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Crossing Downs [Kindle Edition]

Andy Meinen
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In the late 1920s, a terrible accident sends Curtis Lowe – a black teenager, who works on his parent’s cotton farm – through the nightmarish world of Alabama’s convict-lease system, which takes him from a convict farm on the coastal plains inhabited by starving inmates to the massive prison mining complexes outside Birmingham; along the way he survives whippings, torturous guards, and unspeakable violations in the hopes of finding his freedom and bringing the whole system to a halt.

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About the Author

The first time I really thought about writing was freshman year at Lake Forest High School. We had a creative writing assignment. Most of the other students turned in five, seven or 10 pages. I turned in a massive 30-page opus. My teacher took notice and recommend that I keep pushing myself. From that point on, I thought about writing as a career. I graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a Journalism degree. I worked as a newspaper reporter for The Walton (FL) Sun, The Northwest Florida Daily News and The Panama City News Herald. I covered the schools, government, tourism, environment and anything else happening in a three-county stretch of the Florida Panhandle. I also covered crime in Panama City, FL, which was crazy, scary, fun and sad. I was born in San Antonio, TX, but grew up outside of Chicago in Lake Forest, IL. I now live along the white stretches of sand and emerald waters in South Walton County, FL, with my wife Christina.

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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482392518
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AXTODA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read. January 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Crossing Downs. It provided an historically accurate picture of a gruesome period in a shameful American history. Everyone who thinks they can understand what it must have been like to be black during this period should read Crossing Downs. Andy's prose flow smoothly even over the most disturbing chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction Page Turner April 12, 2014
By Marissa
Format:Paperback
This book was an absolute page turner! After the main character, Curtis, gets caught up in an unfortunate accident he is sent to work on a prison-farm through the Alabama convict lease system. Soon after arriving at the farm, horrendous events force him to be sent to work in a mine through the same system. After enduring the injustices of convict-leasing in Alabama, he, other prisoners and free men work to create a change.

Really good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great movie! May 26, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There was action from start to finish. I could picture the movie in my head as I read Crossing Downs. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Journery Into Our Southern history March 2, 2013
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This is such an important book that involved years of research into our country's past. I am from the northern part of the US so this book was an eye-opener into a part of our history that I had not previously been exposed. I will write a more extensive review in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Downs October 16, 2013
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Crossing Downs is an example of a book that falls well short of passable due to technical deficiencies and a lack of polish, yet I learned something from it and it inspired me to dig deeper. So, in at least one regard, I think the author met his goal.

I’ll detail some examples of the problems first. To start, there were numerous things that should have been caught during proofreading and copyediting including homonym issues, missing words, typos, and grammar problems (outside of intentional bad grammar in dialogue). Next were issues with repetition which took two forms. The first is overuse of the same word in a short sequence. Among the most flagrant was this paragraph where the name of one character was overused. Pronouns can be an author’s friend:

“Pleasant.” Thoughts of the night Curtis found Pleasant beaten to a bloody mess on the cell floor came back. “Pleasant, wake your sorry butt up.” Pleasant opened his eyes and looked about. Pleasant pulled his hand away and his eyes widened. “Pleasant, it’s Curtis.” Blinks and stares from Pleasant. “Pleasant, I wondered where you went off to.”

If you read closely or over and over to try and understand the sentence, you might also wonder what Pleasant pulled his hand away from and question the meaning of the sentence about blinks and stares. I missed those on my initial reading because all that registered for me was “Pleasant, Pleasant, PLEASANT.”

The other problem with repetition was telling the reader the same thing twice. In one instance we’re told “Pleasant then managed to get Tillman into a headlock” and a few paragraphs later reminded again that, “Pleasant had Tillman in a vicious headlock.
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The first time I really thought about writing was freshman year at Lake Forest High School. We had a creative writing assignment. Most of the other students turned in five, seven or 10 pages. I turned in a massive 30-page opus. My teacher took notice and recommend that I keep pushing myself. From that point on, I thought about writing as a career.
I graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a Journalism degree. I worked as a newspaper reporter for The Walton (FL) Sun, The Northwest Florida Daily News and The Panama City News Herald.
I covered the schools, government, tourism, environment and anything else happening in a three-county stretch of the Florida Panhandle. I also covered crime in Panama City, FL, which was crazy, scary, fun and sad.
I was born in San Antonio, TX, but grew up outside of Chicago in Lake Forest, IL. I now live along the white stretches of sand and emerald waters in South Walton County, FL, with my wife Christina.

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