Nightmare Along the River Nile

Nightmare Along the River Nile

by S. E. Nelson

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Overview

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.

Written in simple English in an African voice, this award-winning story which was inspired by actual events will tug at your heartstrings.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013524965
Publisher: SEN Books LLC.
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nelson is an award-winning author who writes African action-adventure stories on topics like: friendship, war, espionage, colonialism, corruption and human-trafficking. Nelson's second novel "The Helpers" is an action-packed international tale of espionage and corruption, which is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Europe and United States. Although the story is fictitious, much of its background was inspired by historical events that happened during colonial times.

Nelson has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and the United States, and is an advocate of human rights specifically on issues concerning human trafficking, protection of war children, peace and child education. The "No Project" listed Nelson among its Authors Against Slavery.

WEBSITE: www.sensbooks.com

Customer Reviews

Nightmare Along The River Nile 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Allbooksreview More than 1 year ago
Edgar (Eddie) a high school student on his way home, has been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda and sold into slavery in Sudan. His 3 friends, including Ghani and his powerful father: Al-Hajj Abdul, try everything in their power to rescue Eddie from the slave camps. Nightmare along the River Nile, which is based on fact, is a vivid, detailed, and disturbing account of the horrors of the twentieth century slave market. We follow the transformation of Eddie as he changes from an intelligent but somewhat naïve student into a hardened young man who learns how to literally fight for his survival while doubting everyone around him. He hesitated for a while, and then he leaned over and put his mouth next to my ear. ‘Soon we shall be re-sold to other buyers. Some slaves will work the ¿elds, others will be used as studs to reproduce more slaves.’ Jimmy must have sensed my anguish because he added, ‘You know, Eddie, all these things are mental. You have to stay strong.’ My heart sank like a ton of bricks. I had heard enough. I was so distressed by what Jimmy had just told me that I felt nothing but hatred in my heart. I hated the rebels, the slave traders, and the slave owners. This had to be the number-one sin in God’s book There is no doubt that Nightmare along the River Nile will shock you, part of it might even repulse you. The subject matter is violent and graphic. Nelson does not mince words in describing the brutality that exists within the slave trade, but she makes sure that the violence serves the purpose of doing an outstanding job in evoking the horror and despair of human slavery. Using realistic and compassionate characters Nelson tells a horrific story with the end result being that if you are not outraged and moved to find out more on the subject, you haven’t paid attention. Although you may not be inclined to read a book about modern day slavery, you would be doing yourself a tremendous favor in picking up this story. Awareness leads to power and power leads to change. This book does the outstanding job of creating awareness and teaching us about a horrific and ongoing human-rights abuse situation by way of a compelling action-filled story. It will be difficult for you to put this book down before you find out what happens to Eddie while he is in the slave camps. Filled with solid dialog and a good attention to geographical and cultural detail, Nelson manages to create a believable story that captures our imagination and makes us hold our breaths. Well written with a compelling plot, Nightmare along the River Nile is an important story, meant to open our eyes about an on-going atrocity and in so-doing gives hope that practices like these can eventually be stopped.
Diane-Ndaba More than 1 year ago
The story just like the title suggests is about a nightmare that Edgar endures during his captivity. Edgar and his three friends are excited about completing high school and all have different for the holidays. Edgar decides to go back home to volunteer at the catholic mission that has been paying for his education. On the way home however, the bus he is traveling is ambushed by the LRA rebels, and Edgar is among those ambushed and taken to the LRA camps in Sudan. He is later sold into slavery and what follows is an account of how much suffering has to endure and what his friends go through as they try to rescue Edgar. Set in both Uganda and Sudan, the book is an eye opener- it reveals what the people had to endure during the LRA insurgence, and it also highlights another evil practice that still exists in most primitive societies- slavery. Who could have thought that slavery indeed is still practiced? The book also offers some very important lessons in life- the importance of true friendship, faith and hope and how dear one's freedom really is. I enjoyed reading the book, and the author makes it more engaging by interweaving the chapters, just when I thought Edgar's suffering was becoming unbearable, I regained hope for the next chapter would be about the rescue mission his three friends would be planning. A good read.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
This is not really the kind of book I would usually read but I am very glad I have read this one because I could not put it down. It is very well written and it really gets you thinking about this book and modern day slavery even after you have finished reading it. If you think slavery is a think from the past then think again because unfortunately it still happens. I highly recommend this book.
nonfiction11 More than 1 year ago
Modern slavery is something I never thought of before. I didn't even know that it was still happening until I found this book. Since then, the reality and destiny of people who are forced into slavery has deeply touched me. Edgar, a high school student, is the protagonist of "Nightmare along the River Nile". He is captured by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army on his way home and sold into slavery. His fear, his dismay and horror are described in a way that the reader gets annoyed, excited and horrified about Edgar's destiny. "Nightmare along the River Nile" is a very intriguing read; it is a pleasure to follow the writing style of Suzanna E. Nelson. The story is well written and both the characters and the landscape of Uganda and southern Sudan are realistically described. This book is able to change your view on life and it makes you realise that you cannot take your own comfortable world for granted as long as people are suffering and oppressed."
