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THE LONG WAY HOME: Based on the True Story of Slaves Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele ~Kevin Bannister

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

THE LONG WAY HOME is just crackerjack good historic fiction.  I would like to recommend it for schools for Black History Month and any of the folks who love reading about the Revolutionary War and Slavery and Success-World Changers.

Thomas and Murphy are young boys living in the 1700’s who are working on a Southern Plantation and they keep running away.  One has lived all his life on the Plantation and worked in the schoolhouse, the other is a highly educated “prince” from an African tribe recently sold into slavery by his uncle.

The two are always planning and working hard.   They are watching out for the bounty hunters and being captured and sold over and over again, even with all the whippings and branding marks used to torture them.

On one of their runs they discover the British solders have made an offer, they run towards to sign up to receive freedom and land enough to farm.  They are good warriors and workers in the Black Brigade during the War for Independence.

I could not find research information that Kevin Bannister used to collect this story but maybe the mention of Murphy Steele writing down his story at the end of the book is the source of discovery for the author?

TLC Book Tours did send me an advance copy of the book and also shared these reviews on their site:

“The author has written about such a sensitive topic and in a very beautiful way. The reader will become immersed in a reality that may seem too distant, but written in a language that conjures very vivid images, a tale that will speak to the hearts of readers with eloquence. Bannister has successfully combined historical facts with glowing imagination to deliver a masterpiece that will be well received by lovers of historical fiction. His language succinctly portrays the world of a slave and the injustices prevalent in that world.”–Romuald Dzemo, author of Courage To Embrace Yourself and You Can’t Be A Failure

About Kevin Bannister

Kevin Bannister is a rancher and writer living in the beautiful foothills of central Alberta. He would like Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele to be celebrated as the heroes that they were in their lifetimes and to be inspirations to young people everywhere to persevere in the face of bigotry, poverty, government indifference or any other adversity.

“Kevin Bannister’s Long Way Home is a novel that grabs your attention from the start and keeps you riveted to the last word. . It is written around an era where the life of an Indigenous North American, and a person of African roots, were deemed by Caucasians to be easily expendable and not a thing to trouble a conscience. It highlights in great detail the fact that when greed and self- interest came to the forefront during the American Revolution that Caucasian brothers had no compulsion about inflicting unspeakable barbarities upon each other. An unforgettable read!”–Dr. Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., LLD, DLIT, Mi’kmaw eldering, author of We Were Not The Savages, Order of Canada recipient, journalist and lecturer, www.danielpaul.com

I truly believe that history fiction is a wonderful way to explore history and learn about life, which came before.


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Ayesha Ryder: American Treasure, International Suspense ~Nick Pengelley

Monday, January 12th, 2015

“His goals were clear.  First the 1814 treasure, then he could take care of Ryder.  The first meant little to him, except that it furthered the work of Shamir.  The second would be the fulfillment of a dream.” (Location 247 in an uncorrected, unproofed e-copy)

AYESHA RYDER: American Treasure has all the excitement of a thriller, all the international flare you would expect, politics at it’s most low breath of scruples and  a wonderful heroine, archeologist who apparently can figure out the solutions.  The top American political figures are visiting in England and Ayesha Ryder is puzzling her way through T.E. Lawrence’s clues to find the ARK, when she is commissioned to find the treasures stolen by the British during the War of Independence.

Within these treasures is a letter written by President Madison revealing who in the government is assisting the British in the war efforts.  The treasures were stolen from the White House and hidden within one of them is the revealing letter.  The two candidates vying to become the next President of the USA are both descendants of Madison’s White House.   Lots of strong women in this story, also the radical Shamir group which wishes to control the American election process and defeat the pro-Holyland country formed by Israel and Palestine’s amelioration.

I recommend this book to those who like this kind of suspense as it is intelligent and clever and opens up some new thinking.  I am not as fond of this style of book and yet, when I was sinking into a nasty cold, I was happy to be totally distracted by this read, which just gripped me in and held firm.   The speed of the book is compelling dirty politics, I think we all suspect something or other is going on behind the scenes.  I enjoyed the travel around England and learning the new touches of history told within building structures.

TLC Book Tours  sent me an advanced reading copy of this book for review and I was pleased to have it as the perfect book for a distraction needing time in my life.  I think you would enjoy it too.

Nick Pengelley is the author of the political thrillers RYDER and RYDER: AMERICAN TREASURE.  Australian by birth, he’s had careers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom as a law professor, legal consultant, and analyst on Middle East politics, which is his passion.  Pengelley lives in Toronto with his wife, Pamela.

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