The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff

The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff

by Lane Heymont


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ISBN-13: 9781620061626
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Danielle-Marie More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction! The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff is such a great portrayal of several time periods with the perfect blend of real human life. I am completely impressed with this debut novel by Lane Heymont. This is a very engaging tale about the dark past of slavery and racism. The struggle between good and evil is prominent in this tale, and like any great book you are drawn to several characters and their development. A very raw portrayal of what racism and cruelty can do to people. The heavy dialect made it difficult to read at times, but I wouldn't change a thing as it really helped to set the scene and keeps you in the middle of the story.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Blends history and fantasy with solid realism and clever plot: The freedman was once a slave, and the Klan would like to get back to those comfortable days if only they could get the law and Reconstruction off their backs. Set in Louisiana just after the America Civil War, Lane Heymont’s The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff recreates the cruelty and violence of the Klan very convincingly, while maintaining a pleasing balance of characters who really can and do change. Whites who once fought against blacks might risk their lives to protect them. And blacks who want to seize control and save the world might find they have to cede control instead. But this isn’t just another historical novel of the South. While carefully researched and leisurely told with Southern cadence and well-rendered (though sometimes hard to read) Creole dialect, it also includes elements of a much more far-reaching tale in a larger world. With great power comes great responsibility, said Voltaire (and others), and when Jeb’s seemingly irresponsible brother-in-law steals the promise of power, a mix of dreams, guilt and Voodoo might determine who gets to wield it most responsibly. Blending the histories of Egypt, America and Europe in a story that covers ancient history, Nazi searches for ancient artifacts, time travel and the Civil War, might seem like too much for one book. But the author does it well, keeps the story consistently on track, and creates a surprisingly enthralling adventure novel with great characters, great moments, and great lessons in responsibility. Internal dialog betrays moods swinging as fast as the stink of city streets when the story travels to a scary New York denouement. Then a German antagonist’s weapons lends a steam-punk aura of fantasy and excitement. In all, it’s an intriguing, insightful novel with much food for thought, well-integrated historical detail, and a clever plot. My only criticisms would be that the cover made me think of a serious text book and the title made me think of un-serious fantasy, neither of which describes the book. (Oh, and the ungrammatical German frustrated me, but hey, I’m European.) Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this novel and asked for a review as part of the author’s publicity tour.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I enjoyed how the author wove stories from different historical periods into one book and still had the overarching story make complete sense. The book contained good, solid writing. I recommend this book.