Megs3294 More than 1 year ago
A very touching story of hardship that occurs way too much in our developed society. It helps shed light upon horrors that people experience yet makes you wonder how humanity could have ever treated fellow human beings in this way and a bit dejected to know it still happens....on the other hand, it is also a tale of friendship and sacrifice for the well-being of others. Must read :)
nonfiction11 More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended! Modern slavery is something I never thought of before. I didn't even know that it was still happening until I found this book. Since then, the reality and destiny of people who are forced into slavery has deeply touched me. Edgar, a high school student, is the protagonist of "Nightmare along the River Nile". He is captured by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army on his way home and sold into slavery. His fear, his dismay and horror are described in a way that the reader gets annoyed, excited and horrified about Edgar's destiny. "Nightmare along the River Nile" is a very intriguing read; it is a pleasure to follow the writing style of Suzanna E. Nelson. The story is well written and both the characters and the landscape of Uganda and southern Sudan are realistically described. This book is able to change your view on life and it makes you realise that you cannot take your own comfortable world for granted as long as people are suffering and oppressed.
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Rob King More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that people really go through this stuff. I don't read fiction much but this has to be one of the most moving stories I have ever read. What Edgar goes through is unbearable. I could not put the book down until I finished reading it. This story is a battle between good and evil. Most of the characters were good and genuine and his friends were so devoted to finding him that I couldn't help but like them. I hope that most people read this book to educate themselves about the ills of war and modern slavery.
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GraceGK More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and the message is clear. Modern slavery has to be stopped, and this book would make a good film to showcase this fact. The book is dialogue driven which really drives home the message. I felt everything that the protagonist Eddie was going through and wished that I could go in and save him. As an African, I probably understand the language and the nuances of this book since I am used to them but I can see how the language can seem repetitive for readers who haven't interacted with many Africans. I picked up the book based on the subject matter of modern slavery, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this much action in a book with a serious subject like this. I hope that more people will pick up this book to educate themselves.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
This is not really the kind of book I would usually read but I am very glad I have read this one because I could not put it down. It is very well written and it really gets you thinking about this book and modern day slavery even after you have finished reading it. If you think slavery is a think from the past then think again because unfortunately it still happens. I highly recommend this book.
penpaldem More than 1 year ago
This is was one of those novels that I will never forget. The horror that the main character, Edgar, goes through is unbelievable, yet his faith is unyielding and admirable for a young person. The friendship between the four boys is so strong that I found myself wondering if I had any friends that would risk their lives for me. The entire novel is full of good lessons and yet very engaging and fast moving. I read the entire novel in one sitting. If you want to learn about the atrocities that Kony and the LRA did to their people and yet be engaged in the story, this is the book to read. Highly recommended.
Swiss_Alps More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed 'Nightmare along the River Nile' very much. I like the way the two stories intertwine - the young man kidnapped and sent to Hell on Earth and his to-be saviours, who use trust and insight to set up a network to find out what has happened to him. Very readable, exciting and the subject matter is an area not many people know about. Thank you, Suzanna, for bringing that situation to our consciousness.
penpaldem More than 1 year ago
This is was one of those books that I will never forget. The horror that the main character, Edgar, goes through is unbelievable, yet his faith is unyielding and admirable for a young person. The friendship between the four boys is so strong that I found myself wondering if besides my family, I had any friends that would risk their lives for me. The entire novels is full of good lessons yet very engaging and fast. I read the book in one sitting.
BookwormKala More than 1 year ago
This book was gripping in every way. I had every emotion known to man as I read it - happy, scared, angry, sad, and general disbelief that something like this can happen to a fellow human being and a young one at that. I knew that slavery happened but reading about Edgar's story really made me aware of what is happening in other parts of the word. I read the novel in one sitting. Ms Nelson did a good job of drawing the reader in. An unforgettable story. This one will stay with me for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*narrowed her harsh ice blue eyes and looked around.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looks timidly at the leader of Meadowclan, his tail puffed up. Softkit ushers him back to camp, worried about Rosiekit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She swam swiftly through the Nile and relaxed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He stands, his black claws glistening. "I suggest you back off the kits" he snarled, baring his teeth. His striped tail swishes back and forth.