- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Macabre Ink (April 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941408974
- ISBN-13: 978-1941408971
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,936,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gideon's Curse: A Novel of Old Mill, NC
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Divided into three parts, the story revolves around the Pope plantation in North Carolina. Gideon Swayne, the operational plantation manager, wishes to mind his own business but through a series of events he is plunged into the suspected murder of a young female migrant worker.
The novel then transports the reader back in time where they are introduced to a number of generational members of the Swayne family. His grandfather, a Christian minister, falls in love with a African-American woman who has deep ties to a supernatural way of life.
Overshadowing the narrative of the second part of the book is the manner in which the individuals of color are treated and who are considered less than human. An ultimate cruel and inhumane tragedy occurs.
The novel then fast forwards the reader to the present day where a surprise ending awaits along with the undead seeking their revenge.
Gideon's Curse by David Niall Wilson is novel that grabs the imagination, the heart and the senses of the reader and does not let go.
Mr. Wilson has managed to craft a fine tale blending fantasy and reality with finesse. All of the characters are believable, possibly a little 'caricaturish' in places, yet still appearing as people that we all have come across in our lives. Especially on social media, where we see more caricature these days than real people.
I loved Desdemona. Her passion, acceptance, strength and love really spoke to me. Gideon's ability to see past the end of the nose on his face was marvelous too. A characteristic so many of us are lacking in today's society.
I kept waiting for the book to get scary....but when it did, it certainly did.
The only thing keeping me from giving this book five stars is the presence of a couple of editing errors that threw me out of the flow of the story. Other than that, well done! Recommend!
Minority groups are the backbone to the plantations and large farms in our earlier generations. David Wilson wrote an excellent story of our country after the Civil War and the turmoil the farmers and workers faced when freedom was given to all men. Farmers didn’t see their workers as free men yet and the workers had nowhere else to go. Families, like the Popes, continued to mistreat their workers until the supernatural stepped in and demanded justice.
This novel will surprise you with the integrity of one man who stood, though he regretted the times he did not. It will also make you grieve for the inhuman ways people were treated.