• The Fox Hunt

  • A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America
  • By: Mohammed Al Samawi
  • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 23, 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 13 days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and 10 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 and most addictive thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

©2018 Mohammed Al Samawi (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Engaging and informative memoir

The author is a Muslim from Yemen, raised to hate Jews and the west. He begins to question what he was taught and ultimately becomes a peace activist. The first half of this book is the story of his self-discovery, and of the deception he needed to keep from his family. It is a coming-of-age story in Muslim Yemen. In the second half, Samawi is isolated in enemy territory during the Yemeni civil war. It is a story of survival and escape. I enjoyed both halves of the book. There were spots that felt a little repetitive, and the book could have been edited into a tighter narrative. Mostly, this was an engaging, inspiring book and I learned a lot from it. I am glad I listened to it.

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Amazing story

I loved this book! It was informative about the very serious situation in Yemen, and it was also suspenseful and inspiring. I was in awe of how so many people rose to the occasion to help out in difficult circumstances, and that gave me a well-needed dose of hope for humanity. The narrator, Assaf Cohen, did an excellent job capturing the emotions of the story. This is the third book I’ve read that he has narrated, and I have been impressed every time!

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Profound journey!

A profound journey into the human element which reside within us all... hope. The uncapped power one individual has to make a difference, multiplied by the efforts of many. A true example of how 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon is now more like 3. A window into a culture, religion, family, man, in a war zone half a world away. A truly eye opening perspective. Do not let the meaning of this book be lost on you! Simply amazing.

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This book educated me for my senior project in school.

I appreciate this book and have suggested it to many people and they loved it. It gives fresh perspective on what life is like in Yemen. It was well written and clear. This book broke my heart but also helped me explain Yemen and peoples experiences and current events happening as I type this. The author is amazing, wonderful, and warm. Bless him.

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Real time

This book is very pertinent for the time that we live in. It gives an interesting refugee perspective along with the influence of the World Wide Web that connects us. #civilwar #refugee #moderntimes #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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important read

Al Samawi went through such a transformation in this book! Him and his friends are a true inspiration of how to change people's lives for the better. the end is lagging a little, but it's an important read nonetheless
#Yemen #MERefugees
#tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Beautiful book

This book has totally consumed me. I am proud of my fellow Christians but more proud that people can see we are all just humans. I don’t believe a life without religion is the best but I do believe that a life without prejudice and judgment is the best thing ever. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those that are easy to judge others just because they are Muslims.

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Captivating and thought provoking

This story is life changing. I have a friend that works with Yemeni refugees, but never knew their plight. My heart hurts for these people and those left behind.

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interfaith coming of a story

a beautiful young man becomes an NGO amidst a civil war. he put his life on the line, and his family at risk attempting to spread awareness of interfaith connectios betweenJudaism Christianity and Islam

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A must read

This is an eye opening story of the ongoing civil war in Yemen, and the amazing interventions of friends and their connections to help a man escape to tell his story. It is a message of hope.

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Story of a lifetime

I heard this story first from Daniel Pincus who is one of the main characters in the book. Hearing it from Muhammad himself was one of the most emotional and enlightening literary experiences I've ever had. I have burst into laughter and cried many time while listening to this book. Muhammad's story is a story the entire world should hear. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! also great narration by Cohen.