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About the Author
Derrick A. Bonner was born and bred in Brooklyn New York and is the author of 2 outstanding novels, Alley Katt and Havoc and Mayhem. He self-published his first novel Alley Katt back in 1998 and even though he had decent success for a first-time author, he discontinued writing and shelved his second novel Havoc and Mayhem. Twenty years later at the request of his wife he decided to resurrect his writing career and finally put out his second novel Havoc and Mayhem. Set in the 80's the lead character Havoc is based on the strong and influential men he grew up idolizing in his East New York neighborhood, as well as the lead character from his all-time favorite television show as a kid, A Man Called Hawk. Played by the suave Avery Brooks, Hawk was a man's man. An impeccably dressed jack-of-all-trades, renaissance man who helped out desperate people in trouble who had nowhere to turn. His realness and black masculine presence on TV was rare then and still is today."The thing about my characters is they are people we all know. We've seen in the neighborhood doing good and giving back to the community. You ever knew someone who was ordinary but did extraordinary things and you were like wow? They seemed like they had super powers, but the truth is they were just good individuals. That is Havoc and Mayhem....That is Alley Katt." Derrick currently lives in Hudson Valley New York with his wife and two sons. And although he no longer resides in the borough that's thorough, he still shouts 'BROOKLYN!' at concerts and still considers himself a Brooklynite. Because as he puts it, 'You can take me outta Brooklyn. But, you can't take Brooklyn outta me!"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Havoc and Mayhem by Derrick A. Bonner is an urban fiction tale. It’s 1988 and Ronald Reagan is manning America’s helm. Rap music fills the streets and a brand new drug, crack, is causing serious problems in the street of New York City. Tommy Strong, AKA Havoc, is a Trouble Consultant who removes pimps, pushers, and punks from the streets for money. He loves his life and believes that nobody can touch him. Until the day his enemies band together to hunt him down. Left to look after his special needs sister, Havoc needs his best friend by his side to help him fight back and find out why he’s been targeted. Car chases, bloody fights, and shootouts ensue as Havoc and Mayhem hit the floor running and fighting to survive. Havoc and Mayhem by Derrick A Bonner is hilarious, although a little violent at times but nothing too bad. It has a great plot, written in a descriptive and tight style. There is plenty of action at every turn and the story moves forward at a steady pace; there aren’t any dead-ends that lead nowhere, and everything takes us in a single-minded direction towards the finale. The characters are exceptionally well developed so that by the end we know all about them, who they are and what drives them. They are likable and easy to bond with, the kind of people you want in your corner! Great story, original and refreshing. I’d like to read more of Havoc and Mayhem in the future!