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Forty Acres | [Dwayne Alexander Smith]

Forty Acres

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.
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Publisher's Summary

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this pause-resisting and provocative new audiobook.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery - but this time around, the black men are called "Master." Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

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

©2014 Dwayne Alexander Smith (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Jen 07-07-14
    Jen 07-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"

    Forty Acres is an enjoyable political thriller that quickly peaks your interest, builds in intensity and has you up late into the night in suspense. You will be asked to delve into your own thoughts on social injustice and civil rights. Not as a history lesson but, as modern day choices in the midst of peer pressure.


    Martin Grey is a young attorney that you are instantly drawn to and look for good things coming his way. When he finds himself the attraction of powerful patricians during a high profile court case, you can easily see how he is drawn into stepping out of his norm when invited. It feels to him as a step forward after a job well done. Imagine the surprise when in actuality it leads into the past.


    Forty Acres takes you to uncomfortable places that you won't see coming. I want you not to see it coming as well - so I won't be telling you more of the plot. The best part of this book is that the author does an exceptional job in blindly leading the protagonist and readers into a modern day American expedition. When Martin comes to the realization that he is at a loss to his current physical location, amongst other things, I was right there with him grabbing for the worthless smart phone.

    This is Dwayne Alexander Smith's first novel coming from a career as a screen play writer. The first part of this book, for me, was superior. It's fresh, face paced and exciting. There comes a point in the plot where it jumped the shark, for me, I am sad to say. Did it ruin the book for me? OH NO - exactly the opposite. It just had me spending a few additional days pondering how I wish it had gone differently and at what point did it revert to a screen play. It's a fine book and well worth the credit. It's very thought provoking.


    Andre Blake's narration is flawlessly transparent. He accentuates the text with his exceptional performance.


    I look forward to each and every future work by both.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Nicole BRENTWOOD, CA United States 08-11-14
    Erica Nicole BRENTWOOD, CA United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "THAT was the ending?!?"
    What made the experience of listening to Forty Acres the most enjoyable?

    The story line was interesting and very thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the roles were reversed. It made think and wonder if this story line really does exist out there in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book overall but the ending needed a little work. It was like a great joke with a horrible punch line. I was waiting on a twist at the end and all I got was disappointment! I guess the author is trying to prepare the reader for a sequel?!?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Will Piscataway 07-24-14
    Will Piscataway 07-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Newbie to the book listening game. Photojournalist for a local TV Station in New Jersey. Enjoy history, Mysteries & Thrillers.

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    "Deep Dark and Disturbing Bizarro world."
    Where does Forty Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high, It's in my top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the messages, the history, the irony, and the plot.


    What about Andre Blake’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of giving each character a unique identity. Carver especially.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    beverly Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 08-19-14
    beverly Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2014

    I love listening to audibles !

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    "will engender much debate"

    This story was quite different from most stories I listen to;

    The story line takes place in modern day but, the groups mind thoughts are back in slave days. this supposedly intelligent man is talked into going along with a group of men on a trip for four days with out any of their wives..no phone access just men. he has no idea where they are going and when he dose asks they drug him; this is where the story pulls great interests to me as to where are they taking him? and I think i have this figured out but no I don't

    the unrealistic side is the main character becomes so absorbed in wanting to be friends with these professional elite status men who by the way are enormously rich and they want to take him on the trip of his life so he can join their elite status group.He feels so privileged he doesn't even bother to question the method of their madness until it's too late

    The story is definitely unusual and has many different twist... It held my interesting and attention even though ,I had to take brakes because the story lines were somewhat crude and barbaric

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie in KY Corbin, KY 08-19-14
    Julie in KY Corbin, KY 08-19-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a stay at home mom in southeastern KY. I LOVE audio books....especially ANYTHING by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb!

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    "Forty Acres is utterly captivating!"
    Would you listen to Forty Acres again? Why?

    Yes. The characters are so detailed that I feel like I might have missed something.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martin Grey, of course. Martin is a complex character in my opinion. I could sense his initial struggle with good/evil and while I could tell where he would end up, it was interesting to see him relate to each side.


    Have you listened to any of Andre Blake’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan on it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Forty Acres and why?

    Outside of Martin Grey, I believe Carter was most memorable because of his constant battles with Martin.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall theme of Forty Acres was very captivating for me. I listened to it in less than two days and plan to start it over immediately. Great characters and shocking plot. Everything entwined so perfectly. I definitely enjoyed this debut from Dwayne Alexander Smith and can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer 06-10-15
    Spencer 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesomeness!"

    I was captured by the story and couldn't wait to hear more. The entire time I listened, I was at the end of my seat. Great narrator! Excellent story! I cannot wait for the sequel.

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    trish l.a. 05-21-15
    trish l.a. 05-21-15
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    "Reminiscent of The Firm with a twist."

    It took a minute to gain my interest but once it done it took off.

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    Deidre 05-18-15
    Deidre 05-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    This is without question one of those fast paced delicious stories that you are anxious to gobble up. When it's over you are completely satisfied and hungry for more. I'm pounding on the table, fork in hand screaming for the next serving from Mr. Dwayne Alexander Smith.

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    Ana Paula Hernandez Cordero 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great thriller. I listen in two days."

    This thriller has a unique base story. I like it very much and listened in two days, wanted to see how it would finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lola Wilson 05-06-15
    Lola Wilson 05-06-15
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    "This may be almost as painful as 50 shades"

    This book has an interesting premise. And then that is the extent of it. Descriptions of anything was crude, unpolished and lacked research or sophistication. I am a voracious reader always searching for new stories to sink my teeth into. Like a great steak, however all you are going to get her is a Big Mac. Mr. Smith, just like all the other lazy black writers need to give their black readers more and should do more work so their stories can cross over to mainstream. I'll never get those hours I spent back trying to suffer through to the end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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