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On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted. In shock, she cannot speak. Her identity is a mystery. Where did she come from? Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act? The girl's case is taken up by Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer working in Africa. A betrayal in her own past gives the girl's plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator and seek justice. Also investigating on behalf of the Zambian police is Joseph Kabuta. At first reluctant to work together, they team up. Yet their progress is thwarted at every turn and it soon becomes clear that their opponents are every bit as powerful and determined as they are corrupt.

©2013 Regulus Books, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books

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you can only fight hate with love.

it was an inspiring read that showed in the midst of Darkness light can always be found.

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Garden of Burning Sand

This books sweeps you into the world a Zoe, a young woman of privileged birth, as she strives to uncover the details of a crime. The plot line also includes her difficulties with her own family as well as a slow cooking romance. A great read!

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-20-15

Good book by a Talented author

What made the experience of listening to The Garden of Burning Sand the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed this book for many of the same reasons as Corban Addison's previous book, "A Walk Across the Sun": a global issue, a foreign country, the underdog crusading for justice, flawed but not hopeless characters, descriptive writing. The same things I disliked about AWATS are present here: a few too many coincidences, the crusaders seem to be wealthy people saving the world. Overall, I did enjoy this book.

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

Robin Miles is generally a strong narrator. This is a good performance, but not her best offering.

Any additional comments?

Corban Addison has a way of putting human faces onto global issues - trafficking, corruption, AIDS, rape. If the story did not rely on affluence and coincidence, it would be a 5-star listen. As it stands, it is a gritty, real, yet not hopeless look at life in Africa.

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Great listen!

Where does The Garden of Burning Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of books I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The teenage child with Down Syndrome who is raped was my favorite character. There was an incite into how those afflicted think and react to situations.

What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is Zoe.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In the end when justice wins and we find out that there are good people in the world.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book. Had a mystery and a love story all set in an exotic location. Even though you know what happens in the beginning the journey to explain it is wonderful.