 10/01/2021

    ISBN: 9781668602768

Runtime: 8.47 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

This riveting memoir follows a Lebanese-Muslim-American and thirty-year US Marine veteran who suffered a six-month ordeal at the hands of a brutal regime in Yemen—and remained loyal to his country through it all.

As air strikes carpeted Yemen's capital, Sam Farran was one of only two Americans in the war-ravaged country. He was there as “contractor” to conduct security assessments for a variety of international firms. Days after his arrival, he was brutally seized and taken hostage by Houthi rebels. Sam would spend the next six months suffering a horrific ordeal that would test his endurance, his loyalty, and his very soul.
 
Every day his captors asked him—as a fellow Muslim—to betray America and his Marine heritage in exchange for his freedom. Would he give in to the Houthis and return to his Middle Eastern roots? In the end—and despite daily threats to his life—Sam found the strength to resist and came out of his experience no longer a man of two countries but an American.
 
The Tightening Dark is an intimate, riveting, and inspiring memoir of heroic strength, courage, survival, and commitment to country. It is a reminder that the best parts of the American dream are the dreamers—those who pledge to being American, regardless of where they are born.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fine memoir and a disturbing hostage drama with a happy ending.” Kirkus Reviews
“Offers insightful details about the complex situation in Yemen and the larger forces at play in the Middle East. This is an illuminating look behind the headlines.” Publishers Weekly
“Sam Farran, like so many other Marines and servicemembers of all kinds, fought to keep America safe, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. As a Muslim boy who immigrated to Dearborn, Michigan, he represents the best of America, its diversity, its open arms, and its opportunity. Sam’s powerful story is worthy of your time.” Tom Ridge, first secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd governor of Pennsylvania

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Author

Author Bio: Sam Farran

Author Bio: Sam Farran

Haisam “Sam” Farran was born in Lebanon but moved to the United States at age ten. He joined the US Marines and served in many locations and in many roles around the world, culminating as a warrant officer working from the military attaché office in Yemen. Sam fell in love with Yemen and returned time and again to work there as an analyst and facilitator for US and other companies. He married a Yemeni woman and now lives in Beirut.

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Author Bio: Benjamin Buchholz

Author Bio: Benjamin Buchholz

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English