Nightmare along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery

Nightmare along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery

by Suzanna Nelson
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Nightmare along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery by Suzanna Nelson

Written in simple English from an African perspective and in an African voice, this award-winning story will tug at your heartstrings. Edgar is heading home to visit his mother after finishing high school exams, when rebels belonging to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ambush his bus. Edgar and other passengers, most of whom are students, are abducted and taken to the LRA headquarters deep in the mountains of southern Sudan. 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 whose story will remain with you for a long time to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460942772
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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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Nightmare along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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
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.
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.
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.
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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.