In his debut novel author Xavier Moore tells a brutal and fascinating tale which speaks to the reader on myriad levels. The core of the story revolves...moreIn his debut novel author Xavier Moore tells a brutal and fascinating tale which speaks to the reader on myriad levels. The core of the story revolves around Willie Bishop, a fifty-something retired hit man ready to collect his hidden stash of money and his ex-wife he still loves then flee to the beaches of South Africa. But this simple plan is not meant to be. Willie is pulled into a world changing conflict between beings almost as old as time itself. Through a series of extraordinary events he becomes the protector of Shareeka Jackson, a thirteen year old pregnant girl who is the focus this eons old conflict. Willis transforms from protector to target, going so far as to gaining immortality during a moment of desperation. What follows is an amazing struggle as Willie attempts to protect Shareeka from the malevolent beings gathering around her while trying to stay alive despite his so-called 'immortality.'
Xavier Moore tells a tight, gritty tale alive with the sights and sounds of New York City. His prose gets down and dirty sometimes yet. deep and descriptive at other times. This is strong prose telling a strong story, words that expose the inner working of each character, whether major or minor. The battles between Willie and the 'demi-gods' out to kill him are terrifying, powerful and relentless. The Forever Man is a novel that grabs you by the collar from the first page and doesn't let go until the final word. A very strong debut by a new urban fantasy writer who has a lot to say and is not shy about saying it. (less)
Dr. A.C. Jackson is the most successful black doctor in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma. His thriving practice is located on Greenwood Avenue, the center of the...moreDr. A.C. Jackson is the most successful black doctor in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma. His thriving practice is located on Greenwood Avenue, the center of the prospering black community. But on one fateful day Dr. Jackson's business and life are destroyed in a wave of jealousy and violence. Just as the doctor thought his existence was at an end, he's given an offer he can't refuse. He returns to life as The Scythe, determined to seek vengeance against those who took his livelihood and his life.
Balogun Ojetade deftly blends the sights, sounds and slang of the roaring '20s with vampires, African mysticism and nonstop action to deliver an exciting dieselfunk novel. It's a story with truly surprising twists and turns where the reader has no idea of the destination until it's reached. In addition to the main story, Mr. Ojetade also treats us to an exciting prequel story and a definition of what is dieselfunk and pulp fiction. It all adds up to an enjoyable read.(less)
A very interesting read. I love the way the author goes into detail to back up his theories. Some of the information shared support my personal views...moreA very interesting read. I love the way the author goes into detail to back up his theories. Some of the information shared support my personal views on certain subject. It gets a little long winded at times in its explanations but overall it is a excellent and thought provoking book. (less)
A very good book set in an area that I love, the South Carolina Low country. I love how Sheryse weaves in her personal knowledge of the area and the h...moreA very good book set in an area that I love, the South Carolina Low country. I love how Sheryse weaves in her personal knowledge of the area and the history of the local people in this interesting murder mystery. (less)
Ezekial Cross is a cold blooded killer. He works for `Sweet' Danny Sweet, owner of Sweet South Records, the second wealthiest music label in the count...moreEzekial Cross is a cold blooded killer. He works for `Sweet' Danny Sweet, owner of Sweet South Records, the second wealthiest music label in the country. For most of his life Ezekial has been a killer, trained from a young age to enforce the whims of his boss. But Ezekial is tired. He longs for the day that he can hang up his guns and live a normal life with his wife Mali. But the life of a killer is never his own. Ezekial is called to do another hit, but instead of closing the deal he finds himself the target of a different kind of hit. He's sent back into time and finds himself in a situation that could change his life forever...or end it.
Redeemer is the latest novel by Balogun Ojetade, author of the Steamfunk novel Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, the Sword and Soul novel Once Upon a Time in Afrika, and my Sword and Soul brother. I had the privilege to read Redeemer earlier this year in manuscript form and was immediately blown away. The book is filled with action, drama and humor as only Balogun can write, but with Redeemer he takes his penchant of mashing genres to another level. For months I've read different manuscripts attempting to mesh urban fiction and science fiction in an attempt to capture a piece of the urban fiction market. None of those I perused had of a much chance of success in my opinion. The authors either kept too much urban or too much science fiction or too little of both. After reading the last page of Redeemer I smiled and said to myself, `this is it right here.' A story with a touch of science fiction, a dose of urban fiction and a wallop of great action and great character development. If there was any book that would combine the two genres, Redeemer is it.
Now I know a few of you are saying, `doesn't this plot remind me you of Looper? Well, let me clear that up as well. Balogun first shared Redeemer to me as a script almost two years ago. Unfortunately for me I didn't read it. He passed it along to me again as a novel later and the rest is history. Even if you persist in that thought mode, I urge you to put those thoughts aside and read this book. It takes a different journey, one that is as much heartfelt as it is action packed. And it comes with an ending that will make you smile.
Now that's all I can reveal without spoiling all the fun. I give Redeemer 5 out of 5 stars. Balogun once again shows his skills as a writer that can take different genres and make them something fresh and new.(less)
A very informative book. It went into great detail of warfare in the Sahel and showed how warfare and politics in the region influenced each other. Th...moreA very informative book. It went into great detail of warfare in the Sahel and showed how warfare and politics in the region influenced each other. The most intriguing question to me was what if the Caliphate had develop skill with firearms before the British invasion? The African landscape would be decidedly different. A good read for anyone interested in African history in general and Northern Nigerian history specifically.(less)