Confessions of a War Child (Lia)

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Lia – the second installment of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy. – love can grow amidst the dust of war – Follow the journey as it twists and turns along a trail full of conspiracy, conflict, and love. At the stroke of midnight, as soldiers storm his castle, a president, a prisoner, a declaration and a nation come to life on the pages of Confessions of a War Child- Lia. The story begins as the President of Kabar orders his guards to bring forth the captive and captivating Lia, one of the prisoners he had jailed a year ago. Having held back his feelings from the moment he saw her, only now can he give in to his true heart. Face to face with the beautiful Lia, he becomes lost in the depth of her eyes, declaring his undying love for the first and final time. In a gesture of remorse and regret, he forces a letter into her hand – his confession. This act – a deliberate lethal attack – is the final retaliation against two nations at war for years. Chemical bombs have been planted throughout Kabar and the neighboring Saghar. Timed to go off at midnight, the two nations will finally be united as one – in tragedy. Ruling with brutality for three decades, the President of Kabar has taken countless lives along the way. Now, gazing into the eyes of his beloved, without a word, he raises his gun. With a single bullet to the head, his merciless sovereignty has ended. This compelling novel moves through the mind of a powerful leader, exploring the dark world of war that precedes the light world of peace.
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Chaker Khazaal, author of the compelling Confessions of a War Child trilogy, was born in 1987 to Palestinian parents, despite growing up in a refugee camp in Beirut, Chaker’s strong leadership skills and highest academic average were recognized with the prestigious Toronto’s York University’s Global Leader of Tomorrow Award to study Film Production and International Development. Post graduation, Chaker achieved community recognition as a public speaker on social media, refugee affairs, and global cooperation for developmental projects. He has been invited to speak at Google Headquarters and the United Nations in America, University of Toronto in Canada, public schools in Norway and Ukraine, unions in Lebanon, etc., and asked to manage several entities’ social media platforms, like the 2014 Oscar nominated film Omar. In March 2013, Chaker released the first part of his trilogy in Genève, Switzerland. Chaker is often featured on-air for interviews, in print and interactive digital media. He is a strong advocate for refugees, encouraging youth to immigrate from refugee camps to become active members of the international economy. Inspired by the Syrian conflict and the situation of refugees in Middle East, Chaker wrote the second part of his trilogy: Confessions of a War Child (Lia).
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Publisher
La Rayan Publishing
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Published on
Apr 20, 2014
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780993719820
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Chaker Khazaal
Sahara – the final installment of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy. Focused on the rise of terrorist acts, and ongoing unrest in the Middle East, the concluding novel blends real-time conflict with fiction, twisting and turning – at full throttle – down a bumpy road of trickery, remorse and adoration. In Confessions of a War Child – Sahara, the power of love vs. the love of power becomes a potent struggle when intertwined with a deadly confession. A traitorous spy. His beautiful wife. Secrets and lies. One knife. Two hearts. Their love unravels in a pool of blood. A tragic murder-suicide. – paralyzed by fear, consumed with guilt, defenseless – Narrated by a new character in the trilogy, his presence is felt from chapter one’s “Revelation”, to the final “Confession”. A broken soul, he maneuvers his way to the World of the Dead, Searching for his beloved wife Sahara – so named after her country of birth – he casts his eyes down to his beloved home Sahara. Witnessing the revolution from afar – death and destruction brought about by his hand – she is the only Sahara that matters. “Fear is the only feeling that deters us from making our dreams come true.” “Was it more important to live a dream than to fulfill one?” ? Over the years, Chaker has traveled throughout the Middle East, speaking to war children and refugees in conflict zones. He was so inspired by their stories, the writing seed was sown. Flourishing into a trilogy, this unique mix of intrigue, murder, and romance – spanning eighty-three years, and into the future – has come to an end .. or has it?
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Chaker Khazaal
Dear Readers, I was inspired to write Confessions of a War Child, the first novel of the trilogy, on July 1st, 2012 the same night a dear friend, Ryan Maiden, left our world. Reflecting, I asked his soul: “Where are you now?” – The battle for love is a war worth winning – Weddings signify the eternal bond between two people in love. But on this day, a bullet ends a marriage at the exact moment of its union. In Confessions of a War Child, the lasting damage draws two towns into a lifetime of hatred and war, and a new, young bride into a lifetime of sadness and grief. Now eighty-seven years of age, Camilia has never recovered from the loss of her husband, and true soul mate, sixty-six years ago. During all that time, she never once revealed the secret ‘locked’ in her heart. So when, through no real fault of her own, her ‘key’ falls into the hands of twenty-four-year-old refugee Nader, we are taken on an adventure – traveling to his exciting future and revisiting her devastating past – to find and return what is rightfully hers. By combining a series of separate stories, involving multiple characters and timeframes, into one cohesive narrative, we are empowered with a sense of intrigue every step of the way. Narrated by the deceased groom, weaving a beautiful love story among dangerous warfare, Confessions of a War Child creates a mesmerizing atmosphere that will captivate readers from the very first words. Inspired by true narratives of war children, with a unique mix of mystery, romance, and murder, the story blends fiction and truth in an engaging manner that can’t be denied. As the first installment, Confessions of a War Child is certain to resonate with readers around the world.
