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Underground [Kindle Edition]

Gayle O'Brien
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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"A spellbinding tale, cleverly woven between two ages." Bryony Doran - 'The China Bird' "A gripping, suspenseful story of secrets and self-sacrifice, friendship and courage. Underground is a tremendous first novel." Andrew Cowan - 'What I Know'

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Underground chronicles two remarkable journeys – one across modern-day America and another through a country on the brink of its greatest historical change.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956847641
  • Publisher: Hookline Books (16 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QU48QE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars charming, compelling, fascinating 25 July 2012
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This is the story of two inspiring young women, united only in their pursuit of justice.
It elegantly spans three centuries, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey from the cruel heat of the slave trade to a chilly winter in Vermont.
It's a marvelous love story, or rather, two.
I can't wait for her next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 22 Jun 2012
By Cath
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This book is a great read, I found myself desperate to pick it up again and find out how the story was progressing. The connections and switching between time periods, with the interconnection of the characters was gripping. I found the historical references fascinating also. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and keep recommending it to friends and family.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
You need to set aside a few days to read this book: you will not want to put it down. I neglected the kids, household chores and hubby in order to finish the story. Ms O'Brien's entwined tale of two heroines' lives really was intriguing, original and wholly captivating. I didn't want the book to end. Ms O'brien's descriptions of people and places meant that i was totally submersed in the novel and couldn't stop thinking about the characters, even when I'd had to put the book down. An incredible debut and I'm waiting for a follow-up; I've developed a certain Kathy Bates/Misery style adulation for this talented author and her characters. You will thoroughly enjoy this book...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner 29 July 2012
By deedee
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Thoroughly enjoyed this unexpected gem of a first novel and heartily recommend you read it. The dual storylines were both excellently written with the tantalising switches from one to the other working really well. In fact getting near the end I found myself thinking "good - don't want to find out how it worked out just yet." Somehow I never doubted that the modern storyline would end ok but knowing the dual standards and turbulent times in the historic one I was glad to be kept guessing. I would also like to add that until I read this book I never gave much thought to the lot of slaves in the southern states and the bravery of those that helped them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Daily Deal = Dire Dissapointment 5 Oct 2012
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This book was a massive dissapointment. I had expected, from reading the reviews, that this was going to be an incredible historical tale of life during the final days of slavery in the deep south. I thought this was a serious book with real literary merit given the reviews I had seen. In actual fact this book is written as poorly as a mediocre piece of young adult fiction. The story is utterly ridiculous, and the historical heroine reads like a mills and boon character rather than a real person. Dissapointing, cliched, and unengaging I was glad when this was over and read the last 50% out of sheer stubborness rather than a desire to see how it turned out. I picked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal so the only good thing about it is that it only cost me 99p.

This book though highlights what I think is a real problem with the Kindle book store - it's becoming increasingly difficult to judge whether a book is any good anymore because it's so much easier to publish/self publish electronically and also I think a lot of these books don't go through the rigorous editing process that something commited to print is given. It seems to me that any kindle book that can be bought cheaply rockets up the Top 100 selling lists and immediately gathers lots of positive reviews. People seem much less critical of something they got for 99p.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, emotional and gripping 9 Sep 2012
By Calluna
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I believe I purchased this book on a whim and am pleased I did! The actions of two girls, both in danger, separated by 150years are followed.

The element I like the most is that through discovering the story of Samantha 150 years ago, Annie learns to deal with her current situation. I personally found Samantha's story far more compelling, and applaud her bravery. Having said that, Annie has two stories - one dealing with the current situation she is in and the other searching for Samantha's story.

This book has sparked an interest in the Revolution and I look forward to reading more on the topic - any recommendations?

Anyway, I recommend this book and I read it one sitting - I was totally engrossed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving & passionate 8 Aug 2012
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What an amazing book! It is so beautifully written. There are just no dull moments in the book and the storyline never drags. It held me captive for the entire book. The book transports you into the world of the characters in both the present day story and the past. I highly recommend this book, it will move you to tears of both joy and sadness. When I read some of the other reviews on this book I was worried it might have an ending that left me guessing the fate of the characters, but I found the ending to be perfectly tied up and all questions answered. Lovely read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 22 May 2012
By Mcphen
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I just loved this book, fast paced with characters who penetrate your thoughts when you are not reading. I enjoyed the two stories gradually dovetailing into a very satisfactory conclusion. I found the ideas behind the plot griping and fascinating. I can't wait for Ms. O'Brien's next novel! It's a must read for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Only stumbled on this book by accident as I was searching for books on the London Underground. However, after reading a few reviews decided I would buy it and have not been... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nigel
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and emotional
When I started reading this, I wasn't sure that it would be 'my sort' of book, but it didn't take very long before I was intrigued and gripped by the dual plots, and extremely... Read more
Published 8 months ago by lizeegee
5.0 out of 5 stars what a journey!
Sometimes you come across a book that you just don't want to put down until you finish it, I read this in 2 days. Read more
Published 9 months ago by notjustmum
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read..
This book was a good read, and fairly gripping. It is generally well written and very readable. I did wonder about some of the historical details - was cocoa a common drink in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Violet Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars underground
A good read and a very promising first novel. We read this as a book club and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 14 months ago by Dominic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Was recommended ti me by a friend so wasn't really sure what to expect. Really enjoyed it. Very Well written.
Published 15 months ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeman
I thought this book was very cleverly constructed, linking modern day slavery and exploitation with slavery in the 19 century. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gordon W. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel
An interesting plot - two actually - that were well woven, and expertly unraveled. There was a twist or two on the way but some of it a bit predictable (but nonetheless authentic... Read more
Published 16 months ago by seethroughfaith
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
I have had this book on my Kindle for a while and decided to read it when browsing for something 2 days ago. I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sujay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I absolutely loved this book. A great love story set in 2 different centuries. I always couldn't wait to find out what happened in the next chapter. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Clair
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