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Talk is cheap. Action matters. A dream without efforts and action is just wishful thinking.

Waiting for the perfect conditions before starting something is like waiting for Godot.

Ask any successful entrepreneur or any artist and he/she will probably tell you that taking the first step is probably the most difficult. Fear, doubt, and vacillation can stop a project in its track.

For years, Hai knew he would write a psycho-spiritual adventure thriller like Into the Unknown. He knew way back from university days that one day he would do something like this and if he didn’t, he would regret it.

The overriding question then was: When?

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Mali, 2010: In the remote reaches of the Sahara, disparate groups of Islamic fundamentalists affiliated with Al-Qaeda have stealthily taken root.

Against this backdrop, a famed Canadian geologist toiling away at a remote exploration camp near Timbuktu discovers the motherlode of gold like no others. Alas, the law of unintended consequences reigns supreme.  His compound is raided and in the ensuing confusion, Ayesha, his beautiful wife, is abducted.

 

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An esteemed geologist has been attacked, his compound in a remote part of northern Mali ransacked, and his foreign-born wife (a beautiful slave originally from Mauritania) abducted.

Our hero, Jake Hall, a rising star, mid-thirties high-level executive on a due diligence visit on behalf of his alcoholic, corrupt boss, is confronted with the greatest dilemma of his life: To do something in his power to save the poor woman (after all he has a helicopter and a pilot available to him), do nothing and return to his base in another part of Mali, or report the incident to the corrupt police and unwittingly become a suspect.

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Synopsis

“Imagine the Earth as a stage, you as an actor in life’s grand play, and the Universe scripting roles for your own personal growth and development.”

Mali, 2010: In the remote reaches of the Sahara, disparate groups of Islamic fundamentalists affiliated with Al-Qaeda have stealthily taken root.

Against this backdrop, a famed Canadian geologist toiling away at a remote exploration camp near Timbuktu discovers the motherlode of gold like no others. Alas, the law of unintended consequences reigns supreme. His compound is raided and in the ensuing confusion, Ayesha, his beautiful wife, is abducted.

Enters Jake Hall, a young and rising mining executive set to visit the camp to assess the scope of the discovery. As Hall escorts his host to Timbuktu for urgent medical care, he’s thrown off course, leading to his own capture by a band of smugglers. His life balances on a knife’s edge as he is forced to journey through some of the most rugged places on earth and endure the desert’s dangers.

As a ransom is demanded for Hall’s life, the levers of government from Mali to Canada are pushed to their limits. While Hall and Ayesha endure unimaginable hardships, efforts to free them inadvertently empower hostile forces, threatening to rock the host country’s political foundation to its core.

Alternating between Hall and Ayesha, Into the Unknown is a gripping tale of captivity and survival of two people who are as different as day and night. For those intrigued by deeper meanings amidst apparent suffering and misfortune, the book also offers nuggets of timeless spiritual principles capable of healing and guiding individuals through times of hardship.