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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439176140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176146
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pain, joy, love, madness, and ancient secrets rampage through this smart, beautifully-paced book. Tananarive Due is one of the great heroines of our literature." --Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of A Dark Matter

“Brilliant, moody, dark and delicious, My Soul To Take is Tananarive Due's best so far, and that is saying a LOT. Absolutely recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The King of Plagues and Dust & Decay

“The world of My Soul to Take is so enchantingly drawn I could not help but be caught in its spell. From California to Ethiopia to Mexico, Tananarive Due takes you on a nonstop ride that will leave you breathless.” —Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench

"An engrossing—can't put it down—spooky, sexy, intelligent whirlwind of a ride." –Jewell Parker Rhodes

About the Author

Tananarive Due is an American Book Award-winning, Essence bestselling author of Blood Colony, The Living Blood, The Good House, and Joplin’s Ghost. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her blog at TananariveDue.blogspot.com.

Customer Reviews

I truly loved the entire African Immortals series!
Amazon Customer
The story line is globally loaded with action, but character driven by the key players as well as those caught in the crossfire.
R. Fulton
I found myself reading so fast, before I knew it I had finished and was left wanting more.
DaVonte' M.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bmorecreative on September 22, 2011
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Tannanarive Due has created an incredibly detailed alternate reality with her 'Immortals' series, starting with 'My Soul to Keep', where we meet Dawit 'David' Wolde, an 'Immortal' who is living with a mortal wife Jessica and their daughter Kira in Florida. Dawit and Jessica's world is turned upside down when a Searcher, Mahmoud, arrives with others to bring him back to his home with other Immortals. Due's second book in the series, 'The Living Blood', a 2002 American Book award winner, is an absolute pleasure to read...and read again. I will not rehash details given in plenty of other reviews. What I will say is that 'My Soul To Take' brings the story to a point where this could be the last book of the series or the start of a new storyline. Due even incorporates characters from another book she authored, 'Joplin's Ghost' into this latest book's storyline. At this point in the series, the author has an incredible feel for articulating the abilities of the characters, such as Michel's 'thoughtstreams' or a superhuman sword duel between two immortals. What also sets this book apart is its pacing- you will find yourself glued to the page because she sets up confrontations in a manner that is cinematic. You feel like you are watching this on a screen while you are reading it. 'My Soul To Take' provides an interesting take on Homeland Security in this book as well. I expect this to be another home run for Due, and at this point, while I would like to see her delve more into the series, perhaps with a prequel that features the story of Khaldun, I would like to see this book's success result in a movie (Blair Underwood has been working on a film based on 'My Soul To Keep' for years). Five stars, buy it today; in fact, buy and/or read the whole series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Fulton on August 31, 2011
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Whereas much of the world has legalized Glow's use, the United States refuses claiming terrorist ties, but many insist the pharmaceutical industry thrives on the sick not the healthy.

Fana's fiancé, Michel (an immortal) deployed a sickness on an unsuspecting world. He believes that humans must become extinct to fulfill the Book of Revelation's Apocalypse. Only Fana and her Life Brothers can stop the Immortal she is fated to marry, but his killing pace far surpasses their healing pace.

This is the latest of Ms. Due's thought provoking African Immortals thrillers. The story line is globally loaded with action, but character driven by the key players as well as those caught in the crossfire. Readers will appreciate the fact that she revisited some of her characters from the past. Tananarive Due will receive plenty of well deserved accolades for her insightful exciting war of species cleansing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 7, 2011
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In 2016 California, Clarion World Health Corporation public relations director John Wright persuades retired musical superstar Phoenix Smalls Harris (see Joplin's Ghost) to let him in her house to talk. When he realizes she is alone he lectures her for allowing a stranger into her home. He explains his employer (Immortal) Fana Wolde wants the singer to heal the world through music rather than just the firm's incredible drug Glow that comes from the blood of immortals. Whereas much of the world has legalized Glow's use, the United States refuses claiming terrorist ties, but many insist the pharmaceutical industry thrives on the sick not the healthy.

A mother of a seven year old son, Phoenix agrees to perform as she still does a rare concert to raise money and awareness like she did for Haiti. She is willing because she knows people are suffering from the Praying Disease that Fana's fiancé, Michel deployed on an unsuspecting world. This Immortal believes humans must become extinct to fulfill the Book of Revelation's Apocalypse. Only Fana and her Life Brothers can stop the Immortal she is destined to marry, but his kill rate far surpasses their heal rate.

The latest thought provoking African Immortals thriller (see Blood Colony and The Living Blood) is a powerful poignant tale as mortals with immortal allies battle for their existence with other immortals. The story line is globally loaded with action, but character driven by the key players as well as those caught in the crossfire. Readers will appreciate this tale with clever ties to Joplin's Ghost as Tananarive Due will receive plenty of deserved accolades for her insightful exciting war of species cleansing in the name of God.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Omar Luqmaan-harris on September 19, 2011
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If My Soul to Keep, published in 1997, is a story about realizing you have fallen in love, married, and birthed a child of a monster, then My Soul to Take - (the 4th installment in Tananarive Due's fantastic African-Immortals series) is a story about willingly falling in love with a monster.

The series, which began as a tale of Jessica Jacobs-Wolde finding out that her husband David (Dawit) is an African-Immortal with "Living Blood"; has now come full circle as their "bloodborn" daughter, Fana, must fight her idealistic vision to use the healing blood of she and her life-brethren to cure the world's worst maladies, while her betrothed, Michel (introduced in Blood Colony) besets the world with the plague - part of the prophesied "cleansing" where the majority of the world's population will be sacrificed.

My Soul to Keep was primarily David (Dawits story), The Living Blood (my favorite in the series) was Jessica's tale, and Blood Colony and My Soul to Take are primarily Fana's to own. Fana is a complex protagonist mostly due to the fact that she fights to keep her humanity even as her immortal instincts and abilities draw her away from those she loves. That said, I really enjoyed this book. It's been a tricky journey for Mrs. Due as her universe which began as a tale of a small family has now expanded to characters in the low 50's. The scale has so vastly increased, it's a breathtaking achievement. I could not have imagined, when I began this series that it would take me to so many far flung places, challenge my notions about healing vs. hurting, and still keep me wanting more with each and every installment.

I strongly recommend this book, but I do think to get the most out of it you should start from the beginning and work your way forward into the amazing world and mind of Tananarive Due. Then go buy everything else she's written!
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