Slaves, Masters, and Traders: Winner in The Moving Words 2021 Award

Quoted from The Moving Words:

Sheridan, Wyoming, January 4, 2021 — It is with great pleasure to announce the grand winner of The Moving Words 2021 Award… From among the 16 entries, our three professional reviewer judges have unanimously voted for Slaves, Masters, and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd as THE MOST MOVING BOOK.

Mike Ramos, General Manager of The Moving Words, said, “All the books we have reviewed have the moving contents in the sense that readers are galvanized to take action. However, Slaves, Masters, and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd stands out from the rest. Vividly written as if you’re watching a movie, you might feel engrossed on a certain character that you have to do something about it in order to change the outcome… I hope with this award we have bestowed upon her will open the door of opportunities where her written works will someday be given a wide global attention and distribution both in print and film.”

“From all of us here at the management of The Moving Words, Warm Congratulations, Ann! You deserve the award! You are indeed one of the finest authors we have come encountered.”

Kirkus Reviews: Slaves, Masters and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd

In the turmoil and pain of the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd’s death, it’s clear that the legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and human rights violation in America lives on. To know how that legacy got started, the book, Slaves, Masters and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd, which got a critical acclaim from Kirkus, takes a unique perspective.

Kirkus, the world’s toughest book critic for self-published books, commended Ackroyd’s book:

Human bondage connects the lives of people on three continents in this sprawling saga of trans-Atlantic enslavement.

Ackroyd’s historical novel examines slavery in 1800 from the perspectives of dozens of perpetrators and victims. One plotline involves wealthy Scottish financiers of the slavery trade, including Aaron Migu, a businessman who outfits the schooner The Spirit of the Clyde; Stanley Staymann, a young nobleman with fantasies of owning enslaved people in America; and guilt-stricken George McCallum, who uses profits from selling human beings to support an abolitionist writer. A second thread follows inhabitants of Banyan Village on the West African coast, including 5-year-old Abebi; her mother, Efia; and her father, Thimba, a superlative hunter and closeted gay man. Europe and Africa collide on the Louisiana plantation of “the chevalier,” an aging patriarch who prefers André, his enslaved son by a concubine, to his other son and heir, Jacques; the latter conspires with his mother to poison the chevalier and humble André.

The three narrative threads come together when the Banyan villagers are kidnapped and shipped on the Spirit to New Orleans for auction just as Stanley arrives to take control of the chevalier’s plantation. Ackroyd’s panorama steeps readers in dense, colorful historical detail. There are a few anachronistic notions, though, as when an ethnomusicologist solicits “slave input on how to decorate the chapel using African motifs and crafts within a Christian framework.” The author pens gripping scenes of the horrors of the Middle Passage and the plantation’s cane fields, but her focus is also sociological, addressing Scotland’s class hierarchy as it confronts newfangled ideas about human rights; the intricacies of West African religion; and queasy contradictions of plantation society. Ackroyd’s prose sometimes feels didactic (“He now understands the word libertarianism….It means ‘rejecting institutional authority and replacing it with trust in individual judgment’ ”), but she often achieves lyricism that illuminates characters’ lives: “The hunters, knowing life is mere clothing for a spirit that never dies, give thanks to Gran Legbwa in a wild dance and song.”

An engrossing re-creation of the world of slavery, rich in social detail and psychological nuance.

OUR VERDICT: GET IT

– Kirkus Reviews

The Moving Words Review: ACROSS THE RIFT

Across the Rift: World War Two Novel in Rhythmic Prose (Colonial Historical Fiction Series) by H. Ann Ackroyd is set at the backdrop of World War 2 that explores the lives of the members of the same family living at different countries during the war.

It explores the impact of the war on them, the society and on people around. It builds on the theme of love, loss, hope, family, and redemption. It also investigates the similarities and differences of experience with changing locations, local politics and class. This exact narrative makes this book immensely compelling and utterly moving. It instigates your mind and provokes your thoughts. It makes you dissect the historical events through a completely unique lens.

Like her other books, the author has thoroughly researched on the topic before writing on it. That combined with her knowledge and understanding of the African heritage and culture, made reading it an experience in itself. The book will challenge your preconceived notions at every stage and completely consume you emotionally.

Another thing that makes the book stand out is the refreshing style of writing. It is written in a very different but nonetheless intriguing style that the author calls the ‘rhythmic prose’. It made my reading experience even more pleasant. Will definitely recommend this book to everyone.

– The Moving Words Review

THE TIMELY BOOK ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

In the turmoil and pain of the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd’s death, it’s clear that the legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and human rights violation in America lives on. To know how that legacy got started, the book, “Slaves, Masters and Traders” by H. Ann Ackroyd takes a unique perspective.

In this historical fiction book, Author H. Ann Ackroyd delves into the history of racial discrimination and human rights violations in the Unites States. She does this through a series of unconventional points of view, including that of an African family prior to enslavement in West Africa, an African slave family in Louisiana, a family’s plantation master and several obscenely rich slave traders in Britain who have never set eyes on a black person before.

Ackroyd’s background has influenced her writing greatly. She was born in Africa and grew up there with her parents, who were of a European lineage.

“‘Slaves, Masters and Traders’ is a truly unique and insightful book,” explained Mike Ramos, General Manager of The Moving Words. The Moving Words is an online publicity company that helps books with an enlightening message be noticed and sold. “The book centers on a topic that’s especially relevant in today’s world, and it’s well-worth the read.”

This timely book is a must-read in today’s issue of racial discrimination. It is critically acclaimed by people who bought the book on Amazon.


Images of Across The Rift (World War II Novel)

In the book, Across The Rift, here are the images which provide backdrop of the story:

Corpse Flower on Chapter 23
Stork-nest in Rust, Burgenland, Austria on Chapter 23
Lake Neusiedl at the end of Chapter 33

The results of the London Bombings:  the scenes Helen experienced when searching for her son Malcolm in  Chapter 43:

Hitler’s Russian campaign: Barbarossa. Chapters 54 to 58 and 61 follow Sofie’s Nazi husband as part of the German army across the Russian steppe. It’s mid-winter to the gates of Moscow: