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Nightmare Along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery [Kindle Edition]

S. E. Nelson
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Book Description

Written in simple English from an African perspective and in an African voice, this award-winning story will tug at your heartstrings. Edgar is heading home to visit his mother after finishing high school exams, when rebels belonging to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ambush his bus. Edgar and other passengers, most of whom are students, are abducted and taken to the LRA headquarters deep in the mountains of southern Sudan. He finds himself caught up in a nightmare he never imagined and his life is forever changed.

Edgar's friends learn of his fate and embark on a challenging and unpredictable rescue mission full of twists and turns. Can they find the strength to continue the difficult search? Can Edgar's faith sustain him long enough to escape the hell he is in? Find out in this compelling narrative about a young man and his loyal friends whose story will remain with you for a long time to come.

Editorial Reviews


Winner of Editors Choice Award

Publicizing the alarming truth behind modern slavery stands as the novel's primary achievement - Kirkus Discoveries

This book does the outstanding job of creating awareness and teaching us about a horrific and ongoing human-rights abuse situation by way of a compelling action-filled story. It will be difficult for you to put this book down before you find out what happens to Eddie - Allbooks Reviews International

I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. Well written and easily understandable by non native English readers like me - Ibrahim Oumarr Jalloh

The book is a good read, with important lessons about decency and true friendship and human cruelty - Africa Book Club

Very few books have evoked such emotion. 'Nightmare Along the River Nile' brought me to tears. The compassion that Edgar and his friends have for each other is extraordinary. The author has done a magnificent job in bringing attention to a very serious issue and human tragedy; modern day slavery - C.C. Irving

I was particularly impressed with how the cadence of her writing reflects and captures the African interaction -Natalie Barefoot

I was moved by the ingenuity, courage and devotion of Edgar's friends. That raised the story above the thriller category - Richard Sheeler

From the Author

Suzanna E. Nelson has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America. She is also the author of: The Helpers - a story about an American journalist who finds herself on the run, after she discovers damaging information about an underground group responsible for atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: SEN Books LLC; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006A7S1C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book which can widen your horizon! May 29, 2011
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Modern slavery is something I never thought of before. I didn't even know that it was still happening until I found this book. Since then, the reality and destiny of people who are forced into slavery has deeply touched me.

Edgar, a high school student, is the protagonist of "Nightmare along the River Nile". He is captured by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army on his way home and sold into slavery. His fear, his dismay and horror are described in a way that the reader gets annoyed, excited and horrified about Edgar's destiny.

"Nightmare along the River Nile" is a very intriguing read; it is a pleasure to follow the writing style of Suzanna E. Nelson. The story is well written and both the characters and the landscape of Uganda and southern Sudan are realistically described. This book is able to change your view on life and it makes you realise that you cannot take your own comfortable world for granted as long as people are suffering and oppressed.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyeopener May 11, 2011
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Although I have travelled extensively in East Africa I did not know about the immense human drama of slavery in the region. After reading this revealing book I asked Ugandan friends about this and they confirmed that till this day slavery is not eradicated in this part of the world. Reading this book opens your eyes and after you put it down at the last page and the last word, you wonder how it is possible that this practice is existing and why it is tolerated both regionally and internationally. Apparently everybody knows and nothing is been done. Hopefully this book will help those poor folks who endure the slavery
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Must Read October 5, 2012
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Hard hitting,keeps you on the edge of your seat,difficult to grasp the torture this young man
endured..I,m amazed at the way this story ends..Enjoy
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking! Enthralling June 17, 2013
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This story destroys the idea so many have, that slavery is in the past; or that slavery is only about females. The characters and plot line, are taken from real life and a particular situation and provide a harsh picture of this situation in life. The story also shows that there are always people who are trying to do what is right and good and gives a counterpart to the darkness of the enslavement and skulduggery. For those who don't require all sweetness and light, this is a wonderful read!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Thanks Suzanna for writing "Nightmare Along the River Nile", a story that needs to be told and you have beautifully done so.

I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. Well written and easily understandable by non native English readers like me. "Nightmare Along the River Nile" is a great novel and has one great advantage over many other novels for the simple fact that it brings to the limelight vital information that the whole world needs to know - modern day slavery in Sudan.

