Standing at the Scratch Line - Guy Johnson

Standing at the Scratch Line

By Guy Johnson

  • Release Date - Published: 2001-01-09
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Guy Johnson
Our rating: 5/5 stars

5 Score: 5 (From 57 Ratings)

Standing at the Scratch Line Guy Johnson read online review & book description:

Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

King thus embarks on an adventure that first takes him to France, where he fights in World War I as a member of the segregated 369th Battalion—in the bigoted army he finds himself locked in combat with American soldiers as well as with Germans. When he returns to America, he battles the Mob in Jazz Age Harlem, the KKK in Louisiana, and crooked politicians trying to destroy a black township in Oklahoma.

King Tremain is driven by two principal forces: He wants to be treated with respect, and he wants to create a family dynasty much like the one he left behind in Louisiana. This is a stunning debut by novelist Guy Johnson that provides a true depiction of the lives of African-Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Posted Reviews

  • Would Be An Epic Movie!

    By Yaseen Group Customs
    Must have book in archives! Incredible read from cover to cover! Echoes Of A Distant Summer (continuation) clarifies a lot of what went on in this book.
  • Salute To A True Master Story Teller

    I read both books durning a ruff period of my life. Guy you are truly a blessing brother I write today because of your stories hands down you are one of the greats.
  • Awesome

    By j dub2018
    A real page turner that keeps you entranced from beginning to end. You will find yourself up many nights trying to finish this one.
  • My favorite book

    By Janay Hall
    When I was in prep for the Sats someone gave me this book and to this day I still thank them by far a great read
  • Phenomenal Story

    By LeVarAndLeslie
    This is by far the best historical fiction I've ever read. I couldn't put the book down the first time I read it a couple of years ago, and after the umpteenth read I still can't put it down. Guy Johnson knows how to bring you completely into the story and root for such a strong character in King Tremaine. This was an amazing introduction into "Echoes of a Distant Summer", and that story did not disappoint either. Like most who have read this saga, it was bittersweet that there were only 2 books, but I don't know if a movie based on this could really do it the justice it deserves. For those who haven't read this story, I promise you that it will be worth your time and money many times over!
  • Thrilling from beginning to end

    By Ldk66
    My favorite book! I love the way Mr. Johnson incorporated 20th century African American history into this wonderfully written story.
  • Gripping and entertaining!

    By LadyBlaise
    It's one of the best books I've read in while. Well written, movie worthy! I had fun casting the characters in mind. Guy is Maya Angelou's son so there's tons of depth and character development. They really need to make an e-book version of the second book-Immediately!
  • Great story

    By NyPrince
    My favorite book of all time! Should have made the big screen by now.
  • Great Book

    By 3 Mississippi
    Great story. Could be a movie.

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