Mohammed Al Samawi, author of The Fox Hunt, on tour April 2018

Posted By on April 9, 2018

About The Fox Hunt

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (April 10, 2018)

A young man’s moving story of war, friendship, and hope in which he recounts his harrowing escape from a brutal civil war in Yemen with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.

Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

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Photo by Ben Droz

About Mohammed Al Samawi

Mohammed Al Samawi was born in 1986 in Yemen. In his midtwenties, he became involved in interfaith groups promoting dialogue between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. In 2015, during the Yemeni Civil War, he fled from Aden to the United States. Since his entry to the United States, he has worked for several NGOs that promote peace and religious tolerance.

Follow him on Twitter.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 10th: Based on a True Story

Wednesday, April 11th: Broken Teepee

Thursday, April 12th: Instagram: @theliterarybirds

Friday, April 13th: Dwell in Possibility

Monday, April 16th: What Is That Book About

Tuesday, April 17th: Literary Quicksand

Wednesday, April 18th: Instagram: @happiestwhenreading

Thursday, April 19th: Tina Says…

Monday, April 23rd: A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, April 24th: Openly Bookish

Wednesday, April 25th: 5 Minutes For Books

Thursday, April 26th: G. Jacks Writes


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