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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 ca 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 with an African point of view, this award-winning story which was inspired by actual events, will tug at your heart strings.


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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 ca 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 with an African point of view, this award-winning story which was inspired by actual events, will tug at your heart strings.

30 review for Nightmare Along the River Nile (Ebook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ballings

    Nightmare Along the River Nile is set in the 1990s at time when the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was wreaking havoc in northern Uganda. Edgar and his three friends had just finished their high school exams and were looking forward to the long vacation. On the way home, Edgar's bus was ambushed by the LRA. What happened after was a nightmare. As she explained in the interview that led me to read this book, the author made at effort in being authentic in her writing of this story. According to the Nightmare Along the River Nile is set in the 1990s at time when the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was wreaking havoc in northern Uganda. Edgar and his three friends had just finished their high school exams and were looking forward to the long vacation. On the way home, Edgar's bus was ambushed by the LRA. What happened after was a nightmare. As she explained in the interview that led me to read this book, the author made at effort in being authentic in her writing of this story. According to the author she tried to emulate how people spoke and interacted. This would explain why it was the winner of Editor's Choice Award. It reminds me of 'Beasts of No Nation' where the author also uses authentic language. Everyone who wants to learn about the effect that war has on children and their resilience should read this book. It is a tale of not only inhumane suffering but also of unwavering faith and hope. Above all it a tale of true friendship. The author manages to expertly alternate between scenes about Edgar's ordeal and those of his friends as they embark on the search of their friend. A very good read, very simple English but very engaging.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jutta Heitland

    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 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."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    A powerful narrative about a young man and his loyal friends... Enslaving another human being is one of the greatest crimes against humanity. Simply because it robs the person of their sense of self, the ability to develop their unlimited potential, and their individual freedom. Slavery was one of the most horrific events in human history, however, this atrocity against humanity continues to this day. The author states that this story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys A powerful narrative about a young man and his loyal friends... Enslaving another human being is one of the greatest crimes against humanity. Simply because it robs the person of their sense of self, the ability to develop their unlimited potential, and their individual freedom. Slavery was one of the most horrific events in human history, however, this atrocity against humanity continues to this day. The author states that this story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in the 1990s in Northern Uganda, who were abducted by the LRA rebels. Nightmare Along the River Nile by S. E. Nelson is a fact-based story set against the backdrop of the brutality, oppression and slavery against the people of sub-Saharan Africa. The author tells of Edgar, while on his way home after finishing high school exams, ‘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.’ Books that cover this kind of subject matter deserve to do well. The author must be commended for highlighting a despicable truth that still goes on in the world today. However, for me, the writing style made this a somewhat difficult read. I found it detracted from the overall message and the urgency desperately needed to bring about an end to modern-day slavery. With additional proofreading and editorial attention this book has the potential of making a great piece of writing. 3 ½ stars from me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gia

    I have read many books on the subject of slavery and human trafficking and have never before been left with a burning passion to continue my work and mission in advocating for human rights, to seek justice and freedom; to put a stop to modern day slavery in my lifetime. Suzanna E. Nelson has written one of the most compelling and informative books on modern day slavery. Suzanna's knowledge of human rights, her investigative work on the LRA and human trafficking led to the writing of one of the m I have read many books on the subject of slavery and human trafficking and have never before been left with a burning passion to continue my work and mission in advocating for human rights, to seek justice and freedom; to put a stop to modern day slavery in my lifetime. Suzanna E. Nelson has written one of the most compelling and informative books on modern day slavery. Suzanna's knowledge of human rights, her investigative work on the LRA and human trafficking led to the writing of one of the most remarkable and inspiring stories ever written on the subject of modern day slavery and human rights. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the subject of modern day slavery, and to those who seek to understand one of the most wanted war criminals Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) "Nightmare Along The River Nile" is a powerful educational tool against modern day slavery. "Nightmare Along The River Nile" is recognized by "The NO Project" which highlights Authors against slavery. http://thenoproject.org/english/video... We are proud to feature Suzanna E. Nelson's book on our Global Freedom Concerts website recognizing Anti-Slavery Authors who have made an impact with their work http://www.globalfreedomconcerts.com/... Thank you Suzanna for using your skills, talents and passion to shine a light on the LRA's crimes and inspiring readers, young and old to take action to abolish modern day slavery. Watch: Video Jacket Kindle Review of "Nightmare Along The River Nile" http://youtu.be/iMmGVL7v61k

