The Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff by Lane Heymont


The Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff
by Lane Heymont

Jeb, a former slave, rescues his brother-in-law Crispus from the Ku Klux Klan, only to be drawn into a world of Creole Voodoo, racism, time travel, and redemption.

Verdiss, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan has gained possession of the Pharaoh’s Staff, a magical artifact from ancient Egypt and concocted a diabolical plan far more insidious than himself.

In the end, Jeb and Crispus must stop an entire people from eradication and each find redemption for their own past sins.
Read an excerpt from the book:

One moment, mayhem wracked the market, the next it fell silent. Fallon stopped, so Jeb did. He couldn’t move, the herd seemed to stop stampeding. Footfalls echoed in the street. The crowd spread. Then came the heavy clacks of soldier’s boots on the flagstones. A band of men, too many to tell. But Jeb knew them by the procession’s cadence–Confederate soldiers. Men clad in gray uniforms marching through Baton Rouge. No doubt, they’d be Klansmen too. Shouts of jubilation spread like wildfire among the townspeople.

“Kill them carpetbaggers!” came a woman’s elegant voice.

“Long live the general!”

“The South shall rise again!” shouted a boy.

Jeb felt the panic in Fallon’s hand, his heartbeat racing as he pulled him away. “What general? I know that cadence like I know my field.” Jeb focused on dodging whatever lay in his way, stumbling over garbage and bumping into people.

Fallon stammered over his words, “Not–not–nothing. Nathan Bedford Forrest?” He gasped, tightening his grip on Jeb.

Somehow Jeb overcame his instincts, keeping his head bowed. Not daring to look up in fear that monster of a man would see him. Though blind, Jeb saw Forrest clad in the gray Confederate officer’s uniform, adorned with medals. He’d seen photos of him. Tall, in his fifties, a receding hairline and a curly mane of black hair. A well-kept goatee tinged gray like his uniform.

I can end it all. Fight through the crowd. A single shot to the head. To hell with being blind, I can do it. For a moment Jeb meant it, caressing his pistol. It’d be easy. Instead, he listened to the Ku Klux Klan founder, savior of the white race, and ender of Reconstruction, parade along the street. Celebrated by a throng of who knew how many people. They were closer now, close enough for Jeb to count them. Four guards following him. Plus Forrest, that’s five. Six shot pistol. Just enough for one miss. He gripped his pistol. It didn’t matter that the crowd loved Forrest, even cheered him on. Six rounds is enough. Jeb edged his pistol free from its holster.

My review:
One of my favorite parts about this book is the Creole dialect. I had to focus and concentrate on this book because of it but it was a nice switch from all the paranormal and romance books I’ve read lately. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially the civil war. This story takes place a little after and freedman is a former slave that finds himself in a sticky situation. Although the Klu Klux Klan is thought to be slowly disbanding it actually is in possession of a mystical artifact that is dangerous in their hands. They idea that atrocities that people commit, like the Klan or the Nazis were supernatural in nature is almost easier to wrap your mind around than an actual human being could be that evil. This book is storytelling at its best. It’s not for everyone, but if you love historical fiction and a little bit of magic….this books for you.



Lane earned a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on literature and history. He also holds a double minor in psychology and business. He is a literary assistant with The Seymour Agency, and also has several short stories. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Novel Society, and International Thriller Writers.


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  1. Mary Preston says

    This book does indeed sound like it’s for me. I’m sure to find it fascinating.


  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. Great review, thank you.


  4. Thanks for your review. This story sounds amazing.

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  5. Interesting excertp

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  6. I find VooDoo stuff especially scary and disturbing. It might be too scary for me! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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