Skeletons on the zahara is an exciting and grisly read detailing the horrific ordeal of captain james riley and his eleven man crew after they shipwreck off the coast of africa in the early 1800s the loss of their boat is the least of the crews worries however when theyre sold into slavery and descend into a sun scorched nightmare . From the cold waters of the atlantic to the searing saharan sands from the heart of the desert to the heart of man skeletons on the zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage brotherhood and survival. Skeletons on the zahara is a true but gut wrenching dehydrating queasy story of fate of captain james riley and the men of the commerce the story itself is horrifying and contains a quality of human suffering that is incomprehensible to the first world mind. Skeletons on the zahara a true story of survival is a 2004 nonfiction book written by maritime historian dean king it is based on two of the survivors journals primarily captain james rileys memoir sufferings in africa to . I came across skeletons on the zahara very recently and cant express how astounded i was that i have never heard of captain james riley his crew the commerce and their plight taking place in 1814 1815 this story is a completely riveting horrifying true account of what befell this connecticut captain and his crew as they set sail for
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