The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

by Kevin Bannister


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Set in the turbulent times of the War of Independence, 'The Long Way Home' follows the lives of Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele who are friends, former slaves, fellows-in-arms and leaders of the Black Brigade. Their real-life story is an epic adventure tale as they battle bounty hunters, racism, poverty and epidemic in their adopted country after the war.

'The Long Way Home' has resonated with readers around the world as an unforgettable account of courage, hope and determination triumphing over despair and injustice. Thomas Peters, thoughtful and charismatic, and Murphy Steele, strong and impulsive, lead their followers on an inspirational search for a place where they can be free.

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ISBN-13: 9781611793611
Publisher: Fireship Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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The Long Way Home 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Cutiefulpink More than 1 year ago
Find more at My Thoughts... In a very unoriginal fashion, I have become something of an Independence War enthusiast since seeing Hamilton. I know, I know, it’s not necessarily a new phenomenon, but alas, I am a little obsessed with both. So, when I was offered the chance to review this book, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I have never been similarly torn when reading a book. With the Black Brigade fighting on the side of the British, I was simultaneously rooting for them and not rooting for them. This dichotomy made reading Thomas and Murphy’s story all the more compelling. In addition, Bannister does a phenomenal job of pitting the reader’s knowledge and feeling about history against the truth of actual events. The resulting conflict is sometimes staggering. Your natural inclination is to support the freedom seeking colonial rebels fighting for liberation from foreign oppression and tyranny. However, it becomes clear very quickly that this account shows the darker more honest side of the American forces. While proclaiming the intrinsic right to freedom and equality for all men, they are subjugating and enslaving and entire race of foreign people. They are invading another country’s sovereignty to kidnap and torture its citizens. The level of unacknowledged hypocrisy is laughable at best. I loved reading a book from the perspective of a losing side of a battle, if only to confront my own assumptions about revolutionary heroes. Bennister’s style of writing in this book is perfect to tell the story of Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele. I would recommend this book to any history buff or even anyone who loves a heart wrenching, stunning tale of heroism and bravery. * Special thanks to Kevin Bannister, Fireship Press, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of The Long Way Home in exchange for an honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Murphy Steele and Thomas Peters were slaves in the United States and were ready for a new life so they join the fight for Independence, but on the British side with hopes and promises. After fighting and surviving they are promised land and such for them and their families if they move far from their homes, so they go and the adventure begins. As always with historical fiction books, I enjoy when I learn something that I didn't know before without reading a text book. I don't remember learning about former slaves joining the British to basically fight their owners and such and that they were promised freedom and more if they did so. That was interesting to read about the fighting, the promises and the after the war drama.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Kevin Bannister’s The Long Way Home chronicles the lives of two forgotten heroes, Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele, black slaves whose bodies bore the marks of their repeated attempts to escape from their cruel masters. Kidnapped by slave traders, Thomas was an African prince who tended to use his brain while Murphy used his muscles in their fight for freedom. After many escape attempts, the two men end up in Wilmington where the rebelling Americans are putting up resistance to their British masters. As the conflict escalates, they become sergeants in the Black Pioneers where Murphy distinguishes himself. The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister takes us back to the 18th century when blacks were fleeing colonial America as slaves or freemen, and later settled in Nova Scotia. The main protagonists, Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele, are historical figures who lived during this time. Stripped of their dignity, the two black slaves never gave up hope that one day they would regain their freedom. Fast paced and poignant, this is a story that reveals an element of America’s darkest past when black slaves were treated like beasts of burden. Towards the end of the American War of Independence, when many Black Loyalists fled and relocated in the British colony of Nova Scotia, Canada, the two men continue to fight for something many of us take for granted today: freedom. This novel is a tribute to these two forgotten heroes who made it possible for blacks to live and thrive in Canada up to this day.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Long Way Home is an inspirational and harrowing historical fiction drama by author Kevin Bannister. The novel’s central plot focuses on two slaves during the American revolution, who make their escape in a bid to enlist in the British army. There is young Murphy Steele, who knows no other life but slavery, and the influential Thomas Peters, who claims he was born a prince in Africa, but stolen away from his people in a wicked deal. After a first failed attempt at escape, the duo suffers horrific punishments, but this only spurs them on to try again until they find success. Eventually Murphy and Thomas are able to make lives as free men, but being dark skinned in a white man’s world means they will always have hardships, even when they are free. Author Kevin Bannister has created a superbly detailed historical novel that contained a lot of facts about the discrimination of black people, some of which I had never heard of before (having to buy a pew in the church, for example). Our narrator Murphy tells his tale with directness, a simple yet effective descriptive style. Through his eyes, we see Thomas’ wild and impetuous spirit, his search for justice, and his thirst to right the many inequalities that he sees in the world. Though the men pass through many different settings on their quest for a free life, The Long Way Home is very much a character driven story at heart. I’d definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Long Way Home is an historical fiction novel written by Kevin Bannister. Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele had little in common, except for the circumstances they found themselves in. Murphy had no memories of a past life aside from his life as a slave. The schoolteacher he had been assigned to help had taught him to read and write and gave him an idea of where he was living now and where his people had come from; she would tutor him after the white children’s lessons were finished. Then he was taken from the schoolhouse and assigned to help the cook with kitchen work, and his education was over. He was out chopping wood with a blunt and rusty ax when the older Thomas explained how to hone the ax with a stone and some oil. Thomas was the son of an African king whose brother had betrayed him and arranged for his son’s capture by slavers. When Thomas came out to where Murphy was working one day and said "Let’s go," Murphy found himself walking away from the Richardson estate in search of freedom. Their escape was cut short the next day when bounty hunters found them and dragged them back to the estate where they were whipped the following day. It was only the first time they would try for freedom, and they would risk everything, including their lives, to do that. Kevin Bannister’s historical fiction novel, The Long Way Home, is an epic work that follows the two historical figures, Peters and Steele, as they work to escape their bonds and sign on with the English army forces during the American Revolution. I was mesmerized by the intensity and power of this work that brings to light heroes I hadn’t known about. It exposes the injustices that followed the black veterans from the United States up into Nova Scotia, where the promises of land and help with getting started were soon found to be empty promises, and they became fodder for more exploitation. Those sections of the novel that dealt with their early efforts in Digby, Nova Scotia are marvelous! I loved reading about Steele’s logging ventures and his interactions with the Bear River Mi’kmaq tribe, and I kept a map of Nova Scotia on hand to follow Steele and Peters’ movement. Bannister’s writing is lyrical and elegant, at times I would feel compelled to stop and reread an especially memorable passage. I learned a lot from reading The Long Way Home and plan on looking for historical works regarding this overlooked episode in American history. The Long Way Home is most highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite How unsettling it must feel to one day be living a life of royalty, to another day be betrayed by a loved one. The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister is a fictional story based on true accounts of the life of Adekola Akande, whose name means determination. Adekola was living a good life in his country, he was set to be married, and looking forward to raising a family. Then the unthinkable happened - he was captured and sold as a slave. In captivity, Adekola was later given a slave name, Thomas Peters. Thomas became friends with Murphy Steele; they had one thing in common, to run away from the plantation and become free men. Due to Thomas’ upbringing, he never knew defeat and definitely not the life of a slave. However, for Murphy, all he ever knew was being a slave. Initially, Murphy could not understand the burning desire to be free that Thomas possessed. Murphy wanted to know what freedom was and what were the benefits of being free? In Murphy’s friendship with Thomas, he began to learn more about life, dreaming, and freedom than he ever could imagine. The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister is a well-written, historical account of the life of Adekola Akande (Thomas Peters). Kevin truly opened my eyes to a part of history that had escaped me - not about the hunt, the capture or slavery, but the history of Africans that lived a life of royalty, culture, and that of kings and queens. A lot of stories about slavery are not told from this perspective, nor about the other elements that Africans played for the betterment of the world. I fell in love with this story from the beginning. As the story developed, Kevin interjected history and culture, as told through Thomas, that gave the story not only a relevance to history, but a face of another life in another time. Everyone has a culture that identifies who they are and what they represent, but The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister takes the story to another level. This is because Thomas was one of the Black Loyalists Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone that was instrumental in the fight for freedom and ending slavery. If you are looking for a great historical yet true account of culture, freedom and history, The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister is a keeper.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite It takes more than a good imagination to write a spellbinding historical novel, but The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister is a success on many many levels; a historical novel about two obscure and courageous slaves who fought in the War of Independence and had to sacrifice everything and overcome all kinds of challenges to seek a new home. What does it take to be free? Could it be true that freedom isn’t free, that it must come at a great price? This novel will offer readers insights into what it took to gain freedom from slavery and more. The author has written about such a sensitive topic and in a very beautiful way. The reader will become immersed in a reality that may seem too distant, but written in a language that conjures very vivid images, a tale that will speak to the hearts of readers with eloquence. Bannister has successfully combined historical facts with glowing imagination to deliver a masterpiece that will be well received by lovers of historical fiction. His language succinctly portrays the world of a slave and the injustices prevalent in that world. The plot may not be laced with the typical suspense one would expect to find in most exciting novels, but the author has done a marvelous job in captivating readers, inspiring a deep longing to know what happens as they follow their heroes from one hardship to another – from surviving illnesses like smallpox to fighting bandits along the way. The characters are extraordinarily compelling, strung with the kind of courage one would find only in persons fighting between death and freedom. The facts in Kevin Bannister’s The Long Way Home are intriguing enough to draw readers in.