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Dark at the Crossing: A novel

by Elliot Ackerman

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This is a great book that I never quite got into. Even without being fully engaged, however, I was able to appreciate some of the truly stunning scenes that make up this book. It was a 3 1/2 star read for me, but I'm upgrading to 4 because I've been in a mood the last few days and that makes me a harsher grader. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Haris Abadi is an Iraqi by birth, American by gratitude. As an interpreter, his duty is blurred by emotion which leads to regret. Perhaps to set things right, he chooses to return to the Middle East and become a fighter for the Free Syrian Army. He meets Daphne and Amir who also struggle with events in their past and together they work to achieve their desires and cross the border back into Syria but the war is far reaching and filled with deception, revenge and betrayal. There is no place for naivete and the gullible. One needs to know where they're convictions lie, who the enemy is, what they are fighting and why. This story had an unexpected though not fulfilling conclusion and serves to reiterate just how ongoing and complicated this war can be. ( )
1 vote Carmenere | Oct 8, 2017 |
Dark at the reading, too. The author's military background in Afghanistan (setting of his debut novel Green on Blue), Iraq, and Syria wouldn't be enough to make this such a riveting and shame-making novel for every American - he's also a master at plot and dialogue. In this story, Haris, who served the US Army in Iraq as an interpreter, receives American citizenship as a reward (won't happen now - thanks, Trump) and settles with his sister in Michigan, working at a menial job while she attends college. Once his sister is engaged to an Emerati - and Ackerman is very clear on who's got all the luck out of all the Mideast countries - the ones with oil wealth and American backing - his restlessness brings him to Syria to join the Free Army in the fight against Al-Assad and Daesh. What could go wrong for Haris? Just about everything. What could go right for the reader? Just about everything in this fine novel of circumstances and of miserable choices, complete with an unexpectedly devastating ending. Painful and necessary. ( )
2 vote froxgirl | Mar 7, 2017 |
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"A timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria. Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe-a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power."-Provided by publisher.… (more)

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