“Ezra was the most generous writer I have ever known and the most disinterested. He helped poets, painters, sculptors and prose writers that he believed in and he would help anyone whether he believed in them or not if they were in trouble. He worried about everyone and in the time when I first knew him he was most worried about T. S. Eliot who, Ezra told me, had to work in a bank in London and so had insufficient time and bad hours to function as a poet.”
Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast
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Based on true events, the story swept me away into the lives of Jimmy Montgomery III and the choices he had to make as an eighteen-year-old. On the brink of a new life, he faced a devastating truth about himself, a truth that was sending him on a different path from what he had planned.
During this turmoil, he faced life-threatening situations while figuring out who he truly was. He could no longer hide his race and took a bold step. That boldness, however, almost cost him more than his life.
Tulsa, Oklahoma was a boiling pot in 1921. Though Greenwood flourished financially they were always seen as Darkeys who were bad. There were quite a few incidents that let to hostility between whites and blacks and Jimmy's appearance was the final straw.
A tormenting story of cruelty, misunderstanding and greed on both sides of the tracks. Jimmy and his friends had to find the middle ground as well.
The book's honest narrative points out the suspenseful time in a very quick flow dialogue as you go deeper within the plot.
The author's account really emphasized the nature of every person involved.
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New York, Early 1900s: Jimmy Montgomery comes from old New York money and grows up among the Manhattan elite. At the age of eighteen, Jimmy discovers he’s been living a lie. He follows his roots back to Tulsa, Oklahoma to answer the burning questions in his life. Who is he? What is he? Where does he belong? He finds love and friendship along the way, but full acceptance from either the White or the Black world eludes him. When trouble pits the White population of Tulsa against the Black community of Greenwood, Jimmy must finally make a choice---he can no longer live in the middle. His decision will alter the course of his life and those he’d come to love. What will he decide? Pick up a copy to find out.
LIVING IN THE MIDDLE is a powerful African American historical novel based on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. If you like passionate heroes, no-holds-barred history, high-stakes emotional tension, then you’ll love A. Robert Allen’s eye-opening story.
LIVING IN THE MIDDLE is a stand-alone story connected by the theme to the other volumes in A. Robert Allen’s Slavery and Beyond series.
Monday, June 1, 2020
And what a story. It is unique and from a different point of view without the
violence, one would expect with the topic. But subtle and empathic as the author
takes you into the mind of an abused child from the eyes of a grown-up.
Once I started with the book, I simply good not put it down.
This book has been on my Kindle for seven years, but once I finally got to it, I was mesmerized.
Thank you for the freebie, at the time. I am looking forward to more from this author.
This was an amazing story with so
much diversity that kept the suspenseful pace gripping for more, throughout the
book. I will definitely buy the next books in the series.
This story really touched every aspect of betrayal and lies to the next level. The four main characters were very supportive as they had to grow in their own place. Each really touching another aspect of lies and change it to victory.
Though the writing was good, the repetitiveness got to me at times, and the reason I could not give it a 5-star rating.
Otherwise, a very good plot with great characters that made the story realistic and believable.
Thanks for the freebie back in 2012.
The publisher recommended this book to me, for an unbiased review. A story I thoroughly enjoyed.
The spy-ish fantasy plotline transported me to the political landscape which stretched across the board. In the typical tongue-in-the-cheek humour or sarcasm this author is well-known for. Through the quirky lines, you got to know Doctor Mervyn, his trusted Suzi, and Lizzie and her trusted Jurgen to be the spilling point of the spy-rescue-Leo story which took me from London to Munich with quick dashes into the White House and Downing street extravaganza. As I received in-depth descriptions of their way of thinking.
It all spelt political nightmare, if not for the intervention of Jurgen, a fierce protector of Lizzie, and MI6 interceptive cunningness to protect information from the most notorious sort. Since Leo – the person who started the mess had some explaining to do while he had to face his own mistakes – which extend across the globe. Leaving many women in anger and disgust towards his type.
