The Other Brother Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2007
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Featured as a thriller mixed with acts of paranormal, The Other Brother pits the two brothers and their father, T. J. Reid, in a race against time and forces unseen. There are many attributes to this novel and just when you believe you know the driving force, Massey throws another wrench in the mix, which leaves your mouth agape!
The characters play their roles dutifully throughout, adjusting with the events around them and back again. The acts and drama detailed and the descriptions of the surroundings are vivid. The author goes one step further by adding social commentary amidst wealth and behavior and the fact that wealth is not synonymous with the measure of a man. This is my first read by Brandon Massey and I will gladly read another by this talented author.
Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves
The Other Brother is the story of an upper middle class black family, the Reid Family, who reside in Atlanta - Theo Reid, CEO and founder of the highly succesful Reid Construction Company; Gabriel Reid, his son, who is being nicely groomed to take over the company someday; daughter Nicole, who although not involved in the company, is a successful corporate lawyer in her rite; and wife Margaret, the ever loving and supporting family matriarch...
All is peachy in this family... You can tell that from the old family portrait on the wall taken so many years ago, every one with their afros, smiling... the perfect family indeed.
But everybody got a skeleton or two rattling in the closet, itching to break out... and that skeleton is the illegitimate son fathered by Theo Reid in the city of Chicago some 30 years ago, Isaiah Battle...
Isaiah is the spitting image of his father, but due to living in poverty in the hard streets of Chicago, Isaiah is a hardened thug and seasoned criminal. After Isaiah's mother dies, Isaiah vows to get revenge on his father and his family for leaving him and his mother in such a impoverished lifestyle, while going on with his own life and having the perfect family, perfect life, etc...
Soon after his 30th birthday, Isaiah is on the road in his suped up Chevelle, heading full speed to Atlanta, itching for some "get back".
Hence, the background to another one of Brandon Massey's perfectly penned stories... And as in all of his other stories, this great author does something that I absolutely LOVE: presents an amazing story with SOOO many layers. This story could be read on so many levels... It is a captivating thriller... a beautiful love story... a story of struggle... a dive into the supernatural... and a story that highlights the importance of family and familial bonds...
As usual, when I pick up a book by Massey, I'm saying "I'm just gonna read the first couple of chapters, get a feel for what's going on"... then I look up, and several hours have passed, and I am halfway through the book... Everything he writes is just that good- just draws you right in, holds tight, and won't let go...
And I love the fact that the book is set all over my hometown, the ATL!!! That's a real plus...
Go out and get it... you won't be disappointed!
Definitely a page turner... Really though.
All I can say is get "The Other Brother", either in audio or print form. You won't be disappointed!
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