Based on the true accounts of Captain James Riley and crew’s shipwreck off the coast of Africa in 1815, Dean King compiles a riveting and engaging tale of strength and survival as the sailors spend over two months on the Sahara desert after being sold into slavery.
Wow, this was a terrific book. The barbarism these men were subjected to was horrific and I could scarce believe they managed to survive. The ingenuity, loyalty and perseverance by Captain James Riley is the stuff of legends.
I also appreciated author Dean King’s efforts to recreate the trek across the Sahara in an effort to personalize the account of some of the sailor’s travails.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2005
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