Ken Follett, author of international best-sellers The Pillars of the Earth (also a TV mini-series) and World Without End has stormed into my mind and heart with his totally enthralling, relentlessly visceral yet beautiful story A Place Called Freedom.
It is the story of a coal-miner, Malachi McAsh--affectionately known as 'Mack'--who wants nothing more than his freedom, his definition and right as a dignified human being. His slave-masters, the Jamisson's, however, consider him a dangerous upstart, and set themselves against Mack and his desire for freedom. Mack is eventually sentenced to death but, by a fortuitous twist, is shipped to America. Once there though, he continues to fight for the only thing he's ever wanted: freedom.
I cannot heap enough praise on this book. If you have enough room in your life to fill it with 437 pages of intense and gorgeous story-telling, you will not go wrong reading this book. It is, quite simply, one of the best fictions I have ever read.
Ken Follett gets the Saint Cynic Award of Awesomeness, and in spades!
I can't wait to read Follett's other two novels I listed! But first, The Fountainhead.