Author – K.M. Breakey
Genre – Crime, Thriller, Political
284 Amazon Pages
Rating 6 stars out of 5 Posted 11/27/16
The Main Cast
Johnny Robertson – Canadian hockey player who achieves stardom shortly before his life is senselessly ended.
Jamaal Cooper – High school basketball star with a great future. Part of a group of low-lifes who murder Johnny.
Lucas Wayne – Best friend of Johnny. Successful white businessman. Falls in love with a black girl.
Chantal Johnson - Black girlfriend of Lucas. She is fervent about racial issues, supports Black Lives Matter.
Dr. Wilber Rufus Holmes Jr. – A wise multi-racial visionary taking the teachings of MLK to new heights.
Geroy Jenkins – A lying black race hustler extraordinaire surpassing even Jackson and Sharpton.
Johnny and Jamaal is hard to read for two reasons. It thoroughly explores the Black vs. White race issues in the USA and that in itself is extremely disturbing. It is set in present times in the racially explosive city of St. Louis, Missouri and explores the reasons for the racial divide's existence in harsh reality. Second, most of the dialog of low-life black characters is written in black street talk and at times is difficult to decipher. Non African Americans will need to work at it, but it's worth it.
I won't summarize the story because it would be too easy to give away details of the plot through spoilers. Read it yourself for the full effect. It's well worth your time.
Suffice to say the plot is intriguing, explosive, and full of conflict. The action is intense as is the verbal inter-action between the characters. One white character especially is a real racist ass who presents his barbs as biting humor.
As the story developed I read on pins and needles anticipating dire acts to evolve. And they did. At times I had to make myself keep reading because the story parallels recent events in the city, the state and throughout our nation. It's not pretty. The dialog and narrative are harsh and thought provoking
The tone of the story is presented from a strong conservative point of view and takes the liberal faction to task for facilitating the decline of the African American family unit, values and life style. As with most problems, the black society is presented as its own worst enemy.
The editing is very good but not perfect. Sentence structure and character development are outstanding. The plot is controversial and both sides of the racial issue are presented sensibly with blame heaped on all parties.
Seldom do I ever read a novel for a second time; Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is the lone exception. I read it about once every ten years. Johnny and Jamaal will join that illustrious group of one. It is an impressive novel and I strongly recommend it.
I've been fortunate to have read several exceptional novels this year. Johnny & Jamaal is at the top of that list.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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