Book Review – A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

A Harvest of Thorns

I really enjoy reading and reviewing other authors’ books, and posting my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub. As a self published author, I like to think of it as good Karma.

Goodread’s Reading Challenge

Last year, I read 50 books in the Goodread’s Reading Challenge.

In 2018, I have already read and reviewed 67 books!

I will be sharing some of my favourite books over the next few weeks, with the aim of posting regular book reviews over the coming months.

Humanitarian Themes

I first discovered Corban Addison’s books in my local library. He has written four in total – all first class thrillers with humanitarian themes. It was hard to choose a favourite but “A Harvest of Thorns,” includes some very thought provoking issues around the garment industry.

Corban describes himself as “An attorney, activist, and world traveller, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of slavery, gender based violence, and HIV/AIDS.”

Synopsis

A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret.

A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption.

A corporate executive with nothing left to lose.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.

Eight thousand miles away at Presto’s headquarters in Virginia, Cameron Alexander, the company’s long-time general counsel, watches the media coverage in horror, wondering if the damage can be contained. When the photo goes viral, fanning the flames of a decades-old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization, he launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach further than he could ever imagine—and threaten everything he has left in the world.

A year later in Washington DC, Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist from the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower who offers him confidential information about Presto and the fi re. For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto’s culpability is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution in Presto’s boardroom that could transform the fashion industry across the globe.

My Review

A fire destroys Millenium’s garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hundreds of workers perish. A young girl named Sonia lies in the rubble with a pair of children’s trousers masking her face. It bears a label of Presto Omnishops Corporation. The press capture her photograph and it goes viral around the globe.
Cameron Alexander is the chief lawyer with Presto and is tasked with launching an internal investigation. It appears that Millenium was on the company’s red list, and should not have been manufacturing garments for Presto, one of America’s largest retailers.
Meanwhile a “whistle blower” meets with award winning but disgraced former journalist Joshua Griswold. He too becomes determined to uncover the truth.
The author takes the reader on a journey from Virginia to Malaysia, Bangladesh and Jordan… and uncovers the harsh realities of poor working conditions and slavery in the global supply chain.

You can find out more about Corban Addison’s books, and buy them HERE

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.

She lives in Donegal, Ireland –  an area of outstanding natural beauty


25 thoughts on “Book Review – A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

  1. Thanks. I had never heard of him. I do think about all the people sewing clothes when I do my laundry and see all the different countries of origin. I am aware of the dreadful working conditions, and this book would be further enlightening.

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