Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister

Set in the turbulent times of the War of Independence, 'The Long Way Home' follows the lives of Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele who are friends, former slaves, fellows-in-arms and leaders of the Black Brigade. Their real-life story is an epic adventure tale as they battle bounty hunters, racism, poverty and epidemic in their adopted country after the war.

 'The Long Way Home' has resonated with readers around the world as an unforgettable account of courage, hope and determination triumphing over despair and injustice. Thomas Peters, thoughtful and charismatic, and Murphy Steele, strong and impulsive, lead their followers on an inspirational search for a place where they can be free.

 Paperback, 348 pages 
Published September 15th 2016 
by Fireship Press

Thomas and Murphy are friends, former slaves and real hstorical figures during the War of Independence, the late 1700's. While I have read books on slaves that escaped, were captured or eluded capture this is my first time reading about slaves that have gone on to fight with/for the British.

It was a hard life for slaves and even harder for those who tried to escape. The author did a great job in developing not just the characters but the era as well. Thomas and Murphy are very likable characters, they were determined and brave, desperate to make something of their lives away from slavery.

I enjoyed the author's writing style it flowed smoothly showing the extent of research done while weaving an original tale. I would have loved for there to be author's notes just to get clarification of what was fact and what was fiction, but that being said once finished I started googling.

The Long Way Home is an inspiring story, selfless to the extent of fighting for future generations. It's an unknown part of history that I've never seen before making it all the more interesting. This is the author's debut with a sequel in the works, definitely one I look forward to reading.

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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. 

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