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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great Read!

This book told a story that you could really relate to. The author pulled you in and instantly it became a page turner for me. Great read and true urban fiction.

posted by 5903247 on October 22, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not Quite Ready for a Crown

Born in Guyana and the son of a general in the Guyanese militia, morals and principles were instilled in Deon Toure at a young age. Little did Deon know he would have to rely heavily upon those as his life was suddenly flipped upside down when he and his mother were for...
Born in Guyana and the son of a general in the Guyanese militia, morals and principles were instilled in Deon Toure at a young age. Little did Deon know he would have to rely heavily upon those as his life was suddenly flipped upside down when he and his mother were forced to move to the United States.

New land, new rules, Deon must learn to quickly adapt. And adapt he does. Pretty soon it's his land, his rules and he's the king. But all kingdoms are subject to crumble...

"King" starts off interesting as it details young Deon's move to the states with his mother and the difficulties he faces not only as being different with his looks and accent, but also the basic growing pains any youth may face coming into their own. Adding to an already stressful situation are the financial struggles his mother faces as a single mother. I enjoyed this developmental part of the story. Deon eventually turns to the streets. While the story may begin for some at this point, this is where my interest started to wane. A unique tale quickly morphs into a typical tale of drug dealing, fast cars, beautiful chicks, long money, designer labels and haters. Couple that with the cliché and trite - references to the movie Scarface, the game of chess, and of course, a Jewish lawyer.

Overall, "King" is a mildly entertaining read. It's a story that's been told so many times before. The only thing that makes this story unique is its beginning, which soon fades. I do also appreciate the twists and ultimate message (and even that was predictable), but it's not enough to pull this read above mediocre and typical. There are editing issues that seem to multiply as the book progresses.

With an industry drowning in poor quality, I urge the author to make a "strategic move" (see Author's Note) to distance himself from the rest by narrowing in on a unique voice. Otherwise, he'll just be another voice in an overcrowded chorus. Also, seek a qualified editor.

Reviewed by: Toni

posted by OOSABookClub on October 9, 2011

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    I like the writer's style. He weaves a story that I beleive is relatable and realistic....coming from a female cop's perspective.

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