The ending was not what I expected but then I have learned to expect the unexpected from this author’s pen. His ability to joke with Britain and America, as always fun to read.
At times I found the throat-clearing a bit too much but mostly it gave extra flavour to the turmoil the rescuers found themselves in. It always added more spices to the normal salt-and-vinegar plot. As Mervyn, Suzi, Lizzie, Jurgen and Taya tried to save the day.
A book many readers of political suspense will enjoy, no doubt.
Appointed by Lizzie Leah to locate her lost lover, whom she knows by the name of Leo McGuire, PI (and ex-spy) Mervyn Vincent discovers that the object of his quest is not only a gigolo with a harem of “Mrs McGuires” across the continents, but also a valuable player (real name Leon Devine) in an international right-wing cartel. Realizing that there’s more to Leon than meets the eye, Mervyn joins forces with his sister Taya, and Lizzie to reform the young man and channel his abilities into worthier causes, thereby impacting, albeit modestly, the global power machinery.
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by Liam Cadoc
Release Date: 17 April 2020
This is Book One of a 2-book set.
ebook pages: unknown, but there are
Paperback pages: 634
Hardcover pages: 534
Genre: Historical fiction, murder, mystery, action,
adventure, thriller, crime
Since the 14th century,
Robin Hood has proven to be one of the most enduring and versatile folk heroes.
Medieval historians believed Robin lived during the 12th or 13th centuries, but
despite decades of intense research by contemporary scholars, solid evidence
has never been found.
Logan Daggett, son of Donald Daggett, well-known CEO of one of Australia's largest
wine producers have his 21st birthday celebrations disrupted by a family
tragedy, the revelation of his mother's decades-old secret—and a birthday gift
of a collection of centuries-old family heirlooms. This series of events
contrive to change the course of his life forever.
Accompanied by his two closest friends, the young Aussie sets
out to uncover the truth behind the accident that irrevocably changed his life,
and to research the authenticity of the priceless heirlooms, completely unaware
of the adventure and dangers lurking around every corner.
During the course of their journey, they
uncover irrefutable proof the legendary Robin Hood is real. A 900-year-old
heirloom holds the answers to all the questions ever asked about Robin Hood –
even his origin and real name. Evidence that causes further turmoil among the
family, sparks controversy among medieval scholars worldwide, and the potential
of sparking upheaval to a country's history and creating conflict between two
Cadoc endeavors to create a feasible
balance of historical fact and fiction into his writing in order to meet his
obligation, as an author, to his readers. To that end, he spends a large part of
his conceptual writing on researching the world in which the characters will
inhabit. "I've always had a fascination with history, particularly the
medieval period of England. Though my genre is historical fiction, I hope that
my readers will come away with a better understanding and appreciation for how
people survived and endured before the inception of the basic luxuries we take
for granted today."
He penned his first fiction while in
high school and was quickly recognized by the English staff and his classmates
for his vibrant imagination. He was also a talented artist and, after
graduating, he followed a career as a graphic designer in the publishing industry
compelling him to put aside writing for a number of years.
In 1998, he met his American
wife-to-be on the Internet when online dating was in its infancy. After 18
months of long-distance romancing, they wed in Sydney, Australia and he
returned to America with his wife to begin a whole new life together.
Now retired, Cadoc has the time to
return to his beloved writing and has spent 9 years working on THE ARCHER'S
DIARY, his first historical fiction novel.
He enjoys bare-bow target archery,
reading, writing, kayaking, movies, traveling, and doing the occasional
commissioned portrait of pets or people. He currently lives in central Florida
with his wife.
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Sunday, May 3, 2020
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Elevator pitch:"Whisked away to picturesque Valetta, two people bonded. A nurse's faith and a colonel's obedience tested. A plot of survival as a cheating wife, determined warlord, and serial rapist turns out to be life-threatening in a harsh world of self-gratification."