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The Praying Nun (Slave Shipwreck Saga Book 1) by [Michael Smorenburg]

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The Praying Nun (Slave Shipwreck Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 150 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


An astoundingly fantastic read! I absolutely couldn'tput it down! It's as close to my favourite author, Wilbur Smith, as Ihave ever come. -  Garth East

There is something in Smorenburg's words which has left me desperate to know as much as I can, e.g. "...there's as much treasure in the human spirit and our history books as in any deadweight of gold." Beyond, a Logophile, aesthete. bibliophile

This is a must for Wilbur Smith fans and fans of historical fiction. This is a novella that feels like a novel in its scope and breadth.Highly recommended. - Dean Paul Baker

Really fantastic writing. A riveting read I swept through in one sitting.
- Nthato Morakabi South African born author

From the Author

This is a true story... as true as I can make it.
Part 1, set in 1985 is absolutely true and how it happened. If you search for the name of the ship the São José de Africa you will see reference to "treasure hunters in the 1980s discover the ship". I am one of those (two) treasure hunters. Alas and sadly, my colleague, Francios Hugo, passed away from cancer on 12 March 2017. In this book I have called him Jacques, as he was ill at the time of my writing and could not respond to my note that I was going to write our story (and I didn't want to use his name without permission).
If anything, I had to tone down Francio's/Jacque's character. In a word, he was an extremely colouful character -- brave and wise beyond my ability to capture it.
The 200 survivors of the wreck were, horrifyingly, marched over the mountain and sold in Cape Town the day of the wreck. Their genes live on as my neighbors.
Sadly, precisely who carries their blood is not known since chattel slavery did not bother to record the back-story of slaves any more than any of us know where our furniture was made or what becomes of the old car we sell.
Consequently, in Part 2 I have attempted to capture the general flavor of the life and challenges these poor souls faced.

Product details

  • Publication Date : September 20, 2017
  • File Size : 389 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 150 pages
  • Publisher : Qunard Publishing (September 20, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B075D84T19
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1976101638
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 15 ratings