Soul Custody is a breakneck rollercoaster tale of political and
familial intrigue that takes the reader to the sands ofIraq, the
pristine lawns ofBeverly Hillsand the war-torn waters of thePersian
Gulf. Pilot Douglas Graham is shot down over enemy lines in Iraq
and is held in captivity by a local insurgent group. As the United
States andIsraelprepare to negotiate for the American pilot's life,
an unexpected figure come to the fore. Douglas' estranged father
Hanley Wayne. Soul Custody frankly describes the psychological and
emotional abuse that results from parental abduction and finally
sheds light on this horrific practice. When Douglas was six years
old, his parents, Capricia and Dr. Hanley Wayne divorced. Shortly
thereafter, he was abducted by his mother, Capricia, who raised him
to hate his birth father, Hanley. After a few years of dating
extensively including several failed love affairs, Capricia finally
marries Dr. Arthur Graham who agrees to adopt Douglas. The story
begins with Captain Douglas Graham, a top gun U.S. Navy pilot
aboard the USS Liberation carrier, stationed in the Persian Gulf.
During a recon mission, Douglas is downed over the No Flight Zone
in Southern Iraq and captured by Allahqueda terrorist group. While
in captivity he struggles with his emotions of anxiety, loneliness,
anger, and the fear of abandonment, embedded in his subconscious as
a result of him being abducted by his mother many years before. His
hopes are that his country will not abandon him as well. In the
past, Dr. Hanley Wayne, a psychiatrist, had helped his lifelong
friend and colleague Barak Rosen, a successful businessman and
world-renowned hostage negotiator, in dealing with international
hostage mediation. Barak, now retired and vowing never to return to
the business of hostage negotiation, finds himself drawn back into
it, in order to help lifelong friend Hanley in trying to free his
son Douglas whom he hasn't seen since was abducted by his mother.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hanley must personally fly to
Jordan to negotiate the release of Douglas. One question haunts his
mind. If he succeeds in freeing his son, will Douglas reunite with
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