Young Men Shall Seeby Scott Thompson
Life for Gus Ambrose in the small community of River Falls, Georgia, is a constant struggle to seek wild adventure, understand the mystery of love and escape the pervasive boredom of high school. On the surface, River Falls is a peaceful and perfect world - a mix of quaint southern charm, happiness and safety.
Sometimes peace means silence,and justice means murder.
Life for Gus Ambrose in the small community of River Falls, Georgia, is a constant struggle to seek wild adventure, understand the mystery of love and escape the pervasive boredom of high school. On the surface, River Falls is a peaceful and perfect world - a mix of quaint southern charm, happiness and safety. But the scars of the past have a way of working their way to the surface and slamming headlong into the present, shattering innocence and revealing the worst humanity has to offer.
Set in the 1980s, segregation in America had been legally abolished for a generation, but many still struggled with how black and white fit together and existed - integrated in word, but still segregated by old habits and underlying emotion. Young Men Shall See follows Gus and his friends as they navigate this new world, and learn the hard way that actions have consequences, and real justice can mean going against everything you once believed to be true. As the friends grapple with the ideas of love and prejudice, they each cling to their sense of right and wrong. But when one of the friends is unexpectedly killed, anger and frustration swell and push the group to take action. In the face of unimaginable corruption by the local authorities, the friends are galvanized into a force capable of rescue, grief, and even murder.
This Southern Gothic coming of age story shows the ugly underbelly of evil that exists even in the most tranquil of towns and how events and raw emotion can push each of us past the point of no return.
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Scott Thompson’s debut novel ‘Young Men Shall See’ is beautifully written. With degrees in computer information systems, business administration, and history it’s hard to imagine Thompson has time to write, but he does and masterfully weaves a riveting story following the lives of four friends as they grow from teenagers to young men. Life in a small town like River Falls, Georgia can be a boring place for boys like Gus and his friends. Always seeking fun and adventure they are part of a secret society called ‘The Society of Social Deviants’ SSD for short, who pledge to protect Gethsemane Gardens from vandalism which pretty much gives them carte blanche to bend the rules to suit their moods. Living in the shadow of the past segregation of blacks and whites the boys shuck off the beliefs of the old guard and befriend a beautiful black girl which results in their learning maybe things haven’t changed so much over the years. When one of the boys begins dating the girl inevitably falling in love they both have to face the consequences. With the death of a one of the group and the abuse of another the gang finds themselves in the midst of corruption amongst the lawmakers making them dig in their heels for justice. I found myself falling in love with the characters in the story. Thompson writes them in such a way that the reader feels like a part of their lives. Gus’s narrative gives a glimpse into his thoughts that captivates and draws the reader in. The tale is written with a love of the south and is an absolute must read feel good book. Thompson is destined for the accolades of the writing community and we will all be looking forward to his next endeavor
The book is well written and had me in suspense throughout. The characters are easily identifiable and if you lived in the South around this time I am sure you'll identify with the types in this book. I hope there is a 1990s follow up! I enjoyed reading this book it was very entertaining. The pages which made it an excellent read for those who just want to sit down to enjoy a good book without getting caught up in a story that you know you will not have time to finish. The author describes the characters and scenes in a way that make them vivid enough to allow the reader to visualize the person and the scene that is taking place. The story line focuses on 4 teenage boys,connecting us with the character of each individual. The characters are all very different but they all have some of the same core beliefs which bring them together as best friends. I hope that a sequel is in order regarding these characters.