The Garden of Burning Sandby Corban Addison
Pub. Date: 05/06/2014
The New York Times bestselling author John Hart raved that "If you like stories of good people struggling to do right in the world's forgotten places, there is no one better suited than Corban Addison to take you on the ride of your life." In The Garden of Burning Sand, Addison, the bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, creates a/i>/i>/i>
The New York Times bestselling author John Hart raved that "If you like stories of good people struggling to do right in the world's forgotten places, there is no one better suited than Corban Addison to take you on the ride of your life." In The Garden of Burning Sand, Addison, the bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, creates a powerful and poignant novel that takes the reader from the red light areas of Lusaka, Zambia, to the gilded chambers of the Washington, D.C. elite, to the splendor of Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged fatheran American business mogul with presidential aspirationsand from the devastating betrayals of her past.
When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim's past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girlKuyeyaand a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.
As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya's attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heartand confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.
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After patiently waiting for the book to be released in the USA, I finally got it and was able to read it in 4 days. I look forward to many more Novels from Addison. Once again Mr. Addison has written a book where immediately you are drawn into the book with his Characters (Zoe, Joseph and Kuyeya), the challenges they face and the wonderful depictions of the surrounding scenes and occurrences. You become a part of the characters lives as you are reading. You cheer, you curse, you cry, and bite your nails. I love that "The Garden of Burning Sand" draws you in from the very beginning. It has been over a year since I've read a book that is able to grasps me from the first page of the book; which I am sure is not a simple feat. The same was true for Addison's first book "A Walk Across the Sun". "A Walk Across the Sun" explores the tragedies and on goings of the Sex Slave Trade a Worldwide issue; "The Garden of Burning Sand" also hits on a similar topic. "The Garden of Burning Sand" brings light to what seems a dormant issue. We all know Child Assault and HIV/AIDS exists and happens; however, a blind eye is turned to such horrific acts of violence and maltreatment. You never hear of it on the news except when a large or tragic incidence occurs. It is wonderful to see Addison write such an eye opening story on what seems to be the forgotten issue of sexual assault of children and women in sub-Saharan Africa along with the high count of HIV/AIDS and what a huge impact it has on society. Addison’s work lets you realize that no matter how bad things are here in the USA that we are blessed to have a judicial system in place that attempts to protect children and women from abuse and rape. Women in places with such laws implemented are less terrified to go places alone. While you must always be careful you do not have to be fearful. It is commendable to see a humanitarian book of fiction with so much research and time dedicated that it creates a fictional world that seemingly follows the manner of the real world. If you are looking for a gripping book where you cannot stop turning the pages, that makes your heart swell, your eyes tear and lets you travel to various destinations all while being in suspense, this book is for you. I believe all should read both “A Walk Across the Sun” and This wonderful new book “The Garden of Burning Sand”. Learn something new; become active in humanitarian efforts which help to make changes to others in need of a hand around the globe. I ask to let this book inspire you to do that. It will touch your heart and make you think. If it doesn't make you think, then you either have no heart or are not human.
Wow! A compelling journey with insight steeped with an Africa I saw another side of. This book is packed full of the beauty of a country and culture rarely told in a posotive way. Complete with an action packed court roomdrama that will have you cheering complete with an ending that will stay with you forever. Do not hesitate to put this book next on your reading list...immediately.