Odyssey [NOOK Book]

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In this gripping and provocative eBook original novel celebrated  bestselling author Walter Mosley explores the mind of an African-American man who is forced to re-examine his most closely held beliefs about race and about himself.
 
Sovereign James wakes up one morning to discover that he’s gone blind.
Sovereign’s doctors can't find anything wrong with him, nor does he remember any physical or ...
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Odyssey

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Overview

In this gripping and provocative eBook original novel celebrated  bestselling author Walter Mosley explores the mind of an African-American man who is forced to re-examine his most closely held beliefs about race and about himself.
 
Sovereign James wakes up one morning to discover that he’s gone blind.
Sovereign’s doctors can't find anything wrong with him, nor does he remember any physical or psychological trauma. Unless his sight returns, Sovereign has reached the end of his 25-year career in human resources. A couple of weeks later he is violently mugged on the street. His sight briefly, miraculously returns during the attack: for a few seconds, he can see as well as hear a young female bystander’s cries of distress. Now he must grapple with two questions: What caused him to lose his vision—and, perhaps more troubling, why does violence restore it? As Sovereign searches for the woman he glimpsed, he will come to question everything he valued about his former life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345804457
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Series: Vintage Original
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 18,466
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Mosley
WALTER MOSLEY is the author of more than forty books, including eleven previous Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne, adapted from Mosley’s first Socrates Fortlow novel. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Johnson State College, he lives in Brooklyn. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Biography

When President Bill Clinton announced that Walter Mosley was one of his favorite writers, Black Betty (1994), Mosley's third detective novel featuring African American P.I. Easy Rawlins, soared up the bestseller lists. It's little wonder Clinton is a fan: Mosley's writing, an edgy, atmospheric blend of literary and pulp fiction, is like nobody else's. Some of his books are detective fiction, some are sci-fi, and all defy easy categorization.

Mosley was born in Los Angeles, traveled east to college, and found his way into writing fiction by way of working as a computer programmer, caterer, and potter. His first Easy Rawlins book, Gone Fishin' didn't find a publisher, but the next, Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) most certainly did -- and the world was introduced to a startlingly different P.I.

Part of the success of the Easy Rawlins series is Mosley's gift for character development. Easy, who stumbles into detective work after being laid off by the aircraft industry, ages in real time in the novels, marries, and experiences believable financial troubles and successes. In addition, Mosley's ability to evoke atmosphere -- the dangers and complexities of life in the toughest neighborhoods of Los Angeles -- truly shines. His treatment of historic detail (the Rawlins books take place in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the mid-1960s) is impeccable, his dialogue fine-tuned and dead-on.

In 2002, Mosley introduced a new series featuring Fearless Jones, an Army vet with a rigid moral compass, and his friend, a used-bookstore owner named Paris Minton. The series is set in the black neighborhoods of 1950s L.A. and captures the racial climate of the times. Mosley himself summed up the first book, 2002's Fearless Jones, as "comic noir with a fringe of social realism."

Despite the success of his bestselling crime series, Mosley is a writer who resolutely resists pigeonholing. He regularly pens literary fiction, short stories, essays, and sci-fi novels, and he has made bold forays into erotica, YA fiction, and political polemic. "I didn't start off being a mystery writer," he said in an interview with NPR. "There's many things that I am." Fans of this talented, genre-bending author could not agree more!

Good To Know

Mosley won a Grammy award in 2002 in the category of "Best Album Notes" for Richard Pryor.... And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992).

Mosley is an avid potter in his spare time.

In our 2004 interview, Mosley reveals:

"I was a computer programmer for 15 years before publishing my first book. I am an avid collector of comic books. And I believe that war is rarely the answer, especially not for its innocent victims."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 12, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.A., Johnson State College
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    §eth'§ Bio [Co Leader 3 of 3]

    Name:<br>
    &Sigma&epsilon&theta ~ &#167eth ~ Seth<p>
    Age:<br>
    16<p>
    God Parent:<br>
    &Pi&omicron&sigma&epsilon&iota&delta&omicron&nu ~ Poseidon<p>
    Weapons:<br>
    1) Sword<br>
    2) Gun that can turn into a bow.<br>
    3) My watch that can turn into one of three things at a time and can do many other thinhs without turning into something.<p>
    Looks:<br>
    As hot as lava.<p>
    Personality:<br>
    1) Easy going<br>
    2) Can be annoying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    I love everything that Walter Mosley writes! He is one of the be

    I love everything that Walter Mosley writes! He is one of the best authors out there today! His writing really expands your mind and educates you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Mark

    Dad-sperm and mom-egg. age-1405. Height-5'14"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Zs bio

