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After several attempts at finding work, Bodee becomes a porter for the Knickerbocker Steamship Company and is set to work on their flagship the S. S. Grande Repulic. After only a short time on the job, he is loaned for the to the S.S. General Slocum which will be hosting a group of over one thousand German immigrant families on a church outing. Bodee soon realizes that all of his dreams and visions have led him to this place and the weight of impending disaster presses heavily on him. Will the skinny youth who usually runs from confrontation be strong enough to stand up to fate or will he choose to save himself? Will he call upon the strength of his ancestors that courses through his veins and help others in need? A secondary story of Edward Murphy Junior, the abandoned child turned Newsie, gives a glimpse of another facet of life during this period. His friendship with Two-Tooth Tommy and Mrs. Gerda Heinrich is endearing.
Minetta Lane is the third volume in A. Robert Allen's "Slavery and Beyond" series; to this reader it is by far his best work to date. The story is fast-paced and although chock full of historical facts and scenarios it is far from being a textbook. Author Allen has set his engaging and multi-layered characters against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York City and one of the city's most horrific disasters.
This reviewer gives Minetta Lane a solid five stars and looks forward to more from this exceptional author.
The setting is 1904 in a dangerous area of New York City nicknamed The Bend. The Bend has an unusual race-based code where black residents are accepted, whites are rejected and Irish gangsters are respected. Bodee Rivers, Juba and Blood are the main characters who confront the racial differences in the Bend through their own personal connection and bond. Bodee is an interesting character who struggles with an internal power that tests his strength and endurance to do the right thing while struggling to be accepted by the whites in other neighborhoods.
A. Robert Allen has once again crafted a memorable addition to his fictional series that is full of historical facts. The characters are well shaped with intertwined story lines creating a smooth blend of fact and fiction. The various facets of the story are pulled together with a gripping climax to keep the reader engaged to the very end. The fast pace and short chapters kept me turning the pages while the other part of me did not want the book to end.
Each book in this series has found a special place in my heart. I can only hope the fourth book is in the works. A. Robert Allen is an author to follow for future publications.
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