James Willis is a child of the 70's. He lives with his loving father and stern grandmother in a ramshackle house. James is poor, but determined not to stay poor. He puts his ideas to work and starts his first business at the age of only 8.
This well-written book tells the tale of a teen and her brother who become involved with a self-professed preacher who uses his religion to justify a life of violence and drugs. The setting is New Orleans, an unstable family, and misguided young people. When the preacher kills a young man in front of the brother and sister, he then turns his animosity toward the brother, whom he believes has ratted him out. As the book races toward its conclusion, it is difficult to put down.
I am impressed with the writing as well as the difficult content of this novel. The author did not pull punches or try to garner sympathy for his characters. He merely relates the events in a clear and engaging manner. I recommend this book.
"Ain't No Sunshine" is a well-written engaging book that chronicles an abusive home life and the burgeoning cross-racial love between two young people. There were a couple of surprises toward the end of the book, and I did not see them coming. Hats off to the author for that! The sympathy a reader feels for the protagonist takes a bit of hit when the plot shifts, leaving the reader unsure how to feel. Without including any spoilers, I really can't expand on that. But it is an excellent book that has the reader really feeling for and caring about the characters. There were relatively few typos or other errors. It was a superbly plotted and expertly executed story.
"Look For Our Mother and Father" by anonymous is basically a long rant against modern society and persons of white/European ancestry, filled with sweeping generalizations, inaccuracies, and unproved (and unprovable) assertions. This book is an op-ed, and the author's suppositions are unsupported. For that reason, I stopped reading midway through the book. I would have enjoyed the author's unique perspective much more and taken it more seriously had it been supported with verifiable research and data, rather than being opinion presented as fact. On the positive side, the book is very well-written and free of editorial/proofreading errors. I feel the book contains a strong prejudice against people of European ancestry, and conversely, whitewashes indigenous cultures to such an extent that the author is blind to their humanity and foibles. So filled with assumption, erroneous conclusions, and just plain opinion, the book defeats its own good points with its all-or-nothing premise. (for example, all science is a lie) While I agree that indigenous cultures were irretrievably altered by the interference of foreign conquerors, it is simply not possible that these native cultures were completely free of violence and had the answers to all of life's mysteries and problems. There were inter-tribal conflicts on several continents prior to European imperialism. The author is either unaware of history or chooses to ignore it. Choosing to ignore history in order to elevate certain cultures above other cultures robs the entire piece of credibility. I am afraid I will have to give this book a low score for content, although I give it a high score for typographical accuracy and writing style.
Nowhere to Go is a collection of short stories that explore the dark side, specifically crime. The plots are engaging and the writing is very tight and professional. I enjoyed this book a great deal and found the author's style to be straightforward, descriptive enough to paint a picture, and well executed. I would highly recommend this book.
Gravity is a well-written novel for young adults which I believe is the first in a series. It starts out at a sedate pace, but grows more intense toward the end. The story takes place in a town named Hell and has a touch of the paranormal, along with a missing girl, some murders, intrigue, and even a sweet young romance. I would recommend this book.