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Book Review: The English Monster: or, The Melancholy Transactions Of William Ablass by Lloyd Shepherd

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The monster named slavery is by any other name, murderous savagery. In The English Monster, Author Lloyd Shepherd shows to readers the atrocious and brutal beginning of the buying and selling of strong black human bodies. Along
with other fortune hunting Englishmen, there is Billy Ablass who seeks wealth, property, and an estate he can rule with his wife—a legacy his children will someday inherit. Because English ships dominate the ocean trade winds, Ablass feels he deserves a life of good fortune and ease. He leaves home promising his devoted wife he will return after he has grasped their fortune with his fingers.

Accepted by the captain of a monstrous ship, initially Ablass appears on board as somewhat of a mere lackey. Initially, he does not know that the captain of this enormous English Vessel, one of her Majesty’s esteemed royal fleet, will rape dark continents and islands, capturing and enslaving black skinned women, men, and their children. These uncivilized dark creatures—far less than human and certainly less intelligent and noble than any English person—are better off enslaved than living as savages in a naked land.

The book, The English Monster, continues on centuries later; slavery is now outlawed. Yet English police, using primitive investigative methods, hope to solve the ghastly killing of several English families: husbands, wives, and children. Were they the descendents of the slave traders of a long distant past.

It might first appear that these wealthy people must be punished, for past savage acts of their ancestors who dared to participate in the notoriously murderous slave trade. Regardless of its past involvement in slavery, the conscientious outrage of an English populace demands justice. It screams loudly to police to nail a killer and bring him to English justice.

Have I nabbed the connection between 1560s and the 1800s? Or could it be that there is some other monster at bay that influenced the bloody murders century’s later? Hah! It is precisely here, that I will leave my readers because The English Monster is, indeed, a book of gruesome horror. It is a tale of unparalleled cruelty to a human race that, merely because of its dark skin, is thought to be subhuman. The English Monster is a tale that will leave any reader seeking the true reason these enslaved people sought: ultimate revenge, even if it meant generations of the enslaved must die before them.

If you are hunting a tale that is historically correct, one that is filled with the tragedy of a whipped and broken people, a book that brings to life how low one nation and its government would stoop to gain fame and fortune and dominion of the earth, then The English Monster is the read for you. Truly, this is a book of refined horror. It is not a story for the faint of heart. It will leave you pondering the evils of human nature—and what mankind had to overcome to destroy real living evil from our earth. Truly, I look forward to Lloyd’s second novel.

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