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FRACTURED CLAR NI CHONGHAILE

January 11, 2016

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FRACTURED CLAR NI CHONGHAILE

Published 1st February 2016 by Legened Press

Peter Maguire has been kidnapped in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. He does not know where he is or what is going to happen to him. The journalist is filled with fear and, as the days go by, this dread of the unknown is shot through with remorse for the mistakes of his past.
Peter’s mother Nina comes to Somalia to wait for her son’s release. His plight forces her to relive another trauma—the fatal shooting in Liberia of Shaun Ridge, a young photographer she once loved, and Peter’s real father.
Abdi, a Somali teenager working with Peter’s captors strikes a tenuous friendship with the prisoner based on a shared feeling of captivity. He decides to help Peter escape. Together they set off into the barren vastness of a land filled with danger.
Three people must journey into one of the world’s most dangerous places, the human mind, to answer the question: are we ever truly free? 
My review
Fractured is an engaging novel about a journalist Peter Magurie who has been kidnapped in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
Set in Somalia, we find Peter as he is taken hostage by Islamic fundamentalists. While Peter fears for his saftey, his mother, Nina, a former journalist herself, travels to Somalia to help in any way she can. We also hear from Abdi, one of the abductors, who strike an unlikely friendship with Peter, based on a shared feeling of captivity.
Taking placein one of the world’s harshest lands, three people must find out what it really means to be free.
Peter Magurie can remember his name, he don’t know where his room is or how long he has been there. He don’t know what time it is but he is sure it is daytime as he can smell the outside.  The tomb is made of rough brick. Can he get out?  Not by the hairs on his chinny-chin.
The narratives are split into three parts Peter the journalist, Nina the mother and Abdi the soldier.
Fractured is a topical novel that will appeal to fans of Homeland and those of you that are interested in political thrillers. This story covers issues with islamic fundamentalists, it questions the motivations of extremists and deals with theme of captivity, which unfortunately resonates all too clearly because of the increasingly frequent use of hostages for political purpose. Fractured takes place in Somalia, a country  that has found itself pushed onto front pages for all the wrong reasons.
The author Clar started work on this novel after the birth of her first daughter. Now her daughter is eleven-years-old. that is how long it took Clar to write this novel. Clar feels like her daughter and this novel have grown up together. Clar has worked as a journalist for over 20 years and has lived in Madrid, Paris, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Kenya. Whilst in Nairobi, she freelanced for the Guardian and travelled to Somalia to cover the African Union battle against al Shabaab and the plight of thousands of displaced people.

 

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