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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James McBride Narrator: Leslie Uggams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nowhere has the drama of American slavery played itself out with more tension than in the dripping swamps of Maryland's eastern shore, where abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, born less than thirty miles apart, faced off against nefarious slave traders in a catch-me-if-you-can game that fueled fear and brought economic hardship to both white and black families. Trapped in the middle were the watermen, a group of America's most original and colorful pioneers, poor oystermen who often found themselves caught between the needs of rich plantation owners and the roaring Chesapeake, which often claimed their lives. 

The powerful web of relationships in a small Chesapeake Bay town collapses as two souls face off in a gripping page-turner. Liz Spocott, a young runaway who has odd dreams about the future of the colored race, mistakenly inspires a breakout from the prison attic of a notorious slave thief named Patty Cannon. As Cannon stokes revenge, Liz flees into the nefarious world of the underground railroad with its double meanings and unspoken clues to freedom known to the slaves of Dorchester County as “The Code.” Denwood Long, a troubled slave catcher and eastern shore waterman, is coaxed out of retirement to break “The Code” and track down Liz.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherie | 2/11/2014

    " I liked this book because the author is confident enough with his story line that "good and evil" are not a racial issue. It is a book about a time in history when one man sets out to right what he perceives to be a great wrong. It is his struggle to know who he is and how he will go about discovering the secrets of "self"and comes to terms with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by L Taylor hempelman | 2/7/2014

    " newest from James McBride...we'll see how it goes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cam | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - it reminded me a bit of The Chaneysville Incident but not quite so complex. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nadine | 1/23/2014

    " I was impressed by this one. It is an interesting story of the underground railroad that is loosely based on the life of Harriet Tubman. "

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