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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Fisher of Slaves is a work of fiction in the historical and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to its gritty subject matter and was penned by author Dick Parsons. As the title suggests, this in-depth work looks at the slave-trading world of the eighteenth century and focuses on a mother and son who find themselves facing its many horrors. When Elizabeth allows her young son Nathaniel to follow in his father’s footsteps with a career at sea, the boy’s induction onto a slave-trading ship sparks a campaign that will see Elizabeth exploring slavery’s many horrors, and campaigning for abolition.
Author Dick Parsons homes in on a very interesting and relevant perspective with this unique novel, and it’s refreshing to see the learning curve of those who were less directly affected by the slave trade and to see how their mindsets were changing even in their own historical period. I enjoyed the close personal portrayal of Elizabeth and Nathaniel, a broken family with a son who needs a future, but a future that Elizabeth cannot accept despite their own struggles and needs. Parsons writes with engaging dialogue that balances itself well between sounding historically authentic and still being accessible to modern audiences, and the atmospheric description and historical details are clearly well-researched and serve to deliver a fully immersive reading experience. Overall, I would highly recommend A Fisher of Slaves to anyone with an interest in the abolitionist movement and historical fiction fans in general.