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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Leavell Narrator: Barrie Buckner Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781621881469
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Tad, a very clever slave boy, comes of age as the American Civil War intrudes on the tropical sea islands of South Carolina. But his desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, but the newly freed slaves have no money, no education, no leadership, and little hope for the future.

This is the story of how a boy grows into a man facing the horrors of war and unimaginable prejudice—fighting the urge to run from the shame of his family and his past—to become the leader and deliverer of thousands of freed slaves. Award-winning author Peter Leavell explores new territory in the familiar literary backdrop of the Civil War, forging an unprecedented tale of tragedy and triumph based on true events.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Don’t miss this stunning debut.”

    Jerry B. Jenkins, coauthor of the Left Behind series

  • “In this sweeping saga of one of the most stirring times in our nation’s history, Peter Leavell brings alive the stories of unsung American heroes that should never be forgotten. I love the interaction of real life and well-drawn fictional characters involved in events that really happened. Gideon’s Call is exactly the kind of historical novel I love.”

    Donna Fletcher Crow, author of Glastonbury

  • “Completely engrossing…Peter Leavell is the kind of history teacher we all wish we’d had in school. He tells the stories as if he lived them himself—and that makes them real and memorable.”

    Michael Ehret, editor of the ACFW Journal

  • “Concerning a little-known episode in Civil War history, Peter Leavell has written a meticulously researched, heart-tugging tale that is both captivating and inspiring.”

    Nancy Herriman, author of The Irish Healer

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Venecia | 9/27/2013

    " Somehow, this was not as engrossing as his Acacia series that I really enjoyed. However, I do like the African American perspective. There are just not that many black coming of age stories set in the frontier. It makes you realize, everyone who lived 200 years ago was not a slave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Nettles | 9/23/2013

    " This is not a book that I would typically read. I usually read female authors with female heroins. It's not as gripping as I had hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sundin | 3/18/2013

    " Sweeping story of an intriguing sidebar of Civil War history. Leavell's impeccable research and excellent writing highlights some of history's quieter heroes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 3/8/2013

    " What a great book by a great historian and friend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ane Mulligan | 3/7/2013

    " Gideon's Call is a masterful weaving of fact and fiction, making history come alive, and carrying the reader along side-by-side with the characters. Peter Leavell's stellar debut novel is a must read. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation. "

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About the Author

Peter Leavell graduated from Boise State with a degree in history in 2007. With his passion for historical fiction, nothing delights Leavell more than people turning the pages of a book, enraptured by the story. He won the Christian Writer’s Guild’s Award for best first novel of 2012 for Gideon’s Call. He lives in Boise, Idaho.

About the Narrator

Barrie Buckner is a voice-over artist who has worked extensively in commercials and audiobook narration. His readings include the Swipe series by Evan Angler, Blood Brothers by Steven Barnes, and Gideon’s Call by Peter Leavell.