Thursday, November 11, 2021

Betsy Roberts by N.G. Neville - Book Tour

Book Blurb

This incredible story is based on true events concerning young Betsy Roberts - how she was kidnapped, abused but survived America's first serial killers - the evil Harpe brothers - how she outlived and ultimately profited using her wits and sheer determination.

Betsy Roberts, a young woman from Kentucky is brutally kidnapped by notorious outlaws Micajah and Wiley Harpe who abuse then exploit her. The novel describes how Betsy uses her wits and courage to survive, and then ultimately prosper despite the most appalling conditions and treatment she suffers, in the wilderness of late eighteenth century America. She gradually becomes tainted by the evil, murderous activities of the Harpe brothers who, amongst other things, use her as bait to lure travelers to their deaths. She does this under duress initially but later becomes indifferent, even to the extent of being a willing accomplice.

Part 2 of the novel describes her long, gruelling journey of escape to New York in the early eighteen hundreds. It covers how she became a key figure there, developing businesses, illicit and legal, and the family dynasty she establishes.

The story is an extraordinary and gripping tale of horrific violence, a kaleidoscope of extraordinary characters, settings and and yet also incredible willpower, survival instincts. Betsy ultimately becomes a strong, determined woman but also uses almost any means to achieve her ends. 

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During their dance of death, observing the perverse humor of this terrible spectacle, one of the mob shouted:

“Look at them Royalist bastards now haha!!”

Few really responded to this scornful comment and gradually the mob fell silent as they looked on at the two lifeless bodies which were now gently swinging in the morning breeze. Some felt a tinge of guilt, others took pleasure in their work and felt justice had been served, as they saw it, crying out:

“Death to Royalist traitors!”

Gradually the mob dispersed after a while with some looking around and wondering where the two boys were.

“Where are those two young critters?” one of the crowd muttered but none were interested enough to pursue them. They had had enough, revenge lust had been satiated and whatever happened to the boys was now in God's hands, or maybe the Devil's.

“To Hell with them, they won't be lasting long out in the forests, if bears don’t get ‘em then brigands or Indians will!” someone called out representing the general feeling of all.

All the time watching this horrific spectacle the older, smaller of the two boys, kept pulling the other boy further back into the bushes.

“We'll have to go to Old Baldwin's place and see if he will take us in. There’s no other choice brother” he said wiping away the tears in his eyes with his ragged sleeve.

Stunned, the older boy just nodded.

They made their way stealthily from this horrific scene, looking back all the time hoping that no one would see or come after them. Terrified, they ran deeper into the safety of the dense woods which they hoped would give them sanctuary, heading South, not knowing what fate lay in store for them


Author Bio
N.G. Neville is the pseudonym or pen name of Geoff Burke and Nick Fisher, co-authors of 'BETSY ROBERTS' their first major novel. It was preceded by a shorter novel entitled 'DEGENERATION The Story of Betsy Roberts' which forms the first part of the full novel 'BETSY ROBERTS'.

A sequel or more accurately prequel, a collection of short or not so short in some cases, stories will be published in 2021. It has a working title 'DEATH and SALVATION'. Many of the amazing characters in 'BETSY ROBERTS' are present before they appear in the full novel. How they got to where they were in the novel forms a fascinating collection of truly extraordinary stories.

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