  5. 5 out of 5

    David King

    “Nightmare along the River Nile” by Suzanna E. Nelson is a book that appears to have been written for one fundamental purpose. It aims to highlight and expose the rather harsh fact that modern day slavery does exist. For me, personally this book has succeeded in fulfilling that purpose as prior to reading it had no idea that slavery still went on in the modern age. The story itself is set during the 1990’s and follows Edgar and three friends who have just graduated from High School in Uganda. Whi “Nightmare along the River Nile” by Suzanna E. Nelson is a book that appears to have been written for one fundamental purpose. It aims to highlight and expose the rather harsh fact that modern day slavery does exist. For me, personally this book has succeeded in fulfilling that purpose as prior to reading it had no idea that slavery still went on in the modern age. The story itself is set during the 1990’s and follows Edgar and three friends who have just graduated from High School in Uganda. Whilst travelling home to his mother, the bus Edgar is travelling on gets ambushed by an insurgency group known as the LRA. Alongside the majority of the passengers Edgar is abducted and so begins an ordeal of suffering and misery as he ends up being sold into slavery in the Sudan. Meanwhile, when Edgar’s three friends find out about his kidnapping they undertake an attempt to locate and secure Edgar’s release. This book is quite simply heart-wrenching at times as the reader is subjected to following the unbearable circumstances that Edgar must endure. The cruelty and hate shown by his captors really does highlight the simple fact that evil is still alive and well in the world. However, Nelson doesn’t just leave the reader feeling miserable and gloomy because she has also tried to highlight some of the good that people can do. Edgar’s friends are used well to highlight the various different people who are willing to try and do the right thing. I think it highlights well that good and evil are there no matter colour, race and religion of the people involved. One issue I did have with the novel though is that I don’t think Nelson did a great job in using her characters to capturing a real deep emotional element to the story which in turn affected some of the tension within the story. I basically found that the novel came across in a very direct and factual style, with that characters telling the reader how they felt instead of having their feelings expressed through actions and descriptions. I really do think that it would have been an incredibly powerful novel if the reader had got to feel the character’s fears rather than just be told about them. Overall, this novel does vividly highlight the suffering and horror that people can still face due to slavery. I think the overall tension and emotional impact do suffer a little bit due to the style of the story telling but I still found the entire novel entertaining enough to ensure I followed it through to completion. On a personal note, I really appreciated reading a story that explored parts of Africa I knew nothing about and it created enough interest that I have read more about the countries and people introduced to me in this story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sly Silverstone

    I usually just read thrillers. I was surprised by the way this story captured my interest. Although the subject matter is negative this story focuses mostly on the positive. I knew that Kony and his LRA rebel bandits had been causing havoc in Central Africa for a long time, but this book clarified all the stories i have heard through the eyes of it's characters. Although the book is not biographical, I was able to understand what the people went through and how strong they had to be. I empathize I usually just read thrillers. I was surprised by the way this story captured my interest. Although the subject matter is negative this story focuses mostly on the positive. I knew that Kony and his LRA rebel bandits had been causing havoc in Central Africa for a long time, but this book clarified all the stories i have heard through the eyes of it's characters. Although the book is not biographical, I was able to understand what the people went through and how strong they had to be. I empathized with the protagonist's plight but was also uplifted by his faith and the strong friendships he created. Overall a very good read on a subject matter that should be publicized for all to know. If you want to improve your knowledge on the culture, the LRA, human trafficking and still be engrossed in the story, this is a good book to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Books About

