Local author E.B. Alston (Gene) is coming to Barnhills on Saturday, Feb. 26th and will be reading from several of his books, one of which is described below.
Those Whom the Gods Love. Two brutal racial murders in Jacksonville, NC in 1961. A reluctant Vietnam veteran recruited to go undercover to bring the murderer to justice with the help of a beautiful partner named Bess. It culminates in a thrilling chase through Jacksonville with a climactic ending in Holly Ridge where the star is a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. Alston weaves a fast moving story of romance, wit, humor, intrigue, violence and thrills.
Praise for Those Whom the Gods Love.
“I enjoyed the endearing and not so endearing characters as they lived their unusual and exciting lives. There was lots of natural sounding dialog that moved the plot along. The plot was intricate with many twists and turns—and some surprises. The workings of how telephone poles are installed added an extra dimension to the novel as did the military scenes. Those Whom the Gods Love had plenty of romantic interludes, surprises and excitement. The author is certainly a student of human nature. His insight into how and why people act as they do was accurately displayed in his novel. I thought the cover was extremely eye-catching and should make readers want to see what is inside.” Writer’s Digest, March 2006
“The hero is first met through a superbly written series of conversations between a young lady and a housekeeper. Through these conversations (which take place over two and one half years) one man’s life in the war is chronicled. These same conversations keep us abreast of life on the home front and a girl’s growing love.
After the war, Bill Davis, who we already know is quick, incisive, a firearms expert, and a man of his word, is requested to go undercover to try and solve two racial murders. His accomplice is a beautiful lady, also on her first undercover assignment. Together they deal with a self centered, mean, explosive man of no moral values who is employed as the head of a telephone construction crew. Dealing with the various members of his crew and their assorted personalities is every bit as challenging as trying to trip up the suspected murderer.
The action takes place in a variety of locations. The author’s descriptive powers are such that one can really sense the seedy-ness of the rooming house and feel the rising tension in a bar room where the same song has been played over and over all night.
This account is set in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Big fast cars and America’s love of them were a hallmark of that era. The author capitalizes on this and describes several different automobiles and artfully works them into the plot. Observing the elaborate means and ways that people devised to deliver messages covertly before text messaging, e-mail, and cell phones came along was also a delight. Clandestine meetings kept the story moving along at a rapid pace.
This book is full of well developed characters. There are several side lines that give the reader a good feel of what life was like in the early sixties. The basic plot is solid, the pace is brisk, and there are unexpected twists in the action that keeps the reader guessing through the last page.”
Judy Jacobs: September 19, 2005
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