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Rescue in Arabia: a true story of abduction, tragedy and hope [Kindle Edition]

Marla Buchanan
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On Saturday, October 12, 2002, 14 year-old Mohamad ("Moe") Kassem was abducted by his Syrian-born father and taken to the Middle-East. In August 2007, his father/abductor was killed along with his step-mother and youngest half-brother, in a car-rollover near Hafr Al-Batn, in Northeastern Saudi Arabia. The accident left Moe critically brain-injured and comatose. Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Naif bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, the current Minister of the Interior and nephew of King Abdullah, personally sponsored Moe's medical care and his mother's travel to, and accommodations in Saudi Arabia. This book chronicles years of child and spousal physical, mental and sexual abuse that culminated in international parental child abduction, tragedy and hope.

About the Author

Marla Buchanan is the author of the memoir, "Rescue in Arabia: a true story of abduction, tragedy and hope," the "Mulberry May Belle" middle-grade paranormal children's book series, and several books of strange and unusual short non-fiction, science fiction and horror. She is happily "on the doorstep of AARP membership," and is a mother of four adult children (and the grandmother of one). She lives in Northern Illinois, and has worked in social services and education. She was married to her Syrian-born ex-husband, Salim Kassem, the father/abductor of their son, Mohamad ("Moe") Kassem, for approximately 6-1/2 years. They were divorced in 1994. In October 2002, Moe was abducted by his father and taken to the Middle-East, where they remained until Salim was killed in a car-rollover in Saudi Arabia, in August 2007. Moe was left critically brain-injured and in a coma. Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Naïf bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, the current Minister of the Interior, and nephew of King Abdullah, personally sponsored Moe's medical care and Marla's travel to, and stay in Saudi Arabia. A college graduate, she earned her B.A. in Anthropology (Minor: Women's Studies) at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois, in May 2007, nearly 24 years after obtaining her G.E.D. She was a featured speaker during Women's History Month, at NIU, in March 2007, where she spoke about Moe's abduction, and was also named an "Outstanding Female Student of the Year." Marla has traveled extensively throughout the Middle-East and Europe, visiting such countries as Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as England, Switzerland and Italy. She's also a 10-year cancer survivor after having been successfully treated for Papillary Thyroid Cancer in 2004. Recently diagnosed with the genetic movement disorder, Essential Tremor (ET) the author is determined to overcome this most recent challenge via her amazing ability to adapt and change. Her life is an evolutionary work in progress.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2526 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499246811
  • Publisher: Marla Buchanan; 1 edition (21 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JUW16XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marla Buchanan is "happily on the doorstep of AARP membership," and a mother of four adult children (and the grandmother of one). She lives in Northern Illinois, and has worked in social services and education. She was married to her Syrian-born ex-husband, Salim Kassem, the father/abductor of their son, Mohamad ("Moe") Kassem, for approximately 6-1/2 years. They were divorced in 1994. In October 2002, Moe was abducted by his father and taken to the Middle-East, where they remained until Salim was killed in a car-rollover in Saudi Arabia, in August 2007. Moe was left critically brain-injured and in a coma. Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Naïf bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, the current Minister of the Interior, and nephew of King Abdullah, personally sponsored Moe's medical care and Marla's travel to, and stay in Saudi Arabia. A college graduate, she earned her B.A. in Anthropology (Minor: Women's Studies) at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois, in May 2007, nearly 24 years after obtaining her G.E.D. She was a featured speaker during Women's History Month, at NIU, in March 2007, where she spoke about Moe's abduction, and was also named an "Outstanding Female Student of the Year." Marla has traveled extensively throughout the Middle-East and Europe, visiting such countries as Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as England, Switzerland and Italy. She's also a 10-year cancer survivor after having been successfully treated for Papillary Thyroid Cancer in 2004. Recently diagnosed with the genetic movement disorder, Essential Tremor (ET) the author is determined to overcome this most recent challenge via her amazing ability to adapt and change. Her life is an evolutionary work in progress.


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5.0 out of 5 stars CONGRATULATIONS to the author on a great read! 20 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So happy to hear about the UK top seller success of this book! I hope it will enjoy the same success in the US! I just read Rescue in Arabia in one sitting. This book is very well done. While not unheard of, it is uncommon in my reading experience to have autobiographical material result in a pageturner. I applaud the author’s perseverance, her willingness to forgive, her search for knowledge, her openness to possibility, and her ability to love even with all she has been dealt. CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Buchanan on a great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have lived and worked in the Middle East so I could easily envision the narrative as it unfolded 16 July 2014
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This story was written in a very simplistic style. When I first started reading, I was very unsure if I would continue, but the passion, feeling and honesty made me want to continue. I have lived and worked in the Middle East so I could easily envision the narrative as it unfolded. This is every mother's nightmare an more needs to be done to allow the United States to intervene in these situations. This was worth the read and should get the reader thinking...
5.0 out of 5 stars CONGRATULATIONS to the author on a great read! 20 Jun 2014
By Mary Jane Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So happy to hear about the UK top seller success of this book! I hope it will enjoy the same success in the US! I just read Rescue in Arabia in one sitting. This book is very well done. While not unheard of, it is uncommon in my reading experience to have autobiographical material result in a pageturner. I applaud the author’s perseverance, her willingness to forgive, her search for knowledge, her openness to possibility, and her ability to love even with all she has been dealt. CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Buchanan on a great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 18 Jun 2014
By Mechele Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I met Marla Buchanan through a Facebook Group I created for National Guard Mom's and their families, Marla and I are both National Guard Mom's. I soon learned of her book and decided to buy it and I am glad I did. I enjoyed reading her story, I am sorry she had to go through all that she went through. If you want to read a true story this would be it! God Bless her and her family! Thank you Patrick for your service to our country!
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly straightfoward, a real page-turner... 21 May 2014
By fritzc77 - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very hard to put down once I started reading. I suppose it helps to know a little about some of the people involved [I actually met Moe Kassem as a junior high student when I worked in the maintenance department at the Earlville schools, and I know Marla a little. And then there's the fact she mentions my dad, a local grocer and his business. :) ]. But that isn't the reason I found this book riveting. A book like this will fill in the blanks of what you know about the people, or think you know, but holds the reader by starting at the very beginning, as opposed to starting in the middle or the end and THEN having the narrator say, "okay, here's how we got to this point." I find this approach annoying when overused, (and it IS overused, a lot) and when I read this book I've found I actually appreciate the straightforward approach more. I would like to take the author to task for repeating the entire name of Marla and Moe's Saudi benefactor the first several times she mentions him (although I do realize this was probably just showing respect), and was grateful when she finally refers to him as just her benefactor the Prince. This is all just a quibble anyway. I also found the account of the time in Saudi Arabia a little hard to follow, but I don't know if that is because the lifestyle there is so different from that of a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Christian as myself [ BTW,thank you, Marla, for saying we Lutherans are too "liturgical" and "bland." :) LOL ] . In closing I would like to point out that I read the entire book in three days, and that is saying something, as I am someone who tends to read in spurts, and in starts and stops. So if the publisher wants my opinion, should Marla Buchanan, as a writer be published again, my answer is YES! She is very good, and can only get better.
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading 23 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Marla Buchanan is an author that takes you to the places she's writing about. A courageous story about the search for love, hope and a son that was kidnapped. I couldn't put it down!
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