- File Size: 1622 KB
- Print Length: 545 pages
- Publisher: Lionscourt Print, Inc (February 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019CW9Z4S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,028,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Digital List Price:||$9.99|
|Print List Price:||$24.95|
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When I was a kid, I loved this kind of a story as is told in "No Trail Behind Me" because of the adventure and the heroism of the characters and being transported into a different place in the world. The story manages to convey a message and stay exciting from beginning to end, it would make a great movie too.
To my kids, I read Harry Potter and loved the adventure and heroism and magic, which every reader will quickly get into the thick of it in this book, but we find ourselves in modern multicultural America and its history.
This is book is better than my favorite epic novels in childhood, because a young woman is one of the lead characters and the boys are tough, and grow into their own from unlikely circumstances.
As an adult I started out very skeptical of these unlikely heroes, and then could not put the book down, because of the rich thoughtful dialogue and story telling full of suspense and empathy, which takes you to LA and a different world in history, perhaps half forgotten and still so much an issue of modern times.
But hey, don't let me tell you everything start reading and you will be transported.
When Lil’ Dre goes out one night to avenge his brother’s death with a gang-sanctioned drive-by, he shoots Marshall Hightower’s foster father, Pops, incurring the wrath of Marshall in the process. The ensuing chase of Lil’ Dre by Marshall leads them to a tussle in an abandoned building where they fall through a magic mirror, into the slave era, and meet the Afro-Native American savant, and fugitive slave Na’ohmi.
The novel’s premise delivers on its promise as anything but a cookie-cutter version of United States history as Ray weaves a frenetic plot where modern-day young black men receive a history lesson like no other—confronting the immediately brutal, all- consuming sentiment of a racist hierarchy, and developing the will to fight its deep roots with their last breaths. Clear relationships between slave codes, and gang injunctions, pimps and slave masters, and even questionable ideas of slave-era and modern day manhood emerge as riddles to unravel.
When Dre, exasperated from his dependence on Na’ohmi’s leadership navigating the Louisiana swamps questions, [“how] could this girl know so much, could be so necessary?” Na’Ohmi’s must confess to Dre just how much she's witnessed in her thirteen years: “I’ve seen father’s killed for simply trying to keep their children from being sold/I tell yuh, I know what a man is.”
Ray’s message to see beyond the illusion of presumed inferiority and—more to the point—to understand the true nature of friendship, sacrifice, and love is a gift for youth and a new progressive history lesson for everyone.
The main characters physical and emotional journey is so compelling. Mr. Ray is such a talent. You don't just read his story, you find yourself completely absorbed in it. The details are so vivid.
I hope he doesn't make us wait much longer for his next book.