"the story is relentlessly paced and brimming with historical insight...this will undoubtedly be a feast for anyone who's hungry for knowledge about the Middle East ... An exceptionally erudite...portrait of a key point in a region's history." Kirkus Reviews
"The scope of this novel is breathtaking... The Sacred Sands is very well written with an intriguing plot that will keep you hooked to the very end. What you will also gain from the book is a clear analysis of the problems in the Middle East, the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and the way that we in the West view the region, from the pen of someone who has a deep understanding of this area. Vahan Zanoyan is a consummate storyteller and has managed to present an incredibly complex subject in a clear, erudite, and most certainly entertaining way. I urge you to read this book - it is the most accomplished novel I have read this year and I can thoroughly recommend it." Readers' Favorite Reviews
About the Author
Vahan Zanoyan has previously published two novels based on a chance encounter with a sex-trafficking survivor: A Place Far Away and The Doves of Ohanavank. His third novel, The Sacred Sands, reflects his own experience as an international energy consultant.
Before he retired, Zanoyan served as an advisor to governments, private organizations, and other major players in the fossil fuel industry. He currently divides his time between Southern California, Armenia, and the Middle East.