Johnny and Jamaal

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Johnny and Jamaal

When Johnny Robertson, a 22 year old late bloomer, makes it onto the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, he is finally making a name for himself. He's an up and rising star with not only plenty of talent, but also the chiseled looks that all the girls love and guys envy. He's gaining more notoriety more than ever before. After playing a road game in St. Louis, Missouri, he and a few of his teammates go to a local pub to relax and unwind. While there, he meets a beautiful African American girl named Johnnetta. They hit it off and eventually leave the pub together. Although the Delmar Loop area, a popular entertainment district, is the place to find some fun things to do, there are times when it can be a troublesome place to be around. Which is what happens when Johnny and Johnnetta leave the pub. Being in a "wrong time wrong place" situation, they never realize their lives will be changed forever.

Jamaal Cooper, an 18 year old NBA hopeful, hasn't lived the most innocent of lives. Living with his mom in the projects of St. Louis, he has grown up with more crime around him than the average 18 year old. Although he has stayed out of trouble due to the influence of his mom and basketball, this particular evening on October 10, 2015 will change his life forever. Hanging out with the wrong people and having not much else to do, Jamaal is one of the people involved in a black mob violence confrontation with Johnny and Johnnetta in the Delmar Loop area. Chaos ensues and people are hurt badly.

When the news outlets get wind of what's happening, it becomes the main news topic of the day and many days to come. A gentleman by the name of Wilbur Rufus Holmes, Jr. sees the news reports and decides that he must spread the "love not hate" mantra before the world corrupts itself any further. Some refer to Wilbur as the next Martin Luther King because he promotes love, peace, harmony and honesty among all people of all colors. He strongly supports the All Lives Matter and criticizes the Black Lives Matter campaign.

What happens during this confrontation between Johnny, Johnnetta and Jamaal? How will their lives be changed after this fateful night? Is Wilbur influential enough to change dangerous mindsets and reverse the racial disharmony spreading across the country?

Mr. Breakey has written another powerful story that kept me frantically turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. The characters were extremely believable right down to all the colloquial language he used throughout his story. I love being transported into an author's world and Mr. Breakey did just that for me. When the out of control confrontations happened, my heart was pounding in my chest as if I was experiencing the violence firsthand. I found myself feeling a sense of discomfort and panic as if I was another person being victimized during one of the riots. This book is not only filled with drama that encompasses current event situations we hear about everyday, but also offers plenty of peace, love and harmony messages throughout the pages. This author writes with such conviction in his storylines, that I walk away feeling that each story could truly happen at any point in time. Mr. Breakey is an author who knows how to entertain his readers and I highly recommend this book. Well done!

Book Blurb for Johnny and Jamaal

Two athletes from different planets are on the verge of greatness. Johnny's a carefree Canadian making his mark in the NHL. Jamaal's set to follow LeBron and Kyrie out of the ghetto. When their worlds collide, the catastrophic clash ignites racial conflict not seen since Ferguson. The incident tests the fledgling love of Johnny's best friend Lucas and his African-American girlfriend Chantal, and sets them on a quest for truth and justice in the perverse racial landscape of 2016.

As chaos escalates across American cities, an MLK-like voice rises from the ashes. Wilbur Rufus Holmes may be salvation for Luke and Chantal, but can he stop society's relentless descent into racial discord?

Johnny and Jamaal is awash with sports, violence and political taboo, as America's seething dysfunction is laid bare.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2016 5.00