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Praise for the Novels of Barbara Hambly:

A Free Man of Color

"Magically rich and poignant...  In scene after scene researched in impressive depth and presented in the cool, clear colors of photography, Hambly creates an exotic but recognizable environment for January's search for justice."
-Chicago Tribune

"A darned good murder mystery."
-USA Today

Fever Season

"A notable writer of mystery fiction...  This one grips the reader from start to finish."
-The Washington Times

"From the highborn Creoles in their river mansions to the uncivilized Americans brawling on the levee, Hambly speaks all their languages, knows all their secrets, and brings them all to life."
-The New York Times Book Review

Graveyard Dust

"Seductive... Sweeps from lavish balls on elegant river plantations to voodoo rites in Congo Square and savage brawls in mean waterfront dives....  January proves the ideal guide through these treacherous social strata."
-The New York Times Book Review

"A richly detailed murder mystery with a little bit of voodoo mixed in for flavor. Don't miss this powerful series."
-Mystery Lovers Bookshop News

"Its emotional authenticity, varied cast and rich historical trappings give the novel power and depth."
-Publishers Weekly

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Freed slave Benjamin January travels upriver from New Orleans to help his former master, Simon Fourchet, investigate a mystery on one of his plantations. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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In "Sold Down the River" erklärt sich Benjamin Janvier bereit, auf die Zuckerrohrplantage Mon Triomphe seines früheren Besitzers zurückzukehren, um unter den Feldsklaven auszuspionieren, ob diese grad einen Aufstand anzetteln. Doch es wäre nicht Barbara Hambly, wenn alles so einfach wär! So findet sich Benjamin in einem wahren Wust an Intrigen, Geheimnissen und Mordgelüsten unter Herrschaft, Haus- und Feldsklaven wieder.

Mir hat die differenzierte Darstellung der Lebensbedingungen auf Mon Triomphe sehr gefallen. Die Autorin malt ein riesiges Panorama mit einer Vielzahl von Figuren, wodurch die harte Erntezeit auf der Plantage sehr gut rüberkommt. Auch die Abstufungen zwischen den Haus- und den Feldsklaven ist gelungen.

In der zweiten Hälfte des Buches ist mir aber ab und zu die Komplexität zuviel geworden und das Personeninventar zu groß. Spoiler: Auch das Friede-Freude-Eierkuchen-Ende für die Sklaven von Mon Triomphe mag zwar moralisch gut gemeint sein, hat mich aber nicht überzeugt.

Fazit: Spannend und interessant. Leider hat sich für meinen Lesegeschmack die Autorin an der Komplexität der Geschichte etwas verhoben, daher nur 4 Sterne.
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I have waited long for another Hambly book. After Dragonbane where the characters were so real and moving, to find a very complex, exciting, capable and intricate character in Benjamin Janvier. He is sorrowful but not bitter, aware, and intelligent, a musician an dphysician ( I wish I could be)and yet fighting the problems and complexities of New Orleans and the south in 1831. We get a real but not overly gruesome feel of slavery. You see the filth and cruelty but it is not basked in like some torture-lover. I have read one other Janvier novel and will go back and get the rest. Thank you for making real understandable and identifiable people.
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Von Ein Kunde am 15. Juli 2000
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What will you do for love? Love of self, love of others, of family, friends and children? If hate is the other side of love, what will you be driven to do? Could you kill? Strike out at whoever is there, or cooly plan a vengeance so horrible solely because someone else will take the weight? Is there such a thing as making amends? Is saying "oops" saying sorry? The book is a shout of rage, the rage of Ben Janvier, of Simon Fourchet, of the Africans, of white women, set in the cool of fall amidst the heat of the cane harvest. Ms Hambly has used heat as a metaphor in all of the books of this series, but here the heat is man made, a hell of tiredness, of flame, of revenge,of love. I enjoyed the book, unable to put it down once the characters were set and the plot moved towards it's end. There were no winners, since everyone was damaged, or had been damaged, in some way before the story begins, or during it. Lives moved on, but the ties remain, and while we finally learn more about Ben's life prior to New Orleans, we also learn a little more about the motivation of his mother, and those like her, who have made a choice many women, if asked, would reject. Jeanette didn't make the choice, and I liked the contrast between her situation with Ben's mother's choice, and why, knowing what it would cost her son, she pressed him to take on the undercover assignment. I agree that the ending was a little contrived, but it is in the end a minor quibble. No one who reads the book will not be in the hold of that steamboat,and feel the heat,the desperation of everyone on board. Ms Hambly has done it again. When is the next Ben Janvier book due?
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In 1834 New Orleans, Benjamin January hopes to make some money to support himself and his mother by providing piano lessons. However, his livelihood is interrupted when his former slave master, the cruel Simon Fourchet demands he help him discover who is causing havoc at Mon Triomphe Plantation. Ben remains concerned for what Simon is capable of doing to all the slaves at his two plantations. However, he also has been there, done that, and has Simon's whip marks from a beating when he was seven to prove it. In spite of his personal fears, Ben reluctantly agrees to investigate.

