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The Sharecropper Prodigy: A Southern Historical Thriller [Kindle Edition]

David Lee Malone
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Book Description

A true underdog story of an unlikely hero and two best friends coming of age in depression era, rural Alabama. Tom is white, Ben is black. This creates problems in this particular historical period.
Ben Evans was born forty years too early. A black kid growing up in the height of the Great Depression in the South, being raised by an alcoholic, abusive and incestuous father. This is not the place, nor the circumstances, you would expect one of the brightest young minds of the time to emerge. But Ben has an insatiable curiosity from a very young age to learn everything there is to know about the world. With the help of Rachel Winston, the benevolent daughter of the man who owns the farm the Evan’s family lives on as sharecroppers, Ben finds a way to educate himself. He gains access to Rachel’s text books, as well as her fathers extensive private library. When a series of adventures cause Ben and his best friend Tom Martin to move to Atlanta to find work, Ben gets the opportunity to really expand his education. But the more educated Ben becomes, the more trouble he encounters in a time where black folks were not supposed to forget their place. Despite racism and other seemingly impossible barriers, Ben doesn't give in to self pity or hatred. Instead, he becomes more determined than ever. Genius and tenacity vs. racism, envy and lynch mobs in this southern historical thriller. Which will prevail? A novel for adults as well as young adult readers.


Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enlightenment Books (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GD4CD4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and believeable characters November 20, 2013
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Historical fiction is my favorite genre. The Sharecropper Prodigy is a great example of historical fiction brought to life. The characters in this book are so strong and personable. By the end of the book I had formed a real attachment to them. I believe for a book to fulfill its plot, the characters must be strong and personable. This book definitely did just that. The cultural issues in the book were presented truthfully, correctly, and powerfully. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem. November 21, 2013
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This book drew me in. I knew from the first line that it would be a page turner. The characters were so relatable. It is as if you knew them or someone like them. This young characters determination an drive are truly inspirational. If only we had that same character what great things we could accomplish. I highly recommend this book and plan to read it over and over.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This mind was not wasted. November 21, 2013
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David Lee Malone has captured the harsh reality of rural Alabama for a brilliant black child during the 1930’s. The young man was blessed with a luminous mind and no available outlets for his brilliance to escape, but he managed make his on outlets alone the way. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, for one Ben Evans, his mind would never be wasted, no matter how bad the red-necked people hated it, or hated him.
Glen Alan Burke, Author of "Jesse"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Editor, please! April 4, 2014
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Three stars for an interesting story with fairly well developed characters, but it seriously needed an editor. HOMONYMS such as your and you're, whose and who's, passed and past, and there, their and they're are not interchangeable. They are used differently and have different meanings. This was a real distraction for me. There are other usages of poor grammar. A 17 year old boy is ready to get his doctorate from Harvard and starts a sentence with "him and me"? Not in a college as strict as Harvard. Unfortunately, the portrayal of bigotry Ben faced was all too true for that time. I would recommend the book, but with a warning about the need for editing. Sometimes spell check is not a writer's friend. Especially if he/she depends on it for usage, also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben is my new bestie. November 3, 2013
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This is a definite page-turner. It is easy to form an attachment to the endearing lead characters, Ben, Tom, and Rachel, and I found it hard to put the book down, for fear I would surely miss something. The social stigmas of this era are well-researched and blended perfectly with the plot. Personally, Ben is my favorite. I would love to read more about him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was there!! November 22, 2013
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I literally felt as though I was along for the ride with Ben and Tom through every adventure. A true depiction of what life was like for African-Americans during the Great Depression in the south, especially when a genius like Ben comes along and forgets his place in the social order. The characters are so easy to identify with and the story keeps the pages turning. A must read!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read January 8, 2014
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One of the best books I've ever read! I enjoyed it from start to finish. I recommend it to all book readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! December 27, 2013
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This is my first digital "book". I was planning to wait for a print edition, but the preview had me wanting more and I decided this was as good a time as any to dip my toes in the digital stream. I am glad I read this story. Mr. Malone kept me on the edge of my chair with his characters and their adventures. The references to historical events will have me doing a bit more reading and research. I thoroughly enjoyed The Sharecropper Prodigy!
On a tech note I read this on a Nexus 7 and noticed a few font changes, not within a word, but just a few changes in size and italicization. Not sure if it is my device or the "publisher's" issue. It did NOT distract from an interesting story!
Not to worry loggers, paper makers, printers and bookbinders, I will still collect books, but if a book or story is only available digitally, I won't hesitate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Good reading.
Published 11 hours ago by Al Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dug up old stories I had heard about.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Humble beginnings to genius
This tale sadly reminds us of a dark time in our history of bigotry and evil people. It goes on to show us that education and encouragement can lead to great things when we treat... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tracy Stz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting reading but a little unbelievable at times.
Published 20 days ago by Carol Lowther
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a good read and had me thinking about the unfairness in some lives for days after.
Published 23 days ago by Bobby K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending was sad, but real
Believable characters. Very authentic for time and area. Ending was sad, but real. Knowing author's heritage made reading more emotional. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Bill J. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sharecropper Prodigy is a good Historical Thriller
This is a verry good read, a lot of drama and a sad ending bt still good.
Published 1 month ago by christiane price
5.0 out of 5 stars Although I was a little disappointed with some spelling and...
Although I was a little disappointed with some spelling and grammatical errors, I found the story line fascinating and it was, over-all, well written.
Published 1 month ago by Aimee Greene
3.0 out of 5 stars A promising story
This book had a lot of promise in the beginning, but became too Forest Gump like as
the story unfolded. Still a pretty good read and I enjoyed the story.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Ringgenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I can't seem to find the right words to describe this book. I was hoping for an unlikely happily ever after ending. It never came. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I grew up and have lived my whole life in rural Alabama. Story telling was as much a part of daily activities as chores on the farm and sitting down to supper. I heard stories from such an eclectic cast of historical characters in my formative years, that I couldn't help but absorb some of these skills. Had some of the storytellers of my youth had the inclination to take pen and paper, write them down and submit them, I'm confident some of them would have produced best-sellers. I waited until rigor mortis had almost set in to decide to actually try and get something published. Now, writing consumes most of my daily thought. I still, and always will,live within 5 miles of where I was born, with my wife, Detha, a first grade teacher, and my 22 year old son, Jacob, who apparently has no designs on ever running away from home. I have a daughter, Mara, who thankfully is married to a great guy.
I love writing what I know, which is southern, historical thrillers filled with plenty of action, drama and adventure. I also have another alter ego which compels me to write modern, dark thrillers. I try to write dialogue as accurately as possible, using the vernacular and colloquialisms of the place and time, without making it difficult to read for non-southerners.

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