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The Helpers: An International Tale of Espionage and Corruption
See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview On the surface, Congo seems to be having the usual rebel conflict. Behind the scenes is a different story. When American journalist, Jenny Osborne, and her photojournalist, John Spencer, arrive in Kinshasa to report on the rebel situation, they soon discover that things are not as they seem. Product Details About the Author.
Slavery on Screen
About the Author S. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Amanda: Tales of an International Female Spy. Oxford graduate Amanda de Frey's quiet life in London as an asset manager is changed Can't say enough about this book. It will change your life. The effect of Kony on Uganda and it's people are almost beyond imaging but this book artfully takes you right into the center of the conflict. Well done and realistic you won't forget this book.
Thanks Suzanna for writing "Nightmare Along the River Nile", a story that needs to be told and you have beautifully done so. I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. Well written and easily understandable by non native English readers like me. The story is Thanks Suzanna for writing "Nightmare Along the River Nile", a story that needs to be told and you have beautifully done so. The story is very touching and can easily leads one to tears as Edgar narrates his ordeals in the hands of the slavers.
Edgar was very lucky, he had friends, especially Wilbur whose uncle and father are influential and well to do, otherwise, he would have been recaptured and ended up been hanged. Edgar's resolve to let the world know about these blatant violations of human right activities in the Sudan is the right thing he could do to help is friend Jimmy and other slaves gain back their freedom. Otherwise, death by handing remains the fate of the many slaves who choose not to remain as slaves for the rest of their miserable lives. Edgar has rightly done so, it is now up to the world to listen and act upon this information to put an immediate end to this barbaric activity taking place in Sudan.
I wouldn't hesitate giving "Nightmare Along the River Nile" 5 stars, for it deserves 5 stars for the following reasons: It is expository, informative, entertaining, educative and easily understandable and well written.
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Edgar is on his way home to his mother when his bus is ambushed by the LRA. He and almost all the passengers are abducted. When his friends learn about Edgar's abduction, they try everything possible to rescue their friend. This story tells us about Edgar's ordeal and the lengths his friends go to to try and save him. In sharing Edgar's bitter experience, the author not only exposes what the LRA put people through but brings up a rather cruel practice that still exists in some primitive societie Edgar is on his way home to his mother when his bus is ambushed by the LRA.
In sharing Edgar's bitter experience, the author not only exposes what the LRA put people through but brings up a rather cruel practice that still exists in some primitive societies; slavery. After his abduction, Edgar is sold off by LRA and this is when his real nightmare begins. The story gives an insight to the reader about the unbearable circumstances Edgar has to endure as a slave in the Sudan, his unshakable faith thanks to Jimmy that one day he would be free again.
It is evident in this story that good and evil people do exist, regardless of color or race or religion. Even though the characters are fictitious, the story is based on real life experiences most people in Northern Uganda have gone through. Those lucky to escape are traumatized for life, but many more are still held captive and enduring untold suffering. I picked up the book based on the subject matter of modern slavery, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this much action in a book with a serious subject like this.
I hope that more people will pick up this book to educate themselves. Modern slavery has to be stopped, and this book is poised to showcase this fact. The book is dialogue driven which really drives home the message. I felt everything that the protagonist Eddie was going through and wished that I could go in and save him.
I read so I picked up the book based on the subject matter of modern slavery, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this much action in a book with a serious subject like this. I read some of the reviews about this book not being well written which is a shame. As an African, I probably understand the language and the nuances of this book since this is the way we express ourselves, but I can see how the language can seem different for readers who haven't been to East Africa and seen the way people interacted.
I finally read this book and it kept me up at night. It had been a long time since a novel had affected me that much.
When I saw that this story was about modern slavery I did not know what to expect, but the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. The main character Edgar is very real and as you read the book, you feel what he feels. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in. I didn't want to put the book down until I knew what happens to Edgar. His friends are equally impressive. B I finally read this book and it kept me up at night. Besides being about human trafficking, this is a story of true friendship. The story leaves you with a lot of questions, like what lengths would you to for a friend.
I am not sure if most of us would be as royal to our friends as Edgar's friends are. This story will stay on my mind for a while. This story was so informative that I couldn't wait to get the author's other book. A story about the harshness of war, slavery and torture, but also of a strong friendship between a group of 4 young men. Difficult to read at times, especially the parts which described how evil humans can be to their fellow humans, but an excellent story.
A tough read because of the subject matter, but well-written and important. Planning for a vacation before pursuing their career goals, they have no clue what the future holds for them. Aware of recent insurgent activity, Edgar sets out to travel the long, dangerous trip to his hometown. His bus driver decides to proceed without the usual military convoy, and the passengers become victims of violent rebels in Uganda.
