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“One Blood by Qwantu Amaru
A prison of families, all tied together whether they want to be or not. This describes One Blood perfectly. The kids from the ‘hood, the rich governor’s family that is nowhere as perfect as they seem to be and an assassination plot to end all plots.
Growing up in foster care isn’t usually pleasant and for Lincoln Baker the only thing saving him was Moses. Moses took him in, raised him and never told him that he was doing it for Lincoln’s mother. He was taken away from her at birth but never left New Orleans. His best friend was Kris Lafitte – the Governor’s son. Was, because Kris was killed and they blamed Lincoln, although innocent.
Randy Lafitte spent his 18th birthday talking to a voodoo woman. Not necessarily unusual unless you consider he wants to kill his father. With all action comes reaction and Randy is a great example: everyone he loves dies around their 18th birthday. His son, Kris and now his daughter, Karen is nearly 18. He is frantic.
A merging of lives, a well written novel with a kidnapping, drugs, a hurricane and confessions bring One Blood to it conclusion. The characters were perfect and the ending satisfying.
I must apologize for the extreme lateness of this review. I had promised it several months ago but health issues intervened.
“The Tree of Life and Death
Welcome to Lake City, LA! First, let’s meet Lincoln Baker. He is a convicted murderer currently serving time in prison for his crimes. Lincoln’s life is about to be turned upside down when he gets a visit from his half-brother Amir. This visit sets into motion a kidnapping, riots and shoot-outs. The people who were working together are now enemies and comrades don’t know who they can trust. The reason for this string of events lies in the front yard of the man who many consider to be the reason for all of this destruction.
Now meet Randy Lafitte, governor of Louisiana. In his front yard is “Melinda Weeps” – a tree that serves as the gateway to a family curse. This curse has plagued the Lafitte family for decades and can only be stopped with the sacrifice of blood relatives. Those closest to both Lincoln and Randy soon learn that looks are deceiving. The family curse is alive and well, but will they be able to stop it before it destroys more lives?
First, let me say that I am not a reader of horror/suspense novels. However, Qwantu Amaru’s novel has definitely changed my mind. From the opening pages, his writing style grabs the reader and grips them in an exciting journey through the streets of Lake City. The imagery is amazing and the novel is very suspenseful.
What kept this book from being a five-star read are the length and the structure. The novel is 467 pages. After reading, I definitely feel that some parts were a bit too detailed and could have been omitted. For example, there is a scene near the end of the novel that involves the prison and two people trying to escape. I wonder why so much time was spent on that section because it really didn’t add anything to the story.
The second drawback: the structure. The novel is told in alternating chapters of the past and the present. Sometimes the chapter is labeled as being in the present but moves back to the past (for example, the Epilogue). It was confusing enough that the story moved back and forth in time. However, mixing the two in one chapter was even more confusing.
Reviewed by: Flashette”
By Qwantu Amaru
Randy Lafitte is cursed when he turned eighteen his father took his own life, then again when his son turned eighteen he was murdered; now his daughter has just turned eighteen and has been kidnapped. Not only does Randy have to pay a hefty ransom but he must also release Lincoln Baker from prison the same man responsible for killing his son. But this is just the tip of the ice berg as Randy Lafitte will stop at nothing to get what he wants including murdering those who stand in his way dragging his family into a churning void of murder, voodoo, and terror at its finest.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this novel the synopsis is vague at the best but once you read it you realize there is no way to do this novel justice in just a few short words. The author brings to life a new side of Louisiana; all while a hurricane is looming in the distance intent on destroying anything in its path. The interlacing factors in this novel are so profound that you must thoroughly pay attention you will find yourself lost in the confines of the pages. The story is intricate and immerses you so thoroughly that it is a remarkable book to say the least, what truly makes this story great is that it is believable enough with just the right blend of murder and intrigue with paranormal factors that it comes to life on the pages. This book was definitely an interesting and scary enough story that I almost couldn’t put it down it is a shame that we all must sleep sometime.
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