    Name: Z age: 15 gender: girl godly parent: athrna personality: depends on the person anything else just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Natalie bio

    I DONT KNOW WHAT I AM LIKE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Trinity's Bio ♡

    Welcome my fellow lovlies to this awesomely, kickas<_>s bio that I have decided to take so much time and effort into. Do you want to know a secret? Okay come closer.... "BOO" there I told you a secret now to begin.... ah yes....
    <p>
    Name•//Trinity C. G. Swartz. You need not know my middle initials. Thats my business not yours.
    <p>
    Age•//Your honestly kidding me? Did you not know its rude to ask a women their age? I'm between 15 and 17 thats all you get.
    <p>
    Gender•//I'm a really ugly boy. >_< Nu I'm a women.
    <p>
    Looks•//Well.......... I have been called many things but I don't want to brag so I'll shut up. XD. Naw I have brown straight hair that falls to just below my shoulder blades, I have brown eyes but depending on what I wear they either look golden brown or black, I have light freckles and a dimple in my left cheek and some dot thing under my right eye I don't even know."
    <p>
    Clothes•//Ya know I don't wear any. O.o Just Kidding mainly skinnys, form fitting shirts. Baggy tops make people look fat seriously no offence. Converses. And sometimes bows in her hair and a leather jacket.
    <p>
    Parents•//Its whoever controls fire and ice so yeah.
    <p>
    Status•//Sorry I'm taken by my bed. Just messing I'm single.
    <p>
    Crush•//I will never ever understand you people didn't I just mention I'm single.
    <p>
    Likes•//I like candy!, Music. Music is my life if you mess up a song title or lyric I will talk to you. Just saying so beware. I like the color blue and white, singing, dancing, Foooooooooood ish yummeh! I like photography and a bunch more too lazy to put more.
    <p>
    Dislikes•//I dislike Justin Bieber, Classic music, Cold coffee, vegetables, sl<_>uts, who<_>res, express lanes. Tight spaces. And a bunch more.
    <p>
    Personality•//My favorite! Just joking. I'm hyper, fun to hang out with, full of energy! However I get very very depressed alot of times and downright bi<_>tchy. Just a fair warning. :)
    <p>
    Favorite Food•//Now what kind of question is that?! I love all kinds except for veggies.
    <p>
    Fave Animal•//Uhhhhhhhhhhh............. I really like Koalas their soooooooo darn adorable!
    <p>
    Fave Songs•//Too many to name!!!!! Like theres alot I like so yeah.
    <p>
    Are you getting bored? Wow! #selfie is playing i hate this song like no joke people. Um................. I dun know now............................... I'm at 1,151 characters!!!! Yoo whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Did you know I'm shy? I really am like sometimes I freak out and dun know what to do. I want a pony. Dx can somebody buy me one? No? Me no like you. My fingers hurt!!!. I like foooood oh i said that already. Ooooooooooooooooooppppssssssssiiiieeee i have sooooooooooooooooo much energy. Wanna be my friend? Well get to know me. :))))))
    <p>
    I bet this is the longest bio here! That would be soooo freaking amazing! Like really cool!
    <p>
    Oh man I forgot friends•//I need friends!!!! I have none no friends. Thats a tragedy. Be meh friend please?
    <p>
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ o.o dun ask its not nice to ask questions! Have some decent respect. I like candy!!!
    <p>
    I have ADD ADHD AND BIPOLAR DEPRESSION AND MDD SO YEAH!
    <p>
    PAPERPLANES BY MIA OH MY GURSH MY JAM!!!!!!!
    <p>
    I like sleeping its relaxing i want friends. Please talk to me. I'm at 239 characters and hajajajajajhahahajahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahqhahqhqhq
    <p>
    Mhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm im all out of things to say i used all of the characters!!!!!!!! :D yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Jasons bio. Updated.

    Name jason grace. Age 17. Looks. Dark brown hair. With electrice blur eyes. Wife: danelle grace. Persinatlay. Kind nice and powerfull. And prtective. Sister. Talia grace. Any hing else just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Warrior's bio 3

    Age:13

    Gender:Male

    Height:5'8

    Weight:107 lbs

    Looks: medium brown hair, some muscular build, green eyes

    Likes: WWE, monkeys, football, hockey, baseball, basketball, sleep, reading, video games, movies

