Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

This book gets right down to it: At your core, who are you? That’s the question Martin Grey is faced with when he is welcomed into the inner circle of a small group of uber-successful black men. All “titans of industry,” married, and wealthy, these men think that Martin has what it takes to join their ranks.

Damon Darrell, super star attorney, decides to have Martin meet the group of friends when he is defeated by Martin in a case that no one expected Martin to win. After inviting Martin and his wife to a dinner party with all of the couples in attendance, Damon later extends an invitation for Martin to attend the men’s upcoming rafting getaway.

Once Martin is on Damon’s private jet along with the rest of the group, he starts having suspicions. They land on an isolated landing strip after which they drive several miles into the woods before arriving at their destination: Forty Acres, a plantation. At Forty Acres, all of the slaves are white and the descendants of former slave owners. Under the guidance of the men’s mentor, Dr. Kashim, Martin’s submersion into this culture begins.

Dr. Kashim believes that by seeking this form of justice for former slaves, black men will be able to release the constant burden dwelling in their subconscious, allowing them to reach their full potential. Damon and friends, along with other small groups of men that visit the plantation from around the country, are proof of this concept.

As Dr. Kashim puts Martin through his mental initiation, Damon and friends arrange his physical initiations. A  horrific final test leads the men to believe that Martin is finally one of them. But all along, Martin has been plotting his escape, going along with it all in order to make it off of the plantation alive. Whew! I’m getting anxious just writing about it.

I didn’t care for the wives and am not sure they added much to the story. With the exception of Martin’s wife, they are women whose primary interests revolve around spending the money that their husbands earn. They couldn’t care less what their husbands are doing, as long as it’s kept under wraps if it’s foul. And of course, as long as the checks keep rolling in.

This book absolutely positively will leave you feeling like you need to talk about it. The ending leads one to believe that there will be a sequel. And I think it's screaming for a movie.

Forty Acres will be released on July 01, 2014. It is currently available for pre-order.

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I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher. As with all reviews posted, views expressed are genuine and are in no way influenced by external sources. 


Sharon Henning said...

You make this book sound exciting and interesting. I've always been fascinated with what happened on the islands during slavery times and the aftermath. I'm going to look for this book. Thanks for the great review!

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

It's definitely a thriller. It's set in NYC though. I forget where Forty Acres is but it's in one of the southern states. It's so perverse. I'm kind of upset that I read an advanced copy because now I don't have anyone to talk with about it!

Marvin Simpson said...

Forty Acres is a great read! Shannon allowed me to read her copy while her mother and I were visiting over the weekend: I couldn't put it down. Dr. Kasim is the evil master mind of Forty Acres and Oscar is his ruthless right hand man. Damon, Tobias, Kwame, Carver, and Solomon are loyal acolytes who worship Dr. Kasim like a god. Dr. Kasim uses Forty Acres to fuel the hate and bigotry of their evil cabal. Martin listens to his moral compass and risks his life to thwart their plan.

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

I'd recommend "The Spook Who Sat By the Door" by Sam Greenlee as a great book to compare and contrast with this one. The thinking seems to run along the same lines but Greenlee's book was written in 1969.

Toni Campbell said...

I'm reading now and am totally enthralled. I almost stopped reading before Martin's initiation because I couldn't bear to know what was coming up! LOL! It's rare to want to quit a book because it's too good.

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

Isn't a great read for this time of year! I'm going to keep an eye on him. I look forward to seeing what he puts out next. And I'll be checking blogs and newspapers to see how people receive this book once it's finally released!

TB said...

I am currently reading this book and its had my attention since page 1! Im enjoying this book and have already recommended it to people (& Im not even done with it yet). I am at the point where Martin is on the trip with the other guys and the plane just landed. I think he should have listened to his wife and declined the trip (but I guess the story would be pretty boring) with those guys cause she knows something isnt right, and now Martin knows. Im not really feeling Damon at this point cause he just seems "snakey" (dont really know if that is a word)! I am looking forward to seeing how this trip ends up and Im looking forward to meeting this Kasim guy. Going to go back to my reading, I will return later...