The story is very touching and can easily leads one to tears as Edgar narrates his ordeals in the hands of the slavers. Edgar was very lucky, he had friends, especially Wilbur whose uncle and father are influential and well to do, otherwise, he would have been recaptured and ended up been hanged. Edgar's resolve to let the world know about these blatant violations of human right activities in the Sudan is the right thing he could do to help is friend Jimmy and other slaves gain back their freedom. Otherwise, death by handing remains the fate of the many slaves who choose not to remain as slaves for the rest of their miserable lives. Edgar has rightly done so, it is now up to the world to listen and act upon this information to put an immediate end to this barbaric activity taking place in Sudan.

I wouldn't hesitate giving "Nightmare Along the River Nile" 5 stars, for it deserves 5 stars for the following reasons:
It is expository, informative, entertaining, educative and easily understandable and well written.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening to the World of Modern Slavery November 23, 2012
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Nightmare Along the River Nile brings the reader into a world of modern slavery. Edgar, a high school boy, heads to his home in Uganda. His bus is attacked, he witnesses brutality and murder to those who aren't compliant, and he's taken into slavery. Ms. Nelson brings not only the reality of the LRA in the 90's, but the power of friendship as Edgar's friends and family pull together to find him.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening and motivating! January 9, 2013
By N.
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I am a passionate advocate for victims of modern-day slavery. Most of the knowledge I've gathered has focused on the horrific crime of sex trafficking. I have, however, long wanted to know more about labor trafficking and, specifically, slavery in Sudan. Nightmare Along the River Nile was an eye-opener. It was appalling to learn about how many lives are stolen without the blink of an eye and the inhumane and ghastly treatment so carelessly bestowed by one "human being" on another. At the same time, it is a testimony about deep friendship and goodwill among men who together do everything they can to beat the odds. This was the first book that I've read in some time that I did not want to put down. I found myself doing further research about Sudan as soon as I finished the book. It definitely motivated me to learn more and look for ways that I can help. Read this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of kidnapping & torture in Africa April 24, 2013
By dotben
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Although the writing was a little simplistic, the story itself was amazing and mind-boggling -- how could these things happen in this day & age? I'm glad I struggled through it. We Americans know very little about what is happening in the Third world. I would recommend that everyone read it, and remember what a GREAT country we live in!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Having never traveled to the region that this srory takes place one...
I found this to be a very enlighting account of the slave trade in developing countries. Having never traveled to the region that this srory takes place one does not really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim G.
5.0 out of 5 stars This fact based story will pull you in and bring out many emotions.
It's so infuriating & sad that slavery still exists in the 21st century! It's heart warming that strangers would risk their lives to save these people.
Published 4 months ago by Donna Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed that book so I searched out this one
We abolished slavery 150 years ago. Unfortunately, slavery is alive and well especially where the western world used to get its slaves. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Retired bear
4.0 out of 5 stars An Important and Powerful Story of Modern Day Slavery
This is an important and powerful story of a young man from Uganda being turned into a slave in the Sudan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim F. Merriman
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Impressive story. Liked the simple writing as described by the author. Will read more from this author and learn more about this topic,
Published 6 months ago by SeepyReader
4.0 out of 5 stars unseen sins against humanity
Tragic read opens eyes to real life happenings in places distant. Captivating story of the untold horrors of slavery happening in our world.
Published 8 months ago by Malcom Mckinley
2.0 out of 5 stars and the writing felt like a 4th grader
I guess the book had been translated, and the writing felt like a 4th grader. I couldn't finish it. I think the story would have been good.
Published 8 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and disturbing.
Though written simply (intentionally) this is not a simple story. Based on actual people and events, we here the story of a young student who was captured by LRA rebels in Uganda... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Schiraldi
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare along the Nile
Excellent book. Hard to put down. I thought I about slavery but I was wrong about it in the Congo.
Published 10 months ago by roxann obrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking story
Didnt think I would like it but very good. Even though it's based on a combination of true stories, it was so real and very frightening! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Troodles
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More About the Author

Nelson is an award-winning author who writes African action-adventure stories on topics like: friendship, war, espionage, colonialism, corruption and human-trafficking. Nelson's first novel "Nightmare Along the River Nile" is set in Uganda and Sudan. It is about a student who was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and sold into slavery. The story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young people in Northern Uganda in the 1990s.

Nelson's second novel "The Helpers" is an action-packed international tale of espionage and corruption, which is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Europe and United States. Although the story is fictitious, much of its background was inspired by historical events that happened during colonial times. The sequel to "The Helpers" will be out in 2015.

Nelson has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and United States and is an advocate of peace, child education and anti-slavery. If you wish to join the human rights discussions on Facebook, you can go to "SEN for Human Rights" or on Twitter @SENHumanRights. Nelson can be reached by email through the website below, or on Twitter @SENsBooks.



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