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“ . . . a fast paced, page turning story of a black community determined to rid itself of the drug-driven plague of crime and violence. . . . It entertains, ennobles, and inspires.” —Darlene Clark Hine, co-author, The African-American Odyssey
“Ballard keeps it real and writes with power and authority.” —John Herritage, Staff Inspector (Ret.), New York State Police
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Obie Bullock, leader of a Philadelphia anti-violence group (the Mau-Mau), returns home from his janitor's job early one morning and stumbles upon a crime scene—someone has just slit the throat of a police officer.
Armed with the officer's recovered revolver, Obie, an Iraq war vet, corners and kills the masked assassin, who turns out to be the youngest brother of a powerful, but imprisoned drug dealer.
Demands for revenge follow, sparking the fast-paced action while simultaneously examining the lives of a working-class family struggling to survive in the projects of Philadelphia.
Character-based, authentic, and gripping, this novel exposes the difficulties and danger of working to rid a neighborhood of drugs and violence so that future generations can grow up safe and secure.
|Publisher:||First Steps Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
His previous works on African-American history-including the renown "One More Day's Journey, a history of Black Philadelphia", have been praised by such literary greats as Ralph Ellison, John A. Williams, and Alex Haley.
His ﬁrst novel-about the very ﬁrst African-American troops in the Civil War-"Where I'm Bound", (Simon and Schuster, 2000) won the 'First Novelist' prize of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and was named a 'Notable Book of the Year' by the Washington Post. He is also the author of "Breaching Jericho's Walls", an autobiography.
"Carried by Six, A Novel of Urban Bravery in America" is the recipient of the 2010 Black Caucus American Literary Award (BCALA) Honorable Mention in Fiction.
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PRAISE FOR CARRIED BY SIX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR