Forty Acres

I would recommend Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Acres to everyone, but let’s face it; this book is not for everyone. I recommend this book to the capable, intelligent person whom is able to read it and appreciate it as the fictional book that it was meant to be. It should be appreciated for its creative value. Readers should also appreciate the author’s smart and creative thoughts that are of a unique perspective. The author clearly has a rare talent for writing. I liked this unique story. I hope to read more about the unusual slavery ring mentioned in Acres.

Acres is a book that is both clever and creative. It puts you in the shoes of a wealthy black man who is on the opposite side of a race war where Whites are no longer the perpetrators of fear, but wealthy black men. They could be your worst nightmare.


Book Blurb for Forty Acres

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

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


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 4.00