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Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.
©2004 Dean King (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By thawstone on 06-05-16

Haunting

One of the most amazing true stories ever told. I'm a fan of real life survival stories and this one is among the top. It's not just the hardships and suffering the men endure but the constant tension imposed by the rule of their harsh masters. At any moment of any day a wrong move, word, or jester could mean instant death. Meanwhile, bandits and the unrelenting Sahara threaten the lives of both master and slave. Add to this the fascination of a tribal culture born of the necessities of living where no life should exit, and you have all the ingredients of a story that will live with you long after the last word.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kara E. Hanger on 07-24-16

Best story I've read

The story is beyond belief. Captain Riley is full of passion, brilliance, and invention. The landscape is jarring and lunar. The people incredibly foreign, yet evoking of love and disdain. Read this!!

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