- Series: Dre Thomas Series (Book 3)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530528976
- ISBN-13: 978-1530528974
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney, anti-trafficking advocate and award-winning author of multiple legal thrillers. Her mystery Anybody’s Daughter won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. The former journalist and Managing Counsel for Toyota (specializing in labor and employment Law) is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide. Pamela received her bachelor’s degree from USC and also earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law. The Compton native is a frequent speaker on the topics of sex trafficking, online safety, fiction writing, self-empowerment, and pursuing your passion.
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Because the sub-plot is so well developed, this novel is really two for one. The second plot involves the fraught relationship between an incarcerated pimp and sex trafficker and the criminally connected uncle of a kidnapped girl. Dre, the uncle, is able through his underworld connections, to thwart threats to his girl friend and others in his family which adds a level of tension to the novel.
The core of this interesting story centers around a bright fourteen-year-old named Graylin. He’s attending a private school and is found to have a single nude picture of a female classmate on his phone. He may have been set up and the novel in increasingly tension-filled chapters, traces the politically-influenced and rigidly inept laws relating to society’s attempts to deal with sex crimes such as sexting.
Graylin’s case is defended by two of the most interesting characters in the novel. Angela is a top defense attorney, companion to Graylin’s uncle Dre in a somewhat tense relationship, who is not used to working with children accused of crime. She seconds a juvenile specialist and after some early rough going, the two women bond into a formidable team. Although the final outcomes of the novel are somewhat expected, the paths to resolution are filled with disturbing and interesting barriers.
The locations, supporting characters and pace of the novel are all very well done and the ultimate resolutions are satisfying. Each chapter is labeled with the name of the character whose point of view is dominant in that chapter, allowing the author’s keen powers of observation free rein, to excellent effect.
For many reasons, I commend this fine novel to readers of crime fiction and to those likewise interested in the current state of our social affair.
In this storyline the author addresses an issue that is prevalent in todays society with social media and everything being about "sex", but the children are not educated about the consequences until it is too late!
As usually the characters are very strong and well developed, Dre Thomas and posse ( his gyrl -Angela, friend Gus and son ,Graylin), come to the recue again against the mistreatment of children in a society that is suppose to protect them. What we love about the characters in this story is that they do what ever it takes to have "Justice" show its rightful place, especially when it is needed.
All teenagers need to know about the laws surrounding "sexting" and this is a great story to read that is exciting, interesting and educating for them to learn!
Thank you, Pamela Samuels Young for your dedication to informing us and caring about our youth, and sharing this important information!
AGAIN...UNABLE TO GRASP AND LIKE THE CHARACTERS...HE IS STILL A THUG WILLING TO DO PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING AND SHE IS BOTH A BITCH AND YET ANYTHING FOR A MAN....can not grasp that at all...that just to make sure you have a man it is okay if he kills, lies, just so long as in the end you got your man. Sorry, does not show a strong woman.
This trilogy was called Angela Evans Mysteries, but to me, from book 1 she was secondary to DRE...not the other way around....so that was misleading.
To have it touted as strong female was totally wrong...from book 1 there was never a feeling of a strong woman, hell her own mother plans her wedding and future and the man she is with is cold, calculating, demeaning, verbally abusive, condescending...and several OTHER CHOICE WORDS and all the while she says but she can have a kid...she can have a famly, clock is ticking...REALLY...HOW STRONG IS THAT...and that was book 1.
So never could grasp the characters enough, but I HAD ALREADY BOUGHT THE TRILOGY AND HATE WASTING MONEY...now I realize I hate wasting my time more.
BUT - ALL THAT SAID....with better written characters they story lines were very good...the 1st book was a plot would never have thought of and that is what kept me reading...not the 2 main characters, but the plot. Book 2 also had me going because of the idea of what can be done with all this fricking social media and how vulnerable kids are, especially kids without any support system or with parents that are basically not there or don't care and I know this was written about black kids, but plenty of kids out there, white, black, green, purple, come from homes where drugs and alcohol are more important than anything else and so the kids are the ones that suffer. This PLIGHT of sex trafficking in THESE UNITED STATES IS JUST PLAIN WRONG....WRONG....WRONG. With all we are supposed to have going for us, the fact that kids disappear every day to that world is just appalling...it does not show America as strong, but as weak because they could stop this, but it is more important to have overpaid athletes, and movie stars and politicians than it is to put the money where it should go.
THIS LAST BOOK dealt with a very HUGE EPIDEMIC...sexting and I really do not think that we will every get kids to realize that ONCE SOMEONE ELSE HAS DOWNLOADED THAT PICTURE...IT IS OUT THERE FOREVER. They do not think long-term...hell to a kid 12 to 18 a person in there late 20s to early 30s is ANCIENT...that is so old...they do not fear things because they are still in the happy cocoon of feeling invincible and bad things only happen in movies and TV. This was very interesting plot.
BUT WAY TOO MUCH TIME EXPENDED ON SHEPHERD...