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Touched With Fire (The Fire Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 398 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Sing for Us
Historical Fiction
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  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Civil War, Slavery, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, women soldiers, civil war romance, runaway slaves (June 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN7Z2PK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a tremendously amazing story for all of you who are History lovers! Christopher Datta does an outstanding job in bringing the horrible act of slavery and the Civil War to life... too vivid.

Based on the true story of Ellen Craft makes it even more interesting. Read the story to discover how much is accurate...even better, read my Interview with Christopher Datta on [...] and discover much more about this story and the outstanding author.

Ellie was raised a slave by her biological father, who had raped her mother, and her mother was sold to another within a short period of time after Ellen's birth. Ellen was very white skinned with dark hair. The father insisted on keeping her and raising her as his legitimate daughter's companion. However, Ellie was forever reminded she was a slave and refused education or equal treatment. Rejected by the Negros because of her color and fine hand me down clothes, and not allowed to associate with the whites other than a slave to her half sister, Ellie was bitter and determined to not encourage association with either but to remain single and a slave in her father's house until she could perhaps one day become a free person.

Against all her determination, life happens and she is forced to reexamine her attitude and just as she feels resigned and content, life takes another twist and she, once again, has to make a drastic choice... a choice which leads to many other drastic choices and actions.

The many characters are well-defined and feel very real. The various situations and scenes are vividly portrayed. The title becomes clear a couple of times in the story and is one which captures the reader's interest, as does the book cover. It, also, depicts the story's main crux.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kelley McCormick on July 21, 2013
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Touched With Fire is one of the reasons historical fiction is gaining in popularity as a genre. The meticulous research and authenticity of facts as related to the battles, sites, and multi-faceted tensions was evident. Not only were the tensions between slave owners and slaves explored, but also between families, friends, and all members of the society who were caught up in the escalations that led to our Nation's Civil War. Christopher Datta did an outstanding job of keeping the love story and personal struggles of the main character alive as he imbedded them into a depiction of what life was like for a woman during that period in history. The story tells of how a brave and resilient black woman went to great lengths to gain not only her freedom, but that of the man she loved. It also brings to light one of the many ways in which women actually played a role in the battles of the Civil War in what was a dark time in the history of our United States.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By silkman on July 31, 2013
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I've read a lot of civil war history and fiction, from Bruce Catton and MacKinlay Kantor to James McPherson and Michael Shaara, and this book holds its own. Datta is a terrific story teller, and he's got a great story to tell. He gives you an excellent sense of time and place. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Ray on March 15, 2014
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Ellen Craft was a real person. A slave, the daughter of her owner, she was given to her half-sister as a wedding present. After she married a fellow slave, William Craft, the two of them cooked up a plan to escape to freedom. Christopher Datta, in his first novel, offers a fictionalized version of Craft’s life in Touched With Fire.
Datta’s account, though fiction, is based in large part on the true story of this couple and their intense desire, not only for freedom, but for the chance to live their lives as they see fit. A compelling story, it takes the reader into the emotions of a tortured period in American history in ways that a mere recitation of facts could never accomplish. Datta gets into the minds and hearts of his characters, through credible dialogue and detailed descriptions that make the history come alive. Not only do you come away from this book with a better understanding of the corrosive effects of slavery on society and people, but an appreciation of the power of love and faith.
But, Datta doesn’t stop there. The middle part of the book, an account of Ellen Craft’s adventure masquerading as a man and enlisting in the Union Army, contains battle scenes that not only portray the details of war in rich color, but gets into the minds of those who fought those battles.
If you like historical fiction, this is a book that you must read. If you’re a first-time reader, it is even more important that you read it – to see how history can be made to come alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John in Texas on December 20, 2013
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I've just finished Christopher Datta's "Touched with Fire." This is more than a fascinating story about the adventures of an escaped slave on a mission to rescue her husband from slavery. Datta is able to weave together the account of women soldiers during the Civil War, teach about us about their battles and describe their lives and motivations for fighting. Although this is a fictional tale, Datta has based it on actual people and events. His ability to seamlessly blend fact with fiction has created a great read that simultaneously entertains and educates the reader. Datta's thorough research shows throughout. By showing how she is able to overcome hardships and grow as a human being, overcoming her own prejudices along the way, despite nearly insurmountable odds, he creates a very believable and lifelike heroine in Ellen Craft. This book earns a strong five star rating from me!
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