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The Illegal

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Publisher's Summary

Keita Ali has nothing: no bank account, no papers, no legal identity. A runner, he has fled home - a brutal dictatorship that produces the world's fastest marathoners - to live as an illegal refugee in a wealthy Western nation, surviving on winnings from local races. But the government is cracking down on illegal immigrants, so Keita - who will be executed if he is deported to his homeland - goes underground.

Now a series of crises call for him to earn quick money: an unscrupulous businessman targets him, a serious health problem erupts, and, most troublingly, officials in Keita's native country kidnap his sister, threatening to execute her unless he pays a ransom. As Keita struggles to resolve these problems, he discovers a troubling political connection between his native and his adoptive countries.

The Illegal is a rich, riveting novel that weaves a complex moral and psychological web.

©2015 Lawrence Hill Creative Services, Inc. (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Ak7 03-01-16
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    "Very good read"

    The narrator was captivating. I loved the way he could switch character and you knew who was talking. Job well done.

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    Si Jia Li 02-15-16
    Si Jia Li 02-15-16
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    "enjoyable read"

    the narrator was every engaging. the story was very well written. the style of writing from different perspective is very refreshing. it was a enjoyable read. thank you!

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    Timothy 01-22-17
    Timothy 01-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "OMG: SUPERB COMMENTARY"

    If you are interested in current political and social concerns this book is for you. the author addresses allegorically all the problems facing society in the United States and the Western world - especially as it concerns race relations, immigration status and refugee status. Once I started I could not put it down. Great job by Lawrence Hill.

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    Amy G. 01-12-17
    Amy G. 01-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Different -good different"

    I liked that this is different than most books you'll listen to. It's not just another novel to pass the time. You'll get a glimpse into lives you'll never experience and develop empathy for people you probably don't even think about. The characters are real - flawed, emotional, gullible, complex. And so, so likable. You'll find yourself routing for the underdog.

    Besides, there's a paraplegic, black, lesbian character. Kudos to the author for going there.

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    Kathleen Yarrington 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a hidden gem"

    This storyline is very interesting and gives one to think about people who need to leave a terrible homeland to live.

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    "If you love running and a good story!!"
    What did you love best about The Illegal?

    The character development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story's plot caught me from the very beginning and I didn't want to put the book down!


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    STERIZO 10-09-16
    STERIZO 10-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyed the book."

    loved the story through to the end. Special recognition to the narrator for an impressive job.

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    C. Browder 06-04-16
    C. Browder 06-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Really great story with real life parallels"

    I literally couldn't put this book down. It was riveting! There were no slow parts and the passing was perfect. I loved all the characters and how and the manner in which they're described. And at one point, I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight when who should walk in and sit down across the room from me? Lawrence Hill!!! Totally surreal and he's such a nice guy.

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    Anne 05-23-16
    Anne 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Illegal"

    Loved the book. Fast pace, great characters, topical and enjoyable. Run, don't walk, to get your copy of this riveting read!

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    lili kopala 04-19-16
    lili kopala 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding Performance of a great Book."

    I rarely use the above terms in a review but this author deserves recognition in all three categories. Mr. Emery 's ability to alter his voice for different characters is remarkable. I could imagine the faces of many of the lead people.
    Listen to this book. It is the BEST I have heard all of 2015-16!
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