Dash for Khartoum


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(4.6 stars; 32 reviews)

When a nursemaid mixes up her baby boy and the baby of the family she works for, the family decides to keep both. Years later, the nursemaid returns, intent on using the boys to get money. When the boy she chooses first refuses to help and instead runs away, his adopted family is willing to do everything they can to rescue him. But will it be enough when war threatens in the Sudan--the runaway's destination? - Summary by Adele de Pignerolles (13 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Mixed! 35:21 Read by deongines
At Cheltenham 43:24 Read by deongines
Gone 39:07 Read by deongines
Back at School 40:59 Read by deongines
Enlisted 30:02 Read by deongines
Egypt 39:39 Read by deongines
El-Teb 41:49 Read by deongines
Tamanieb 23:42 Read by deongines
The Camel Corps 44:12 Read by deongines
An Unexpected Meeting 40:35 Read by deongines
Abu Klea 41:03 Read by deongines
Metemmeh 38:06 Read by deongines
Abu Kru 38:56 Read by deongines
A Slave 41:52 Read by deongines
Bad News 31:29 Read by KHand
In Disguise 31:58 Read by KHand
A Runaway Slave 33:13 Read by KHand
The Zareba 37:15 Read by Heidi Olson
A Long Search 31:32 Read by Heidi Olson
Found! 43:31 Read by deongines
Home! 47:40 Read by deongines

Reviews

The war-centric story moves in fits and starts

(3.5 stars)

To me, the story gets bogged down in military details. Do we need to know how many Camel Corps and how many tins of arrowroot and how many “natives” and how many of each type of weapon it takes to stage a particular battle? We learn this and SO much more. I suppose it may be interesting to some, but not me. Having said that, it does get gripping at times and the overall story is a sympathetic one. The characters, English and “native” alike, were fairly complete. The condescension of the British colonizers (less so the author) is still a bit cringeworthy. The anticlimax seemed rushed to me, leaving me vaguely dissatisfied.

Classic GA Henty, a little more war correspondent

(5 stars)

Classic GA Henty pace, which includes lots of details and logistics. Unique in that it has two leading main characters. The details of the battles and army movements definitely reflects his job as a war correspondent.

gteat

(5 stars)

great book.... Thanksgiving and I will be there at the same time as the one I have is a requirement for the help and support you in whatever you want me to the list

another great book with equally great readers.

(5 stars)

I loved this book and I'm very grateful to the fantastic readers! Good on ya!