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Forty Acres (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Dwayne Smith , Dwayne Alexander Smith
4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)

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Revue de presse

"Forty Acres is an absolutely enthralling thriller, one that also has the capacity to challenge the readers' perceptions of right and wrong. With supreme confidence and a mastery of storytelling, the author asks hard questions, provides no easy answers… But delivers maximum suspense. It’s an unforgettable work by an amazing new voice. Easily my favorite of the year." (John Ridley, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Twelve Years a Slave)

"A thought-provoking novel that, like a wave, builds strength and intensity as it moves forward. Smith has done something special here using as his primary tools earnest, straightforward language and an eye and ear that probes bone-deep. This story will resonate long after the last page has fallen." (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of King and Maxwell)

"Wow! FORTY ACRES is a thriller in a class all by itself—brilliant and scary. The characters are masterfully well-drawn—Martin was so vulnerable and his confusion grew on me so that I ultimately cared and worried about him. I was on the edge of my seat!" (Terry McMillan, New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and Who Asked You?)

"Top-grade suspense... [A] disturbingly powerful, well-wrought story." (Booklist)

“Bold… Entertaining… Intriguing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“On the surface this is a skillful re-imagining of John Grisham's "The Firm," but because Smith has made race an integral part of his narrative and its themes, he's elevated the book to a more layered read." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author

'Amazing and unique.' WHOOPI GOLDBERG

'Like Grisham's The Firm (1991), Forty Acres pits a sharp legal mind against a deadly conspiracy of elites ... Highly recommended.' BOOKLIST

Martin Grey, a smart, talented. young lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, is taken under the wing of a secretive group made up of America's most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men. He's dazzled by what they have accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be one of them They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But what he discovers, far from home, is a disturbing alternative reality which challenges his deepest convictions...

A novel of rage and compassion, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the story of one man's desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 614 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1476730539
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Crime; Édition : Main (1 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00K9W0478
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 un livre fort qui ne laisse pas indifférent 20 janvier 2015
Par ohu
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Le style est bien celui d'un script writer d'Hollywood, il devient plus littéraire par moment, mais d'une grande efficacité : à tout instant, le lecteur est spectateur d'un film d'action et le qualificatif "thriller" convient parfaitement. Le suspense est gardé quand bien même on se doute de la ligne générale des événements. Le coeur de l'intrigue est intimement lié à la cruelle histoire (et au présent) des Noirs américains : le lecteur européen qui ignore cette tragique histoire ne percevra pas l'intensité de certains épisodes, de certains mots et de certains actes, la puissance ironique de la philosophie du mystérieux Dr. Kasim, pourquoi elle a séduit si profondément le groupe d'hommes noirs qu'il a réuni. La loi du talion est dans la Bible et dans toutes les religions à divers degrés. A lire comme un "thriller" ou, moins superficiellement, pour ce qu'il dit en filigrane de la fausseté de l'Amérique "colorblind" d'Obama, du fossé qui sépare toujours en dépit de la fin "heureuse" Noirs et blancs aux USA, un pays où le lynchage légal a remplacé Jim Crow.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 what a thriller! 7 septembre 2014
Par D. Borie
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Forty Acres will keep you clued to the pages from start to finish. It will make you reflect and marvel on its complexities to discuss racism in a way it hasn't been done before in contemporary fiction. It will definitely keep you thinking well after you've finished it. Well worth the read with it's descriptive writing and perfect for lovers of contemporary fiction and thrillers . I'm definitely looking forward to Dwayne Alexander Smith's second novel and why not a movie adaptation of Forty Acres.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  247 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EPIC! A "deal with the devil" has never been so evil! 1 juillet 2014
Par Judith D. Collins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
A special thank you, to Atria Books and NetGalley for a complimentary ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

One word . . EPIC! A "deal with the devil" has never been so evil!

FORTY ACRES was the most intense thriller --thought-provoking, and gripping debut novel (my pulse is still racing) - full of power and revenge. FORTY ACRES has my vote for "Thriller Debut Novel of 2014", a talented author, Dwayne Alexander Smith, has just won me over as a "fan for life."

