Negro Fort

Negro Fort

by Paul Allen

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BN ID: 2940016113616
Publisher: Paul Allen
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 835 KB

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Negro Fort 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
stern0 More than 1 year ago
Author Paul Allen has done it again, this time in "Negro Fort." A skilled author known for his other novels and screenplays, Allen dives into a little-known, but true era in U.S. history. And, so you dive in, too, to the world of Joe Cudjo and Janie, a pair of runaway slaves who are seeking freedom in northern Florida. The year is 1815 or so. It is a tragically ironic time for the pair to be on the run because "Old Hickory," Andy Jackson, later president, is waging a cruel, deadly war with no quarter against the Creek and later the Seminole. The war takes him from Tennessee to Florida, just when Joe and Janie make their break. For a while, the do thrive under the protection of Commander Garcon and the "Negro Fort," a remnant of British tinkering with U.S. borders. Britain conducted this type of "diplomacy" along the large western frontier of the U.S. right through 1820 or so. Jackson's move south shut down this influence. It caused the British to abandon posts they had established in the frontier wilds and in Spanish Florida. Before they abandoned the "Negro Fort" at Prospect Bluff, they turned it over to a large black-Indian community that had grown up around the fort. The new management, so to speak, took up the role of protector and did so for a bit , until Jackson and soldiers, came smashing through the hot, steamy Florida swamp seeking not only to put down the Indian "rebellion" but also to find runaway slaves. They were considered property and had to be returned to their owners. Into this arena, Joe decides to "solider" for Garcon and Janie stays by his side. Through all of this, author Allen creates a brutally honest, hard-to-put-down account of the "Negro Fort." The style is very visual and the descriptions, using short, powerful sentences enhance the power of this book. Like Allen's other novels, the "Negro Fort" is beautifully written. Its style is almost cinematic. It is also well down. If you are looking for a good read, one that will keep you turning pages until you hit the end, then pick up the "Negro Fort." Not only will you not be able to put it down, you will thoroughly enjoy your time with the very real, believable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel swept me back in history with a true and unknown story. It is an adventure story, a romance, and a war story. The book creates a world that is brutal and beautiful. There is the love story of Joe and Janie, but also the story of the fort where runaway slaves with their Indian allies have a chance to live a good life in freedom, while slave catchers roam the forest and the Americans plot to destroy this legendary stronghold of hope for all the other runaways. The story is gritty and bloody at times but also tender, loving, beautifully written, evoking the time, place and people. It struck me that this novel is also perfect for a movie. It would be an epic. A big story, true, compelling, satisfying, thought provoking. I want to read this again someday.