Burden of the Desert

Justin Huggler

‘This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must’ Daily Mail

Multiple 5* Amazon Reader Reviews 

Zoe Temple, a young British journalist who dreams of being a war correspondent, US officer Lt Rick Benes who is 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 motion a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

The Burden of the Desert is fast-paced and gripping, and asks questions that will linger long after the last page is turned. Via the lives of a fascinating group of characters, former war correspondent Justin Huggler memorably evokes the atmosphere of a military occupation whose aftershocks are still being felt today.

  • This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must

    Daily Mail

  • Justin Huggler manages to make you feel as if you are there, among the dirt and chaos… This book epitomises the side of war not visible on our TV screens… 9/10  

    Press Association

  • Rarely is something this informative also this exciting…so mesmerised that I couldn’t help but read it all in one late, late sitting

    The Bookbag

  • Exciting and terrifying, wondrous and sobering, and there is action and adventure aplenty to keep fans of this genre turning the pages late into the night

    ForeWord Reviews

  • The author has an uncanny ability to stimulate readers’ senses with his vivid depictions…at times, readers will feel as if they are right there alongside the soldiers


  • ‘Ambitious, raw, elegant, absolutely gripping’, ‘Terrific’, ‘A must read’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Outstanding, as gripping as Forsyth and as richly characterised as McEwan‘ 


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