Review: The Master
THE MASTER - D. Camille
Sable SiStars Publishing
BUY

October 2018
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: For those of you who have no idea what the Negus Effect means, first allow me to direct your attention to the five book Black Land Series by D Camille that debuted in 2016. This series introduces us to Orion Shaw, Lance Johnson, Brandon Williams, Khalil Lewis, and Corvus Shaw. These men represent the Negus, a group of well-trained Black men who use their skills and positions to rid Detroit’s Black community of crime, corruption, and drugs, in order to make it a viable and productive place to live. THE MASTER takes us back to the beginning when the five men mentioned above were boys. We discover how, when, and where they first meet, and more importantly who trains them to become the Negus. Enter, George Shaw.

The Master is George Shaw, protector, provider, known to most as an owner of a black bookstore, former member of the DPD, and a man on a mission to protect the city of Detroit. His story is the heart and soul of this book. It is masterfully told and helps the readers of the writings of D Camille understand how the Negus Effect lasted from one generation to another.  George aligns himself with a group of Black men who are all on one accord and working together with the same purpose. And who are these men? The group is comprised of an attorney, a Black Panther, the mayor, the police chief and the local FBI field agent. Need I say more? Get ready for a suspenseful and captivating story.

Not only is George’s story intriguing, but it is also romantic. On one hand we see George Shaw as a highly trained master at surveillance, weaponry, and combatant skills. On the other, he is a suave, patient and irresistible brother who pursues the woman he realizes is the Goddess the Universe has sent for him to love. When Pam Jennings first encounters George in his bookstore, she has no idea that George Shaw will win her heart, change her life and her name. There is definitely an attraction, but Pam is cautious, and you will discover the reason when you read the book. Moreover, George is a perfect role model for Pam’s sons, Orion, the young god, and Corvus, the little king. It’s Black love at its best!

The side characters are crucial to the advancement of the storyline. You can always count on D Camille to present a cast of memorable characters. I won’t list them, but if you are a follower of D Camille’s stories, then you will recognize them immediately.
THE MASTER can be read as a stand-alone, as most of her books can. However, in order to get the full effect of the impressive storylines, I urge you to acquaint yourself with the works of this prolific author. The character connections alone are priceless! I recommend THE MASTER - The Negus Effect for your reading pleasure.

1st November 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com