A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith
Forty Acres is rightly called a thriller, because it definitely had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. Martin Grey, a young black attorney, is taken under the wing of the lawyer he recently won a huge case against. Damon Darrell is so impressed by what Martin did in the courtroom that he brings him into a close-knit group of black wealthy, successful men. When they invite him on one of their frequent white water rafting trips, he learns that it’s all a ruse to cover up their real source of recreation: slavery. A “plantation” of sorts has been created to provide black men with the experience of being called “Master” and lording over white slaves.
The men see this as sort of payback for the wrongs done to their ancestors and the ones still plaguing their people today. But none of this sits well with Martin and he quickly realizes that this is something he doesn’t want to be a part of. He also knows that leaving, once you’re accepted in, can be dangerous.
The author has a background in film and you can tell from the writing here. The narrative moves at a fast pace and there aren’t any wasted words. Forty Acres would make a great choice for a book club selection as the thought-provoking subject matter would make for good conversation. I’m hearing rumors that there may be a sequel and hoping they are true.