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Publisher's Summary

Lyrical, poetic, and hypnotizing, The Coming tells the story of a people's capture and sojourn from their homeland across the Middle Passage - a traumatic trip that exposed the strength and resolve of the African spirit. Extreme conditions produce extraordinary insight, and only after being stripped of everything do they discover the unspeakable beauty they once took for granted. This powerful, haunting novel will shake listeners to their very souls.

©2015 Daniel Black (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" The Coming is powerful. And beautiful...This is a work to be proud of." (Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner for Middle Passage)

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A Necessary and Disturbing Read

This story, The Coming, by Daniel Black was disturbing. Mr. Black's ability to create the horrific conditions of the kidnapped African people who were strapped to ships, raped, and mistreated, and mutilated, is brilliant. In the midst of creating that trouble and the impact of the troubling situation he was still able to describe a people of hope.
Many times during the reading I had to pause the playback and rant to the dashboard and seats of my car. I was vexed to the point of tears in some instances and pushed to casting harsh judgement on all the Slave-Trade characters Black placed in the story. At some points I had to stop the reading altogether to allow myself time to process all that had been presented. But, once I got myself together, I'd start listening again. Thankfully, my church conducted a Bible Study on this text and we were able to share all our pent up emotions together once a week.
For those people who want to forget the entire period or to "move-on" from this nadir of humanity's treatment of itself, I say read Daniel Black's The Coming. Why? you may ask....This will help you realize that we cannot forget the journey of these people because their journey is part of who we are whether we are of the African Diaspora or from Europe. For those who proclaim loud and clear the terror and inhumanity of this historical story, you will embrace this book and this author for his ability to describe the rawness and wickedness of the entire Slave-Trade.
The Coming is a Must Read....but be ready for emotions that run deep.

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New understanding of an old heart-breake

I loved this book. The language, the voice kept you integrated and wanting to know more.

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One for the books literally

This should be required reading for high school and college kids. I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. If you were on the fence about purchasing this one pls do yourself the favor and just BUY IT.....

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To walk in their shoes

Brings the unimaginable to life. Allows you to even if for a moment ,walk in their( shoes).

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Life changing

The audio book is gut gripping, powerful and heart wrenching. This should be required reading for all children in the United States.

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Excellent read and audio

I divided my time between between listening and reading the Coming. Not really an audio book listener per se, but I did enjoy JD Jackson’s narrative of the story. He had the right amount of fluctuations in his voice to make the story believable. A sad, but historically depiction of the Middle Passage by Daniel Black. I would definitely recommend this to my fellow readers.

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Exceptional

Excellent prose and narration. Black's writing conjures up powerful imagery while Jackson's narration enhances the journey.