Most Likely To...by T. Arnold Powell
" New York Penn Station, next stop" The conductor announced as he moved through the train. All the passengers in Jay's car began to stir because this was their stop. This is where the dream would begin. All of the Negro passengers on board are a part of the great migration movement from the South to Northern cities. They were seeking to escape the problems of racism and looking for better jobs and a better life.
That was the plans and dreams for all except one young man.
The year is 1961 and in Charelston S.C., Jayson Austin has just graduated from high school. Jay, an honor student, very popular and affable, is voted most likely to succeed by his classmates.
Before plans to enter college in the coming fall, Jay joins the great migration to New York City to work for the summer. Soon after his arrival, circumstances and unforeseen events changes his plans for college. What unfolds is, a tale of life in Harlem, as it existed in the sixties. Jay climbs the ladder of success. He builds a career on Wall Street at a time when Black men did not hold many jobs in the nation's heartbeat, which Wall Street was often called.
It is a tale of Jay the opportunist, who uses his charm, personality and smarts to get what he wants. He encounters many characters during his drive to succeed; most were women. While he always had the utmost respect for the opposite sex, Jay had no problem using the love and devotion of women to gain his success.
The reader will get a fundamental view of the workings of Wall Street intertwined with a story of love, guile, deceit and the will of a man destined most likely to succeed.
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Mr. Powell has come out of the "gate" at "full gallop"! I finally got my copy of this wonderful book and can concur with every positive review that I have read. Jay Austin lived up to the books title..."Most Likely Too". Because of his upbringing which was filled with powerful examples of "good" character, this reader found it very sobering to see him make "willful" choices of bad character. The very accurate references to the way things worked on Wall Street ,during the period of the story line, was inspiring. Although I know the author personally,I don't believe that my review would be any different. That's because T.Arnold Powell has his finger on the pulse of t successful novel writing. I highly recommend this book with one reservation; when you finish this work of art it will leave wondering when Mr. Powell"s next masterpiece is going to be released.
T. Arnold Powell has gifted us with an unforgettable first novel. I just finished reading this phenomenal book and cannot stop thinking about it. Jay Austin, the main character, grew up in a loving home with his mother and his maternal grandparents. He is loved by his family, admired by his friends, classmates and teachers, and adored by the ladies. Equipped with a great personality and an impressive ability to learn anything, he takes off from Charleston, South Carolina to New York City, to spend a summer working before starting college. However, he embarks upon a new life full of twists and turns, glitz and glamour, happiness and tragedy. Most Likely To is a story that delves into the inner workings of what is the human being. Jay, the main character of the book, is someone that you love, respect and simply adore; yet, at the same time, you loathe what he stands for and what he has become. You even fear what he could do if you were to stand in the way of his success. He is a wonderful son, a diligent and dedicated worker and student, and an incredible lover, and all the time cunning, calculating, and terribly deceitful. Yet, you can't help but find yourself enthralled with him. The characters are real; the plot is intriguing; and the ending is a true surprise. Most Likely to is a real page turner. I am so glad that I read this book, and I plan on promoting it to everyone who will listen to me! This is a special book by a spectacular writer!!!!
I found the book very entertaining that I know the writer personally and
attended high school with him. Although the plot was fictual, many of the
scenes and events brought back fond memories of our high school days to-
gether. The scenes in New York also also reminded me of my good days living there as well. I thought that the plot was very conceived and had me rushing to turn the pages to see what would happen next. I was only
sorry that it ended so soon.
A wonderful written book that DEMANDS attention from page one! It is a page-turning tale with polish characters who YOU WILL remember long after you have read the book.