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Expired Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2005
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Black Issues Book Review calls her work, "Masterful!" Pages in Black calls her, "A master writer with a skilled vision of storytelling!" Her novels include Expired, Out "A" Order, Criss Cross, and The Forgotten Spirit (A Christmas Tale). And her groundbreaking novel, "Street Vengeance" spotlighting the humanitarian effects of gang violence on today's youth. Cumberland County Library in New Jersey has noted her in honor of Black History Month to be among the most respected and acclaimed voices in contemporary African-American history.
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Tracie Burlingame is known around her Harlem neighborhood, mainly because of her successful beauty salon which caters to wealthy women across the city. Though she's a single mother, she has crawled to the top of the social ladder and established herself as an entrepreneur; sometimes at the expense of her four sons. With her main focus on acquiring money and more success, she's hard-nosed, self-centered, and a bit uncaring in her dealings with others. However, when two of her sons are killed, it soon becomes obvious that a serial killer is on the prowl and he has it out for Tracie and her offspring.
The killer, who isn't working alone, is on a deadly mission to milk the African-American community of Harlem of its history, heritage and hope for the future. Not only are Tracie's remaining sons at risk, but others are being singled out as well--those with extraordinary skills. The scariest part of all this is that there is a master plan in the works and the supernatural forces revolving around Harlem are set on exacting chaos.
The book is a terrifying, yet thrilling read which teaches that with just a little faith, unspeakable actions can take place.Read more ›
Author: Evie Rhodes
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Month Published: February 2005
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Camellia M. Johnson
Evie Rhodes first debut book "Expired" makes a loud statement of how important our faith in God is in our lives. Not only our lives but our family and friends. Expired is a journey. It's adventurous journey into the unseen world. At times the scenes were so captivating that I felt I was in the same room. Evie captures all the emotions involved with life, death and the supernatural.
Tracie Burlingame is the woman we all want to achieve to be. Her business is flourishing and all but one of her sons is doing extremely well until her faith or lack thereof is tested. Souljah Boy is the divine friend of the family who proves to be the intercessory covering the family needed when attacked. Even though Tracie's boys, Dre, Michael, Randi and Rashod didn't have a strong background in Christianity, Dre knew to call on the name of Jesus. And when you're in trouble the name of Jesus will calm and correct your situations and circumstances.
Expired is an overwhelming storyline that brings fear, pain, anger, grief, comfort and faith to the readers. The insight that we need to pay attention to our faith, friends and associations is key as you read Tracie's life unravel in Expired. It's a shocking page-turner.
By Camellia M. Johnson
Set in Harlem, the story unfolds all of the sounds, smells and sights of the city. The reader quickly meets our heroine Tracey Burlingame, who faced with a spiritual battle leads the reader on an explosive journey
Evie Rhodes has skillfully demonstrated her ability to survive and standout in a crowed world of literary fiction.
- Pamela Walker-Williams, PageTurner.net
My major problem with it was the pacing of the story. It was too fragmented, sometimes going fast, sometimes dragging on. There was never really a steady fast pace that would make it an easy read.
Character descriptions and depth could have been fleshed out more. It was very much a one-dimensional book, where you couldn't really connect with the characters at all. You knew what they thought and how they felt, but you just could not connect with them, which made it even harder to really digest the underlying message being driven in this entire novel. This message was lost too much in the murky and stagnant pace of the story, before being somewhat fully revealed towards the end of the novel.
The idea was a nice concept, but probably could have been executed a bit better.
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I have 3 words for this book, WHAT THE HELL! I didn't understand the story at all. This book was so horrible that I stopped reading it. Save your money!Published on February 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book was so good. I was able to listen to this book by audio, which made even more exciting to read. I believe an unsaved person can receive Christ after reading this book. Read morePublished on October 5, 2006 by L.Ballard
It took me a while to get into the book, all the way the chapter 20, and it does frustrate you with all constant repeats of everyones first and last name. Read morePublished on January 20, 2006 by E. Bailey
The proud mother of four teen-aged sons, Tracie Burlingame does everything she can to keep them safe in their rough Harlem neighborhood. Read morePublished on May 25, 2005 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, I admit. I purchased this book on a whim. I saw it at the bookstore and thought, "Why not. I may be pleasantly surprised." Well, I was. Read morePublished on May 25, 2005 by Darlene Johnson