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A Storm Came Up Paperback – July 26, 2011
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Doug does an outstanding job of relaying these emotions through the eyes of the characters in his book, "A Storm Came Up." He uses personalities on both sides of this argument to demonstrate what the attitudes of 1960s were in the south, and the struggles those involved had to overcome. And it is tough not to get emotionally involved with these people as they deal with a tumultuous era in America.
When Doug describes a local white football coach who sees the athletic ability available in the African American community and tries to manipulate the system to push through integration, the reader feels like he is that coach and empathises with his point of view. When Doug describes the plight of a young Klansmen trying to make his mark and win the respect of his associates, the reader gets the feeling he is in that white robe, and understands why he is doing what he can to disrupt the integration process. Even if what he is doing does not fall within the parameters of fair play. When you read about local civic leaders trying to handle this transition against a mob mentality, and the mob includes members you grew up with and have been friends with for years, you get a feel for what those people must have gone through.
So this book will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, wondering how it will play out. And see if the bad guys will get their comeuppance, or the good guys will get their just rewards.
It started out great: awesome intro, great, likable characters, and a strong plot. And then...it just...fizzled.
There was little character development. No backstory for a minor character that played a pivotal role in Andy's life...Brax didn't grow or develop; he was very static and wishy-washy - I liked him less as the book went on. And the ending for one of the characters didn't make sense or seem to serve any purpose.
The author took a very meaty topic and tried to wrap a story around it encompassing the turmoil and tension and it was too much for him.
Also? Apostrophe misuse is a HUGE issue for me and this book seriously needed more editing.
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