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by Collen Dixon

ePub Simon Says: A Novel of Intrigue, Betrayal...and Murder (Strivers Row) download
Author:
Collen Dixon
ISBN13:
978-0812968811
ISBN:
0812968816
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Publisher:
Villard; 1 edition (September 9, 2003)
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Genre Fiction
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1425 kb
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Rating:
4.2
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Book DescriptionLIFE’S A GAME. ARE YOU READY TO PLAY? The blood rushed from Alex’s head, and his body went limp. As he passed into an abyss of darkness, the chilling final words of The Deliverer rang in his ears, words that would haunthim for the rest of his life. The next time you pull a knife on someone, you better know why. It’s not a toy. It’s not a plaything. You be prepared to either use it for real or have it used on yo. ou either kill or be killed. Always remember that. from Simon Says Alexander Baxter is a young man from the heart of . s most notorious ghetto and.

Simon Says can stack up against any John Grisham novel. Colleen Dixon went all the way out in writing this intriguing story. I liked the way she spared no detail in mapping out Alex's background and giving the reader a taste of what his life was like growing up in the ghetto of Washington DC. Some readers may find this part drawn out, but when you read on, it all ties in. The writer then maps out Alex's college years and finally his professional life after graduation, where things really begin to heat up.

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Previously self-published, "Simon Says" is a coming-of-age tale combined withgritty urban drama, political intrigue, and a good dose of. .

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By (author) Collen Dixon.

But this isn't a fairy tale-and no good deed ever goes unpunished

Are you ready to play? The blood rushed from Alex's head, and his body went limp. As he passed into an abyss of darkness, the chilling final words of The Deliverer rang in his ears, words that would haunt him for the rest of his life. It's not a toy. It's not a plaything. But this isn't a fairy tale-and no good deed ever goes unpunished. In this riveting story of murder, intrigue, romance, suspense, and political high jinks, Alexander Baxter learns to be careful what he wishes for, who he trusts, and where he leaves his heart. And he learns it the hard way.

a novel of intrigue, betrayal- and murder. 1st ed. by Collen Dixon. Published 2003 by Villard in New York. African American men, Protected DAISY, Mayors, In library, Fiction, Washington (.

I felt that the book could've said what it was supposed to say in a much . It is a tale of friendship, family, love, secrets, betrayal and redemption. From the intriguing prologue, the reader is immediately immersed into the lives of the characters and anxiously anticipates what will happen next.

I felt that the book could've said what it was supposed to say in a much shorter venue, but it supplied the needed fireworks to illustrate exactly what the author wanted to convey. A little too much emphasis was spent at times on the emotional ramification of her characters instabilities, but it didn't take away from the sheer excitement of the story. Juanita and Scooter were eternal childhood friends. Both were orphaned by their parents and left to be raised by extended family.

LIFE’S A GAME. ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?The blood rushed from Alex’s head, and his body went limp. As he passed into an abyss of darkness, the chilling final words of The Deliverer rang in his ears, words that would haunt him for the rest of his life. “The next time you pull a knife on someone, you better know why. It’s not a toy. It’s not a plaything. You be prepared to either use it for real or have it used on you.You either kill or be killed. Always remember that.” —from Simon SaysAlexander Baxter is a young man from the heart of D.C.’s most notorious ghetto and seems destined for a life of crime. But his intelligence triumphs over his fists when Simon Blake, the city’s illustrious mayor, plucks him out of the clutches of a violent fate and guides him to achieve his every wish. For Alex, it’s a fairy tale come true.But this isn’t a fairy tale—and no good deed ever goes unpunished. In this riveting story of murder, intrigue, romance, suspense, and political high jinks, Alexander Baxter learns to be careful what he wishes for, who he trusts, and where he leaves his heart. And he learns it the hard way.
  • Ms. Dixon, Simon Says you may write another book as look as you keep either keep on this scale or above. You had me at Hello...I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. The characters were believable and so were the scenes. There were twists and turns and every thing I guessed turned into something else. I'll say WELL DONE, Ms. Dixon.

