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Nyira and the Invisible Boy


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K.M. Harrell is the eldest of five siblings. Four girls and himself. They were and are a close-knit southern family. He spent his time playing with, protecting and sometimes totally harassing his charge of sisters. Trust me they have grown much much taller than he is now and have gotten him back (Just kidding! He is totally still the man!) Sorry. Anyway. He has written most of his life and even had a few things published in small magazines. This is his first novel. He can be reached at: www.kmharrell.com @kmharrell https: //www.facebook.com/ken.harrell.71653


After reading the description and seeing the extraordinary cover on Goodreads giveaways, I purchased a copy of Nyira and the Invisible Boy. I considered it a must read and buying it was my best option. Somewhat later, the author contacted me and requested a review. I voluntarily agreed to provide one. The invisible boy of the title, Enriquillo, is a Taino. Wikipedia and numerous other sources will tell you that the Taino were extinct by the 18th century, but Taino genes certainly survive in contemporary Haiti and Puerto Rico. There are also numerous Taino cultural survivals. So could there have been secret villages of Taino hiding in the mountains, as we see in Harrell's book? We don't know for certain. This is also a fantasy novel that involves paranormal gifts. I am willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good story, and this is a humdinger of a tale. I believe that the cooperation of Africans and Taino symbolized by the relationship of Nyira and Enriquillo is laying the ground for the future revolution in Haiti. This is Haiti as I've never seen it before. Despite the horrors and degradations of slavery, I found Nyira and the Invisible Boy inspiring. I consider it the best indie book that I've read in the first half of 2018.L. Frankel, Amazon.com ReviewThis is one of the most brilliant books I've read the past few years.

The entire book is filled with darkness, both situations and people. There's a vast array of humanity, most of it veering towards the dark side. We see horror and ugliness and fear. We see the causes one soul has on another. This story is deep and intricate.

On the other hand, we have the perfect picture of beauty and innocence. We see faith and hope. We see people questioning their morals and doing their best to overcome obstacles. What we see is the struggle inside each of us.

The brilliant part comes in with the storytelling. When the story becomes too frightening, the storyteller backs off and we get the view from a distance. Even though we know what's happening, we're pulled away from it enough that we don't see the minute details. It's a clear picture without being entrenched in it. When the story is full of beauty and wonder, we're pulled in deeply and treated to an almost microscopic view of it. Because of this, we're able to read this horrific story with dreadful people and still come away feeling as if we're experienced something uplifting and joyful.

Though this book is a big large, I'd easily suggest it to younger readers. Though adult situations are included, they're presented in such a way that children/teens can easily process it and move on.Literary LitterOmgosh I can not give this book enough praise. I have no clue how K.M was able to make Nyira so loving. I can say if i had been through what she had I'm not sure i could be. But Nyira is a character we need so bad in today's time. I learned so much through her. I cried and got angry for her. This story reminds me of what my papaw taught me. You can not fight fire with fire and their is the right way to fight back and the wrong way. Along with the right time to fight back and wrong time. Thank you K.M for sending this book to me. I truly have treasured this story.Love4SiggyLoved this book. For me it is reminiscent of The Jungle book, but more profound. It is about the power of love, family, and friendship, and the sacrifices we make to protect those we love. It is about fearing what we don't understand, and deriving hatred from that misunderstanding. It is about the atrocity of slavery, and those who impose their will on others. Most of all it is about the search for ultimate freedom and the price that each of us would pay to obtain it.April Wright

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