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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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    Lynsey 03-02-16
    Lynsey 03-02-16
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    "Disappointing"

    The book of negroes is one of my favourite books, but this book fell flat for me. The premise of the book was interesting but the story felt under developed, the plot was predictable and the characters were not very believable. I was surprised by how much I disliked this book. In less eloquent terms, this book was a "meh".

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    samantha wallace 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    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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    Susan in British Columbia 04-14-16

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    The was just wonderful to read. Tender. Warm. Sad. Hope. So many characters, and the reader did a wonderful job of bringing them and the words to life. I highly recommend this book.

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    Cesar Ghisilieri Photography 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story, questionable narrator"

    Well written and very good commentary on the perception of refugees and immigration. however, the majority of the characters are black and have backgrounds stemming from Africa yet the narrator is a white British man. It would have made a better impact and a lot more sense if the narrator was black or mixed with a range of different African accents.

    Not that I'm offended but that detail took me out of the story many times.

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    Ak7 03-01-16
    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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