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A Walk Across The Sun: A Novel [Paperback]

Corban Addison
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Jan. 4 2012
An unforgettable journey into the underworld of modern-day slavery, A Walk Across the Sun begins on December 26, 2004, as seventeen-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her younger sister, Sita, are walking on the beach outside their home in Chennai, India. Suddenly, the unimaginable happens: a devastating tsunami hits the shore, tearing their family apart instantly and leaving them orphaned and alone. As they attempt to travel toward safety inland, they are kidnapped and delivered to a Mumbai brothel, to begin new lives as captive prostitutes. In Washington, DC, a young lawyer, Thomas Clarke, is forced to take a sabbatical from his prestigious law firm. He chooses to serve his time with a non-profit group working in the red-light areas of Mumbai, where his wife, Priya, has returned to live with her family following the tragic loss of their child. Little does he know that his reluctant penance will soon turn into an international quest for the woman he has lost and a child he has never met. Though separated by half a world, the destinies of Thomas and the Ghai sisters become intertwined as Sita is trafficked to Paris and then New York. Before long, Thomas is navigating the brutal system of international human trafficking in an effort to reunite the sisters and save Sita’s life. Unflinchingly gritty yet ultimately hopeful, A Walk Across the Sun is an eye-opening tale of family and survival.

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"Addison has written a novel that is beautiful in its story and also important in its message. A Walk Across the Sun deserves a wide audience." --John Grisham
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

CORBAN ADDISON is a litigation attorney and a supporter of human-rights and social-justice causes around the world. He holds degrees in law and engineering and lives with his wife and children in Virginia. This is his first novel.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scorcher of a Read!! Jan. 29 2012
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Story Description:

Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.

When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.

Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.

My Review:

This was a difficult book to read for me because it dealt with the horrible but very real world of exploitation in its worst form; the rape of young girls and women. This despicable act isn't just relegated to the farest reaches of our planet but happens every single day in our own backyards.

A Walk Across the Sun is the story of two sisters who lose their family to a tsunami and then are kidnapped in broad daylight and sold into the sex slave industry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this book July 2 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An awesome read for sure. Taking us across the globe educating us on the different walks of life and the dangers that lurk out there where our young girls/daughters/friends/sisters are concerned.
Couldn't put the book down and have since shared this book with so many friends and family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The sexual exploitation of children is one of the many tragedies of globalization. 'A Walk Across the Sun,' explores the movement of children from developing world countries like India to United States where they can become slaves to the perverse desires of the despicable pedophile. Sita and Ahalya have barely survived the deadly tsunami on December 26, of 2004 that's hit their village on the western coast of India. Numbed by the death of their mother and father and grandmother, they leave their destroyed house of a nun from the school they attend. Displaced and wretched, they become easy fodder for kidnappers looking to sell them as slaves. At the same time, Thomas Clarke is an attorney living in Washington D.C. who has recently lost a child to crib death. Stopping at a park for a walk and contemplation, he witnesses the kidnapping of a little girl from her mother. Coinciding with the recent death of his daughter, he experiences an emotional bond with the mother of the abducted little girl. When he is blamed for a botched law suit at his firm, Thomas uses the firm's offer of a leave to join a non-profit group in India dedicated to stopping the use of underage prostitutes in the Mumbai. This gives him the opportunity to do something he believes in and provides an opportunity to mend his marriage to an India woman who has returned to her home of the same city. The book follows the terrible travails of Sita and Ahalya and the desperate attempts of Thomas Clarke to save them and his marriage at the same time. It's a riveting read that provides insight into a human tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story Aug. 28 2012
By Novel Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book was a first for me by this author.
The story deals with the money business of children slavery for all things as diverse as work and sex. This story shares a universal problem, that is extremely hard to stop, and the author does a good job of telling how futile the authorities job is and as well how rewarding it is when there are rescues.
Throughout; the central characters have their own stories, which makes up the balance of the novel.
I liked that the author did not over sensationalize this issue with graphic details, as knowing it is a reality is already horrific enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read July 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book and devoured it in 24 hours, though the story line was a little predicable the book overall was an eye opening read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Such a cliche June 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book because it was on sale and had a nice cover. Unfortunately, that's all it had going for it. The story was cliche; the characters were flat and I actually skipped pages out of boredom. I see why it was so discounted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden World April 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book for a meeting of the book club I beloing to.

When I first started to read this book, I was filled with trepidation. I had read a book a month ago about the tsnami that occcured on December 26, 2004. This book started with that same tsunami. That book was a very depressing book and I did not enjoy it. That book dealt with a mother that had lost her entire family and how she dealt with it. This book went in another direction.

The tsunami was just a starting point. It was not the focus of the story. The tsunami whipes out a family in India, except for two sisters. They are kidnapped and taken into the world of human trafficing. They are kept together for awhile then are seperated. Their love for each other keeps them alive. A lawyer, at the lowest point in his life, comes to India to work for a non profit group that helps exploited children. Their paths were going to cross.

I really enjoyed the book. I felt the characters were really well developed. The love the two sisters had came through very clearly. The lawyer's character is well developed even though it changes through the book. That is okay as this book can will be an awakening for some people when it come to the subject of child trafficing.

It is a leap of faith to believe that two sisters do survive their ordeal, when so many don't. You do end up cheering for them.

I liked the book and would recommend it. Althought it 500 pages long, it not a hard read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 1 month ago by Romeo l Levasseur
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
This book has many good reviews and I wanted to like it, but it is pure drivel. The writing is just plain bad. Where was the editor? Read more
Published 6 months ago by McNurster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk Across the Sun
I could not put this book down and when I did I kept thinking about when I could pick it back up again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed reading this book. Although it is fiction, what the characters in this story go through is happening all over the world. Read more
Published 10 months ago by linjim
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Couldn't put it down. Was so heart breaking at times, and keeps your heart racing. A must read for young women. Very good.
Published 11 months ago by jessie levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was an excellent read and very well written. I found it a real page turner. Corban Addison did an awesome job writing about a difficult subject. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk Accross the Sun
For a first novel I thought it was great. Well written about a subject that is so current in todays world.
Published 13 months ago by Jane Burkett
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
I loved this book, and I am a picky person in general. I would highly recommend reading if you like an off beat, slightly gory, real life dystopia.
Published 13 months ago by Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching read.
After a slow start the story starts to come alive. This story highlights the unfortunate circumstances of many girls who find themselves alone and without support. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joyce Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener
This story kept me captivated. I don't doubt that this goes on even today. What a sad situation for young people to be in. I cried, laughed and cried again. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Happy Gardner
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