Echoes of a Distant Summer

Echoes of a Distant Summer

by Guy Johnson
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Echoes of a Distant Summer by Guy Johnson

“You done lived a tough life, boy, and I know I’m part responsible for that. I ain’t askin’ you to excuse me or forgive me. Just know I did the best I knew to do. I was just tryin’ to make you tough enough to deal with the world. To stand tall among men, I knew you had to be strong and have yo’ own mind.”

“You were preparing me for war, Grandfather.”

Guy Johnson, the author of the critically acclaimed debut Standing at the Scratch Line, continues the Tremain family saga.

Jackson St. Clair Tremain hasn’t spoken to his grandfather King in nearly twenty years. Disgusted by the violence and bloodlust that seemed to be his grandfather’s way of life, Jackson chose to distance himself from King and live a simpler life. But now King is gravely ill, and his impending death places Jackson’s life—as well as those of his family and friends—in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Jackson travels to Mexico to see King. But after a brief reconciliation, his grandfather is assassinated, and Jackson suspects that his grandmother Serena may have had a hand in it. Jackson takes control of King’s organization, and as he does, he reflects on the summers he spent in Mexico as a child and the lessons he learned there at the knee of his strong-willed, complex grandfather.

In Echoes of a Distant Summer, Guy Johnson introduces us to a new hero, Jackson St. Clair Tremain, who learns that, like his grandfather, he must be willing to protect those he loves—at all costs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345478047
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 61,103
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author

Guy Johnson is the author of the novel Standing at the Scratch Line and a book of poetry, In the Wild Shadows. After graduating from high school in Egypt, he com-pleted college in Ghana. Johnson managed a bar on Spain’s Costa del Sol, ran a photo safari service from London through Morocco and Algeria, and worked on oil rigs in Kuwait. Most recently he worked in the local government of Oakland, California, for more than ten years. He lives in Oakland with his wife and son. He is the son of Dr. Maya Angelou. To learn more about Guy Johnson and his work, visit his website at

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Echoes of a Distant Summer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will there be another one? Better than the first!
JazCaz More than 1 year ago
Liked this book so much I read it twice. First with my book club (we all came out in a snow storm to discuss it) and second, after reading the prequel "Standing on the Scratch Line".

I give both books very high praise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that after standing at the scratch line that the sequel was not going to be as good. I was wrong. Cant wait for another. It is a real cliff hanger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best novels I have ever read also I read his first book Standing at the scratch line the best books I have ever read I hope there is a sequal to Echoes of a Distant Summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you enjoyed standing at the scracth line then you're going to love echoes of a distant summer. this book is even more of a page turner than the 1st book. this is better than the godfather.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Thrilling follow-up. The grandson has what it takes to fill the family patriarch's shoes! I wish the author would write more books, yet I'm glad we have this series. Peace be with you, Mr. Johnson!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The one exception I have to take with Guy Johnson is that there isn't a sequel to Echoes of a distant summer. Great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnson has made the Tremains'live through all the men in the family. I still have to say Serena is the queen of the Tremains' whether the men like it or not. They should really make this into a movie and it should be John Singleton, Spike Lee, and Jerry Bruckheimer all come together and put these two stories on screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guy Johnson's book 'Standing at the Scracth Line' has made my top 10 best reads. The rich language and poetic imagery of the author totally astonished me. I did not know there were such writers still left in the world. I know these characters, I relate to their hopes and dreams. Guy Johnson with his artistic vision has connected the dots for a time period that helps me understand my beloved grandfather who showed me what being a man was all about. I would LOVE to just have a 1 hour interview with Mr. Guy Johnson! Every Black male in America (world) should get BOTH of his books! Peace!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved 'Standing at the Scratch Line'. I kept hoping and wishing that Guy Johnson would write a sequel and he didn't disappoint me. I love action stories and there are so few of them featuring Black heroes or heroines. King Tremaine had to be as hard as the times he lived in to thrive and survive. His grandson, Jackson St. Clair, the hero of 'Echoes of a Distant Summer' has the problem of protecting his family from 'Kings' long-lived enemies and he will need his Grandfathers organization to do this. I would enjoy seeing a third novel which shows if he can keep the absolute power his organization gives him from corrupting him and how he trains those who will come after him. Keep it up Guy Johnson. Never has mayhem been more enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought standing at the scratch line was as good as it could get,but after reading echoes of a distant summer,iknow that the literary world has found a force to be reckoned with in mr.guy johnson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an excellent sequel. if a part three is not in the works i will be truly disappointed. i need more tremain in my life. down with the dumonts!! and the dimarcos!! and the vicentes!! we all need more tremain in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read "Standing at the Scratch Line" almost 5 years ago, and it was one of the best books I'd ever read. However, to my amazement I could have never imagine another well written book, not to mention a sequel. What a wonderful story line these two books have to offer. If you love reading and collecting good books these two are definitely a must to have. When talking about books, I try every chance I get to promote "Standing at the Scratch Line", now I have another one to go with that. Please, don't buy one without the other.