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One Blood

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  191 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Horror/Suspense Lovers, Look No Further!

Prepare to lose sleep as you journey through this award-winning Horror/Thriller novel with an ending you won't see coming!

One Blood is a supernatural thriller that will leave you wanting more from this author. Rich themes of voodoo, family curses, political ambitions and a quest for power are dominant in this roller coaster ride set...more
Kindle Edition, 486 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by The Pantheon Collective (TPC Books) (first published September 18th 2011)
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The Tree of Life and Death

Welcome to Lake City, LA! First, let’s meet Lincoln Baker. He is a convicted murderer currently serving time in prison for his crimes. Lincoln’s life is about to be turned upside down when he gets a visit from his half-brother Amir. This visit sets into motion a kidnapping, riots and shoot-outs. The people who were working together are now enemies and comrades don’t know who they can trust. The reason for this string of events lies in the front yard of the man who many...more
African Americans on the Move Book Club
An ancient curse was evoked on the Lafitte family whereas the children of Luc Lafitte’s descendents will not live past their eighteenth birthday. The curse is attributed to the biracial love affair between a slave, Isaac, and Luc’s daughter, Melinda, which ended in disaster for the Lafitte clan. When death becomes the answer to their torrid affair, the consequences become more than what the Lafitte family bargains for.

A young Randy Lafitte resurrects the curse when he wants revenge on the one ma...more
Chuck Briggs
"One Blood" is starting to look like the runaway, independent publishing success story of the year. I'll confess that I didn't have very high expectations for this when I encountered it on Facebook a few months ago. How nice to be proven dead wrong and watch the success just keep escalating.

I'm sure you're aware of the plot by now with it's political intrigues, murders and voodoo blood curse, but I think what I admire most about "One Blood" is the HUGE risk Qwantu took in the format and the subj...more
Julianne Snow
I have to apologize to Qwantu for not getting this review done to coincide with my finishing of his book One Blood. I finished back at the beginning of April and wrote down my thoughts and then misplaced the important piece of paper. Looking through a stack of rough drafts this morning, I discovered it had gotten mixed up with them. Better late than never...

The author of this book, Qwantu Amaru, approached me at the beginning of the year to read and review his book, One Blood. I have to admit th...more
Heather Boustead
One Blood
By Qwantu Amaru

Randy Lafitte is cursed when he turned eighteen his father took his own life, then again when his son turned eighteen he was murdered; now his daughter has just turned eighteen and has been kidnapped. Not only does Randy have to pay a hefty ransom but he must also release Lincoln Baker from prison the same man responsible for killing his son. But this is just the tip of the ice berg as Randy Lafitte will stop at nothing to get what he wants including murdering those who s...more
Really a great book! You do need to pay attention as you read. It does jump back and forth from present to past, each time revealing a crucial detail that plays into the storyline. Once it reels you in, it is impossible to put down. I can't wait to read more from this author, and think this book should be made into a movie. It is well written, well thought out, and I plan on telling all my friends to read it. Very glad I read this book!! You will be too!

Wonderfully written book. Consistantly kept my interest. Fast pace reading and lots of unexpected twist. It's a must read...
What a fast paced read!

I am currently taking part in a book club discussion for this book, so I will reserve my review for after the discussion is done.

Discussion is done, and I am ashamed to note that I did not follow up with the review I wanted to.

This is a great book, especially as the first published book for the author. I hate to say, "oh its good.. for a first time writer..". It's good - for any author, however, because I know it is a first published book, I can look at it with a slightly...more
Dierdra Byrd
I actually got a copy of this book to review from Authors Requesting Reviews program and I signed up for this book because it did sound really good! However I just can't finish it! 44% in and I just don't care what happens to anyone in the book, have no connection with anyone at all. I'm not even sure what the plot is even supposed to be!
If you go and read the description of this book I can't find anywhere what this book is even supposed to be truly about. I almost never just stop reading books...more
Peter Schwotzer
For Every Action...

Lincoln Baker, born a ward of the state, has gone from orphan, to gang banger, to basketball superstar, to lifer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the space of eighteen years. During his prison term, he meets Panama X, a powerful and mysterious father figure who gives Lincoln a reason for living – he must assassinate Randy Lafitte, the sitting Governor of Louisiana.

There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction...

