3 out of 4 stars
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FEAR ME NOW: The War Annex by Christopher Williams is a crime thriller about a black man who takes on White America. Crenshaw Dimes (Dubb Sack) is the first one in his family to go to college. After his mother loses her job, he does not know how to manage college and maintain his 3.0 GPA. Dubb Sack is a 21-year-old black man full of anger and living in a racist world. He believes White America has stolen his culture, religion, land, language, and God from him. Feeling dead inside, he tries to talk to his friends about his anger. They do not take him seriously and think the answer is for him to mellow out by getting high on drugs. He continues to feel the humiliation he has had to contend with from white people all of his life. How does he overcome these demons that are haunting him? Or does he? You will have to read the book to find out.
The main thing I liked about this book is how the author drew out my emotions. I could feel everything Dubb was feeling and understood his anger and frustration. I had to double-check and make sure this book was not non-fictional and about his personal life. Everything felt so real while I was reading the book. For this reason, I could not put down the book and had to keep reading it until it was finished.
There are a couple of things I dislike about this book. Firstly, this book is full of profanity and derogatory bias toward stereotyping of African Americans. The use of the word “nigra” throughout the book was offensive to me. Secondly, the use of Ebonics is not something I am familiar with. I had trouble understanding some of the terminologies. In fact, I had to look up the word “Ebonics” to see what it meant. That is probably more a failure of mine than the authors, but it made me uncomfortable while reading the book.
This book is fast-paced and action-packed with a smooth-flowing plot. Unfortunately, it is full of errors that a professional editor would have found. Due to these errors, I can only give this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book would warrant the maximum of stars if it were not for the mistakes.
I recommend this book to adults who enjoy crime thrillers. I do not think this book is appropriate for younger readers because of the non-borderline profanity and violence contained in this book. Sensitive readers need to be cautious of the dark mental aspect of this book.
FEAR ME NOW: The War Annex
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