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Dark Child: A Novel (Zane Presents) Hardcover – June 30, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Zane Presents
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159309244X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593092443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born Florence, South Carolina. I grew up playing football and basketball like most of the other kids around my way. I never thought I'd be an author. I always hated reading and God forbid writing. So being the smart woman that she is, my mother used reading as a form of punishment for me when I acted up. Little did I know she was planting a very important seed. One that would one day turn into a career. I decided to start writing because I couldn't find any good books with positive African American male leads. So I decided to take a leap of faith and wrote my first novel, The Hearts of Men. I self published THOM and after selling a little over six thousand copies in about two months, I was approached by Random House. They republished The Hearts of Men. After that, I was bitten by the writing bug and now I'm on a role. Married But Still Looking, Trouble Man, A One Woman Man, Something to Die For, A Family Sin, Dark Child and the latest, Momma's a Virgin. I have three young adult novels; Two The Hard Way, At the Cross Roads, On the Come Up and the forthcoming novel about bullies; The Last Laugh. My novels are all quick reads. I could kill lots of trees with pages and pages of fluff but I prefer to give you mostly the meat and potatoes of the story. Im very passionate about my non-profit THe Hearts of Men Foundation. (www.theheartsofmen.org) Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the work.

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Format: Hardcover
Black babies are coming up missing and there's no evidence who's taking them. Jamillah, a drug addict, with no hope or future, lost her parent's at an early age, tries to overcome her past by turning to the streets and drugs. Urban Brown, Jammillah's white brother, that once lived a horrid life of abuse, abandonment, murder, and deception overcame his past and became a prosperous, upper-class, and respectable man. Jamillah desperate, and hard on her luck tries to sell a black baby, when this mystery starts to unfold. When Urban stumbles upon the illegal baby-trafficking ring is when he'll risk it all to protect one newborn and bring down this black market operation.
This is a fast engaging read from start of the first page to the last and Travis Hunter draws the reader's attention to one of the world's most illegal practices: the black market of babies. I enjoyed this book, wonderful writing, humorous at times, but I also found myself saddened by the situation Jamillah encountered in her life. Dark Child will have you on the edge of your seat, gasping and guessing, but will leave you ready and eager for his next novel. Five star read and a job well done. Recommended for everyone to read.
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I thorougly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it as a must read!
Every character is developed just enough and believable. Thanks for this realistic plot that will have people from all walks of life discussing a very controversial issue.
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The book started off raw, and finished even rawer... This book was very good. how babies are being stolen and sold to the rich... If you want a good laugh, a good cry this is the book to read. Allen was the funniest character and Lawrence was right behind him.. I couldnt put this book down until I finished it. Go head on Travis Hunter, you did your thang with this book, very few errors..I really enjoyed this book. Jamillah was a hero as well, I just think everyone of the characters in this book had an important part. But when the guns started going off, you couldnt have found Jethro anywhere else but down in the seat of the officer's car. That was funny...
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Travis Hunter is back with DARK CHILD and the taboo subject of baby selling to the highest bidder. Urban Brown is a white man who was raised in the foster care system in Atlanta along with his bi-racial sister, Jamillah. Urban counted the days and worked hard to escape the ghetto he was forced into because of the death of his parents. His sister, a once promising track star, stumbled into drugs and stayed in her own self-induced ghetto. One evening Urban receives a call from his foster mother who reveals the latest shenanigan of Jamillah's. She has a six-month old baby boy. With a special place in his heart for children, Urban takes the child as his own. From here several developments occur: Urban's sister wants the baby back and their foster mother wants the baby while several poor women and teenage mothers in rural Georgia are being coerced into relinquishing the rights to their children.

DARK CHILD mixes intrigue with crime and passion, creating a moving and dramatic novel. The story weaves from the present to the past of the characters, so a fully developed history is told and understood. The dialogue and emotion exhibited is realistic, humorous, joyful and heartbreaking. DARK CHILD presents many questions; however, the most telling - is it truly in a child's best interest or is it for the love of the almighty dollar.

Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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This book was so well written and hard to put down it showed racism is alive and well and some truely want to do the right thing, but just don't know how. I truely loved this story line and any one looking for a good read this is it.
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Aside from a very few minor typographical errors, this book was excellent. This was my first read of this author's work. I had heard a great deal about him and his work - all positive. Dark Child does not disappoint.

I dont have very much experience with drug dealers on a personal level. However, this story is so well crafted I found myself naming an actor that might portray the characters in a movie. The hero of the story, Urban has a very interesting background and an even more colorful family. The story moves through Urban's current life and his past and weaves the past and present to present a full story.

As Urban and his sister Jamillah deal with her drug addiction and a new baby in their lives, they both get dangerously involved in a situation that is far deeper than either is prepared to deal with. They are dealing with trafficking in humans, not for sex but someone is selling little black babies. I dont want to give away too much of the story.

My bookclub has planned a meeting with Mr Hunter for February. I am anxiously waiting to discuss the book with him. Some of the other members have finished the book as well and are expressing the same sentiment.
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I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL TO READ . THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK AND THE OTHERS I LET READ IT AGREED. SO GO BUY THIS BOOK U WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
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Dark Child, was my first and definitely not my last by Travis Hunter, I was especially surprised at the end, must read!!
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