Mona Passage (Hardcover)
Mona Passage is the story of two neighbors in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Gal n 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 Gal n 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 Gal n that such a journey will be treacherous--perhaps fatal. Aware of the dangers but determined for Gabriela to live a full life, Gal n 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 Gal n and Gabriela--and haunted by the human suffering he has witnessed at sea--Pat must decide. Will he remain true to his oath, as his older brother had done in Iraq? Or will he risk his own future--and perhaps his freedom--for his closest friend? On a moonless night, two armed vessels converge in the Mona Passage, and three lives change forever.
About the Author
Thomas "Buddy" Bardenwerper served for five years in the US Coast Guard. He is currently pursuing a JD and a master's in public policy at Harvard Law School and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.