    Personality: kinda nice, also kinda crazy/ weird

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Jays bio

    Name*look up idoit* looks-looks like cameron boyce * personality nice easy going proctective weird crazy HHYYYYPPPPEEERRRRRR * weapons 1) bow 2) dagger 3) magic pen that turns into my magc staff * powers a few are flying shapeship immortiality water control mind rea d** godly parents hectate and posiden(appolo saod he wasnt and posiden cllaimed me) likes stuff**dislikes dam car accidnets..comas.....scarlet fever....dam romans scroge friends idk enimies scrouge u i am god of magic and co leader 2 of 3 uhhb ya now sto stalking ad press that perrty x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Annabele's bio

    NAME: LOOK UP
    AGE: 15
    LOOKS: HAS BLOND HAIR WITH NATRAL HILIGHS GREEN EYES BUT CHANGE IN THE SUN LIGHT NICE TEAN HIGHT IS 5"2
    SINGEL: NOPE HAVE A BF BUT ANT TELLING HO HE IS
    MUSIC THAT I LIKE: SAY SOMETHING, DAY LIGHT, TALJ DUTRY TO ME, MOSTLY HIP POP, COUNTRY, RAP,
    SPORTS: YES PLAYED SOCCER, PLAY BASKETBALL, AND SOME TIMES I PLAY SOFT BALL
    OTERS: I EXCURSISES SORRH FOR THE SP
    ANYTHING ELSE JUST ASK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Creon Mccormick's bio [Co-Camp leader]

    Age:14 Godly Parents:Poseidon and Hestia powers:can summon tidal waves. Can control water. Can fly,teleport,heal but drains my health(only healing drains my health) is God of Ice and Gravity Weapons:has two swords. One named BlackHole(gravity sword) and IceShard(ice sword) has a chrome staff. Hates;Garrett Athena kids(most of them) the gods. Friends:Cyrus Seth Sun/Ava and more. Apperance:has blonde hair tan skin brown eyes, wears a red v-neck and skinny jeans with black and baby blue jordans. Dating:Ava/Sun Other;......................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Alexa's updated buo

    IM FINALLY GOIN TO A PUBLIC SKOOL AND NOT A BOARDING SKOOL!!!! WOO HOO!!!
    <BR>
    <BR> SORRY OKAY HERES MY BIO!!! MINE NAME IS ALEXA MAE AND I ALREADY TOLD U MY LAST NAME ((LONG LAST NAME RIGHT))
    <BR>
    <BR> IM SINGLE AND IM READY TO MINGLE BIS<_>HES!!! ((BTW I HATE PHONIES!!! XD )))
    <BR>
    <BR> I AM NOT TELLING U HOW I LOOK LIKE SINCE THIS IS LIKE THE SIXTH DAM<_>N BIO IVE MADE SO IF U THIRSTY PPL WNT TO KNOW HOW I LOOK LIKE JUST ASK!! THANKS YOU!!! XP
    <BR>
    <BR> I CAN BE A TOTAL BISH AND I WONT SHOW EMOTIONS!!! SO BOYS IF WE WERE TO EVER HOOK UP AND U LEFT DONT EXPECT ME TO CRY OVER A BOY I KNEW THT IT WASNT GONNA LAST IN THE FIRT PLACE((OR U CAN PROVE ME WRONG ;) I HIGHLY DOUBT IT THO DX ))
    <BR>
    <BR> ILL TELL U MY AGE SINCE ITS AWEWOMER ((AWESOMER IS A REAL WORD!!! IN MY DICTIONARY AND THIS IS MY BIO!!! SO DEAL WITH IT LOS<_>SERS LOL JK)) THAN UR AGE!!! IM 15 AND COUNTING!!! THE DAY I CAME OUT OF MY MOM WAS MAY 7TH!!! ((ITS COMING UP SO BUY ME SOMETHING AND DELVIER IT TO CALIFORNIA!! LOL JK JUST DONT))
    <BR>
    <BR> MY FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM IS SAN FRANSICO FORTY NINERS!!! JUDGE ME GO AHEAD A-HOLES!! WE MADE IT TO THE SUPER BOWL AND UR TEAM PROBABLY DIDNT!!! MY FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM IS SAN FRANSICO GIANTS!!! WOO!! ALL U HATERS CAN GO WHINE ((EVEN IF GIANTS ARE HAVING A ROUGH SEASON THIS YEAR)) AN MY BASKETBALL TEAM USE TO BE THE SACERMENTO KINGS BUT NAH AND MY DAD GOT ME LOVIN THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!! YUP I LIVE IN CALI LIVING THE LIFE OF BEACH AND RICHES!!! XP
    <BR>
    <BR>THATS ME NOT PLZ DO ME A FAVOR AND CLICK THAT GOOD LOOKING X AND DONT COME BACK BAI

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Surge

    Age 16 son of posiden. Looks. brown hair and eyrs with a scar running across my eye. Wears. Cloths. Limes stuff dislikes stuff crush. Surge has no crush YET status single (hehe) other is a total loner. friends ive only met nudje here yet. Any thing else just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Poseidon

    Does it matter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Maxs bio >¿o¿< (fish)

    NAME• max coonmen ~~~ LOOKS• sandy blond hair. Light green eyes that look grey . Is really tall 6'2 . Has a tan but is not pale or tan hes in the middle. Usaly wears vans, no shirt to show off his six pack , and jeans or anh type of shorts.~~~POWERS• ice- can control ice and make it apear any time of day and plaxe . His hair will turn white and he'll go pail and his eyes will change to ice blue.. lycan- his eyes go red and he stands 8'5 . He growns claws and fur and fangs that are longer than most vampires. ~~~CRUSH/DATING• is geting married to sophie aka snake . If my parents dont come the weding will me fine . I need a best man so contact me . ~~~ PARENTS• betty and stepdad nick . Dad is posiden . THE END . Hoped you like i wrote alot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Emilee's bio

    Age:unknown••Name:look up fa.ggot••Looks:dyed my hair red I have tan skin ad blue eyes••Wears:skinny jeans with a tanktop and usually barefoot or wearing flats with a mini dress••Personality:funny living care when someone is hurt I try to help••Disliks:being called names drama and being tried to get killed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Dash's bio along with Jason's

    Name:Danelle Grace Age:17 Parents: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Khinoe, goddess of snow. Apperence:Sky blue eyes with Auburn hair. Likes:Pizza! Anoying ppl. Theme song: Hey Brother by Avicii. Friends: Jay. Ally. Creon. Cyrus. Garrett. Sun. Jenelly. Dawn. Carter. Sorry if I don't put u. Weapons: Daggers. Powers: Controlls Water. Healing. Creating snow storms.

    Name:Jason Grace. Age:17. Parent:Zues. Appernce:Dark brown hair with electric blue eyes. Sibling: Thalia Grace. Likes: PASTA!! Spagetii. Theme song: Its time by Imagine Dragons. Friends: Dash. Carter. Jay. Dawn. Piper. Thailia. Percy. Leo. Sorry if I don't put u. Weapons: Coin. Necklass. Powers: Healing. Flying. Summoning lighting.

    HIT THAT X plz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Amy

    Dirty blonde hair skinny light tan black shades black tank top skinny jeans army boot knives tucked in my boot im a fighter tattoo on my right wrist of a dagger and a snake circling around it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Carlie's bio

    Name-hmmm let me think (fr all yall tht cant c headlines its carlie lol) <p> Gender-girl <p> Age-17 <p> Height-5"8 <p> Eyes-depends but normally violet <p> Hair-layered dirty blond <p> Stats-SINGLE XD <p> Crush-yes but i aint tellin no one not even him <p> Godly parents- Hades and Hecate <p> Powers-some are shadow travel fire magic summoning of the dead but ironically i can heal lol and a few more <p> Personality-fun curious smart and well im ur typical bad girl i get into trouble im rebelious i flirt i make trouble pull awesome pranks but i will be obedient when absolutely neccesary <p> Likes-1D!!!! Amusement parks sports sweets baked goods movies motorized anything esp. motorcycles and shopping occasionally <p> Dislikes-spiders slu.ts creepy crawlys and justin beiber <p>Clothes-ill tell u when i come on but norm jeans with some cute top and a pair of beats head phones <p> Weapons/skills-throwing knives i can survive practically anywhere ive taken martial arts for many years and hand to hand combat is my specialty <p> Other-lives in Michigan so i go by eastern time!!! And im not le.s or b.i!!! And i do where make up occasionally just allitle lipstick blush and mascara. And my ears are pierce <p> Um yah idk what else to say so anything else just ask (how this isnt enough info idk lol) <p> Bye peeps <p> Carlie <p> Ps. Anyone know how to make a skull <p> pps. I am not goth fyi <p>ppps. Yah ik too many p's get over it ppl lol ok bye <p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Ethans bio

    Name: you failed birth(ethan)
    Age:15
    Parent: Aprodite and Hephaestus
    Personality: awesome and funny and weird and nerdy
    Likes: fun alicorns cooking talking astronomy
    Dislikes: swimming silentness
    Conditions: afraid of the dark, afraid of lonliness, claustraphobic
    Wears: a watch that has messaging, basketball shorts and jersey, baseball cap
    Powers: fire, creativity, awesomeness, survivalist
    Other: he has wings but he doesnt know that yet, has a friend alicorn that he can speak with thats named superhero, lived on the side of a road.

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