Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Title: And Face the Unknown
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: CD Harper
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 232
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-47594-754-0
My Rating: 5 out of 5
~About the Book~
As Levy clings to a tree high above a river and tries to catch his breath, he doesn’t know what to do next. He has been a slave for Mr. Willoughby since he was little boy, and now things are changing. Unsure of what year it is, Levy escapes the jaws of slavery on the cotton plantation. He is a runaway slave without a plan.
As soon as he sees a boat floating in the river, Levy knows what he must do. With Mr. Willoughby on his tail, Levy boards the boat and hides behind the big wheel. As he somehow eludes capture, he begins a journey with a colored captain at the helm who works for none other than Levy’s former owner. As the captain takes Levy under his wing and they travel down the river, Levy finally learns what it’s like to be a free man with choices and the ability to make decisions for himself. But danger lurks around every curve, and Levy soon finds that his journey to independence will not come without challenges.
In the second installment of this historical tale, a Lincoln-freed Colored risks everything in order to realize the sweet taste of liberty and justice for all.

~My Impression~
Very fascinating read that draws you back into harsher times. The book starts off pulling you into the story and captivating you from the get go and keep you enthralled the whole way through. The characters are well wrote and developed allowing you to get attached to their lives and pulling for them throughout the story. The text stayed true to language that would have been spoken during the time period as well feelings towards different races.I will say if you are offended with the use of certain words that identified African Americans during slave times you might find this book difficult to read. Harper weaves a beautiful story  that tugs at your heart strings right till the very end. This book has a great story of friendship, hope, pain and redemption. 

~About CD Harper~

CD Harper is a retired professor and arts administrator who holds degrees from the University of Illinois and St. Louis University. His first novel, Covenant, began the story that now continues in And Face the Unknown, the second installment of an intended trilogy. He and his wife reside in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.


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