    As an African I was excited to find a book with authentic dialogue, one that was able to adequately capture African mannerisms, dialect and nuances. I was instantly reminded of how my friends and i relate to each other. I was touched by the friendship between the four boys, but most importantly, i was saddened by what happened to Edgar. A few years ago I visited a place in Western Sahara where slaves used to be sold, so this book brought back those memories. In addition, having grown up in a war As an African I was excited to find a book with authentic dialogue, one that was able to adequately capture African mannerisms, dialect and nuances. I was instantly reminded of how my friends and i relate to each other. I was touched by the friendship between the four boys, but most importantly, i was saddened by what happened to Edgar. A few years ago I visited a place in Western Sahara where slaves used to be sold, so this book brought back those memories. In addition, having grown up in a war-zone in Rwanda, i found this book to be realistic. I was able to relate to the feelings and situations of the principle as well as the ancillary characters which is a rare connection to find in a book. This is a book to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    January Bain

    With this book based on hard reality, I am finding the journey of discovery amazing... Not everyone in this world is blessed by virtual of where they are born. Whe I finish the book I will be back with my final words. Can't say enough about this book. It will change your life. With this book based on hard reality, I am finding the journey of discovery amazing... Not everyone in this world is blessed by virtual of where they are born. Whe I finish the book I will be back with my final words. Can't say enough about this book. It will change your life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    The effect of Kony on Uganda and it's people are almost beyond imaging but this book artfully takes you right into the center of the conflict. Well done and realistic you won't forget this book. The effect of Kony on Uganda and it's people are almost beyond imaging but this book artfully takes you right into the center of the conflict. Well done and realistic you won't forget this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ibrahim Jalloh

    Thanks Suzanna for writing "Nightmare Along the River Nile", a story that needs to be told and you have beautifully done so. I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. Well written and easily understandable by non native English readers like me. "Nightmare Along the River Nile" is a great novel and has one great advantage over many other novels for the simple fact that it brings to the limelight vital information that the whole world needs to know - modern day slavery in Sudan. The story is Thanks Suzanna for writing "Nightmare Along the River Nile", a story that needs to be told and you have beautifully done so. I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. Well written and easily understandable by non native English readers like me. "Nightmare Along the River Nile" is a great novel and has one great advantage over many other novels for the simple fact that it brings to the limelight vital information that the whole world needs to know - modern day slavery in Sudan. The story is very touching and can easily leads one to tears as Edgar narrates his ordeals in the hands of the slavers. Edgar was very lucky, he had friends, especially Wilbur whose uncle and father are influential and well to do, otherwise, he would have been recaptured and ended up been hanged. Edgar's resolve to let the world know about these blatant violations of human right activities in the Sudan is the right thing he could do to help is friend Jimmy and other slaves gain back their freedom. Otherwise, death by handing remains the fate of the many slaves who choose not to remain as slaves for the rest of their miserable lives. Edgar has rightly done so, it is now up to the world to listen and act upon this information to put an immediate end to this barbaric activity taking place in Sudan. I wouldn't hesitate giving "Nightmare Along the River Nile" 5 stars, for it deserves 5 stars for the following reasons: It is expository, informative, entertaining, educative and easily understandable and well written.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hope Mwiza

    Edgar is on his way home to his mother when his bus is ambushed by the LRA. He and almost all the passengers are abducted. When his friends learn about Edgar's abduction, they try everything possible to rescue their friend. This story tells us about Edgar's ordeal and the lengths his friends go to to try and save him. In sharing Edgar's bitter experience, the author not only exposes what the LRA put people through but brings up a rather cruel practice that still exists in some primitive societie Edgar is on his way home to his mother when his bus is ambushed by the LRA. He and almost all the passengers are abducted. When his friends learn about Edgar's abduction, they try everything possible to rescue their friend. This story tells us about Edgar's ordeal and the lengths his friends go to to try and save him. In sharing Edgar's bitter experience, the author not only exposes what the LRA put people through but brings up a rather cruel practice that still exists in some primitive societies; slavery. After his abduction, Edgar is sold off by LRA and this is when his real nightmare begins. The story gives an insight to the reader about the unbearable circumstances Edgar has to endure as a slave in the Sudan, his unshakable faith (thanks to Jimmy) that one day he would be free again. It is evident in this story that good and evil people do exist, regardless of color or race or religion. Even though the characters are fictitious, the story is based on real life experiences most people in Northern Uganda have gone through. Those lucky to escape are traumatized for life, but many more are still held captive and enduring untold suffering.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jutta Heitland