Amazing writing, brilliantly developed characters, well researched, and an astounding storyline. There is so much depth to this THRILLER, as so want to discuss, debate, and challenge the "what if's" (as I booked marked something from every chapter); however, this is one of those "ONE in a million books" you dare not say a word to spoil, or hint of anything within a review, to give away the suspense for the readers. From controversial issues of race and power, hatred, wealth, love, trust, betrayal, and secrets--it has it all.

Whereas, "Devil's Advocate" raised the preposition that "winning is everything", FORTY ACRES is about "revenge and power." Several similarities -both had smart intuitive wives, devil/master, and both main characters are attorneys who get sucked into a world of mystery, power, and wealth. (Of course, Forty Acres in a "class by itself") A WINNER out of the gate!

FORTY ACRES deserves an unveiling, with no hints of any sort as each and every page is just too BLOODY GOOD. You feel yourself experiencing every setting, footstep, movement and facial expression, trying to predict the next move, with details so realistic, you are holding your breath, as you swish to the next page to see what lies ahead.

Martin, black attorney and main character totally ROCKS, and so fell in love with him - brilliant strategies, witty one liners, and oh the dedication of the book by the author was PRICELESS.

As the author is a screen play writer, I can envision a movie based on this predicted best seller, with a cast of stars (I want a front row seat) for a total blockbuster. With a surprise at the end - one can only hope for a series to follow. "I guess, my heart can get back to normal until his next book" . . . Here's hoping it is soon!

This provocative new novel is most deserving of a 5 STAR ++. Compliments to the author and publisher for an appealing front cover and overview, which drew me in immediately, and exceeded all my expectations.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 FORTY ACRES IS THE MOST EXCITING THRILLER OF 2014! 2 juillet 2014
Par the GreatReads! - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is a cultural and political suspense thriller with a plot that seems unthinkable, but is yet so believable that the story could be unfolding right before our very eyes. After tasting a major professional success on a small civil rights lawsuit which he had been working on for two years, and which in turn had turned into the biggest case of his career with the client awarded $25.5 million in punitive damages, young and talented African-American lawyer Martin Grey is confident of a windfall in terms of fame and money which would firmly plant him and his friend and partner Glen Grossman in the business. Things look bright and he has no reasons to worry about the future and his chosen career.

Damon Darrell is one of the toughest attorneys and the opposing counsel in the civil rights lawsuit against Autostone Industries. He is the last person one would expect to turn up at the party to celebrate Martin’s success. But when Damon crashed into the party and invited Martin to a dinner party, it provided the opportunity for him to become acquainted with some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America.

Damon and his friends invite Martin Grey for an exclusive weekend getaway. During the journey he’s drugged so that he knows nothing about its direction and location - a palatial estate deep in the woods that is built like a fortress. Something is wrong at Forty Acres that they had to hide it way out in the middle of nowhere and protect it with a private army. Headed by Dr. Kasim, all the respectable men are members of a secret racist group organization with a sinister design – to establish black supremacy and enslave the whites. Martin finds himself trapped as declining to join the group would mean death and his belief does not allow him to become one like them.

Forty Acres is deep, intense, thought-provoking and gripping, and seeps right into the pores of your skin with pace and relentlessness. It is debut novel which is fast, furious, and powerful. Author Dwayne Alexander Smith’s writing is almost flawless as far as character development and a superb storyline is concerned. His painstaking research added a semblance of reality to a fictional story, making it believable and hard-hitting. Forty Acres is the thriller debut of the year!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, Disturbing Tale Avenging Sins of Slavery. 9 juillet 2014
Par Tex Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
3.5 of 5 stars –
This is a thought provoking thriller that brings to mind such competing adages as “an eye for an eye…” & “sins of the father…” vs. “two wrongs don’t make a right” and “take the high road”. It poses a question of how do you properly redress the sins of slavery? And what scars still remain? Its a story fueled by a compelling premise seeking racial justice through revenge; and in fact, I gave it an extra  star for its audacious premise. After Dr. King’s assassination and riots, a black friend of mine said there would soon be a black uprising; 40 years later Obama was elected President. This novel falls somewhere in between.

