Augustus Cain faces a past he wants to forget, a present without prospect or fortune, and an uncertain future marred by the loss of his most prized possession: the horse that has been his working companion for years. He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be found.
Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and d...more
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Augustus Cain is one of the best hunters, or "soul catchers" as they are called by the blacks and northerners. He wants to quit the business and go west to California, but after losing his prize horse in a gambling debt, he is obligated to pursue one more slave girl. He bear ...more
Although this is not a period of history I am particularly familiar with (it is set in pre-civil war America), the details seemed convincing and set a good tone throughout the book.
In summary of the plot, Augustus Cain is a 'soul-catcher', making a living from catching runaway slaves. He convin ...more
Rosetta is the runaway slave that he has been hired to find. She runs from a master who has taken his ownership in every way he could and runs to sa ...more
What I found interesting is that one can gain a feel for the mentality of the southerner and how slavery could be acceptable...how one could come to appreciate Cain,the main character in the book. He never really seemed like a villain even though he was a soul catcher(or slave catcher).
By the end of the book, the moral question of ...more
I enjoyed this book, and digested it very slowly. It's gritty and real w ...more
-Historical details seemed forced and consciously sprinkled throughout
-I didn't buy into the main character as a real person
-Main character's journey to understanding his own prejudice as a result of a sexual relationship seems to devalue the "aha!" moment
-Tired plot: "been there, done that"
-Loved the descriptions of nature
-Enjoyed the flawed, tragic characters
-Entertaining twists and events throughout the adventure
The first 115 pages were miserable -- populated by six characters that I didn't like at all and had a hard time caring about. I skimmed some of it, then layed it down for nine months until I decided to grit my teeth and finish it off before the year was out. Luckily, in chapter 7, there's finally a little bi ...more
Objectives: 1. To own his horse free and clear and pay off all his debts so he can head west and start his life over. 2. To track and bring back runaway slaves Rosetta and Henry. 3. To do this one last job and then quit being a soul catcher.
Qualifications and Skills:
Slave Tracking, hunting, shooting, long distance travel on hors ...more
The story starts out in the 1850's prior to the civil war. Mr. Eberly, a wealthy tobacco owner, breaks into Cain's room one morning and makes him an offer that he can't refuse. The prior evening, both men were in a card game. Augustu ...more
To resolve one debt, he agrees to ...more
That said, I have two problems with the book. The first concerns the figure of John Brown himself, whose life is sufficiently well known to make it impossible to imagine a time in which he would persona ...more
Cain, our hero, spends way too much time fruitlessly justifying his despicable trade of slave catching and the reader of course knows he will mend his ways and see the light despite his insistence on Southern honor and that the business in legal.
The love interest, the beautiful slave Rosetta, is a modern, self-confident, defiant woman thrust back in time.
Why does a man like Cain have ...more
I just find it hard to believe that the life of a slave was that great. The writer should read up on the writing of slaves before he attempts to write with their voice.