Out of Darkness deals with the abhorrent problem of human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 21st century, ranking second after drug smuggling.
There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment—and their ages have been dropping drastically—the average starting age is an alarming thirteen.
Out of Darkness follows Cynthia Lange from despair—her mother selling her into sexual slavery, to her rescue by the FBI, and her difficult transition to a prominent physician at Brier Hospital in Berkeley, California.
While she had escaped from “the life,” she can’t rid herself from its aftereffects. She deals bravely with them and begins a new life. While the FBI created “legend” obscures her past, circumstances threaten to reveal the truth and destroy all she had worked so hard to create.
We discover in this novel that the human spirit can triumph over evil.
From FIVE STAR REVIEW:
Dr. Gold Tackles a Difficult Issue and Strikes a Chord…, March 17, 2016
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This review is from: Out of darkness (Brier Hospital) (Kindle Edition)
I’ve been a fan of Dr. Gold’s novels for several years, and have read most of his Brier Hospital series (I’m getting there!) I said this a while ago—he’s up there in Robin Cook’s league. Although Dr. Gold is retired from the medical profession, he will always be a doctor at heart, as well as a gifted storyteller, so the nonmedical reader can understand what goes on behind the scenes that we never see or hear about. With OUT OF DARKNESS, he tackles a serious and heartbreaking issue, makes us understand the horror and gravity of it, and at the same time, we can actually enjoy reading this story (no, you don’t have to consider it a guilty pleasure), because Dr. Gold makes it entertaining as well as informative. Dr. Cynthia Lange is the heroine, and her colleagues at Brier Hospital urge her to run for staff presidency, but she’s reluctant, for several reasons. We see all the sexism and misogyny that no doubt exists even today (I’m sure Dr. Gold didn’t have to delve into imagination to create this realism) as someone tries to block her. Then we learn about Dr. Lange’s past—she was a trafficking victim from early childhood to age 13 at the Rabbit Ranch. We relive her journey and see her emerge as a successful compassionate woman willing to help other victims. We meet other victims along the way, and although the subject matter is disturbing, I assure you Dr. Gold gives us a happy ending. I urge everyone to read this novel to learn about this heinous practice, to become aware that this still exists in the 21st century, and why is our government turning a blind eye to it?
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