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The Land of Hope (Journey to the West Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Junying Kirk , Katy Sozaeva , Yongqun Guo
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Book Description

Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships.

When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colorful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence - only this time, it's directed at her.

Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk's "Journey to the West" trilogy.  


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About the Author

Junying Kirk came to Britain from China in 1988. She was born a spice girl from Sichuan Province and grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University, followed by further post-graduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. Apart from working as a professional interpreter and translator, she reads continuously and enjoys drawing from the wealth of life itself and creating stories. She travels widely and keeps her mind and heart open for the new, the good, the bad and the ugly. Her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy, “The Same Moon”, “Trials of Life” and “Land of Hope” have been published in electronic form in 2011 and 2012, and now in printed form. She lives in Birmingham, UK with her English husband. Further information about the author can be found on her website: http://www.junyingkirk.com.

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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important and serious issues, well-written September 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I will make this review "official" on my blog, Now is Gone, on Oct. 7 during the blog tour. That review will include illustrations, formatting and links, so remember to come by and check it out.

Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Suspense with some romance
Reading Level: Adult (some erotic scenes)
Book Available October, 2012 in ebook from multiple distributors Recommended for: Those interested in thrillers, especially with topics based on real-world issues, like human trafficking and slavery
Read: 8/20 - 8/29/12 and 9/21 - 24/12

Disclosure: I edited this book for this author; I do not receive any financial renumeration based upon sales. I am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships. When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colorful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence - only this time, it's directed at her. Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk's "Journey to the West" trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Intelligent, Current and Bold... December 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Although The Land of Hope is the third book in the author's trilogy, Journey to the West, this book has no trouble standing alone. I will be going back to read Same Moon and Trials of Life.
Pearl, the main character and narrator has moved on after leaving, forcefully her successful career and has landed as an interpreter for law enforcement as well as other agencies while struggling with the heartache of being separated from the love of her life Andrew.
Page after page Junying reveals each of her characters layers, one at a time artfully drawing us in until we are emotionally, intertwined and invested in this story and its characters. Right before our eyes Pearl becomes a real, breathing human being with flaws, passion and the age- old, soul born struggle of good verses evil. You may find yourself disagreeing with some of her choices, yet you will cheer her on and wonder what is coming next. You will swear you can hear Pearls as well as the other characters hearts beating louder with each turning of the page.
This story is one of fiction yet it is deeply rooted in truth. The struggles of illegal immigrants is real, gritty and beyond shocking. Human beings that leave everything they own and loved ones to cross borders into other lands, not just America but all over the world and can easily find themselves victims of the world's most dark, notorious criminals. They can be sexually exploited, financially devastated and/or sold into slavery. Junying does not just `touch on' the politically charged topic she dives right into what I personally believe is our worlds most current, egregious and under reported crimes against humanity of all time, the epidemic of human trafficking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, thought provoking and real. October 25, 2012
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Where do I begin. There is so much I want to say, yet don't want to say too much. As I have to start somewhere, here goes. This is the third book in the Journey to the West trilogy by Junying Kirk. I own the first book 'The Same Moon' but sadly, haven't gotten to it yet. When Junying asked me to read Land of Hope, I was worried I wouldn't 'get' the third book precisely because I hadn't read the back stories. She assured me that it could be read as a stand-alone, and so I said yes. I'm glad I did, and will now have to - sometime in the future - start reading from the beginning. I loved this book that much!

This is primarily Pearl Zhang's story told in third person. However, between what's happening with Pearl, you will read and follow pertinent characters' stories and lives written in first person POV. Normally, this is something that would not only confuse me, but something I'm not usually fond of. Not to worry with this book. All I ask of anyone who is going to read Land of Hope is to please make sure you take note when beginning a new chapter so you know to which character it pertains. Do this, and believe me, you will not be in the least confused.

Would the word, 'wow' be appropriate? I think so. Junying honestly took me on a journey of note. I experienced varying degrees of emotions throughout this book. One moment I'd find myself smiling right along with Pearl due to little touches the author added to Pearl's everyday life regarding social media etc. including snippets I've come to learn about from the author, and then I'd be doing the ugly cry which left me feeling devastated.
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More About the Author

Junying Kirk was born and grew up in China. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. Currently working as a professional interpreter and translator, she loves reading and writing books. Her Journey to the West trilogy, 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' have been published on Amazon Kindle, CreateSpace, and Smashwords. She regularly blogs on books world travels, food and photography, in fact, anything interesting and worth sharing at http://www.junyingkirk.com. She lives in Birmingham UK with her English husband.

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