(Young Junius) PDF/EBOOK ¶ Seth Harwood

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The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) eD a copy of Harwood s new print novel Young Junius as a gift and it was definitely worth the wait Like Jack Wakes Up Young Junius is an immenselynjoyable crime novel but it features a grittier realistic tone Where Jack was fun and The Garden of Happy Endings exciting Junius was powerful and poignant That darkness and realism makes it a better book Young Junius takes place on the mean streets of Cambridge Massachusetts circa 1987 The titular character Junius Posey is 14 years old but thanks to a growth spurt he s already 6 3 Junius and his older brother Temple are low level figures in the area drug trade which hasxploded with the introduction of Crack cocaine When the book opens Temple is dead and Junius is out to find his brother s killer Junius s uest becomes complicated arly on when he kills a local drug dealer to protect his best friend lf this leads protect his best friend Elf This leads Junius being marked for death by the dealer s associates but instead of running like his mother suggests he follows his best lead in his brother s death to the heart of the city s drug trade three massive public housing towers controlled by two rival drug gangsWhen Junius reaches the towers he seeks out one of the drug lords in the hope that she ll be able to provide him with the identity of his brother s killer The drug lord instead My Little Blue Dress exploits the teenager s uest for revenge and uses him as a pawn in her war against her rival What follows is a haunting and compellingxplosion of violence that reads like a mash up of the 1991 movie New Jack City and the fourth season of The Wire which was the phenomenal television program s best seasonAnother reason Young Junius is so fascinating is because Harwood populates the book with a rich cast of Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars eclectic characters like Roughneck a mid level drug dealer with an interest in martial arts who is slowly becoming disgusted with the violence and misery of the drug trade Or officer Gary Johnson an African American uniformed police officer whondures an Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life enormous amount of physical punishment when he stumbles onto the violent happenings in the towersHarwood also uses pacing and tone incredibly well in Young Junius The bulk of the book takes place over one day and as that day progressesvents in the towers spiral out of control and and people are drawn into the violence The day Crazy Love ends with an intense violent gun battle on the top floors of one of the Towers Things are often grim and tense but Harwood doesn t want his story to be oppressively bleak so he inserts moments of humor when appropriate Young Junius is a sort of preuel to Jack Wakes Up and it works in that capacity too Because I like to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible I won t say how but it will be immediately obvious to those who have read Jack Wakes Up Readers who haven t read that novel won t be lost thoughSo I highly recommend Young Junius If you re looking for a powerful and compelling crime novel thatxplores the physical and Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society emotional dangers of violence and vengeance look no further I like most of what Seth Harwood writes and this one was good as well but was much darker or maybe bleak is a better word Definitely shows the gritty side of drugs and gangs in the inner city and takes you on a tough ride through theyes of a young teen One of the best things about Harwood s novels is teen One of the best things about Harwood s novels is himself If you ver get a chance to hear him read be prepared to walk away fired up about his fiction and about fiction in general And his novels are pretty darn good too and Will Only Get Better only get better will be around for a long long time I think this is Seth Harwood s best work to date With ach new segment in the Jack Palms series his writing gets stronger vivid and suspensefulEven though Junius is the main character I feel like I have depth and a sense of perspective from very character in the story His story feels. Tion from retribution His mother gives him fifty dollars and instructions to run but Junius refuses to live a life in hiding Instead shocked by the violence that he’s created and determined to see its conseuences through to their nd he returns to the towers On the surface Young Junius seems like a fairly simple story 14 year old Junius Ponds has his brother die and vows revenge against the drug dealer that murdered him It s a dark abrasive coming of age story that is almost like a YA version of ScarfaceAt the same time though harwood uses that story to make a larger uses that story to make a larger about the karmic circle of violence or rather the downward spiral of violence rather than a circle Junius brother Temple is killed which spurs Junius to action The acts of violence that Junius commits spur others to violence of their own and at the Black Heart, Red Ruby end of the story what do we get A bunch of dead people and an apartment building being torn down from the inside It s not just Juniusither we see the same thing being perpetuated with Rock Marlene and C DubHarwood has a very cinematic style to his writing here much as in his Jack novels There s still a Tarantino lement but it feels like he watched some John Singleton movies as well when preparing for this That s not a criticism but I feel it does provide a good description of the style he uses here I waffled back and forth between a three and four star rating for this story I finally settled on four because despite the violence and somewhat bleak outlook of the story I found it compelling and hard to violence and somewhat bleak outlook of the story I found it compelling and hard to downThis is another book that is a departure from my usual fantasyscience fiction fare I d read a few short blurbs online that sounded intriguing and the setting was particularly attractive to me It is set in 1987 Cambridge MA in the area surrounding the Alewife stop on the MBTA subway line I use the Alewife station on a somewhat regular basis going in to Boston so while things have certainly changed since 1987 a lot of the references were very familiarThe story follows 36 hours in the life of 14 year old Junius Posey growing up in the slum area of Cambridge surrounding three towers run by two rival drug pushers Junius is determined to find out who shot and killed his older brother He and a friend go into the tower territory where they nd up shooting one of the members of one of the drug gangs Junius is given fifty dollars by his mother who tells him to run to an aunt in NY for safety Junius ignores her insrructions and continues to look for his answers In the course of his uest Junius becomes involved in an New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood escalating war bringing the two young men the police and the drug gangs to a bloody violent confrontationIt is the characters that make this such a fascinating read They are real and gritty with depth and life None of them are cardboard cut out stereotypes Even the harddged drug lords have shades of grey and are not completely Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey evil All of the characters from older than his years Junius his tough as nails mother and his drunkard father to the crack addicts and drug dealers in the tower projects are real and believable They live on the pages of the book and pull you into their complex if violent worldAt its core this is a mystery who killed Junius brother And while the answer is discovered it is the larger story of the ruthless violent world surrounding that mystery that makes this a powerful read It s alwaysxciting to discover a great new author Last spring I came across a mention of a book called Jack Wakes Up by Seth Harwood The book s cover featured glowing blurbs by three of my favorite authors Michael Connelly Duane Swierczynski and Megan Abbott so I gave it a try and I was glad I did Jack Wakes Up is an action packed God's Pocket enormously fun pulpy crime novel After finishing the book I discovered that Harwood had published two seuels and another novel as free audio books on his website Free is the best kind of price but audiobooks aren txactly my thing So I anxiously awaited the release of Harwood s next print novelThat wait came to an nd this Christmas for me when I receive. In 1987 fourteen year old Junius Posey sets out on the cold Cambridge MA streets to find his brother’s killer in a cluster of low income housing towers prime drug dealing territory After committing a murder to protect his friend he finds himself without protec. ,

