Since serving in Operation Continue Hope when I was in the US Army I have maintained an interest in the tragedy of modern Somalia. In “The Tears of Dark Water” Addison tells a believable story of Somali piracy involving a wealthy American family in the midst of their own personal struggles. Addison manages to build a compelling narrative involving Islamist extremism as well as personal Western and African relationships. He illustrates well the nuances of right and wrong particularly amongst the complexities of international relations. At times I was eager for more suspenseful prose, but I came away satisfied.