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The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
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In this second volume of the Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Octavian and his old tutor Dr. Trefusis are on the run from a death sentence. They find shelter first in Loyalist Boston. Octavian then joins the Black soldiers under the command of the British Lord Dunmore, hoping that a victory for this side will win him his own liberty. It becomes clear that neither side in this War for Independence was fighting for the independence of slaves. The book itself is a tour de force, but it is slow, difficult reading, perhaps most interesting to hard-core American history buffs.

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message 1: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly I listened to the audio of this one. The narrator was awesome. The parts where Pro Bono tell the story of his escape with the face powder turning black and the skunk were so compelling that I listened several times! While many have commented on the stilted language, I could listen to Octavian for days!

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