- Taschenbuch: 338 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Auflage: 2 (4. September 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1497520975
- ISBN-13: 978-1497520974
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,2 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
Nightmare Along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery (Englisch)
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S. E. Nelson is an award-winning author who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America. Nelson is also the author of: The Helpers -An International Tale of Espionage and Corruption. It is a story about an American journalist who finds herself on the run, after she discovers damaging information about an underground group responsible for atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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The book is not only a must read because of it's topic but also because it is a very intense and compelling story with very likeable characters.
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Nelson’s prose is eloquent while being straightforward in the manner in which she allows the characters to be developed and the story to progress, a fact that is obvious in her opening lines: ‘I was feeling relieved after my high school exams. I also felt confident about my performance, though I tried my best not to show it to my fellow students. Education hadn’t been easy, especially for us students from northern Uganda. Endless wars that brought about untold misery and poverty had been going on for as long as I could remember. Fortunately the constant encouragement of my mother coupled with the fear of disappointing her transformed me into a good student. I always remembered my mother saying, ‘Edgar, your father worked hard but had no education, and look how he ended up.’ She would pause and then continue, ‘Mark my words, son. With education, people may not like you, but they will respect you.’ She even insisted on fetching water herself from the borehole a mile away so that I would not take time away from my studies. Luckily for me, I had been given financial support by the Catholic Church to fund my education. All these thoughts went through my mind as I walked towards the nearest pub with my three best friends: Wilbur, Sam, and John. We had decided to celebrate the end of the final exams by having drinks. ‘Eddie, you are too quiet. What’s the matter? Aren’t you happy we have finally completed the exams?’ Wilbur asked me. My friends called me Eddie most of the time. Wilbur, or Willy, as we called him, was very carefree. His family was well off and lived in the capital city of Kampala, so I wasn’t surprised by his easy attitude. At six feet, Wilbur was the tallest of the group. Sam, John, and I were about an inch shorter, but Sam and I were bigger in size.’ We learn about these friends shared compassion as the story progresses.
The author offers a brief synopsis at book’s opening that defines the direction of her story – ‘As recently reported on various news media, sub-Saharan immigrants are being sold at auction in Libya. Such is the fate that befalls Edgar when on his way home from school, his bus is ambushed by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda. He and other students are abducted and taken to the LRA headquarters in Sudan where evil awaits. He finds himself caught up in a nightmare he never imagined and his life is forever changed. Edgar's friends learn of his fate and embark on a challenging and unpredictable rescue mission full of twists and turns. Can they find the strength to continue the difficult search? Can Edgar's faith sustain him long enough to escape the hell he is in? Find out in this compelling narrative about a young man and his loyal friends. This story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in northern Uganda in the 1990s. The story was conceived from many interviews that were conducted with survivors and former child soldiers who managed to escape the LRA.’
Rich in the gift of story weaving and laudable in the revelations of the corruption and deeds that do exist today, Nelson is becoming a major force in writing socially relevant high intensity novels. She has a secure place in the company of contemporary important authors. Highly Recommended, Grady Harp, July 18
This book left a strong impression that I would never have thought. Thanks to the author S.E. Nelson for such a clear and talented explanation of this problem. Beautiful author's style and a detailed description of events help the reader to penetrate and feel everything that happens. I advise everyone to get acquainted with the Nightmare along the Nile River, because everyone should understand what is happening around us. Highly recommended.
The story, as it should be, is terrifying and is an excellent overview of what happened in Uganda in the 1990s, and it still takes place in different regions across the globe. The actors may be different but the story is the same. Congratulations to the author for bringing to light such a hard topic. The story itself would be more impactful with the help of a good editor. This is what is missing in this book to become it a best-seller. The emotions, the content, the characters, they are there. It’s a diamond in rough and it just needs to be polished to have the shine it really deserves.