Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.
©2004 Dean King (P)2014 Hachette Audio
One of the most amazing true stories ever told. I'm a fan of real life survival stories and this one is among the top. It's not just the hardships and suffering the men endure but the constant tension imposed by the rule of their harsh masters. At any moment of any day a wrong move, word, or jester could mean instant death. Meanwhile, bandits and the unrelenting Sahara threaten the lives of both master and slave. Add to this the fascination of a tribal culture born of the necessities of living where no life should exit, and you have all the ingredients of a story that will live with you long after the last word.
Amazing tale that demonstrates the abject cruelty that mankind can inflict on other humans, punctuated by flashes of nobility. Has anything in human nature really changed in two centuries?
The story is beyond belief. Captain Riley is full of passion, brilliance, and invention. The landscape is jarring and lunar. The people incredibly foreign, yet evoking of love and disdain. Read this!!
Definitely worth your time and money, fantastic book, amazing story. I can't believe I'd never heard of this before.
words can't come close to explaining this amazing story. It's probably the best work written about Rileys shipwreck and slavery. For a combines all the books before it that have been told and told the story over and over again. This is it accumulation of all those books it is wonderfully written what a man Raleigh was he has his blessings in heaven now I'm sure
This was an excellent story of shipwreck and journey through the Zahara desert. Beautifully written with detail that makes you feel you are there with the men in the story. I look foward to reading more from the author. Highly recommended!
You are the light giver yes ? don't get too high on ones self
The human story
My job is boring. I loved it
Some people found it boring. I for one found it interesting. life among the sand people
It goes on and on about nothing!
Performance was fine.
Don't waste your money on this book unless you want to be bored to tears!
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