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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Pinto Pr; 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963247654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963247650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...blazes new trails in historical fiction" (Ronald K. Richardson, Ph.D., Professor Of History, Clark University, 1997 -- 'Ronald K. Richardson, PH.D., Professor of History, Clark University, 1997

"...gripping" -- Publishers Weekly, 1997

"...is suspenseful and surprising" -- Hartford Courant, 1998

"...never lags in realism or in emotion-milking power" -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel 1997

"...truly a remarkable passage of self-discovery" -- Caribbean American, 1997

"CONGO JACK...is suspenseful and surprising." -- Hartford Courant, 1998

"Expertly sculpted by Buckley...CONGO JACK never lags in realism or in emotion-milking power..." -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 1997

"History comes alive in CONGO JACK...an enjoyable and engaging piece of fiction." -- David Barry Gaspar, Ph.D. Professor of History, Duke University, 1997

About the Author

Roger N. Buckley is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Born in New York City of West Indian immigrant parents, he holds a Ph.D. in British Empire history from McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Slaves in Red Coats: The British West India Regiments, 1795-1815 and The British Army in the West Indies, 1792-1815: The History of a Military Community in an Age of Revolutionary Change. He is also the editor of The Haitian Journal of Lieutenant Howard, York Hussars and The Napoleonic War Journal of Captain Thomas Henry Browne.

Dr. Buckley lives in Coventry, Connecticut. Congo Jack is his first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrence K. Nichols on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Early 19th-century: A Black man is sold by Muslims to white slave traders in Nigeria. The man survives the Middle Passage and is sold to the British army on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Having forever lost his Nigerian tribe, this man, Congo Jack, fully adopts the values of his "new tribe"--the British regiment he's assigned to, whose perquisites place him far above the common Black field slaves of the island. In fact, he and his Black soldier/comrades do not see themeselves as slaves at all: they view themeselves as pure British privates. This presumption is put to the test when his all-Black regiment mutinies in spearheading an insurrection in loose conjunction with a contemporaneous one on Haiti. Congo Jack is faced with making decisions that define his self-identity and his destiny: proud, loyal British soldier on the one hand, or, mutineering, revolutionary Black slave on the other. The author masterfully animates several compelling characters, who, in using well-developed powers of speech, imagery, and narration, move those around them to think or not think, act or not act--sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly--in this riveting episode of historical fiction. A moving, unique story realistically portraying an exquisite personal dilemma. Well done Mr. Buckley.
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Roger Buckley does a profoundly impressive job of speaking to the universal presence of choice in the human experience. I love the fact that he uses two of the most potentially painful paths to address the omnipresence of choice: physical slavery and pending death. And, I believe, he correctly speaks to the understanding that, though choices may be limited, the two that exist in all human expressions are dignity and the lack thereof. And life's beauty is that the individual gets to define what dignity means to her/him. Mr. Buckley nicely writes that "the connection between honor and power is unbroken," and "without honor, there can be no power." Madu (the name given to 'Congo Jack' by his Nigerian family)learns that love and its oneness are all that is needed to make one happy. I can't help but believe, Roger, that you have done justice to Madu. Only the individual can enslave their spirit! Madu liberated his!!!
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This book was a selection in the book club I'm in and I am absolutely impressed to have had the opportunity to read it. The book is an interesting journey of personal struggles and identity recognition. I certainly recommend it. Great job Dr. Buckley.
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Well-done! I am disappointed this jewel of a book remains largely hidden.
Treat yourself to a wonderful read. This is a book of great style and susbstance.
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