A prequel to the John Oxman Voyages Trilogy set in 1970's Detroit. A coming of age novel full of street fights, gangs and gritty dialogue, characters and awkward teenage love that I promise you will never forget. USA Today, best selling author, Rebecca Forster, calls it better than Catcher in the Rye. Always a five star review grabber....
|Title||:||Detroit Daze (The John Oxman Voyages #3)|
|Number of Pages||:||215 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Detroit Daze (The John Oxman Voyages #3) Reviews
Okay. Truth in advertising. I'm a Detroit boy. Yes, I survived. Barely. This book brought back so many memories (none of them good) of growing up in that hellhole. But beyond that, it is a phenomenal read. It's gritty, gruesome, intense, frightening, fearsome, violent. It's the story of a young man trying to survive and find himself in a world populated by gangs and thugs, in a dysfunctional working class family. It's a world of drugs, alcohol, crime, random violence, mayhem, racism, despair.Conrad Johnson is a brilliant writer. If you can handle anything this dark, foreboding, intense, then you need to read this book. It's real. It's life. I know. I was there.
I love crime fiction in all its incarnations, but Detroit Daze was so much more than a novel about crime in Detroit. This is a story about young people who struggle to escape their destiny. At times there is hope, more often than not there is despair, but because of the author's talent my rage at the futility of their lives was as real as my hope that salvation was imminent. The depth of characterization, the gritty sense of time and place, the exquisite style of Conrad Johnson transported and trapped me in a world that was both foreign and fascinating. This is an intense coming of age read. If you liked Catcher in the Rye, you will love this book.
There's no pretense in the way Johnson writes. His characters come from a life lived. His protagonist moves through a world always on the fringe of violence,tangible, believable and the jumping off point to more. I look forward to the rest of The Oxman Voyages. This one is hard to put down.
GET IT FREE NOW AT SMASHWORDS.COM IN DIGITAL FORMAT! A real blast from the past. Terse, gritty and self effacing. The makings of John Oxman.