Upfront, due to the nature of this novel, I feel I need to identify myself as white, and for me then, what I can say is it did indeed make me think. As such, part of its appeal was to remind me of the continuing, lingering social and personal consequences of racial discrimination, abuse and injustice, and the subsequent struggle and actions people take to try and overcome that.

Dwayne Alexander Smith does a good job laying the groundwork and case for his unique premise, using descriptive language, fairly well drawn characters without too much stereotyping, and a decently paced plot. I like that he included very recent happenings (e.g., the supreme court’s Voting Rights Act ruling, the Zimmerman case) to show that the issue is still with us today. And it’s good that I wasn’t sure how it would end, but ultimately Smith completed the story well.

Without giving anything away, I did feel throughout that it didn’t give enough depth and stretched credibility in terms of plot, characters, choices made and actions taken. And being a psychologist myself, I think it fell a little short of portraying the real psychology, mentality, appeal and brainwashing behind what I would call a cult, its leader and followers.

Overall, the story kept me engaged, wondering, and yes, squirming, a bit, which was all good.
(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You don't get discussion like this from normal pop-fiction crime lit 8 juillet 2014
Par Stephanie Willis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This book is a rarity. You don't get discussion like this from normal pop-fiction crime lit.

I really think this novel was a success. Dwayne Alexander Smith took huge risks with this novel. The premise could so easily cause knee-jerk reactions, ranging from disbelief to offense, but I think he succeeds by never letting us think that the ideas presented are outright crazy nor morally sound. The reader is presented with a reality bent by the wills of an angry old man but can also accept that reality as a possibility.

Race is obviously The Point of this novel so I can't not point it out but it's hard to know how to discuss it after this. The thing that sticks out to me so much is how little I see black writers on the shelves in the popular literature section or within the crime/mystery novel area. I know better than to think this is for lack of writers. It was really nice to read a book from the point of view of a non-white person. I know I need to do this more and venturing away from what the media recommends me to read is the best option. But that said, it was really nice to read a book that challenged my weird perceptions on characters. So often, I read a book and I picture the character in our mind, I picture a white man or woman. If the writer thought to include any characters of color, they use their race in their description or a very obvious give away (think of JK Rowling making Lee Jordan the "boy with dreadlocks" as a way to differentiate him from the white characters, surely she did the same with Cho Chang besides giving her a racist name but I can't recall), virtually making white the default mode for characters in popular books. When the main character enters a dinner party consisting of only black couples, he feels at ease. But I felt made aware of my privilege when even doing something as simple as entering a book. Most of the time the characters I know and love look like me. And that's not something important when you're used to it but it's something.

This also succeeds from a thriller/crime novel point of view. It is a turn pager. The bad guys are bad but also at times sympathetic and the main character is smart and relatable. The world it creates is interesting and sad. The history it shares is also interesting and helped me recognize my ignorance on a lot of civil rights issues they don't teach in schools. Yet it never comes off as preachy or educational, but always as a story about men being men and how even the most sympathetic of men can be evil. I don't know if Mr. Smith knew this when he wrote it, but I also feel it is very feminist in some ways. The women characters are brief but strong and though they are not important in the main story thread nor appreciated by the main men characters, they are written to be so much stronger and smarter then the men they are married to. I just wish that story line was developed more.

I recommend this book to thriller/crime fans but give warning to highbrow literature fans that you may not get what you seek here.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You'll walk away after reading this book asking...what if? 19 août 2014
Par Shavonne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
When I got to the second to the last page of "Forty Acres," I did not want the book to end. I wanted to read this book again immediately after I read the last page. This is the first thriller I've read, but as I gazed at the cover and title, I knew the book had something to do with slavery; so I picked it up and I'm glad I did. "Forty Acres" is indeed a thriller. A page turner. A book you'll want to read again and again and again. I'm looking forward to seeing "Forty Acres" on the big screen. But given the controvery in the book itself, I won't be suprised if "Forty Acres" never makes it to the big screen. I don't think Americans are ready to contemplate the potential reality of what if. What if "Forty Acres" makes it to the big screen? What if African Americans start pondering, contemplating and finally asking, "Why shouldn't we?"
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