Slave Graves

Slave Graves

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by Thomas Hollyday

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Dr. Frank Light, archaeologist, is vastly annoyed. He’s settled into a plush life - cushy department-head job at a university, suave girlfriend, book in the works. Now he’s been ordered into the sludgy, back-water marshes of Maryland to fend off hordes of mosquitoes, all because of an inconsequential find at a bridge construction site. Maggie, the…  See more details below


Dr. Frank Light, archaeologist, is vastly annoyed. He’s settled into a plush life - cushy department-head job at a university, suave girlfriend, book in the works. Now he’s been ordered into the sludgy, back-water marshes of Maryland to fend off hordes of mosquitoes, all because of an inconsequential find at a bridge construction site. Maggie, the outspoken state archaeologist working the dig, insists the shipwreck has historical significance. Pastor Allingham is even more vehement, insisting the decaying timbers hide a rumored, long-lost slave graveyard.

Real estate tycoon Jake Terment is furious that his construction project is held up by the growing concerns of Frank and his team. Jake cranks up the pressure for a quick resolution.

When several attempts are made on the team members' lives, Frank draws on lessons from his Vietnam vet past. He has to decide on which side of this battle to stake his claim - and if he is ready to risk his life again for his beliefs.

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Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher.His father's family were active in the history of Maryland since its settlement while his mother's family were prominent in Democratic Party politics. His grandmother's family descended from a well known German industrial family of Baltimore. He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage. He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C.Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman.He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history. He currently edits popular video blogs on you tube for animal water rights and for book reviews. He draws the popular humorous Animal Viewpoint Cartoons for newspapers. He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection. In his fiction he describes his recurring theme that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. At the same time he incorporates the stories of machines with those of their human owners. Each novel, located in the small town of River Sunday, Maryland, also records the continuing beautiful nature of the area. His writing portrays today's problems, conflicts, and memorable local characters with their loves and their combat with evil.

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Slave Graves 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Savingsinseconds More than 1 year ago
I just love when a book inspires curiosity!! Slave Graves made me wonder about several of the legends and tidbits of info it mentioned, so I spent a great deal of time on Google after reading this. If you read Hollyday's book Gold, you're familiar with the River Sunday community. This book is in the same area. Slave Graves has an entirely different story, though. This would be a very interesting read for history buffs, especially those who like 17th century legends and American history. I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions stated are 100% mine.
flipoutmama More than 1 year ago
My Review:  Slave GravesI had already made up my mind before I even opened the book that it was going to be a good one. Thomas Hollyday is a great writer, I have read his books before, so I had high expectations. I was not disappointed this time around, either! Thomas Hollyday really knows how to set the scene and make you feel like you are really there, in the story. I have a hard time really "getting into" a story if I can't really vividly imagine the scene, and that is not a problem for me with books like this. I also like books that give you a sense of a relationship with the characters, and this book does that for me as well. When I feel a connection or a draw to a fictional character, that is when I know good writing! I love to feel drawn into a story, and that is what I was able to do with this one. I really feel like I got to know Dr. Frank Light, and the story is unique, different, and engaging. I was also really happy that there were a plethora of characters to get to know, instead of just a "good guy" and a "bad guy". I can't give much more away about the ending, but it is definitely a surprise! Bravo, once again, Mr. Hollyday!! 
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
A novel revolving around greed and secrets when Dr Light is sent by his University to Maryland to investigate an archaeology site to see if any historic relics of importance are there before a new bridge is built. When he arrives he finds he is under pressure from the local bigwig, who is also offering the university future funding, he wants the dig to be completed quickly and quietly so he can make his money. As the dig gets underway the Dr's views are challenged and changed as he speaks to the locals and he receives threats as well as attempts on his life. The story in this book is one close to my heart the fact that a lot of sites or places with historic importance are being lost for future generations to enjoy and are being turned into concrete jungles. Without the full facts being relayed to the general public. The story is well written in easy language with excellent descriptions of both the characters and the emotions they carry and what drives them to achieve their goals. As discoveries of importance are uncovered this puts the development in doubt and having spoken to local inhabitants he realises how important this is to their past and his respect grows for the site to be left as it is. This action brings about a big change in the way he now thinks and cares . The authors books are all based around one area and the research and historic content of his novels shine through and add life to the stories. With this in mind and as I have read more of the authors work they have grown in stature and impressed me more and more and I look forward to more of his work. I would recommend this author to any reader.
s_gallegos More than 1 year ago
As usual, Thomas Hollyday did not disappoint with the description of the area in which the story takes place. He does an amazing job at really giving you a visual picture of the surroundings and for those of us who don't travel much, this is important and really makes you feel like you are there. Besides this, the story itself was intriguing and really kept your attention so much that it is really hard to put the book down once you get started. You can really sense the struggle that the main character, Frank has within himself as to what is the right and wrong thing to do. Thomas does a great job at really building up these characters and giving you a feel for their personalities. The ending will blow your mind and you will never believe it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and held my interest throughout. The mystery and history aspects of this novel are well entwined, making for an excellent mystery book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has promise, but is written more like a travelogue with too much emphasis on flowery descriptions and poetic sentences. The dialogue is stilted and relationships very superficial; in places the characters seemed to exist so the author could write a short story (the supposed flashbacks and memories for instance were way too detailed for spontaneous recollections) - perfect for a screenplay. The finale was written more like a film script, particularly with conveniently disappearing clothes and reappearing torches. Would not read another book by this author unless it too was free. PT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow a great read
Anonymous 6 months ago
Disjointed. Poorly edited. Way too much backstory. At times I wondered if I were reading an archeological mystery or a Viet Nam "war" memoir/PTSD. I read a NOOK blog not too long ago in which a reader stated books should not be more than 250 pages. That type of intelligence applies to this tome. I give it one star only because that is the lowest number necessary for a posting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book...
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Interesting weaving of story and sense of place,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is very descriptive in his writing some may find this boring. The story could have been shorter but so many facts about a dig would have been lost, I really enjoyed it.
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This story was very good. Interesting! Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, but got bored a few times. I think it was the great detail put into describing the setting of the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were plastic, descriptors excessive. And the spelling and grammar errors were so numerous as to be destracting. Did anyone even proof read the manuscript?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Md. Eastern Shore & romance.
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rosiejrJS More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. A+++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for GOLD and was unaware this book was the same author, when I down loaded it. I did not like this book either, but I too, was inspired to do some research on several events, mentioned. This book, while not horrible, simply did not hold my interest. Adult subject matter. AD
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BgLdy60 More than 1 year ago
Great read. Interesting characters and plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring to the point of coma. Needs lot of help.