June 23

Forty Acres – Dwayne Alexander Smith

Forty Acres – Dwayne Alexander Smith

Martin Grey, a smart, talented. young lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, is taken under the wing of a secretive group made up of America’s most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men. He’s dazzled by what they have accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be one of them They invite him for a weekend away from it all – no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But what he discovers, far from home, is a disturbing alternative reality which challenges his deepest convictions…

A novel of rage and compassion, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.


Review copy kindly provided by Netgalley.

One of the joys of any new book is the pending adventure. Where will the story take me? Will I be gripped by adventure? Bored by excessive detail? Or be challenged with new ideas and concepts? Fortunately 40 Acres managed to grip, entertain and, at times, even made me seriously consider some of my personal perceptions.

At the heart of the story is a successful lawyer, Martin Grey, who gets the chance to join an elite band of successful black businessmen and entrepreneurs. The foundation behind their unity is shrouded in mystery which is slowly and (often) shockingly revealed to the reader, and Grey, as our perceptions of equality in the 21st Century is challenged by author Dwayne Alexander Smith.

Although I felt the book got off to a bit of a slow start, this was short lived and I quickly found that I wanted to learn more about Mr Gray and his new friends. The central character was nicely grounded and when faced with some of the extreme concepts and situations that confronted him as the story unfolded I found I was able to empathise with the dilemmas he faced – excellent writing by Smith who took some unpleasant concepts and almost gave them a rational spin at times. By the time I was deep into the book I was engrossed and could not wait to see how the story panned out.

A little bit of learning in this book for me too. The titular Forty Acres is a direct link to the freehold land given to former slaves by the American Government when they got their freedom. Had I known this before starting the story I may have been a bit more aware of where the story was leading so I was a little slow on the uptake! I don’t feel that being better informed than I would in any way spoil what was otherwise an excellent story.

For readers that enjoy an adventure story, but don’t want to suspend their belief and read about the all action hero, then I would have no qualms recommending that you Grab This Book.

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Posted June 23, 2014 by Gordon in category "From The Bookshelf


  1. By Dwayne Alexander Smith on


    Loved the review. Thank you and thanks for recommending it to your readers.

    FYI the book title on the review and my name is incorrect. It should be Forty Acres (40 spelled out) and Dwayne Alexander Smith

    I only point this out because it will be a lot easier for your readers to find the book if they are interested in checking it out.

    Again thanks for the great review. I really glad you liked the book.


    1. By GJ (Post author) on

      Hi Dwayne, my apologies for getting both your name and the book title wrong (unforgivable) I have updated both.

      Thank you for taking time to read my review, I hope that it came through how much I enjoyed Forty Acres. As you may see from my blog I am still finding my feet; I will be trying to raise the profile of my site and I plan to Tweet about (and sing the praises of) Forty Acres over the next few weeks.

      Best Regards

      1. By Dwayne Alexander Smith on


        Totally forgivable. No worries.
        Thanks for making the corrections so quickly.
        Also, thanks for spreading the word about Forty Acres.

        Good luck with the blog.


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