    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 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kala Kiza

    I finally read this book and it kept me up at night. It had been a long time since a novel had affected me that much. When I saw that this story was about modern slavery I did not know what to expect, but the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. The main character Edgar is very real and as you read the book, you feel what he feels. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in. I didn't want to put the book down until I knew what happens to Edgar. His friends are equally impressive. B I finally read this book and it kept me up at night. It had been a long time since a novel had affected me that much. When I saw that this story was about modern slavery I did not know what to expect, but the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. The main character Edgar is very real and as you read the book, you feel what he feels. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in. I didn't want to put the book down until I knew what happens to Edgar. His friends are equally impressive. Besides being about human trafficking, this is a story of true friendship. The story leaves you with a lot of questions, like what lengths would you to for a friend. I am not sure if most of us would be as royal to our friends as Edgar's friends are. This story will stay on my mind for a while. This story was so informative that I couldn't wait to get the author's other book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grace Kabona

    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. Modern slavery has to be stopped, and this book is poised 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. I read so 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. Modern slavery has to be stopped, and this book is poised 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. I read some of the reviews about this book not being well written which is a shame. As an African, I probably understand the language and the nuances of this book since this is the way we express ourselves, but I can see how the language can seem different for readers who haven't been to East Africa and seen the way people interacted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    A story about the harshness of war, slavery and torture, but also of a strong friendship between a group of 4 young men. Difficult to read at times, especially the parts which described how evil humans can be to their fellow humans, but an excellent story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A tough read because of the subject matter, but well-written and important.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Nightmare along the river Nile is based on true events...the kidnapping of children who are sold into slavery in Sudan. The story follows a boy named Edgar, whose bus is ambushed on his way home from school for a holiday. Taken hostage by rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army, students from the school are brought to a slave market (the ones that survive the attack and the enforced, exhausting march to Sudan from Uganda where they are sold into slavery. Their existence is horrifying, with endless Nightmare along the river Nile is based on true events...the kidnapping of children who are sold into slavery in Sudan. The story follows a boy named Edgar, whose bus is ambushed on his way home from school for a holiday. Taken hostage by rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army, students from the school are brought to a slave market (the ones that survive the attack and the enforced, exhausting march to Sudan from Uganda where they are sold into slavery. Their existence is horrifying, with endless labor and little food and no hope. Edgar's friends discover what happened and begin a campaign to find him and bring him home. Will Edgar escape his brutal existence and return? Read this book and find out! This book graphically explores a topic that is happening around the globe. It should be on required reading lists.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Foresight Literary Lounge

