Forty Acres

  • by Dwayne Alexander Smith
  • Narrated by Andre Blake
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this pause-resisting and provocative new audiobook.
Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.
Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery - but this time around, the black men are called "Master." Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.
A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man's desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.


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Exciting Social Conscience Twister

Forty Acres is an enjoyable political thriller that quickly peaks your interest, builds in intensity and has you up late into the night in suspense. You will be asked to delve into your own thoughts on social injustice and civil rights. Not as a history lesson but, as modern day choices in the midst of peer pressure.

Martin Grey is a young attorney that you are instantly drawn to and look for good things coming his way. When he finds himself the attraction of powerful patricians during a high profile court case, you can easily see how he is drawn into stepping out of his norm when invited. It feels to him as a step forward after a job well done. Imagine the surprise when in actuality it leads into the past.

Forty Acres takes you to uncomfortable places that you won't see coming. I want you not to see it coming as well - so I won't be telling you more of the plot. The best part of this book is that the author does an exceptional job in blindly leading the protagonist and readers into a modern day American expedition. When Martin comes to the realization that he is at a loss to his current physical location, amongst other things, I was right there with him grabbing for the worthless smart phone.

This is Dwayne Alexander Smith's first novel coming from a career as a screen play writer. The first part of this book, for me, was superior. It's fresh, face paced and exciting. There comes a point in the plot where it jumped the shark, for me, I am sad to say. Did it ruin the book for me? OH NO - exactly the opposite. It just had me spending a few additional days pondering how I wish it had gone differently and at what point did it revert to a screen play. It's a fine book and well worth the credit. It's very thought provoking.

Andre Blake's narration is flawlessly transparent. He accentuates the text with his exceptional performance.

I look forward to each and every future work by both.
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- tooonce72

poorly researched and poorly written

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like hearing about a main character who likes slapping his wife's ass in the shower and who know nothing about the horrors of African slavery and the real worthwhile efforts Black people have made to seek reparations

Would you ever listen to anything by Dwayne Alexander Smith again?

No, he needs to finish that schooling he dropped out of and learn a thing or two before writing again

Would you be willing to try another one of Andre Blake’s performances?

The narrarator was fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was appalled to listen to the author villianize Black men who were trying to figure out reparations ( the author should look that word up) by casting them as sociopaths. The dumbest thing about the book is that he had so called business men wasting their time and money to run a mine that produced little to nothing, If your characters were businessmen, they would have run a prrofitable business down there, making clothes, shoes, African history memorabilia, something! No believable businessmen would pay to run a business that yielded no profit. Also the sexism is disgusting, why isnt Anna getting aroused and dry humping someone? The heroine is virtuous and the men get their freak on like the ass slapping main character, Worst of all the author disgraces the names of Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Temir Rice, Sandra Bland and the Charleston Nine by making their story a backdrop to his heroic rescue of a beautiful blond white girl. If he ever wrties again - he should stick to books about ass slapping and fucking hard. That is this authors only believable area of expertise. What this author knows about Black history and the struggle for justice clearly indicates that he left school too soon.

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- honestcritic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio