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Forty Acres

A Thriller

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Description

A young black attorney confronts issues of race and power as he uncovers a shocking conspiracy in the most page-turning and provocative thriller since The Firm.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

From Publishers Weekly

May 05, 2014 – A bold if over-the-top premise nearly overwhelms the plot of Smith's entertaining debut thriller. Damon Darrell, an internationally famous former trial lawyer, recruits lawyer Martin Grey, a courtroom rival, into a secret conspiracy of powerful black men determined to redress the wrongs of slavery in America by taking revenge on the descendants of the oppressors. Grey is revolted at what form this revenge takes, but his own life and the life of his family is on the line. A terrible final initiation tests all that he holds dear. Smith deftly lays the story's foundation with potent arguments that the legacy of slavery is far from over, and is a shadow that still haunts America. But these justifications ring hollow for Grey when he confronts the reality of slavery for any human being, regardless of the guilt or innocence of society at large. Unfortunately, a hurried conclusion dissipates much of the power of the intriguing set-up.

Customer Reviews

Mind Blowing!!!

I absolutely loved FORTY ACRES. The novel made me think a lot about race, power, money, and history. I completely recommend this thriller...you'll find yourself reading the novel everywhere, so make sure you get it when you have a slow week.

THOUGHT PROVOKING

THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY A PAGE TURNER! THE SUSPENSE KEEPS YOU TURNING BUT THE CONTENT MAKES YOU THINK AND REFLECT ON YOUR OWN VIEWS.

Great read!

This book kept me glued to my seat! It was a great read while traveling.

Forty Acres
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 01, 2014
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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