• War at Home

  • Smokey Dalton, Book 5
  • By: Kris Nelscott
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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War at Home

By: Kris Nelscott
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
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The case starts out close to home: Daniel Kirkland never arrived at Yale for the spring semester. Daniel's mother Grace, a friend of Smokey Dalton's and his son Jimmy's beloved teacher, sacrificed everything to get Daniel into one of the country’s most prestigious schools. What at first seems like a missing persons case becomes something bigger, as Smokey delves into the heart of the anti-war movement.

He goes from the storied halls of Yale University to the slums outside New Haven to Harlem as he searches for Daniel. All the while Smokey hears rumors he doesn't like, from violent attacks to talk of bombs. Gradually he realizes that he has stumbled into America’s second war of the decade: the war at home.

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VERY RUGGED - THE WORST OF THE BLACK PANTHERS

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This rugged, deep backstory of the violent reaction to the Vietnam WAr, and to racial injustice by both the Panthers and others is why I personally have to take a break between novels.

I've come to really admire the values, tenacity and decision making process of the hero, Smokey Dalton, aka Bill Grimshaw, who saved a young boy, Jimmy, from the FBI after witnessing the killing of MLK Jr.. Jimmy had found the nearest cop to give the officer his eyewitness account, one that did not gel with the reported account, as an act of citizenship and courage, but was about to be hustled away, maybe even out of existence , when Smokey got the two of them out of the city, out of the state, and to a new existence and home in Chicago; thus the name change.

Jimmy and he are actually good for one another, even if Smokey doesn't quite know it yet. In this volume, it is summertime. Jimmy's special teacher, paid by several black parents to deliver the education promised but not given by the school system, is an upright, middle aged, admirable and loving person, who herself has a brilliant son, gone off to a prestigious college at Yale, doing well for his first year. But she hasn't heard from him in several months, and is worried. She is just managing on her bu