In order to force a pardon, Lincoln orchestrates the kidnapping of...more
The reason that Qwantu Amaru 's One Blood caught my attention was the mention of Louisiana, slavery and curse. I was curious to see where he would go with this. I really want to say that Amaru pulled the plot off. He sort of did. One Blood was unique but there was just too much. There was too much ground to cover and it affected the flow of the overall story. Normally, book liked One Blood (thriller and horror) are easy reads for me, that I speed through and eat up. This time I found myself putt...more
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
May 11, 2012 Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* . rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, suspense, paranormal, mystery readers
Shelves: horror, suspense
One Blood is a suspense horror written by Qwantu Amaru. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

From page one, this book had me hooked. I absolutely couldn’t put it down. The author tells a tale of betrayal, greed, lies and murder with avenging spirits who lay claim to the Lafitte family and any child who reaches their eighteenth birthday. Interweaving voodoo, magic and spooky imagery into this electrifying story centered around a handful of characters who's lives...more
Qwantu Amaru's stunning debut novel, One Blood, takes place in New Orleans. This thriller/suspense novel hooked me right from the beginning. When it opens, a man, fleeing from the voice of his dead wife, is running in the darkness through the streets of New Orleans. Why is she calling out to him? Are her intentions good or bad?

So begins this novel full of skillfully planted flashbacks and dream sequences that takes one back and forth through time. These flashbacks and dreams reveal many of the e...more
K.R. Bankston
The beginning of this novel had a bit too many racial slurs for me and I almost said uh no, lets move on. Thankfully I continued and the author pulled away from that path enough that I really and truly enjoyed this offering. Now, let's talk about these characters. My favorite was Panama X, even after all was said and done and I found out what he did, he was STILL my favoirte. Amir was a good son, and might have become a good leader but he let his emotions rule his common sense and ultimately tha...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Jan 22, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, civil rights, modern culture, suspense, thriller, Supernatural, complex puzzles
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Qwantu Amaru
5 Stars

Right off I can tell you that this author writes well, characterizes well, and plots intricately! I don’t know if “One Blood” is a “debut” novel but I do know this: Qwantu Amaru is one accomplished author! His prose flows so smoothly I didn’t even notice myself turning pages. Immediately I was riveted; this is another book I count myself blessed to have read. The plot twists are so convoluted that I raced through the novel almost literally on the edge of my seat, I’m sure with my jaw drop...more
Ang Harris
One Blood’s story centers on the Lafitte family. Randy Lafitte is the current governor of Louisiana, and he’s got many of the typical political skeletons in his closet: extramarital affairs, payoffs, criminal associations, and civil servants in his pocket. However, there is much more to the story. After losing his son several years earlier and dealing with a wife suffering severe depression, Lafitte’s daughter, just barely 18, is kidnapped.

This sets off more than the average political thriller s...more
Tiffany Thordal
I had some likes and dislikes of this book which I need to express equally.

First, I did enjoy the storyline. It was well thought out and quite dramatic if I do say so myself. However, the writing bugged me a tad bit. Shooting back and forth between times needs to happen more smoothly so the reader doesn't feel like they are being jarred. Also, I noticed that when the characters talked sometimes they used "slang" and sometimes they did not. How a character speaks is part of their backstory and if...more
4 1/2 stars

One Blood is a powerful tale of two families connected by a horrific deed which threatens to destroy them all. The plot repeatedly twists as the characters connive and manipulate each other in order to get what's coming to them (and often do not like what they get). It is a fascinating story of deception, greed, and magic, which kept me turning pages until the end. I loved it!

I subtracted half of a star because the story jumps so frequently between time periods and characters. Most o...more
I really struggled through this book and consequently I decided to mull it over for a few days before giving my review.

I think the reason I had difficulty following the story was that there were so many characters and the chapters jumped from one situation to another with little sense of transition. Having said that, however, the story itself was interesting and the writing style, grammar and sentence structure were far above average! The main problem I experienced was a lack of continuity.

I rec...more
Oh wow!! Great story, good setting for deceit and voodoo and murder. My only complaint has to do with jumping back and forth along the timeline-- is overwhelming and confusing at times. Has a nice little twist at the end.
One Blood by Qwantu Amaru

A prison of families, all tied together whether they want to be or not. This describes One Blood perfectly. The kids from the ‘hood, the rich governor’s family that is nowhere as perfect as they seem to be and an assassination plot to end all plots.

