Erman masterfully switches view point and projects distinct character voices. There is love against lust, an abolitionist receiving money from a slave owner, and deception for personal gain throughout ... an incredibly graphic detailing of society at a time when power and violence ruled by the crack of a whip" ***** FOUR STARS LITERARY TITAN
" ... an eclectic mix of serious historical fiction and emotional melodrama ... a refreshing original take" ***** KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The lives of the slaves are depicted primarily by the stories of two slaves - Amana, who was recently moved from the hot fields to become a house slave; and Tabari, who struggled with his loss of freedom. Dickie Erman ... paints a realistic picture of this abhorrent practice" ***** FOUR STARS READER'S FAVORITE review by Deborah Lloyd
"Realistic characters, dialogue, and setting lend an aura of authenticity to the evolving story, which also delves nicely into the rationale behind the structure fueling America's slave sysyem" ***** D. DONOVAN, SENIOR REVIEWER, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Once I started reading I could not put it down [any] more than I could stop breathing" ***** AMAZON REVIEWER
From the Author
Why this book? An interest in American history led me to begin research into the topic of slavery and to dig deeper to comprehend how this barbaric atrocity could be accepted by the citizenry of that time. I quickly realized that mere descriptive words couldn't convey the actual depravity endured by the slaves, and that a true understanding could only be appreciated if one "crawled into their hides" and tocuched, heard, smelled, tasted and saw their experiences. In that sense, I'm hopeful that this book comes "alive" for the reader.