Someone has destroyed much of the sugar cane crop and left voodoo messages on the mill's walls. The masters believe this Turner wannabe has aroused the sentiments that easily could boil into a slave uprising. Worried about the white man's retaliation towards everyone with black skin, Ben goes undercover as a slave on the embattled plantation. As Ben makes quiet inquiries, he remembers with this new experience how humiliating being a slave is and worries that he might never regain his freedom.

SOLD DOWN THE RIVER includes a great mystery with excellent characters. However, what makes this Americana fiction must reading is the depth of the period interwoven into the plot. It feels as if the audience is seeing first hand the perilous life of a slave on a plantation. The excellent who-done-it is cleverly designed and disguised. However, as with its predecessors (see A FREE MAN OF COLOR, FEVER SEASON, and GRAVEYARD DUST), this novel is a welcomed period piece that should bring much acclaim and many awards to Barbara Hambley.

Harriet Klausner
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HASH(0x9c15b198) von 5 Sternen A bitter tale well told 15. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
What will you do for love? Love of self, love of others, of family, friends and children? If hate is the other side of love, what will you be driven to do? Could you kill? Strike out at whoever is there, or cooly plan a vengeance so horrible solely because someone else will take the weight? Is there such a thing as making amends? Is saying "oops" saying sorry? The book is a shout of rage, the rage of Ben Janvier, of Simon Fourchet, of the Africans, of white women, set in the cool of fall amidst the heat of the cane harvest. Ms Hambly has used heat as a metaphor in all of the books of this series, but here the heat is man made, a hell of tiredness, of flame, of revenge,of love. I enjoyed the book, unable to put it down once the characters were set and the plot moved towards it's end. There were no winners, since everyone was damaged, or had been damaged, in some way before the story begins, or during it. Lives moved on, but the ties remain, and while we finally learn more about Ben's life prior to New Orleans, we also learn a little more about the motivation of his mother, and those like her, who have made a choice many women, if asked, would reject. Jeanette didn't make the choice, and I liked the contrast between her situation with Ben's mother's choice, and why, knowing what it would cost her son, she pressed him to take on the undercover assignment. I agree that the ending was a little contrived, but it is in the end a minor quibble. No one who reads the book will not be in the hold of that steamboat,and feel the heat,the desperation of everyone on board. Ms Hambly has done it again. When is the next Ben Janvier book due?
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HASH(0x9c15b4d4) von 5 Sternen Really outstanding-readers feel what slavery was like 5. Juli 2000
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In 1834 New Orleans, Benjamin January hopes to make some money to support himself and his mother by providing piano lessons. However, his livelihood is interrupted when his former slave master, the cruel Simon Fourchet demands he help him discover who is causing havoc at Mon Triomphe Plantation. Ben remains concerned for what Simon is capable of doing to all the slaves at his two plantations. However, he also has been there, done that, and has Simon's whip marks from a beating when he was seven to prove it. In spite of his personal fears, Ben reluctantly agrees to investigate.

Someone has destroyed much of the sugar cane crop and left voodoo messages on the mill's walls. The masters believe this Turner wannabe has aroused the sentiments that easily could boil into a slave uprising. Worried about the white man's retaliation towards everyone with black skin, Ben goes undercover as a slave on the embattled plantation. As Ben makes quiet inquiries, he remembers with this new experience how humiliating being a slave is and worries that he might never regain his freedom.

SOLD DOWN THE RIVER includes a great mystery with excellent characters. However, what makes this Americana fiction must reading is the depth of the period interwoven into the plot. It feels as if the audience is seeing first hand the perilous life of a slave on a plantation. The excellent who-done-it is cleverly designed and disguised. However, as with its predecessors (see A FREE MAN OF COLOR, FEVER SEASON, and GRAVEYARD DUST), this novel is a welcomed period piece that should bring much acclaim and many awards to Barbara Hambley.

