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Mona Passage
Mona Passage: A Novel | Thomas Bardenwerper
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Mona Passage is the story of two neighbors in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Galn Betances, a Cuban emigrant, and Pat McAllister, a young Coast Guard officer. During long evenings spent together talking on their Calle Luna rooftop, a deep friendship develops based on shared traumas and a common desire to heal. When Galn learns that his sister, Gabriela, is going to be committed to a mental health facility in Cuba, he plans her escape to Puerto Rico. Pat, whose Coast Guard cutter patrols the Mona Passage for drug traffickers and migrants, warns Galn that such a journey will be treacherousperhaps fatal. Aware of the dangers but determined for Gabriela to live a full life, Galn hands over all the money he has to a Dominican smuggler based out of a San Juan nightclub, and Gabriela begins her terrifying journey. Knowing that his cutter may be all that separates Galn and Gabrielaand haunted by the human suffering he has witnessed at seaPat must decide. Will he remain true to his oath, as his older brother had done in Iraq? Or will he risk his own futureand perhaps his freedomfor his closest friend? On a moonless night, two armed vessels converge in the Mona Passage, and three lives change forever.
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Mona Passage: A Novel | Thomas Bardenwerper
Mehso-so

Mona Passage is a good story full of love, family, and desperation, and it leads the reader to have questions about what is legal versus what is right. It is told from the perspectives of multiple characters, which I tend to enjoy as it allows me to better understand the characters and their motivations. The characters are honest and relatable, and it is easy to understand why they make the decisions that they do.