    MODERN DAY SLAVERY EXPOSED This review is from: Nightmare Along the River Nile: Abducted by the LRA (Kindle Edition) Excited about their recent graduation, Edgar and his three high school friends have entered into adulthood. Planning for a vacation before pursuing their career goals, they have no clue what the future holds for them. Aware of recent insurgent activity, Edgar sets out to travel the long, dangerous trip to his hometown. His bus driver decides to proceed without the usual military c MODERN DAY SLAVERY EXPOSED This review is from: Nightmare Along the River Nile: Abducted by the LRA (Kindle Edition) Excited about their recent graduation, Edgar and his three high school friends have entered into adulthood. Planning for a vacation before pursuing their career goals, they have no clue what the future holds for them. Aware of recent insurgent activity, Edgar sets out to travel the long, dangerous trip to his hometown. His bus driver decides to proceed without the usual military convoy, and the passengers become victims of violent rebels in Uganda. This action takes him on a journey to Sudan that forever changes his outlook on life. He experiences the mayhem that most of the natives of the area live in constant fear of. Sold into multiple levels of slavery, Edgar and other captives adjust to bondage, including the stringent demands on their bodies and emotional abuse. Physically and mentally exasperated, Edgar is forced to make decisions on whether to give up or remain persistent in his faith that one day he will once again be free. In the meantime, Edgar's friends put their own lives on hold to forge ahead with plans to locate him and buy his freedom. Praying and working for his impending release, they learn a lesson of faith all their own. Nightmare Along the River Nile by Suzanna Nelson was one of the most heart-wrenching reads I have come across. In my opinion, it is a wonderful tool that can be utilized to bring awareness to one of the most internationally ignored issues. This title addressed the modern day slavery that we hardly ever hear about in the United States. It was handled in a way that will not allow you to ignore its existence any further. The fact that this type of practice still takes place made my heart go out to Edgar as he endured atrocities that these unfortunate captives experience in real life. In addition, I admired how the young men's relationship exemplified the tight bond of friendship that many of us would love to experience. Edgar's friends went to lengths that some of us could not fathom to save him. This was an action packed, emotionally charged read that I would definitely recommend to others. Ondrea L. Davis, Reviewer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Not long ago I saw the movie I am slave - which was disturbing like this book. How can people use others as their slaves and especially how can they treat them so bad? How is it possible that this is ignored? Edgar, the main character in this book has the same questions after he gets abducted by the LRA and sold in Sudan to a man with more slaves in his possession. His story is intermingled with the stories of his three friends who take the courage to look for him. The book let me travel to diff Not long ago I saw the movie I am slave - which was disturbing like this book. How can people use others as their slaves and especially how can they treat them so bad? How is it possible that this is ignored? Edgar, the main character in this book has the same questions after he gets abducted by the LRA and sold in Sudan to a man with more slaves in his possession. His story is intermingled with the stories of his three friends who take the courage to look for him. The book let me travel to different places in South Sudan (at that time still called southern sudan and the SPLA was in war with northern forces). Some of the places I visited but for sure that changed over the years since the book was written. Behaviour of the three boys during the searching chapters is described in a way I know life to be here as well. The numerous tins of soda which were gulped down and the chicken with chips is brought numourous occasions back to me. It weakens the style of writing a bit but I can vividly imagine it :) Thank you Suzanna Nelson for gifting me this book through Goodreads!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Uganda - Sudan, the 1990's and we follow the trials of a young man who with a group of others have been kidnapped into slavery. "Nightmare along the River Nile" is a commentary on the life experiences of real individuals. This is a tale of human abuse and of lives destroyed but also of hope and one’s heart is touched by the efforts of the young man's friends, their families and complete strangers, who make every effort to help and rescue him. Suzanna Nelson has written a tale that raises awarenes Uganda - Sudan, the 1990's and we follow the trials of a young man who with a group of others have been kidnapped into slavery. "Nightmare along the River Nile" is a commentary on the life experiences of real individuals. This is a tale of human abuse and of lives destroyed but also of hope and one’s heart is touched by the efforts of the young man's friends, their families and complete strangers, who make every effort to help and rescue him. Suzanna Nelson has written a tale that raises awareness of this 'institution' which continues to plague us today and not just in Africa! In the 'Western World' we have seen the rise of human trafficking (i.e. slavery) whether for the sex industry or for other forms of forced labour. The figures on humans trafficked throughout the world doesn't make pleasant reading! This book is recommended reading which presents a very human story and highlights an evil which is still prevalent in our times.

  21. 5 out of 5

    VJ

    Writing Challenged The first 36 chapters should be summarized and the story begin with Eddie's escape. The writing detracts from the story or message about the urgency of ending slavery in the present era. The characters are quite flat. I found myself not caring about the characters at all. Women came in two flavors: good and evil. In fact, women were not portrayed favorably because they might be the bringers of AIDS. Bourgeois Africans, Catholic educated, with plenty of money and connections to l Writing Challenged The first 36 chapters should be summarized and the story begin with Eddie's escape. The writing detracts from the story or message about the urgency of ending slavery in the present era. The characters are quite flat. I found myself not caring about the characters at all. Women came in two flavors: good and evil. In fact, women were not portrayed favorably because they might be the bringers of AIDS. Bourgeois Africans, Catholic educated, with plenty of money and connections to launch an effort to retrieve the stolen Eddie. What about those stolen without such resources? This review was provided in exchange for a complimentary copy of the work product. At chapter 37, the writing changed and began to flow, as if someone else began writing. The happy ending was annoying. This depiction of Ugandans was superficial and stilted. This was a nightmare to read, but not because of the subject matter.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob King