Harriet Klausner
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HASH(0x9c15b570) von 5 Sternen excellent feel 10. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I've always been a fan of Hambly's and the Benjamin January series has been a great favorite for not only the excellent, believable charactors and solid storylines, but the little details. The motivations for the charactor's actions and the way they react come through, especially in this book. A regular reviewer would put it this way: Ben finds himself pursuing justice on a plantation run by a brutal former master, and the difficulties with reconciling with his past as well as the prejudices he faces get in the way of his investigation.
But it is much more - one sees motivations and the way that friendships develop under adverse conditions, and what prices people pay to protect themselves and their loved ones to the best of thier abilities. And how people reconciliate thier actions to themselves.
Yes, there are a few spots that are a little jarring to the consistancy, and a bit of a deux ex machina at the end, but in all, the plot development, the charactors, and the logical actions and reactions blended quite well - as well as the historical and location feel.
When Ms. Hambly is your historical tour guide, you can feel the mists and swampy miasma rise around you as you make your way through the cypress tangles bordering the cane fields along the river...
You won't get sold down the river with this one...
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HASH(0x9c15b36c) von 5 Sternen Ben Janvier goes undercover as a slave... 20. Dezember 2004
Von Jack Fitzgerald - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
"Sold Down the River" is the fourth book in Barbara Hambly's series about Benjamin Janvier, a free man of color in 19th century New Orleans. Ben was born a slave, but his mother caught the eye of a white man, St. Denis Janvier, who purchased her along with her son and daughter. Educated in languages as well as becoming a surgeon, and classically trained as a pianist, Ben currently makes his living giving piano lessons and playing at various balls in New Orleans.

Things change suddenly when his mother's original owner, a despicable sugar plantation magnate, Simon Fourchet, comes calling and asks Ben to pose as a slave in order to find out who is sabotaging his sugar harvest and trying to kill him.

This is one of Hambly's most intense outing yet, and Ben is put into some considerable peril while trying to unravel the various threads to find out who caused the murders of several slaves as well as damaged some key equipment.

Posing as the slave of his friend, the consumptive violinist Hannibal Sefton, the two travel upriver to Fourchet's plantation, Mon Triomphe. There, Ben must adapt the language of a field hand and muster all of his strength of character to restrain himself as he witnessess the cruelty of overseers and Fourchet himself. Hambly does not use the delicate issue of slavery of window dressing, but addresses it head on, and there are some visceral and graphic scenes depicted here.

Meanwhile, Ben must get in with both the field hands and the house servants as well as gaining knowledge about the white family controlling the plantation. The plot is intricately woven, and there are several surprises awaiting Ben. Luckily, his friend, Abishag Shaw, has given him a way to communicate by tying colorful bandannas to a tree and changing them daily. If he fails to change the color, help will be on the way...he hopes.

There is voodoo, conspiracy, twisted family relationships and affairs within affairs that will keep the reader guessing as well as turning pages.

As usual, Hambly has crafted an detailed novel with vivid descriptions of places and people. I felt like I was there with Janvier. Her research is outstanding and I learned about how sugar cane was harvested at the time. There are many interesting historical nuggets here.

Some bumps...

She referred to the entrance to the sugar mill as a gateway to hell, which when first encountered was awesome, but this description was repeated multiple times, which diminished the impact.

A typical challenge of all books in the series is the sheer number of characters. We have the various slaves and families, as well as the plantation owners, neighbors and various side characters. Throw in the unusual names, complex relationships and it's hard to keep everyone straight.

I also found it interesting that the slaves had so much apparent freedom of movement to go between plantations for various liaisons, etc.

I will continue with the series, and look forward to "Die Upon a Kiss."
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HASH(0x9c15b888) von 5 Sternen Yes, five stars. 16. März 2006
Von A. Leahy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I set out to give this 5 stars, because it's one of the most affecting novels I've ever read.

Then I read the other reviews, and thought perhaps I should give it 4 stars because so many people seem to have found the number of characters confusing, and actually the whole plot does seem contrived in retrospect, although I didn't feel that way while I was reading it. It reads more like a pure historical novel than genre fiction, and since it's presented as genre fiction, it may not meet the reader's expectations.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that it's one of the most affecting novels I've ever read. The story isn't about the mystery, it's about the characters and the setting. If it were about the mystery, I wouldn't have read it because genre fiction usually bores me to tears.

The one concession I'll make is that you should not read this without reading "A Free Man of Color" first. If you've already got a handle on the backstory of Ben and his family and friends, it's easier to keep track of all the new characters.
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