ENIGMA - D. Camille
Sable SiStars Publishing
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A+
REVIEW: The definition of enigma is “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand”. When you read this book by prolific author, D Camille, you will understand that this is a very appropriate title for this story. The author categorizes the story as conscious fiction. I agree fully, and although it is not Contemporary Romance, the story embraces some romantic elements. This book features the Blackman brothers and the Camilles. That’s an enigma right there. If you are a follower of D Camille, then you know who the Camilles are from HER WARRIOR, The Uncut Series. The Blackman brothers, Melanated (Mel), Ebon, Onyx, and Slate are from Senegal, Africa and they are cousins to the Sun God, Ray Parker of the Black Diamonds, African royalty at its finest!
The crux of the story is taken from what should be today’s headlines. Six black community activists have been found dead, and the authorities are doing nothing to solve those murders. Ray calls for the Blackman brothers to fly to the States and “handle it”. The Blackmans’ purpose and mission is to use their powers to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Mel, who is the leader of the Blackman Clan, engages his brothers and the Camilles (Willow, Lisa, Kennedy, and Paiton) to travel to the United States in order to help “The Stolen Ones” (African Americans in the U.S.) who are being discouraged, destroyed, and denied by “the Pillagers” (the predominantly white power structure). I cannot wait until you read this story and discover how the Blackmans and the Camilles ‘handle” the situation. No spoilers! I dare say that after you have read it, you will either love this book or hate it. There is no middle ground.
The romantic element of the story involves Mel’s personal doctor who is assigned to him by the village griots, Dr. Eshe’ Adisa. There is also a connection between Ebon and Paiton that develops while they are on assignment. Slate is the playa of the brothers, and Onyx is the serious one. The “Stolen Ones” who the Blackman brothers and the Camilles encounter portray memorable side characters. On the other hand, there are also some unforgettable “Pillagers”. One of the hallmarks of D Camille’s stories is the strong character connections between the various series. Both the Camilles and the Blackmans appeared in earlier series. Now, they are together in the beginning story of a new saga. In addition, there are two characters who certainly deserve mention - Saada and Syris, whom I’m sure we will see again.
ENIGMA is a deeply moving story that will definitely provoke emotions of sadness, despair, and shock and hope. It blends, in the words of the author, “consciousness, black love, black life and black knowledge”. I enjoyed this foray into a different genre from a very creative and socially conscious author. I highly recommend ENIGMA.
4th June 2019 | firstname.lastname@example.org