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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gigi Amateau Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469206738
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Born a slave in 1776, Gabriel grows up capable and literate only to be taken from his mother and sent to the capital city as a blacksmith’s apprentice. There in the forge, a meeting point for many travelers and news bearers, his work awakens him to the sparks of resistance that are igniting into rebellion around the globe.

When he is unable to both defend the love of his life and earn the money to buy her freedom, and with the news of Toussaint’s successful rebellion against Haiti’s slave masters ringing in his ears, Gabriel makes a decision: freedom for just his own family would not be enough. Using the forge to turn pitchforks into swords and his eloquence to turn dreams into rallying cries, Gabriel plots a rebellion involving thousands of slaves, free blacks, poor whites, and Native Americans. To those excluded from the promise of the Revolution, Gabriel intends to bring liberty.

Interwoven with authentic original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel about a major figure in African-American history gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in our past that is little known but should be long remembered.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Swenson | 8/17/2013

    " Stirring, dramatic historical novel written with sensitivity and respect. Gabriel is an inspiration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/10/2013

    " This book was a disappointment. The idea of writing from the POV of a leader of one of the failed slave insurrections was an excellent one, with a great deal of promise. The writing was uneven and often confusing. I did like the author's use of original documents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nicki | 5/13/2013

    " Not the best historical fiction. But true to the attitudes of the time. Wished for more action though, a little revenge would have been nice, but alas history didn't have it that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamila | 9/22/2012

    " I really like this book, though I am abandoning it halfway through. It is too heavy for me right now. Gigi Amateau's writing is powerful and moving. The novel would be a great addition to a middle/high school unit. Gabriel Prosser is a historical figure worth learning more about. "

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About the Author
Gigi Amateau is the author of the first book in the Horses of the Maury River series, Chancey of the Maury River, which was a William Allen White Master List selection, as well as Come August, Come Freedom; A Certain Strain of Peculiar; and Claiming Georgia Tate. Of the inspiration behind Macadoo’s story, she says, “Horses entered our family when my daughter was four years old. Fifteen years later, I can testify that we’re a stronger, happier, healthier family because of it. Being around horses requires us to bring our best, most aware, most generous selves into the moment. Even though the role of the horse has changed over the centuries, I am in awe of the many ways horses help people today.” A recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts, Gigi Amateau lives in Richmond, Virginia.
About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.