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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460942779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460942772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

This story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in northern Uganda in the 1990s. The story was conceived from many interviews that were conducted with survivors and former child soldiers who managed to escape the LRA.

More About the Author

Thank you visiting my book page. I am a published author of two award-winning novels and I love to write stories about Africa. My first novel "Nightmare Along the River Nile" is set in Uganda and Sudan. It is a story about a student who was abducted by the LRA and sold into slavery. My second novel "The Helpers" which has a series, is an international tale of espionage and corruption, and is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Europe and United States.

"Nightmare Along the River Nile" was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in northern Uganda in the 1990s. The story was conceived from many interviews that were conducted with survivors and former child soldiers who managed to escape the LRA. "The Helpers" was inspired by colonialism in the Congo (both DRC & ROC) and how it led to corruption and terror.

I work as a Consultant for United Nations and I have lived and worked in Africa, Europe and United States. I am also an advocate of human rights issues like anti-slavery trafficking, protection of war children and child education.


WEBSITE: http://www.sensbooks.com
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TWITTER: @SENsBooks
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HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY:

FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/SENHumanRights
======= fan page with human rights issues)

TWITTER: @SENHumanRights
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Indie Frei on 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 By Olandesevolante on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dexter Don on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kymberly Parker on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. on January 9, 2013
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ibrahim Oumarr Jalloh on March 11, 2013
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on 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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karen Klink on November 22, 2012
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I had high hopes for this novel because the story is one that needs to be told, but I don't think very many people are going to read it because of the author's failure to write well. Many basic concepts of good writing are ignored or not known by the author, including character development and pacing.

For example, the author constantly tells the reader how someone feels, rather than expressing the feelings by showing emotion. Rather than showing the character's fear, the author states, "I was scared to death."

There is no tension and nothing to make the reader feel as though he/she is involved in the situation.

Too bad. This could have been a powerful, emotion-filled story.
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