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.
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Garden of Burning Sand
Good book by a Talented author
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.
Robin Miles is generally a strong narrator. This is a good performance, but not her best offering.
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.