  • Simon Says, Collen Dixon's debut novel, takes place in the Chocolate City (Washington, DC) where she exposes us to the worst and best sides of what the city has to offer. She begins in the ghetto, in the rough, hard streets of the Shaw neighborhood. We meet Alex "Chip" Baxter, a young, shy, bookwormish boy who lives in the shadow of his popular, good-looking basketball star brother, Ivan. The Baxter boys are motherless. Their tough, no nonsense father constantly dotes on Ivan and ignores Chip, largely because he physically resembles his mother which is a constant, painful reminder to his father.
    When teenaged Ivan meets a premature death, Chip isolates himself further from society and totally submerges himself into his studies. He is determined to make it out of Shaw to "become somebody"; and ultimately decides that education will be his ticket out of the ghetto. Alex excels academically and earns a scholarship to Hilliard University. One eerie night while walking home from the library, a strange twist of fate occurs and sets in motion a series of life altering events. Alex is literally transformed overnight from a nerdy nobody to the Big Man on Campus complete with membership into the PsiKO fraternity and the DC mayor's daughter, Tiffany, as his girlfriend and future wife. The DC mayor, Simon Blake, weaves a calculating Svengali-type relationship with Alex and after graduation is deemed "Prince of the City" complete with a mini-mansion in the posh Northeast area of the city. The fairy tale lifestyle comes crashing down when the proverbial skeletons get restless and emerge from the closet. Alex's curiosity initiates a roller coaster ride that leads to the discovery of the truth about Simon, Tiffany, Ivan's mysterious death, and himself. He vows retribution and justice for wronged deeds of the past, but can this former milquetoast and puppet match wits with DC's most powerful, ruthless man to execute revenge and remain alive?
    Ms. Dixon delivers a solid debut novel. Although this reader found the pacing to be a bit drawn out at times, discovered a few repetitive passages, and thought the storyline was somewhat predictable; I believe the character development, imagery, and handling of dialogue was strong for both Alex and Tiffany. Personally, I would have loved to learn more about Foody, Fortune, and Lisa's lives sans Alex, but perhaps these areas will be covered in a sequel. Overall, this was a good story from a promising author. I am looking forward to her next release.
    Reviewed by Phyllis
    APOOO BookClub, Nubian Circle Book Club

  • Alex Baxter is no stranger to tragedy. While he was still a very young child his mother, a civil rights activist, was killed in the South under suspicious circumstances. Devastated by his wife's death, Alex's father focuses all his affection on his athletic older son, Ivan, and has little to do with "book wormish" Alex, who presumably reminds him of his deceased wife.
    Alex's existence as an inner city youth exposes him to many shocking incidences of violent crime, but none more disturbing than the night he witnesses the brutal drive-by shooting of his brother, an aspiring basketball star. His brother was the only bright spot in his life and after his death, Alex finds himself alone with an emotionally decimated father who completely withdraws from life. Alex realizes that education is his only way out of his torturous environment, so he applies himself in school and graduates as class valedictorian with a full scholarship to a prestigious black college.
    College life finds an ambitious Alex applying himself rigorously in hopes of changing his fortune. When he unwittingly intervenes during an attack on the mayor's daughter, he somehow emerges as a hero and suddenly finds himself a campus celebrity. The mayor expresses his gratitude by taking up Alex's cause and starts backing him financially and Alex finds his long awaited avenue into the world of the privileged. But the mayor is leading a double life, which plunges an unsuspecting Alex into a nightmarish world of danger and deception.
    Collen Dixon's new novel is a disturbing commentary on the social infrastructure of the urban ghetto and gives insight into what motivates some inner-city youth to rise above their circumstance and break down the socioeconomic barriers imposed on them by an unforgiving society. SIMON SAYS tends to be a bit predictable in spots, but nonetheless is an intriguing, well written whodunit which will keep the reader interested from its very somber beginning to its extremely bizarre ending.
    Reviewed by Autumn
    of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers