And Then We Heard The Thunder

And Then We Heard The Thunder

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by John Oliver Killens
     
 

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A fictional portrayal of real events that occurred during WWII from Afro-American author John Oliver Killens, who had previously served in the Amphibian Forces in the South Pacific. Through his characters, the reader gains a close-to-the-bone account of what it was like to be a Negro soldier fighting in segregated units under racist commanding officers. The final

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A fictional portrayal of real events that occurred during WWII from Afro-American author John Oliver Killens, who had previously served in the Amphibian Forces in the South Pacific. Through his characters, the reader gains a close-to-the-bone account of what it was like to be a Negro soldier fighting in segregated units under racist commanding officers. The final chapters reveal one of the war’s best-kept secrets concerning the escalating racial tension between black American GIs and their white commanding officers. The story climaxes in a terrifying race riot, which took place on the seedy night streets of South Brisbane in March 1942.

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“…a big and powerful, angry novel, pulsating with love and hate, laughter and tears, sex and violence, and all the other juices of life.”—Sidney Poitier

“…that big, polyphonic, violent novel…calls James Jones to mind.”—Saturday Review

“…A beautiful and powerful book.”—James Baldwin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781786256461
Publisher:
Pickle Partners Publishing
Publication date:
11/06/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
461
Sales rank:
865,389
File size:
708 KB

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And Then We Heard the Thunder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I've always had a love for reading even at a very young age.I always looked for books written by African Americans, but I never could find any. Then, when I was a sophomore in high school (1981), I worked in the school library. I took the job because I knew that I would enjoy reading the books. The librarian always encouraged my love for reading so she'd give me old books that were about to be discarded. One day she gave me a book called 'American Negro Shorts Stories' and I was thrilled. To my surprise, the book wasn't torn and tattered like the others that were thrown out. In fact, it looked new! I realized that she just wanted me to have it. It was then that I first read something by Mr. Killens. The story was called 'God Bless America' and I loved it so much I read every chance I could. I looked in the index so that I could find out about the author and saw that he had written novels. 'And Then We Heard the Thunder' was listed, so after school that day, I ran to the local library to get it. I hate to admit this, but I never did return that book. I claimed I lost it and paid the fee so I could keep it forever. It was too important to me. It had become part of my 16 year old soul. The main character Solomon Saunders, was and still is my first love. I loved reading about the handsome Black Sergeant with his Army buddies, his experiences and especially the women in his life. I'm 39 years old now and I take the book with me through each phase of my life. The pages are yellowed by time and the first few are even missing. But I still read it whenever I want to escape into another place and time. I still get angry with the predjudices, I laugh at the Solly and his buddies, and I cry for the women who loved him because I love right along with them. If the day ever comes that I can't see clearly anymore or I'm too feeble to hold a book, I'll make sure there's someone around to read it to me. I recommend this book to any woman who ever loved a man.