Faith Under Water: Floods Of Our Lives (True stories of climate change refugees Book 1)

March 25, 2019

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Another poignant tale of shattered dreams and soul-crushing despair from the award-winning author of the Daddy’s Curse Series

Faith Under Water: Floods Of Our Lives by Luke. G Dahl

A Harrowing Life
Between the hard life growing up in the village of Ishwaripur, Bangladesh and the ever-present threat of deadly floods, Azam Samad never had the type of childhood that would make any adult nostalgic. Filled with suffering, hardship and the ghost of a dead sister lost to the flood hanging heavy on their psyches, the Samad family were close to breaking point.

Mussarat, Azam’s mother, had tried to convince Ahmed, the Samad patriarch, to leave Ishwaripur due to the increasing incidence of deadly floods, but Ahmed, being a traditionally minded Muslim, was obstinate. He was finally convinced to depart with his family for greener pasture in the city of Dhaka, but another wave of flood hastened their exodus.

A Plan Gone Awry
All wasn’t smooth sailing on the way to Dhaka. Robbed and captured by a gang of Golam Bhuiyam’s bandits, injuring Azam who was trying to protect Saleeha, his younger sister, the Samad family are unable to escape the cycle of incessant tragedies that has become their curse.

An Unexpected Betrayal
Brought to New Golam, the stronghold of the criminal leader, to serve as “helpers,” the Samad family quickly adjusts in order to survive and plan another escape and Azam makes a new friend in Halimat and discovers the gruesome truth about the captives in New Golam, but someone in the Samad family adjusts too well, and is unwilling to give up life in captivity for a chance at new life in the city of Dhaka.

A Dark and Uncertain Future
After managing to escape from New Golam unscathed, save for a few bruises, they finally manage to arrive in the slums of Dhaka, but the cold, hard reality of life on the run had one final, painful lesson to teach young Azam.

Thoroughly gripping and painfully heartbreaking, Faith Under Water is a powerful chronicle of a family’s determination to never give up despite setbacks, terrible losses and betrayal.

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REVIEW

 

A short read that packs a powerful punch.

Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews

Climate Change is a challenge to the development of the community. Apart from loss of lives, livelihood and health impacts, it’s creating a large number of Climate Refugees every year who have no recognition. The frequent displacement of these people in search of better livelihood opportunities creates a wide range of ecological and socio-economic problems leading to humanitarian crises. These Climate Refugees are the poorest communities who don’t have access to any basic amenities like safe drinking water or even a healthy meal.

Climate Change is a term used frequently in the last few years by Governments, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and others. But, the grassroot level Climate Change victims hardly come to the forefront. This book is an attempt to bring some light on the plight of Climate Change victims of Ishwaripur, a village in Shyamnagar Upazila, Satkhira District, Bangladesh.

Based on a true story, award-winning author of the Daddy’s Curse Series, Luke. G Dahl gives us a heart-rending tale of shattered dreams and soul-crushing despair. It’s not an easy read, but it’s a story that needs to be told.

The book description give a poignant preview: ‘Between the hard life growing up in the village of Ishwaripur, Bangladesh and the ever-present threat of deadly floods, Azam Samad never had the type of childhood that would make any adult nostalgic. Filled with suffering, hardship and the ghost of a dead sister lost to the flood hanging heavy on their psyches, the Samad family were close to breaking point.

Mussarat, Azam’s mother, had tried to convince Ahmed, the Samad patriarch, to leave Ishwaripur due to the increasing incidence of deadly floods, but Ahmed, being a traditionally minded Muslim, was obstinate. He was finally convinced to depart with his family for greener pasture in the city of Dhaka, but another wave of flood hastened their exodus.

All wasn’t smooth sailing on the way to Dhaka. Robbed and captured by a gang of Golam Bhuiyam’s bandits, injuring Azam who was trying to protect Saleeha, his younger sister, the Samad family are unable to escape the cycle of incessant tragedies that has become their curse.

Brought to New Golam, the stronghold of the criminal leader, to serve as “helpers,” the Samad family quickly adjusts in order to survive and plan another escape and Azam makes a new friend in Halimat and discovers the gruesome truth about the captives in New Golam, but someone in the Samad family adjusts too well, and is unwilling to give up life in captivity for a chance at new life in the city of Dhaka.

After managing to escape from New Golam unscathed, save for a few bruises, they finally manage to arrive in the slums of Dhaka, but the cold, hard reality of life on the run had one final, painful lesson to teach young Azam…’

Faith Under Water had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I normally look for in a good book. However, this time I had to distance myself from the characters as this story began to pull on my heart strings. Yet, the story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling.

A riveting and agonizingly distressing story, Faith Under Water is a commanding account of a family’s willpower and resolve to never give up despite life’s hardships, terrible losses and family betrayal.

I’m a fan of Luke. G Dahl so this book comes highly recommended and gets a well-deserved five stars from me. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luke Dahl was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in Stockholm after being adopted by his Swedish parents. Following high school, he went on to study at University in Brisbane, Australia, where he achieved a degree in Business/Travel and Tourism.

Today, he is back living in Stockholm, where he works for SpaceVR as Strategy & Corporate accountant. Luke has always had a love of writing and for poetry in particular, winning a competition a couple of years. Now he spends a lot of his free time writing scripts, perfecting his art.

When he has time to relax, he enjoys going out with friends and seeing his family. He also loves to travel whenever possible and is involved in charity work through his family, constantly reminded by the Dalai Lama quote – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’

In the future it is Luke’s burning ambition to trek to Mount Everest’s base camp and perhaps even attempt to climb the mountain itself one day.

 

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