Growing up in foster care isn’t usually pleasant and for Lincoln Baker the only thing saving him was Moses. Moses took him in, raised him and never told him that he was doing it for Lincoln’s mother. He was taken away from her...more
James Fant
Roller-coaster Rides and Sour Grapes (A Review of One Blood by Qwantu Amaru)

First things first. The roller-coaster ride. One Blood is a thrill ride that really takes you for loops. Then the ride’s conductor, Qwantu Amaru, does something interesting. He throws the ride into reverse. No. He takes the reader back in time and he does so without regard for whiplash. There is no time to take a breath with this book. And so the reader zig-zags from the past to the present; however, continuity is not lo...more
Joella Berkner
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I truly enjoyed Qwantu Amaru's novel One Blood. It introduced me to many things I had no knowledge of prior to reading it. Its set in Louisiana with a timeline that spans a good deal of recent history. It gave me a better understanding of points of view I could never experience (since I'm not black). I found myself fascinated with the motivations behind a number of the characters. I became intrigued to see how everything was goi...more
Julie Ramsey
One Blood
author: Qwantu Amaru

Randy Lafaitle is the 53rd governor of Louisiana, he is highly respected and wealthy man, but not everyone knows his past. No one knows of his secrets, until now . . . .

In 1963, Randy was ready to turn 18, recently graduating from French boarding schools, he was back in New Orleans, seeking not only to visit his father but to put a curse on him. He wanted his father, Joseph to die. Randy had always blamed his father for the death of his mother, she was killed in a ca...more
Trevor Firetog
Before I leave a review for this book, I would like to mention that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I enjoyed it, there is no doubt about that. And it moved along quite nicely. I also found it hard to put it down. I read the book in a little over a week.

The only thing that I didn't totally love about this book was that I found it to be a little cheesy at times. But that should not discourage you from reading it!

Make no mistake, I loved the book! It was well written, a...more
Natalie Shannon
"One Blood" copyright 2011 by Qwantu Amaru is a horror/suspense novel. "One Blood is about how a man named Randy Lafitte resurrects a family curse from slavery to get what he wants in life. The curse initially works for Randy, but the problem with curses is that they just don't go away. Everyone Randy Lafitte has ever hurt will get together and throw the curse right back in his face! Randy's family, especially his children Karen and Kristopher will suffer.The reactions of revenge, black serendip...more
Renita Bryant
Wow. Amaru demonstrates what it means to be an excellent and prolific writer through this work. When so many have forgotten the art of storytelling, he took the craft and elevated it to new heights.

Voodoo, race, genealogy, and a healthy dose of love fill the pages of One Blood and attract readers from the first word to the very end. If you are like me and don’t have a ton of knowledge about Louisiana and the culture of voodoo, this novel excites and intrigues you to vividly explore a complicate...more
Names are EVERYTHING in the South. So seeing the name "Lafitte" in the prologue tells the reader that they are in for the ride of their lives. After all, we've all heard of Jac Lafitte, "The Pirate King" for most of our lives.

This story centers on a Lafitte family, high up the food chain in Louisiana with all their faults, flaws, warts, and secrets. And, HOLY COW, do these people have some secrets!

Reading this book makes you feel kinda like a piece of chicken being tossed and pitched in a bag of...more
The setting—the bayous of Louisiana—proved rather perfect for the voodoo and curses prevalent throughout this tale. The characters proved as real as the setting, not an easy task considering the array of personalities reflected.

Plotting a suspense/thriller novel is no easy task, and it requires a certain amount of finesse, especially when a large number of characters are involved. This novel seemed a bit jarring the way it bounced around, and the storyline proved a bit difficult to follow. When...more
Dream 4 More Reviews
August read LFPC. Sadly, I got two months behind but was able to complete this read and look at past discussions on Goodreads with this group. I enjoyed the suspense thriller, which took the author 12 years to write. I hope to see more from this author. Only downfall was the timelines and back and forth with the years of incidents taking place. Overall, I did like the storyline that dealt with politics, racial issues, slavery, and people's lust/greed, not caring who they would hurt, injure, or s...more
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​Qwantu draws his inspiration from his modest upbringing in small towns and cities across the US as well as experiences living abroad in Brazil and Turkey. In addition to his first bestselling novel, ONE BLOOD, Qwantu has published five volumes of poetry and produced one Spoken Word Album. Qwantu is an active member of the outstanding socially active poetry collective Black on Black Rhyme out of T...more
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