Summary Young Junius

Real I could see it although I did not want to be in those towers during that gun fight Non stop action is leavened by multi dimensional characters in this story of a day in the life of a boyman "14 year old Junius who sets out to find the killer of his brother in the drug "year old Junius who sets out to find the killer of his brother in the drug blood soaked halls of a Cambridge Mass housing project The mystery drives the story but it s the action that keeps you turning the pages and the depth of the characters that draws you into their gritty lives It would have been asy for the author to people his book with stereotypes but he resisted temptation and created characters both believable and interesting Junius himself has facets than a drug dealer s diamond pinky ring His ready mbrace of violence is tempered by a reflective conscience and recognition of the severe limits of the world he inhabits He s growing up to be a badass but is resigned to his fate than celebrating it The supporting cast of distinctive characters includes Junius s still growing up sidekick Elf and the lost soul Clarence a crack addict who uses the drug to fuel a blood drenched career as a dealerenforcer in the projects Harwood takes pains to give nearly very character a solid backstory which makes ven the most projects Harwood takes pains to give nearly very character a solid backstory which makes Moreno even the most of the drug kingpins characters worth an investment of the reader s time Young Junius is a solid novel that rises above its genre Three word review Loved This BookYoung Junius is a story centered around a popular character from Harwood s Jack Wakes Up It is set in 1980s Boston at a time when Juni It s a great book No doubtBooklist says Harwood s cutaway view of a single bloody day in a housing project is an impressive feat Given the characters brutality Harwood smpathy runs deeply indeedPublishers Weekly Searing a vicious black comedy of murderous Monsieur Pain errors Harwood pulls no punchesGeorge Pelecanos The Wire picked YOUNG JUNIUS as one of his best books of 2010Reuired reading Crimespree Magazine Ain t nothing but a crazy day in the towers The uest to avenge the untimely death of hislder brother sees 14yr old Junius grow from a young man to seasoned killer in a single day Accompanied by Elf 16yrs the duo s chemistry adds a light hearted dynamic to the heavy violence fuelled plot as they search the towers for answers and payback One death uickly leads to another and as they search the towers for answers and payback One death uickly leads to another and long gang warfare if rife in the close knit urban communityThe imposing towers are as much a character as those who inhabit them Resembling the ominous man made mounds of depression and death from the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author early seasons of HBO s THE WIRE the towers of Seth Harwood s creation add anxtra What If element of menace here the walls run with blood not paint No one is safe no one is out of reachven the police I ve got to admit I wasn t The Exhaustion Breakthrough expecting such a free for all in blood letting but I sure am pleased Harwood delivered the story in this manner He managed to capture thessence of close combat and the perils of being involved in inner city gang life to perfection Harwood puts a lot of mphasis on giving his characters meaning and a justifiable clause for their actions It was refreshing to read about the different factions with actual faces not just some mindlesstwo dimensional foot soldiers and subseuent casualties of an urban drug war From Lamar to Rock the Oracle to Seven Heaven ven Mike Only and Black Jesus all these characters added a little something to the mix and were a joy to readThe bloodied conclusion is full of tension and suspense worthy of a top notch thriller I was surprised how uickly I read this Junius is Supplemental Book easily likable while gang members fromither side benefit from being given uniue nicknames and back story Each death leaves a hole Hark! The Herald Angels Scream each fight is vicious C Dub and police officer Johnson for instance andach scene will leave you breathless and wanting 5 star. O complete his original missionAs Junius his friend two crews and the police all move inexorably toward a final confrontation a series of surprising vents and shifting loyalties transform this day into a bloody turning point that none of them could have foresee. Young Junius
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