Detained, by Don Brown, tells the story of two Lebanese nationals, Hasan Makari and his son, Najib. Hasan has always loved everything about America, and he took Najib to see the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon the day the U.S. Embassy was bombed. When Najib finally makes it to the United States to visit Najib who serves in the U.S. Navy, the father and son are falsely accused of terrorism in association to the U.S. Ambassador’s death.
Once Hasan and Najib are arrested, they are transported to Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba where they are incarcerated with the possibility of execution. Navy JAG Officer Matt Davis is assigned to the Makari’s case, and believes their innocence. However, monumental opposition, political agendas, and corrupt TSA agents stand in the way of their freedom. The Makari’s stay positive throughout their convection, and Hasan constantly reminds Najib that God has a plan for them despite the system being rigged.
While studying for the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security nomination, Emily Gardner, a TSA lawyer, discovers classified information that can expose the truth of the Makari’s convection in regards to a corrupt plan top power hungry officials have created in the TSA. The question is, can she reveal the information before the Makri’s are executed while her own life is at stake?
Once I got into the book (after the first chapter that was over 100 pages), Detained was a quick and easy read. The author provides issues relevant to today’s discussions of military relationships, distrust in the government, and human rights (or the lack thereof) in Guantanamo Bay, and keeps up the suspense throughout the book. Highly reminiscent of the themes from the movie A Few Good Men and the television series JAG, I consider Detained an entertaining book.
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