Tale of Tala

Hachette Antoine
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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.
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About the author

Chaker Khazaal -- acclaimed author of Confessions of a War Child trilogy, speaker, and reporter grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. Always a dreamer, he immigrated to Canada and graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies from York University in Toronto. An advocate for humanitarian causes, Chaker was named Esquire Man of the Year (2015) and Most Influential Arab Under 40 (2016). He has won several awards for his novels and articles in the Huffington Post. Reporting on the refugee crisis in 2015, interviews often took place in conflict zones where the events of Tale of Tala were inspired.
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Publisher
Hachette Antoine
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Published on
Sep 28, 2017
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Pages
463
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ISBN
9781912317592
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
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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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