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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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 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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14 of 15 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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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 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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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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5 of 5 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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6 of 6 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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7 of 8 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Jack D Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Could hardly put the book down until completed
A very interesting historical fiction novel. It presents three children, a brilliant black boy, a white boy and a white girl, who grew up as close friends during the Great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jerry R. Blackerby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Well written tale of a brilliant black boy's struggle to overcome racism in the deep south in the 1940s. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven W. Neighbors
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and well written!
I fell in love with Ben's thirst for knowledge. This book was very moving and touching. I cried and cried but I was also in awe with young Ben. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!
I just finished this book and it was great!! The main character, Ben, is a likable young man. The only complaint I have for this book is it needs an editor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frickmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent.
A well written and touching novel. What I admired most about the book was the true friendship between Rachel, Tom, and Ben. I am anxious to read more from this author. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Happy Lady Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenacious, Boy-genius Story!
I really enjoyed reading The Sharecropper's Prodigy. It’s a moving story that tells the life of a little African American boy who grows up in the South during the Great Depression. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John T. Noctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring.....
This book is marvelous. I enjoyed every aspect of it. The way it wove the story line along with surprising twists and turns, dramatic in many places and smooth-flowing and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by hobbit house
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your taste in books
I wouldn't call it a thriller and I skipped parts or speed read through parts that I felt did not pertain to the storyline. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Good reading.
Published 8 months ago by Al Stafford
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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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