Every once in a while something great comes along that sends the reader on an epic journey. Carefully crafted and intensely researched, The Eyes of the Comet: An American Slave Odyssey is a historical novel whose time has
Set in the antebellum period of American history from 1835 to 1843, the heart of the novel reveals to the reader a man's spiritual journey and his search for social equality.
The story begins on a Virginia plantation in Virginia in 1835 where Halley's Comet is first witnessed by our protagonist, Reggie Marshall. Unfortunately, he is enslaved. He is very bright and handsome and able to pass for white, which, nevertheless, poses numerous problems for him throughout his enslavement.
While gazing at the comet, completely spellbound, it is revealed to Reggie a vision of America's approaching Civil War. A compelling adventure follows, as he is forced to endure being sold to twisted slave masters and survive physical, emotional and inhumane experiences while forewarning others of the impending crisis facing both the North and the South.
Driven by his survival instincts, eventually Reggie escapes to the North where he becomes a successful salesman for a large manufacturing corporation. There he is reunited with his future wife, Anastasia, who in so many ways is his carbon copy. With her by his side he eventually ventures south on a quest to free his enslaved friends.
The finale provides us with a shining light, an emotionally riveting reunion with his dearest friend, Joseph, a fellow slave, against the backdrop of The Great Comet, which makes an appearance in 1843.
Written in the vernacular of the old South, the reader is transported into an era of American history that is both intriguing and insightful Providing a fresh and objective analysis of the period, the book offers new and exciting perspectives while drawing upon timeless themes that are relevant today.
You, the reader, will be mesmerized as the narrative unfolds.
The Eyes of the Comet:
An American Slave Odyssey
By Dennis Hague
In November of 1835 Halley's Comet reached its nearest point to the earth. Dubbed by many as "the year the star shot", it was witnessed around the world. Owing to superstition, it was perceived by many as the start of apocalyptic times. However, there were other inspired visionaries who considered it as a sign of great change to come.
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