Author Bill Beverly has created a gritty raw novel in Dodgers. This book will take you on a roller coaster ride through gangland and average America. It will educate you in gang dynamics and mentality.
DODGERS, STORY LINE:
East is a product of the L. A. gang scene. A juvenile by average American standards, East is an adult in the gang element of L. A. He stands watch at the drug houses and rules his group of boys with an iron hand. He follows all the rules laid down by his boss.
East and three others travel to Wisconsin to assassinate a witness. What follows is an education for the reader as we travel with East and his cohorts through a world that is as alien to East as the gang scene is to middle America.
DODGERS, CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
First I must say, author Bill Beverly created a dark and vibrant story-line in Dodgers. As a result, I found myself shivering as East revealed his thoughts and ethics in a world I did not understand and which horrified me. His writing style is clear, concise, and informative. Mr. Beverly’s characters are gritty, dark, and real.
Also, the plotting was suburb as Mr. Beverly wove this tale of murder and mayhem. As a result, this book is not for the faint of heart as it depicts gangland heart realistically. There are many twists and turns in this story as we follow East on a journey of revelation and discovery.
Furthermore, I found the character development was progressive throughout the book. Although Dodgers was not my cup of tea, it was skillfully and solidly written by an up and coming author. I could not put my finger on the reason this book did not appeal to me, perhaps because it depicts a culture which is foreign to me. Consequently, Dodgers made me uncomfortable. Good literature should make the reader uncomfortable enough to wiggle and squirm; it should also make the reader think. This is one of those books.
In concluding the review of Dodgers, I found Mr. Beverly’s writing style skillful, his descriptions clear, and his story-line intriguing. This is a well constructed novel of gangs, violence, and attitudes. As a result, it opens up an unfamiliar world to average America.
DODGERS, RECOMMENDATION: 4.5 STARS
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DODGERS, ABOUT THE AUTHOR: