Lost in Beirut

A True Story of Love, Loss and War

Non-Fiction - Memoir
262 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2022
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Author Biography

Ashe and Magdalena Stevens are a dynamic author couple who call Los Angeles their home. With a diverse educational background that includes Theatre, Writing, Art History, and Medicine, their writing is imbued with a unique perspective that has captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide.
Their debut book, "Lost in Beirut," has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. Their ability to evoke emotion and create a powerful connection with readers is a testament to their skill as writers.
Ashe and Magdalena are currently working on their highly anticipated second book, which promises to be as captivating and impactful as their first. When not writing, they enjoy spending time with their daughter and their furry friends, indulging in their love of reading, independent films, and exploring the world of art through frequent visits to galleries.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Lost In Beirut: A True Story of Love, Loss and War is a work of non-fiction in the memoir subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author team Ashe Stevens and Magdalena Stevens. The book follows Ashe Stevens, an actor on the rise in early 2000s America, who accepts an invitation to visit his dear friend Danny who is working in Lebanon. The trip takes a turn for the fateful when a conflict breaks out that traps Ashe in a deadly warzone. His only hope is to make it to the Syrian border but dangerous threats are waiting at every stage of the journey.

Memoirs live and die based on the willingness of the author to be vulnerable with their reader, whether they can truly and honestly share a painful part of themselves and allow the world to see it. In this work, we see such a willingness from the dynamic duo of Ashe and Magdalena Stevens, who openly share the painful and profound parts of the story in equal measure and in doing so create an unforgettable journey through danger and spiritual enlightenment. The real-life conflict experienced through the events of the story provides a powerful backdrop to the author's journey of self-discovery as the real world outside the safety of Hollywood prompts them to grow in important and powerful new directions. Overall, Lost In Beirut takes the retelling of a painful experience for the author and uses it as an opportunity to shine a light on some of the more beautiful aspects of the real world, telling a tale as it does so that will inspire readers to go out and get to know themselves better.

Jessica Barbosa

Lost in Beirut: A True Story of Love, Loss, and War is a non-fictional memoir by Ashe Stevens and Magdalena Stevens. Ashe Stevens was beaten, hungry, and lost. He had gone to Beirut on an adventure but found himself in the middle of a conflict. Embroiled in this unexpected war, being an American can get you kidnapped, held to ransom, or possibly beheaded online for the world to see. He misses the comfort, the security, the feeling of freedom and safety he took for granted as an American. He never expected things to turn out this way when he accepted Danny’s invitation. He had seen Danny’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring 50 Cent to Beirut and took it. As a promising Hollywood artist, he thought this would change their lives, and in a way it did. He just did not expect his life to go south that quickly when Beirut was plunged into war. Now he has to find a way to survive and make it out alive!

Ashe and Magdalena Stevens amazed me with this extraordinary memoir, Lost in Beirut. A powerful and moving true story, the account took me back to 2006 and guided me through the mesmerizing and difficult journey Ashe Stevens endures as he goes from living the high life to fearfully and quietly moving through a desert, dehydrated and desperate to survive. This fast-paced tale is an absolute page-turner! The first chapter had me captivated and my interest built up the deeper I got into the story. This is a distinctive and skillfully written memoir that had me constantly at the edge of my seat. The details on the people and the setting were so precise that if I closed my eyes I could almost see myself standing there with the characters. This was an extraordinary, life-changing adventure, and it saddened me to have finished it so soon. Outstanding work!