Soul Catcher by P-HarpercollinsPubl

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Augustus Cain faces a past he wants to forget, a present without prospect or fortune, and an uncertain future marred by the loss of his most prized possession: the horse that has been his working companion for years. He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be found. Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and determination only a mother can feel. She bears the scars—inside and out—of a life lived in servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. Her flight is her one shot at freedom, and she would rather die than return to the living hell that she has left behind.In the perilous years before the Civil War, the fates of these two remarkable people will intertwine in an extraordinary adventure—a journey of hardship and redemption that will take them from Virginia to Boston and back—and one that will become an extraordinary test of character and will, mercy and compassion. It is an odyssey that will change them both forever.Soul Catcher is a dazzling tapestry of imagination and character, atmosphere and emotion. Poignant and utterly compelling, it is a story to be savored and remembered.

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									Soul Catcher
Author: Michael C. White
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Augustus Cain faces a past he wants to forget, a present without prospect or fortune, and an uncertain
future marred by the loss of his most prized possession: the horse that has been his working companion
for years. He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be
found. Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and determination only a mother can feel. She
bears the scars—inside and out—of a life lived in servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. Her flight is
her one shot at freedom, and she would rather die than return to the living hell that she has left behind.In
the perilous years before the Civil War, the fates of these two remarkable people will intertwine in an
extraordinary adventure—a journey of hardship and redemption that will take them from Virginia to Boston
and back—and one that will become an extraordinary test of character and will, mercy and compassion.
It is an odyssey that will change them both forever.Soul Catcher is a dazzling tapestry of imagination and
character, atmosphere and emotion. Poignant and utterly compelling, it is a story to be savored and
remembered.
Excerpt

Cain had been awakened by the frenzied whinnying of a horse below his window in the street. Still half
asleep, his head throbbing and barley soaked, he recalled the dream he'd had of the place called Buena
Vista. The brave, foolish Mexicans throwing wave upon wave against the left flank of the American line,
the slaughter coming so easily it made him sick at heart. Later, when the sheer size of Santa Anna's
charge had overrun the American position and captured the wounded left behind, Cain, his leg shattered,
lay helplessly among them. He remembered the cries of his comrades as the enemy had gone from
soldier to soldier with a bayonet, silencing them with "Recuerde Agua Nueva." After that, as night crept in
over the high desert and the stars flashed like sparks from a grindstone, there was the stillness of what
he felt had to be the approach of death. And finally, opening his eyes upon the mestiza girl hovering over
him, her dark head aglow in morning sunlight, his first thought was that she was some otherworldly
creature come to usher him to Hades. Now in bed, staring up at the stained ceiling of his room, the
thought of that girl, the silken feel of her skin, the playful glint of her black eyes, caused an ache such as
he had not felt for years to rise up in his chest like a wave of seawater slamming into him. He sat up,
barely able to catch his breath. Cain, he heard her whisper to him. Cain.It was then that a loud knock
erupted against his door."Go away," he called. He figured it was Antoinette, the elderly madam of the
house, coming to inform him he'd have to vacate the room for paying customers.The knock came again,
more insistent this time, the side of a large fist hammering the wood in anger."The devil take you," Cain
called out, looking for something to heave at the noise. "If you don't—"But suddenly the door flew open
and two men burst in. They were both armed, and Cain's thoughts ran immediately to the possibility that
he was about to be robbed. One of the two intruders was of considerable size, tall and heavy limbed,
thick through the belly, with a bushy beard and small iron-colored eyes like a pig's. He wore farmer's
clothing, a floppy brimmed hat and muddied boots, and he brought with him into the room the acrid smell
of the barnyard. He carried a Shaffer single-barrel shotgun in one big paw, and while he didn't actually aim
the thing at Cain, he kept it at the ready. The other intruder was older and slight of build, a dignified-
looking man of the southern planter class, not tall so much as a man whose erect bearing and good
breeding gave the impression of size. He was well dressed in a brown riding coat, knee-length boots
burnished to a high shine, and black leather gloves. He had the sharp features of a red-tailed hawk and
cold, blue-gray eyes that fixed Cain where he lay with an imperious gaze. On his hip, he carried a
sidearm, a pearl-handled, small-caliber pocket revolver, a pretty weapon of the sort that riverboat
gamblers kept in their coat pockets and women carried in their purses. The two made an unlikely pair of
robbers, but you could never tell in this part of the city. Cain glanced around, searching for his own
weapon. It lay across the room on the bureau, above which hung a cracked mirror. Damn, he
thought."What in the hell you think you're doing?" Cain cried.It was the old man who spoke up. "I've come
for money," he said.Cain laughed at that. "If you've a notion to rob me, mister, you're up a creek without a
paddle."The well-dressed man offered a patronizing smile to this comment....
Author Bio
Michael C. White
Michael White teaches at Fairfield University and is an entertaining and illuminating speaker. He is the
author of three New York Times Notable Books and lives in Connecticut. To learn more, visit
www.michaelcwhite.com

								
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