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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Fuller Narrator: Ezra Knight Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Screenwriter David Fuller spent eight years researching Sweetsmoke, in the process discovering that members of his family fought on both sides of the Civil War.

Cassius Howard is a skilled slave, once his master's favorite. But his master Hoke is now little more than a fragile old man, depressed about an ever-shrinking plantation and losing a son to war. When an old freed woman who once saved Cassius from Hoke's wrath is killed, Cassius risks everything to avenge her death. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy Griffin | 2/17/2014

    " Sweetsmoke by David Fuller follows Cassius, a Virginia slave during the Civil War, on his quest to right a terrible wrong. Emoline had taken care of Cassius and nursed him back to health physically and emotionally after a devastating event in his life. Now Emoline has been murdered and Cassius is determined to avenge her death. We meet the master and his family through the eyes of Cassius; we feel his triumph and his pain as Fuller takes us along on his quest. David Fuller brings the slave quarters to life through the characters he introduces us to in his book. The book is an enjoyable and engrossing read that takes place during a devastating time in United States history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristy | 2/16/2014

    " Nicely written book about a slave on a Virginia tobacco plantation during the Civil War who sets off to avenge the death of the free black woman who nursed him back to health and taught him to read. It's a story that could be told in a series of manipulative cliches, but is instead given enough space and just the right touch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terri | 1/25/2014

    " I really loved this book. It is set during the Civil War and tells the story of Cassius a slave in Virginia. This book is a murder mystery with the most unlikely of detectives!! The writing is poetic and descriptive. I felt drawn the the characters and wanted to know more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meagan | 1/23/2014

    " I've never been a big fan of Civil War fiction, but the unusual description and beautiful cover art drew me to this book, and I'm so glad for it. The story follows a slave, Cassius, who works as a carpenter on the Sweetsmoke plantation and enjoys a relative amount of freedom, at least compared to the other slaves. He has also experienced more than his share of tragedy, losing a son to the slave traders, a wife to suicide, and a mentor to murder. It is the final tragedy, the murder of the free black woman, Cassius' mentor Emoline, that drives him through the rest of the book. For me, though, it was the beautiful writing and Cassius himself who really made this book worth reading. I found myself in a wholly new position, with a new perspective on what it may have been like to live life as a slave. I wanted Cassius to be free, but was terrified for him to run away, certain that he would be caught and tortured. It was an agonizing, entrancing, and ultimately a hopeful book to read, and as a result I'm looking for some new books set in the Civil War. I've been hooked! "

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About the Author

David Fuller is a screenwriter and the author of Sweetsmoke and Sundance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and twin sons.