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To participate, all you have to do is:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share at least two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Genre: Alternate History / Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Tor (September 6, 2016)
Length: 384 pages
“I come before you on this evening to tell of an evil in a far-off land which is yet nonetheless present here in this room, in our very midst,” the man began. Evidently a practiced orator, he nourished the flame he had lit without vain expenditure of air, without ever seeming to raise his voice. And still it filled that room, and the ears of his audience, at least eight hundred by Jackie’s best estimate. Their ears, and their hearts as well. He accused none of them of committing this crime, as he termed it, against humanity. Accused none but implicated all.
“Yes, I repeat, a crime against humanity! Are we blacks not men? Our skin is dusky, but our blood runs as red and salt as that of any fairer race.
“Picture yourselves, then, in the circumstances of these poor Negroes of the Congo. You who toil here in Europe for wages which permit you a bare living, a bare hope of something more for your offspring, imagine if you were to receive nothing. Imagine if you were beaten, threatened with death, if your dear wives were ravished from your sides and kept in prison till you had satisfied your employers’ impossible demands. Imagine, then, if you failed to meet them.”