This riveting memoir follows a Lebanese-Muslim-American and thirty-year US Marine veteran who suffered a six-month ordeal at the hands of a brutal regime in Yemen--and remained loyal to his country through it all.
As air strikes carpeted Yemen's capital, Sam Farran was one of only two Americans in the war-ravaged country. He was there as "contractor" to conduct security assessments for a variety of international firms. Days after his arrival, he was brutally seized and taken hostage by Houthi rebels. Sam would spend the next six months suffering a horrific ordeal that would test his endurance, his loyalty, and his very soul. Every day his captors asked him--as a fellow Muslim--to betray America and his Marine heritage in exchange for his freedom. Would he give in to the Houthis and return to his Middle Eastern roots? In the end--and despite daily threats to his life--Sam found the strength to resist and came out of his experience no longer a man of two countries but an American. The Tightening Dark is an intimate, riveting, and inspiring memoir of heroic strength, courage, survival, and commitment to country. It is a reminder that the best parts of the American dream are the dreamers--those who pledge to being American, regardless of where they are born.