This action takes him on a journey to Sudan that forever changes his outlook on life. He experiences the mayhem that most of the natives of the area live in constant fear of. Sold into multiple levels of slavery, Edgar and other captives adjust to bondage, including the stringent demands on their bodies and emotional abuse. Physically and mentally exasperated, Edgar is forced to make decisions on whether to give up or remain persistent in his faith that one day he will once again be free. In the meantime, Edgar's friends put their own lives on hold to forge ahead with plans to locate him and buy his freedom.
Praying and working for his impending release, they learn a lesson of faith all their own. In my opinion, it is a wonderful tool that can be utilized to bring awareness to one of the most internationally ignored issues. This title addressed the modern day slavery that we hardly ever hear about in the United States. It was handled in a way that will not allow you to ignore its existence any further.
The fact that this type of practice still takes place made my heart go out to Edgar as he endured atrocities that these unfortunate captives experience in real life. In addition, I admired how the young men's relationship exemplified the tight bond of friendship that many of us would love to experience.
Edgar's friends went to lengths that some of us could not fathom to save him.
This was an action packed, emotionally charged read that I would definitely recommend to others. Ondrea L. Davis, Reviewer Not long ago I saw the movie I am slave - which was disturbing like this book. How can people use others as their slaves and especially how can they treat them so bad? How is it possible that this is ignored?
Edgar, the main character in this book has the same questions after he gets abducted by the LRA and sold in Sudan to a man with more slaves in his possession. His story is intermingled with the stories of his three friends who take the courage to look for him. The book let me travel to diff Not long ago I saw the movie I am slave - which was disturbing like this book.
The book let me travel to different places in South Sudan at that time still called southern sudan and the SPLA was in war with northern forces. Some of the places I visited but for sure that changed over the years since the book was written. Behaviour of the three boys during the searching chapters is described in a way I know life to be here as well. The numerous tins of soda which were gulped down and the chicken with chips is brought numourous occasions back to me. It weakens the style of writing a bit but I can vividly imagine it : Thank you Suzanna Nelson for gifting me this book through Goodreads!
Uganda - Sudan, the 's and we follow the trials of a young man who with a group of others have been kidnapped into slavery. Suzanna Nelson has written a tale that raises awarenes Uganda - Sudan, the 's and we follow the trials of a young man who with a group of others have been kidnapped into slavery. Suzanna Nelson has written a tale that raises awareness of this 'institution' which continues to plague us today and not just in Africa! In the 'Western World' we have seen the rise of human trafficking i.
The figures on humans trafficked throughout the world doesn't make pleasant reading! This book is recommended reading which presents a very human story and highlights an evil which is still prevalent in our times. View all 3 comments. This is a very well written and moving book. I can't believe that people really go through this stuff. This has to be one of the most riveting stories I have ever read. What Edgar goes through is unbearable. I could not put the book down until I finished reading it.
This story is a battle between good and evil. Most of the characters were good and genuine and his friends were so devoted to finding him that I couldn't help but like them. I hope that most people read this book to educate themselve This is a very well written and moving book. I hope that most people read this book to educate themselves about the ills of war and modern slavery. I had high hopes because the subject is one that needs to be addressed.
Alas, the book was so poorly written, I couldn't stay with it. What should have been a highly emotional experience, carried no emotion at all. For example, instead of expressing the character's feelings, the author wrote, "I was afraid. I couldn't get past the first chapter. The book sounded interesting and the topic true to life and unimaginable, which is why I first ordered the book.
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However, it is written in such a juvenile way - all first person - I said, he said stuff. It reminds me of when I teach 4th and 5th graders to use quotations and they write a whole story with quotes without any real description that makes a book interesting. I am surprised by all the 5 star ratings. I've lived and traveled extensively in West Africa and traveled a bit in Kenya and Tanzania.
Reading this book, brought me back to those times. I was aware that slavery still exists so that was not a shock, but rather another reality check as to how much people in poverty are forced to endure. Knowing that the story comes from people the author interviewed adds to the poignancy. Written in simple English is right - like a 5th grader's. I just couldn't handle it. If it had just stuck to Eddie's story and briefly made mention of his friends, it would have been a much better story. Excellent story about slavery in Sudan in the 's. Hard to believe but it's true that this is still happening in real life!
Nelson's book, Nightmare Along the River Nile, is a must-read. View 2 comments. Great book, author did a wonderful job keeping you in the book! Jul 24, Grady rated it it was amazing. Contemporary slavery - an accepted way of life in many primitive cultures. Nelson is an award-winning author who writes African action-adventure stories on topics like friendship, war, espionage, colonialism, corruption and human trafficking.
She works as a Consultant for the United Nations and other non-profit organizations. She has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and United States and is an advocate of human rights specifically on issues concerning human trafficking, protection of war c Contemporary slavery - an accepted way of life in many primitive cultures. She has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and United States and is an advocate of human rights specifically on issues concerning human trafficking, protection of war children, peace, child education and anti-slavery.
The story was inspired by actual events that happened to many young people in Northern Uganda in the s. I also felt confident about my performance, though I tried my best not to show it to my fellow students.