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The Choir Director (Church) Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Juicy scandals rock Bishop T.K. Wilson's First Jamaica Ministries Church in Queens, New York City, in Weber's latest church series eyebrow-raiser. Monique, Bishop's first lady, and her fellow megachurch members are shocked when Jackie Robinson Moss, their choir director, is revealed to be gay and a seducer of many "straight" churchgoers, causing a drop in church membership and cash-flow problems. Wilson recruits (blackmails?) Aaron Mackie, a hot, gifted Virginia choir director, to set things right. Aaron attracts the wild and crazy Simone Wilcox, self-obsessed chairwoman of the board of trustees running Jamaica Ministries who's been pilfering from the church's accounts along with a duplicitous deacon. Aaron, however, is more interested in Tia Gregory, the church's much nicer secretary/rape counselor. After a church member commits suicide, secrets are exposed that could destroy the church and various relationships as Weber (Up to No Good) successfully explores the multiple megaproblems challenging this church family and scores again with a lively mix of church politics and bedroom follies. (Feb.)
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When the popular choir director of First Jamaican Ministries, the biggest church in Queens, New York, is presented a Man of the Year award, his wife announces to the congregation that he is gay, forcing him out of the closet and out of the church. Demoralized by their director�s double life, the choir dwindles to only a handful of members. Bishop T. K. Wilson, determined to find a choir director who can make his choir great again (and his church famous), offers the position, along with a great salary and nice car, to Aaron Mackie, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a cover model, and the charisma of a Kennedy. However, unbeknownst to Bishop Wilson, Aaron, whose angelic voice belies his devilish behavior, has been driven from his last position by a gun-toting minister who found Aaron with his wife, in the Biblical sense. Faith, hope, and fornication constitute the theme of this lusty tale as Weber�s sex-driven choir director meets the hormonally active ladies of the First Jamaican Church. --Shelley Mosley
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I found the characters of Simone and Maxwell to be cartoonish, irrational and one-dimensional. And their motivation for their actions was weak, to say the least.
I liked Aaron Mackie, the titular character. And I wondered about his connection to the two goons that were tailing him. And the reveal turned out to be a bust, for this reader.
The women characters weren't as brainy as I felt they should have been. After all, Mr. Weber's target reader are women, I assume.
So, considering that, shouldn't he write his female characters as quick and savvy and on top of things?
But that was not the case. Maxwell, a shameless neer-do-well, whose comic book villiany reminded me of JR Ewing from the old primetime sudser, DALLAS, tells Monique that her husband is a criminal and without a blink, she accepts it and does the unspeakable.
Simone, a known liar prevaricates to Tia about who Aaron is and Tia confronts Aaron and ends their relationship based on what emerged from Simone's lying mouth.
Some of that stuff came across like 60's soap opera.
For my buck and a half, Carl Weber is losing steam, but that happens to the best of 'em. After a while, many writers run out of ideas or their ideas aren't as fresh and imaginative.
Weber's prose and dialogue remains sprightly and highly readable, but sadly, the stories lack imagination.
--EbonyReader4Life (Circle of Color Book Club)
I couldn't put this book down, the drama had me hooked, the comedy was right on time & the ending was great. I would like to read a book entered around Aaron & Tia.
Lastly, could someone tell me why James Black's son was not there. I know his daughter was in witness protection so she couldn't be there, but how come his son wasn't there, was there a book or story that I missed???
Bishop TK Wilson and First Lady Monique Wilson are enjoying another Sunday service at church when a bombshell is dropped: the current choir director is outed by his wife for being gay and having relations with several members of the church. Attendance soon drops off and the church is in financial trouble due to this sordid scandal. Bishop Wilson soon recruits Aaron Mackie as the new choir director Aaaron is a talented young man from Virginia with the looks and talent to get the choir back on track and the attendance up at First Jamaica.
Aaron's arrival at the church stirs up trouble, due to his high salary and his good looks. Many church members are happy Aaron is there, especially the women,but many are not. Aaron's selection as choir director reveals that many pople of the church are up to no good. Simone Wilcox the head of the trustees, Jonathan "Smitty" Smith and several others seem to involved in some shady business.
Drama is high at First Jamaica when secrets are revealed, money is missing,lies are told and the church ends up in more trouble than it has ever been in. This book shows us that "church folk" are some of the most devious, scandalous people there are. They attend church on Sundays to cover up the dirty deeds they do Monday-Saturday and some even on Sunday!!