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November 24, 2015 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

Not Black and White by G. A. Beller

G. Anton Publishing | October 2015 | Hardcover • Paperback • Kindle | 400 pages


1st Paragraph:

From the Memoirs of Mars Gregory:
So, here I am. The last man standing. The only one left to tell the tale. My name is Marston Gregory — Mars. Everyone else is either dead, in prison, or untouchable. Frankly, I never thought I’d be alive to tell you this story.

I grew up in Chicago, where you quickly learn how the game is played. Political corruption is nothing shocking. You get used to seeing our elected officials frog-walked in front of the cameras. It’s a 50/50 shot that someone you voted for will eventually be indicted. It’s the Chicago way, right?

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

While I don’t read a lot of political novels, I’ve lived and worked in the Chicago area my entire life and am sure to find this fascinating.


More Information

Book Description:

NOT BLACK AND WHITE is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America’s first African-American President, and the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the State of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts. This story puts the reader inside the campaign offices and smoke-filled back rooms where political deals are made. It depicts the rise and fall of a Syrian immigrant who made millions by pretending he had billions, while charming his way into the highest halls of wealth and power. The perspective of a local attorney/businessman who found himself in a front row seat to politics-as-usual in The City That Works is reflected throughout the story. The cast of characters may appear familiar to anyone who ever read a headline or watched cable news and talk shows across the country.

In 1994, a freak traffic accident occurred, killing a family of six young children when their van burst into flames after being struck by a semi-trailer truck driven by a man unqualified to drive such a vehicle. The truck driver, a victim himself, had bribed an employee of the Illinois secretary of state’s office in order to procure his commercial driver’s license. The tragic accident and resulting exposé of corruption and scandal that followed changed forever the course of American History. Inspired by true events, NOT BLACK AND WHITE leaves it to the reader to interpret fact from fiction.

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  1. laurelrainsnow / Nov 24 2015 11:00 am

    I have been curious about this one ever since I first saw it around the blogosphere. I am intrigued by this kind of story. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “SNOW ANGEL COVE”


  2. Sandra Nachlinger / Nov 24 2015 1:11 pm

    Sounds like a fascinating story. I lived in Miami many years ago and saw quite a few of our elected officials indicted (and convicted) of various crimes, so I can definitely relate.
    My Tuesday post features The Beach House.


  3. Literary Feline / Nov 24 2015 3:16 pm

    I hadn’t heard of it before. I don’t read a lot of political fiction, admittedly, but this sounds really interesting.


  4. Diane / Nov 24 2015 8:48 pm

    Not familiar with this one, but I do like that intro – I’d read more.

    Thanks for joining us this week and Happy Thanksgiving.


  5. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Nov 24 2015 9:30 pm

    I am not sure, I’d have to read a bit more to decide.


  6. Suko / Nov 25 2015 10:25 am

    This sounds fascinating to me as well. I’d read more of this book!


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