Burden of the Desert by Justin Huggler

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Zoe Temple, a young journalist who dreams of being a war correspondent...Lieutenant Rick Benes, an American officer trying to get his platoon home alive...Adel, an Iraqi who wants revenge for the death of his father...Mahmoud, an Iraqi driver in a secret love affair with a Christian woman...Nouri, an innocent man tortured in Abu Ghraib...
In occupied Baghdad, their lives will come together-in a world of violence and mistrust, where every decision can be fatal, and love is found in unexpected quarters. And when a shocking incident at an American checkpoint leaves three people dead, it sets in train a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.
Burden of the Desert is fast-paced and gripping, and asks questions that will linger long after the last page is turned.
Justin Huggler was a war correspondent in Iraq for the Independent newspaper, and in his first novel he memorably evokes the atmosphere of a military occupation whose aftershocks are still being felt today.

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Justin Huggler was born in the Channel Island of Jersey, Great Britain. A former foreign correspondent for the Independent newspaper, he covered the occupation of Iraq from 2003 to 2004.He has also covered the 2001 war in Afghanistan, the second Palestinian Intifada, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, and the Nepalese revolution. He lives in London.
Published December 3, 2012 by Justin Huggler. 618 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Huggler creates a diverse cast of characters, including Zoe Temple, a British news correspondent grateful for an assignment to Iraq who finds more than she bargained for, and U.S. Army Lt. Rick Benes, on another extended tour in a place where death lurks around every corner.

Feb 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Burden of the Desert


In addition, Huggler has effectively drawn on his background as a war correspondent and though it may not be for every reader with some very graphic scenes as well as some unflattering observations concerning the American occupation of Iraq, it does confirm what truth in reporting is all about- e...

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Burden of the Desert

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(There are also moments of personal passion throughout the novel, but Mr H knows when to close a bedroom door so no concern required.) After our imaginations have been guided around dusty, parched streets in such diverse company and crowds that can erupt with hardly any notice and even less prov...

Mar 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Burden of the Desert

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As her life unfolds - taking in some of the most pivotalmoments of the past century - her decisions have consequences that frequently end in sudden darkness.

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The courtship of Zoe’s driver, Mahmoud, a Muslim, and Saara, an Iraqi Christian he met while at university, is particularly well done, as Huggler captures the hesitancy and yearning of a star-crossed pair of lovers.

Dec 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Burden of the Desert

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