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Forty Acres

Narrated by: Andre Blake
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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Martin Grey, a talented young lawyer, is taken under the wing of a secretive group made up of America's most powerful and esteemed black men. He's dazzled by what they have accomplished, and they think he has the potential to be one of them. They invite him for a weekend away from it all. But what he discovers, far from home, is a disturbing alternative reality which challenges his deepest convictions....

©2014 Dwayne Alexander Smith (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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"Amazing and unique." (Whoopi Goldberg)
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Riveting Read

**SPOILER ALERT**
I usually listen to audiobooks in the gym or while engaged in a hobby, eg spinning wool or sewing a quilt. This story was so intense that I had to restrict my listening to the gym as I wanted to listen carefully. But each time I stopped I was so worried for Martin & Anna I had to convince myself to go back to listening as I was scared for them. The thriller intrigue crept up on me stealthily and was gripping.

At 68 and previously a fan of thrillers and futuristic dystopian fiction, I now find myself preferring “up-lit” and happy endings. So I was pleased that the friends were sitting down to dinner together at the end but also wary of the cable man at the door.

The theme of racial anger and hatred is contemporary and real. The fact that Martin resolved not to live the rest of his life in fear is enheartening. I wish more of us resolved to do the same.

Thank you Dwayne Alexander Smith for a riveting read and a lot to think about.

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Absolutely atrocious!

I’m not sure why I kept listening. I think it was because I just couldn’t believe how bad this novel is and how stupid and insane its premise is. In an age where we get amazing, woke, literary novels about slavery like The Underground Railroad, it’s not only surprising but absolutely astounding that such a novel could get published. The author treats the subject of slavery as if it were a flippant footnote in history that’s ripe for skewing as a thrilling beach read. Deplorable.