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Nobody's Slave: a life-changing voyage by [Vicary, Tim]
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About the Author

Tim Vicary is an award-winning author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the university of York, England. He has always been interested in history and has published four historical novels. He has also published three legal thrillers in 'The Trials of Sarah Newby' series. A Fatal Verdict, the second book in this series, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independent novel in 2012. He has also written about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010 and 2011 two of these - Titanic and The Everest Story - were each the winners in their category for the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation.

Tim lives in the English countryside, near York. When he's not writing he likes horse-riding, cycling, and swimming.

His website is http://www.timvicary.com and his blog is http://www.timvicary.wordpress.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1752 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: White Owl Publications; 1 edition (18 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957169876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957169876
  • ASIN: B008MYH71Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I came across this book whilst browsing the kindle store. Since buying my kindle a year and a half ago I have become an avid reader. Some of the books I have downloaded have been pretty rubbish and I haven't bothered to finish them. This however, was for me a brilliant read. I read it non stop in two days whilst being off sick from work!
I enjoyed the characters and the friendship of the two boys, under adverse circumstances on different occasions.
I enjoyed it from a historical point of view.
Thank God we do not trade in slavery in this country any longer.
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Having enjoyed the Trials of Sarah Newby I was interested in finding out about any other books written by Tim Vicary. It was obvious he could write well...The genre of Nobody's Slave could not be further from the Inns of Court but from page one I was hooked! Here was one of the best writing talents I had enjoyed for many years!
Tim Vicary has the rare talent to make you see and feel the scenes from each page. I was able to see and hear the waves and witness first hand how it felt to be aboard an English sailing ship in the 16th century. The characters were as real as if I had met them and most important, the story was as exciting, enthralling and page-turning as any great read...not for the feint hearted but a brilliant story to enjoy in one sitting or look forward to with relish when forced to put it down.
Here was a story with historical fact threaded through it and weaved into a tapestry of action and adventure...not to be missed!
Two young boys, living separate lives meet through fate and begin the journey to manhood many miles from their friends and family.
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Having read Tim's book A Game of Proof (The trials of Sarah Newby)and enjoyed very much ,I was interested to see what other books had been written by the same author,this is completely different,but just as good,with a lot of historical facts within the book,I feel the synopsis doesn't do the book justice and would advise anyone with a slight interest to download this book you will not be disapointed,now looking forward to Tim's other books,historical or legal thriller,I expect they will be as well written as the two already read.
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I really enjoyed this fictional account of survival and friendship between Tom (a young English sailor) and Madu (a young black slave) set amidst the back drop of Francis Drake's third voyage to obtain slaves from Africa to sell to the Spaniards.

I feel that I have an affinity with Francis Drake as I originally hail from Plymouth in South Devon and, before his retirement from the Royal Navy, my late father was based at HMS Drake in Devonport and my wedding reception was held there too. However, after reading this novel and Tim's blog post Queen Elizabeth's Slave Trader my illusions about Francis Drake have been slightly shattered, though Tim does remind us that Drake was a man of his time and should not be judged too harshly.

Many of the events depicted in Nobody's Slave actually happened, and I liked the way that we were shown the aspirations of Madu before his captivity, the manhood test required by his tribe and his desire to be accepted by his stern step father. We see Madu as a human being with hopes and dreams and not as a commodity to be bought and sold.

Madu and Tom's destinies become intertwined and their friendship, which begins on rocky ground, strengthens as fate reverses their fortunes. This is a coming of age story for Madu and Tom, as well as a nautical adventure story, and a bit of a history lesson too.

The narration is straight forward and easy to read though (my only criticism) there were some scenes which would have benefited from more descriptive writing to portray the intensity of the action taking place instead of keeping all the narration on an even keel. But, overall, it was an enjoyable read.
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Fantastic read. Hard to put down. Definitely look forwards to reading more form Tim Vicary. In fact
Tim Vicary is now on my list of favourite authors.
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It was interesting - and shaming - to know that this book was based on real events, with
some real characters, including a young Francis Drake. I loved the cover too.

A fleet of English ships sail to Africa to capture slaves to sell in South America to the Spanish.
The story is told alternately from the point of view of a young lad, Tom, on the ship and a black boy
caught as a slave. Tom can see nothing wrong in slavery as "they are just like cattle ..... they don't have
feelings like we do." and "it is only trade after all"! Such was the shameful attitude then, even of the
Queen (Elizabeth) who profited from the proceeds.

Things do not always go the way the English would like and there were twists in the story that I
didn't see coming. People are betrayed by all the nationalities involved in the story.

Apart from a few missing words which didn't detract from the story, I really enjoyed reading this
book and recommend it. Not quite up to the early Wilbur Smith books set in that time - but getting
there! I give it 4.5 stars.
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