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Publisher's Summary

Set in 19th century Charleston, South Carolina, The Dark Sun Rises is an inspirational work of historical fiction. With impeccable attention to detail and a strong conviction in God, Williamson leads the listener into the complex world of slavery.

In this novel, Joseph, a manservant of Abram Callcott, begins a journey of faith. One of Abram's passions is teaching the slaves about the Gospel. He is shocked, however, by the realization that Joseph has taught himself to read and write. Joseph's abilities show Abram that he may have misjudged his African slaves, but nothing can prepare either man for what is to come.

Through strong, colorful characters, Williamson examines slavery from various perspectives and explores the growth and change in the antebellum south. With a moving narration by Peter Jay Fernandez, The Dark Sun Rises will remind listeners of an era that defined and changed America.

©1998 Denise Williamson (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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A sad but beautiful story.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Sun Rises to be better than the print version?

Yes it was a movie in my head. Will listen to it again. So thought provoking. Makes you really stop and think about what it really was like in that era......puts you face to face with truth and blatant facts.

What other book might you compare The Dark Sun Rises to and why?

The Red Tent
Was also very detailed, filled with history mixed with story telling as how it may have been woven together.

What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice is very dimensional, depth, lightness and drama.

Who was the most memorable character of The Dark Sun Rises and why?

Each of the main characters were amazing and stood on their own. Such different
personalities, feelings, outlooks, and very believable.

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I loved this book. So thought provoking, and reached in my heart and mind, to tell me
of what others have gone through. Don't miss this one. It is stunning.

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Excellent Storyline

If you could sum up The Dark Sun Rises in three words, what would they be?

Struggle, Persistence, Forgiveness

What other book might you compare The Dark Sun Rises to and why?

Mandingo, because of the misunderstanding of considering black people as chattle instead of human beings.

Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Abram realized Joseph could read, learn and administer medical help.

Any additional comments?

This is a great listen. The picture the author painted, plays like a movie in my mind's eye!

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Historical Fiction

I liked the story line of conflicting ideas of two generations, especially the specific struggle of a son’s attempt to come to terms with his father’s philosophy related to dealing with people of color. The narrator did a nice job delineating characters and articulating southern accents. I would be interested in reading more books by this author.

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Wonderfully thought provoking

My favorite book excellently narrated. I felt everything that happened to Joseph. This book made me want to read the bible.

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Brilliant story and narration

A very difficult yet important story that should be read by all. The narration was brilliant also.

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OMG, a must read/listen

I couldn't stop listen to this audio book. I will advise to listen to all. This one would make a great, aspiring movie.