- 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: #3,174,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gideon's Curse: A Novel of Old Mill, NC
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Desdemona is Gideon's grandmother. She has lived in the swamp off of the Pope Plantation for a long time. She has often been called a witch, and for good reason. She is a healer. Gideon probably would have left the plantation if not for his grandmother.
In this book, you learn of Gideon's grandfather. He was a white preach who came down from Random, Illinois. He came down to Old Mill, NC a little too soon after the Civil War and folks still treated the workers as slaves and really didn't like that a white man built them a church and even married one of them. After an altercation with the elder Gideon's son and Bart Pope, the then Pope's come for retribution. The church gets burned down and Gideon dies. Fast forward some years.
Fast forward some years. Enoch Pope who is the father of Bobby and Earl was a child when the church was burned down. He did not carry the same hatred of blacks that the rest of his family did. He always looked out for the young Gideon who was the foreman for the now failing plantation. Enoch is old and tired. He has let his boys run rampant and when the killed the migrant girl all hell breaks loose. Desdemona warns Gideon because there is a force coming that she can no longer hold back.
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!
The author did a great job of setting the scene and really captured the cultural and political divides of the times and areas he is writing about. The characters were multi-layered and driven by understandable motivations that made them sympathetic to the reader. Overall, a good creepy, dark read with a lot of historical background included.
The characters were well developed and elicit emotional responses, both good and bad, without a lot of unnecessary description. The writing was succinct and that helped to make the book a quick read for me.
This is not a feel good novel - it's actually pretty grim through and through. What it is though is a compelling and suspenseful novel with an artfully depicted historic background and setting. If you like suspense, good characters and a little zombie action thrown in, then you'll enjoy this book.