Monuments: A Deadly Day at Jefferson Park

Monuments to the US War between the States romanticized the notion of the Confederacy. While these monuments came down in the twenty-first century, it did not signal the end to the romantic ideas people held about the war, nor the existence of white supremacy. In the near future, Civil War reenactment events are still held, and, other than fist fights and drunken brawls, have been mostly violence-free.

Until now.

When Jenn’s employer is granted a contract at the country’s largest Civil War reenactment, she and the other managers, Paul, Jack, Mari, and Clarence, have to make some tough calls. Across the country, the event’s promoter and his main sponsor, a popular evangelical preacher, make plans for an event no one will soon forget. Thrown together, along with unlikely girlfriends, a doting congregant, and an unstable redneck, the characters are in for a deadly day of monumental terror.

MONUMENTS is the prequel to BLM-PD: Revenge Was Inevitable

Here are what readers had to say about BLM-PD:

I was captivated immediately. The characters are fleshed out (we all know a KJ and a Queen) the fast pace keeps you engaged all the way through and without giving away anything, it’s satisfying to see karma in action.”

“This action-thriller invites readers inside a secret team of grieving, enraged, weapons- and -martial arts-trained Black women, formed after the senseless and completely unjustified murder of their mutual friend Jack by a white police officer. The team dedicates itself to well-targeted retaliatory action against this country’s 400 years of racist violence by the law enforcement and criminal justice systems against Black and other POC. Thus, in the novel, the familiar anti-hero action figure is reimagined as a league of professional well-placed, Black women whose lethal violence against certain racist white cops and prosecutors feels to them justified and way too long in coming. Thanks to the author’s inclusion of a heartbreaking and rage-inducing plethora of real-life incidents of racist police violence and prosecutorial malfeasance, BIPOC and allied white readers will understand and share the rage and helplessness that drive the BLM-PD group. The angrier and more helpless readers feel about the history and human costs of racism – and white supremacy ordained violence against Black and other POC in the U.S., the more they will want to read, and will appreciate, this novel.”

“A friend of mine was raving about a book that he discovered called BLM-PD. He insisted that I should read it. I was a little reluctant to take his word for it because my attention span is usually too short to enjoy fictional novels. I am a little embarrassed to admit this but if a novel does not grab my attention in the first five pages I will sit it down never to return. I must say that BLM-PD captured my attention from the very start! This is the first book that I have read in a long time that I could not put down – great read!”

“BLM-PD is a page turner! Great characters, vivid visuals & writing that brings emotions. Love the book and the fact that it also provides real-life examples of what is happening in our world today & facts on BLM. LOVE the female perspective through leadership, intelligence, resilience, friendship & power. Buy it!”

“This book kept me engaged from the very start to the very end. It left me wanting more. The character development allowed me to feel connected to each of the women, and wanting to be part of their strong bond with one mission in mind… revenge because of a deep love connection for the one man that kept them all together.”

“I read a lot of mystery and thrillers. This was not exactly either. It is a great suspense. It’s always difficult writing a review without spoilers. Also, it is pertinent to this review that I am white and middle aged. The novel has a great cast of stong women who take action. As a woman I find some of the tension between the women forced, however, it’s not unheard of.There is a lot of tension in this novel, between the women, within society. The plot is good. It’s straightforward (which I really like). What’s better is how the author weaves social commentary into the novel. And not in a way that everyone is going to be comfortable with. Nor should they be. For me, the violence and reasoning behind the violence made me incredibly uncomfortable. However, objectively the choices made by the characters make sense. In a world where Black people, both adults and children, are at risk simply based on their skin color, why should white people get a pass? And this is a valid question. Again, I am staying away from the plot. The political commentary worked nicely too and gave me a lot to think about.”

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