    This is a very well written and moving book. I can't believe that people really go through this stuff. This has to be one of the most riveting 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 themselve This is a very well written and moving book. I can't believe that people really go through this stuff. This has to be one of the most riveting 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Klink

    I had high hopes because the subject is one that needs to be addressed. Alas, the book was so poorly written, I couldn't stay with it. What should have been a highly emotional experience, carried no emotion at all. For example, instead of expressing the character's feelings, the author wrote, "I was afraid." This is indicative of the first quarter of the story, which is as far as I was able to slog. I had high hopes because the subject is one that needs to be addressed. Alas, the book was so poorly written, I couldn't stay with it. What should have been a highly emotional experience, carried no emotion at all. For example, instead of expressing the character's feelings, the author wrote, "I was afraid." This is indicative of the first quarter of the story, which is as far as I was able to slog.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I couldn't get past the first chapter. The book sounded interesting and the topic true to life and unimaginable, which is why I first ordered the book. However, it is written in such a juvenile way - all first person - I said, he said stuff. It reminds me of when I teach 4th and 5th graders to use quotations and they write a whole story with quotes without any real description that makes a book interesting. I am surprised by all the 5 star ratings. I couldn't get past the first chapter. The book sounded interesting and the topic true to life and unimaginable, which is why I first ordered the book. However, it is written in such a juvenile way - all first person - I said, he said stuff. It reminds me of when I teach 4th and 5th graders to use quotations and they write a whole story with quotes without any real description that makes a book interesting. I am surprised by all the 5 star ratings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Jones

    I've lived and traveled extensively in West Africa and traveled a bit in Kenya and Tanzania. Reading this book, brought me back to those times. I was aware that slavery still exists so that was not a shock, but rather another reality check as to how much people in poverty are forced to endure. Knowing that the story comes from people the author interviewed adds to the poignancy. I've lived and traveled extensively in West Africa and traveled a bit in Kenya and Tanzania. Reading this book, brought me back to those times. I was aware that slavery still exists so that was not a shock, but rather another reality check as to how much people in poverty are forced to endure. Knowing that the story comes from people the author interviewed adds to the poignancy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica Sanderson

    Written in simple English is right - like a 5th grader's. I just couldn't handle it. And 75% of the book seemed irrelevant, like Eddie's friends (seemingly) running all over Africa but not actually accomplishing anything except introducing many, many inconsequential characters. If it had just stuck to Eddie's story and briefly made mention of his friends, it would have been a much better story. Written in simple English is right - like a 5th grader's. I just couldn't handle it. And 75% of the book seemed irrelevant, like Eddie's friends (seemingly) running all over Africa but not actually accomplishing anything except introducing many, many inconsequential characters. If it had just stuck to Eddie's story and briefly made mention of his friends, it would have been a much better story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Hard to believe (but it's true) that this is still happening in real life! Suzanna E. Nelson's book, Nightmare Along the River Nile, is a must-read. Hard to believe (but it's true) that this is still happening in real life! Suzanna E. Nelson's book, Nightmare Along the River Nile, is a must-read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Hard to believe (but it's true) that this is still happening in real life! Suzanna E. Nelson's book, Nightmare Along the River Nile, is a must-read. Hard to believe (but it's true) that this is still happening in real life! Suzanna E. Nelson's book, Nightmare Along the River Nile, is a must-read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    A VERY GOOD READ. HARD TO PUT DOWN. TO THINK THIS GOES ON IN TODAY'S WORLD. THE AUTHOR PICKED A GREAT STORY TO TELL. MORE SHOULD READ TO KNOW WHAT TRUELY GOES ON IN THIS WORLD OF OURS. A VERY GOOD READ. HARD TO PUT DOWN. TO THINK THIS GOES ON IN TODAY'S WORLD. THE AUTHOR PICKED A GREAT STORY TO TELL. MORE SHOULD READ TO KNOW WHAT TRUELY GOES ON IN THIS WORLD OF OURS.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Martin

    Excellent story about slavery in Sudan in the 1990's. Excellent story about slavery in Sudan in the 1990's.

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