Everett writes with a great mastery of plot and characters capturing the attention of readers right from the riveting opening to the pounding climax...This compelling page-turner marks the debut of an extremely promising new talent. --Small Press Review
A highly visually descriptive, detailed and refreshing novel, it is hard to fathom that Snake Walkers is the first work of author J. Everett Prewitt. Set in the 60's, Prewitt takes you through a journey of revelation and the ills of the times as a young black reporter seeks to uncover a mysterious occurrence some 10 years prior. Prewitt has mastered the knack of carefully weaving our history, intellect and pride between these pages while flowing ever so easily. Always maintaining balance, Prewitt examines the mind of reporter Anthony Andrews and his "better than" views on blacks in society. Prewitt also steps forward and entertains the gravital pull of street life and the options one has reaffirming the importance of family and how that bond can mean the difference between right and wrong choices. From Little Rock to Cleveland the streets come alive with music, ambience and culture. One must not underestimate the mystery and suspense that continues to heighten throughout the story as the pieces slowly come together. The characters are so true to life.... some naive, some proud, some with their own agenda, but all authentic. This...book...novel...lesson...mystery is one you cannot afford to miss. You will be torn between finishing the last page and cherishing the story for yet another day. --James M. Lisbon, Publisher, AMAG/Awareness Magazine
Brilliant, Soul Searching, Penetrating J. Everett Prewitt is a natural story teller. I was drawn right into the story. He captured my attention from the first paragraph. The plot carries with it all the elements of conflict, romance, and intrigue.The action is heightened by a masterful pacing of conflict and resolution. Throughout the story Prewitt maintains suspense. The story unfolds a haunting theme of mystery.His descriptive phrases and imagery activate all five senses. I smelled the flowers, heard the twigs crackling, and felt the explosion of a gun blasting nearby. Although often graphic, Prewitt was sensitive as he described the racial tensions of the 1960s and atrocities that often went unacknowledged and unreported.I was deeply moved by the underlying current of family loyalty, secrecy and tension. The novel gave the author a platform to enlighten in the reader a moral and social responsibility. I was deeply touched and was often struck by an emotional chord as I recognized the impact of environment and family heritage on my own growth and value formation.The author's sensitive writing and insightful character development creates an empathy for all his characters, the heroes and the downtrodden. Each was faced with choices based on ritual and tradition that might have an effect on the life and safety of others.I highly recommend this book anyone consciously trying to bridge the social injustices of the past with the hope of the future. This is a brilliant, penetrating novel. --Richard R. Blake, Owner, Family Book Center, San Leandro, CA
From the Publisher
Writer J. Everett Prewitt, of Cleveland, Ohio, has won four first place awards for his debut novel, Snake Walkers. The author was the winner of the Best Book for Fiction in the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo; Snake Walkers won first place in the African-American Fiction category for the Best Books 2005 literary contest given by USABookNews.com; it also won the Fresh Voices Book Award given by Writer's Marketing Association; and won the Book Award for Best Fiction-Cheryl's Choice 2005 by Just About Books Talk Show host, Cheryl Robinson.
Prewitt was a finalist in the Best Books General Fiction category won by Amy Tan for her novel Saving Fish from Drowning, and a finalist in the Multicultural Fiction category of the same contest. The author was previously a semi-finalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards-2005 in New York City and most recently won the Bronze Award in the General Fiction category of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year - 2005 contest presented at the Book Exposition America in Washington, D.C.