Chaker Khazaal
Dear Readers, I was inspired to write Confessions of a War Child, the first novel of the trilogy, on July 1st, 2012 the same night a dear friend, Ryan Maiden, left our world. Reflecting, I asked his soul: “Where are you now?” – The battle for love is a war worth winning – Weddings signify the eternal bond between two people in love. But on this day, a bullet ends a marriage at the exact moment of its union. In Confessions of a War Child, the lasting damage draws two towns into a lifetime of hatred and war, and a new, young bride into a lifetime of sadness and grief. Now eighty-seven years of age, Camilia has never recovered from the loss of her husband, and true soul mate, sixty-six years ago. During all that time, she never once revealed the secret ‘locked’ in her heart. So when, through no real fault of her own, her ‘key’ falls into the hands of twenty-four-year-old refugee Nader, we are taken on an adventure – traveling to his exciting future and revisiting her devastating past – to find and return what is rightfully hers. By combining a series of separate stories, involving multiple characters and timeframes, into one cohesive narrative, we are empowered with a sense of intrigue every step of the way. Narrated by the deceased groom, weaving a beautiful love story among dangerous warfare, Confessions of a War Child creates a mesmerizing atmosphere that will captivate readers from the very first words. Inspired by true narratives of war children, with a unique mix of mystery, romance, and murder, the story blends fiction and truth in an engaging manner that can’t be denied. As the first installment, Confessions of a War Child is certain to resonate with readers around the world.
Chaker Khazaal
Life over Death. Triumph over Failure. Hope over Despair. In Tale of Tala, Henry, a bestselling New York writer is trying to cope with the unexpected death of his mother and the failure of his latest book. His life a triumphant success had collapsed. Flying to Amsterdam to indulge in decadence and depravity, Henry gorges on everything from illicit drugs to vile carnal acts. Wanting more, he heads to Slovenia. Enter Tala - a strikingly beautiful but deceptively cunning prostitute. A Palestinian refugee, her tale of loss and suffering strikes a chord with Henry. The perilous journey between Turkey and Greece; the desperate search for her husband Bilal; kidnapped by human traffickers. Finding himself falling in love, Henry promises to search for the missing Bilal and vows to protect his muse from the perils of life. For a man used to winning, one might wonder how far he will go to help Tala, or will he only go far enough to keep her for himself? Three People. Three Journeys. One Tale. Lies over Truth. Murder over Safety. Crisis over Peace. When a winner loses everything will he become villain or victim? Chaker Khazaal traveled through Europe and the Middle East in 2015 talking to refugees about their different experiences. Inspired by various stories comes a descriptive narrative of the plight of refugees, presented in this romantic thriller novel. The story focuses on the very dark world of displacement - war, human trafficking, terrorism, organ trafficking, and the exploitation of the desperate - while humanizing refugees in this love story.
Chaker Khazaal
Sahara – the final installment of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy. Focused on the rise of terrorist acts, and ongoing unrest in the Middle East, the concluding novel blends real-time conflict with fiction, twisting and turning – at full throttle – down a bumpy road of trickery, remorse and adoration. In Confessions of a War Child – Sahara, the power of love vs. the love of power becomes a potent struggle when intertwined with a deadly confession. A traitorous spy. His beautiful wife. Secrets and lies. One knife. Two hearts. Their love unravels in a pool of blood. A tragic murder-suicide. – paralyzed by fear, consumed with guilt, defenseless – Narrated by a new character in the trilogy, his presence is felt from chapter one’s “Revelation”, to the final “Confession”. A broken soul, he maneuvers his way to the World of the Dead, Searching for his beloved wife Sahara – so named after her country of birth – he casts his eyes down to his beloved home Sahara. Witnessing the revolution from afar – death and destruction brought about by his hand – she is the only Sahara that matters. “Fear is the only feeling that deters us from making our dreams come true.” “Was it more important to live a dream than to fulfill one?” ? Over the years, Chaker has traveled throughout the Middle East, speaking to war children and refugees in conflict zones. He was so inspired by their stories, the writing seed was sown. Flourishing into a trilogy, this unique mix of intrigue, murder, and romance – spanning eighty-three years, and into the future – has come to an end .. or has it?
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