Forty Acres: A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith
A young black attorney confronts issues of race and power as he uncovers a shocking conspiracy in the most page-turning and provocative thriller since The Firm.
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.
Generally, I would recount the story from my own perspective, but the author did such a great job with the synopsis there is no need. Forty Acres was an interesting spin on the topic of slavery. I was immediately drawn into the courtroom antics of the main characters, Damon Darrell and Martin Grey. After the case completed, Martin and Damon become fast friends, with Grey being introduced into the private folds. The following characters came to life, literally jumping off the page. The main plot of the book comes along very slowly, this would be the only drawback I’ve seen. However once the proverbial door is opened it can not be closed. Dr. Kasim and his philosophy of “Forty Acres” captures then men and brings them back time and time again. This is a book I would recommend over and over again. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will gladly check out his future offerings. For a first time author, he came in with a bang. 5 STARS