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I have been to hangings before, but never my own.

Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon "Persy" Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth - his truth. He may be guilty but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master's wife. In 1860 Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army's attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas. So began Persy's journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.

©2016 Nancy Peacock (P)2017 Tantor

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Nothing of your own

Love between slaves is challenged by the Slaveowner.
Insightful how lives of Indians and slaves crossed.
All the characters sounded the same

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Just so-so overall

Would you try another book from Nancy Peacock and/or JD Jackson?

No, I don’t think I would try another book by either of them. The story was mediocre at best. JD Jackson read with just one intonation basically for all characters. In some parts he dropped his voice so low it was very hard to hear, like Chloe’s voice for example. He won’t go down as a favorite narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

JD Jackson as Percy kept a monotone voice. For Chloe he spoke so softly it was difficult to hear him.

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An American Tragedy For Sure!!!

Good story, and really well told. JD Jackson brought this audiobook to life, with his portrayal of Persimon Wilson. The story pulled at my heart strings, and wouldn’t let go. I learned a lot about the Native American way of life during those times and felt that the author interestingly tied the two main characters’ slave experience with the Native American experience. Ironically, I liked and hated Persey, but could always see his love for Chloe, and that he put her above all else. A surprisingly worthy listen!,0

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  • 03-26-18

Wow!!!

This is an unforgettable story!! I ask you to read it for yourself and I know you will agree! Can't express to you how much is enjoyed this unpredictable and truly amazing book!!

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Masterful

I really enjoyed this story in every detail. the subject matter resonated with me. Perfect.

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