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THE EYES OF THE COMET
THE EYES OF THE COMET
AN AMERICAN SLAVE ODYSSEY
BY DENNIS LEE HAGUE
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The language of the era is a powerful tool to help the reader understand the true nature of slavery and the climate in which it flourished
The Eyes of the Comet - An American Slave Odyssey is a highly charged, controversial historical fictional novel whose time has finally arrived. The story captures the vibrancy of the South during the antebellum period. An exciting adventure, packed with all the intrigue and passion necessary to fill the reader's imagination, the book represents a carefully researched compilation of material woven into various themes and connections which provide us with a fresh examination of the era.
In addition, the implementation of a writer's tool-the inclusion of a futuristic dream scene which projects into the Civil War provides for a significant theme - the Civil War was preventable. Unfortunately, during the antebellum period, the elements of greed and power contained in the hands of a few made it extremely difficult to see just how fractured the lines of communication between the North and the South had become. All of these elements eventually culminated into the Civil War.
Uniqueness abounds since historical novels devoted to this epoch are in such short supply. Couple this with the significant theme, which resonates throughout the story, that slavery was in fact an all-American institution and not simply confined to the South. In fact, in attempting to seek out the truth behind the institution of slavery, several chapters are exclusively centered in the North. This treatment provides us with a complete examination of the times, which has been largely absent in other writings.
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.
The Eyes of the Comet - An American Slave Odyssey is told against a backdrop of repeated visits by Halley's Comet in the context of one man's experience as a slave, escaping bondage and struggling to gain the freedom of others. The story strives to portray the truth as it was known and experienced by the people who were actually affected by the institution of slavery in America. The descriptions of living conditions, punishments, motivations, despair and, ultimately hope are so authentic that they may not be denied.
Hague has eloquently stated, "Understanding the unfettered truth of racism during the ante-bellum period requires what many African-Americans have long felt-the pernicious tentacles of racism run far and wide, which means our entire nation needs to come full circle in understanding the depth of this evil and how it can finally be ended."
Scenes throughout the novel are based on Hague's careful research and simply not manufactured, which addresses the old adage that the truth can be stranger than fiction.
Dennis Lee Hague has invested over 10 years in research & writing to create The Eyes of the Comet - An American Slave Odyssey. Hague expands the subject of slavery historically, geographically and educationally. Written in the vernacular of those days as speech patterns relate to the slaves, slave masters, Southerners and Northerners alike, the author lends unquestionable authenticity to the plot and literally transports the readers to the America that existed more than 150 years ago.
Mr. Hague entered Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana at the age of 18 and received a bachelor's degree in social science. Upon completing his tour of duty as a Marine serving in Viet Nam, he returned to Ball State as a teaching assistant and completed his master's degree in world history. During the next thirty-two years Dennis taught United States history and future studies at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, Illinois near Chicago. The Eyes of the Comet - An American Slave Odyssey is Dennis Lee Hague's first published book.
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