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The Mouse That Roared
by Dwayne Murray, Sr.   

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Action/Thriller

Publisher:  Madbo Enterprises ISBN-10:  0976985500 Type: 
Pages: 

250

Copyright:  Nov. 21, 2005
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Dwayne Murray, Sr. taps into his very vivid and graphic imagination to set forth a novel that will make readers admire, cheer, applaud, and even curse its characters. The Mouse That Roared is packed with twists and turns, the readers will eagerly anticipate turning to the next page. Readers will ride the emotional rollercoaster hoping and praying that characters get what’s coming to them. Get ready for the ride of your life! Just be sure to exhale after every chapter

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This is a compelling drama about Sandra Lyte, a young woman who defied her religious father’s wishes and entered a beauty contest in her home town. Little did she know her defiant choice would begin the gamut of chaos that will forever change her life. With no place to turn Sandra is forced to leave her family and roots in Virginia and buy a one way ticket to, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere!” New York. From the time her feet hit the pavement, Sandra is faced with the harsh cold reality of life in the big city. Nonetheless, she finally meets someone offering the city’s “Milk & Honey” on a silver platter, and confessing unconditional love until death do them part. Unbeknownst to Sandra she promises her heart to the very one who would shatter it forever and from this love she will experience her greatest loss. This gut-wrenching, fast-paced thriller will magnify the journey of a woman, the referent power of family bonds, and what is meant by true friendship. Circumstances will exalt the most innocent, intellectual, and mild-mannered woman’s true strength when she’s forced into a corner.        


Excerpt

Chapter Eighteen (Excerpt)
Merry Christmas

It is Christmas morning and Doug is in the bedroom closet kneeling over a safe that he had installed into the floor. Slowly turning the dial from right to left, he opens the safe door and studies a leather binder that contains DVD’s that are marked with dates and events. Carefully zipping the binder shut, Doug puts them inside the safe, closes the door and spins the combination dial to ensure their security. Brushing off his knees after standing up, Doug turns off the light inside the closet then turns around and is startled, as Sandra is standing right behind him.
“Oh shit!” says Doug.
“Merry Christmas Doug; I am sorry, did I scare you?”
Looking at Sandra with an expression on his face as if he has been doing something wrong, Doug closes the door, “How long have you been standing behind me, Sandra?”
“Not long at all. I just heard some rambling and I thought it was the kids, so I got up to see. Merry Christmas once again.”
Looking at Sandra, Doug begins to gain his composure and says, “Won’t you go wake them up so they can open their gifts.” Walking off to the living room, Doug gives Sandra a smile and in turn, she does the same. Sandra, walking to the kids’ bedroom, feels like a kid herself.
As Kareem and Chaka are lead to the living room by Sandra, who is smiling from ear-to-ear at her bundles of joy, who still have cold in their eyes, Doug stands by the couch, looking at the children’s expressions as they spot the many gifts that await them under the tree.
“Merry Christmas Boo Boo’s; look what Santa bought you,” Sandra says. Finally focusing in on the colorful packages, the two children look at each other and now realize what day it is. Grabbing and hugging each other, they both run into the arms of their mother. Doug, taking in the whole scene, sits on the couch and says, “Merry Christmas, kids.”
Sandra, turning the children to face Doug, asks them, “What do you say to your father?”
Looking up at Doug, they respond together, “Merry Christmas.” Kissing them both on their cheeks, Sandra releases them and watches as they begin to happily rip open their many presents.
“Doug, would it bother you if I put on some Christmas music?” Looking at the kids laugh and hug each other with the surprise of each newly discovered toy, Doug says “Sure, Sandra, no problem; turn on your Christmas music.” Sandra finds a red Christmas hat and puts it on her head, which brings laughter from Chaka. Putting in a CD of R&B singers performing different Christmas carols, Sandra walks over to the tree and once again kisses her children, taking a seat next to them to share in their happiness. Looking at his watch, a subdued Doug gets up from the couch, grabbing his coat and putting it on.
“Sandra listen they have toys that need batteries and I forgot to get them. I will run out to get them and be right back.” Looking at Doug while at the same time trying not to say or relay with facial expressions anything that could spoil the moment, Sandra says, “Ok, we will be right here.” Removing his keys from his pocket, Doug begins to exit the apartment, but before he does, he takes one more look at Sandra and the kids sitting by the Christmas tree.
* * *
It has been about an hour now and Doug still has not returned with the batteries. Sipping on a cup of eggnog, Sandra starts to gather up shreds of wrapping paper, putting it inside a black garbage bag.
“Come on, kids. You still have a whole lot more to unwrap, so let’s go.” Giving the children a cup of orange juice and a breakfast bar, Sandra can hear the locks on the door begin to turn as Doug is returning with the batteries. Hearing the door close, Sandra bends her head towards the hallway, “Doug, are you back? We are still in the living room opening gifts. Do you have the batteries? Doug?” Sandra slowly walks past the kids, who are oblivious to her concerns, and cautiously begins to walk towards the door when in a mad rush; four large masked men dressed in black, wearing ski masks knock Sandra backwards to the floor.



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Title: The Mouse That Roared
Author: Dwayne Murray, Sr.
Reviewed By: Cathy Yanda
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The Mouse That Roared

By Dwayne Murray, Sr.
Madbo Enterprises (2005)
Reviewed by Cathy Yanda for Reader Views (1/06)


This book grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last word is read. It begins with a young boy, Doug Gunner, finding his father in bed with someone other than his mother. It also introduces you to Sandra Lyte, a beautiful young lady entering her first beauty pageant. Their two stories will intertwine until the very end of the novel. Doug grows up to be a drug dealer and an abuser with whom Sandra falls in love and has two children. Sandra, knowing what Doug is, believes, as many women do, that she can change him and life will be wonderful. When she finally realizes that she needs to leave to save her life and the lives of her children, it’s too late. Doug will do anything to make sure they do not leave alive.


After everything Doug puts Sandra and her friends through, she never gives up. Her words to her children at the end sum it all up, “You will never leave my heart or my soul simply because we are one and no one will ever separate us.” Some might say this story is about Sandra Lyte, but it isn’t. It’s about everyone she meets. The author is very adept at creating the histories of these magnificently beautiful people and bringing them to light. You will not find a character in this book whose motivation you do not understand


“The Mouse That Roared” is a rich story that will hold onto you long after the pages are closed. It is a surprise to find that this wonderfully crafted novel is written by a very talented first-time novelist, Dwayne Murray, Sr. Let’s hope he is busy working on his second book because once you finish this one you will be eagerly awaiting the next. 5 Stars


R.A.W. Sistaz Literary Group
Title: The Mouse That Roared
Author: Dwayne Murray, Sr.
Reviewed by: Alice Holman
www.RAWSistaz.com


Can you spell dysfunctional?

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED by Dwayne Murray, Sr. is a stunning look at two individuals from dysfunctional homes. Sandra Lyte, raised by a minister who acted as if he didn't like her, was going through life thinking she was dumb and worthless and Doug Gunner, the son of a mean drunk, was also making his life's journey convinced he was stupid and useless. Each handled their dysfunctional family life in very different ways. Sandra ran away from her family and Doug began hustling at an early age to prove to his father he was worth something. After getting on her feet in New York City, Sandra hooked up with Doug who was behaving exactly as his father had and Sandra, a kind and loving person, stayed with him in spite of his abusive ways. They had two children together whom Sandra loved beyond reason. Meanwhile, Doug continued his hustler's life of drugs, threats, women and murder. Something really bad happened and as a result, Sandra realized she couldn't change Doug as she had hoped and she had to get out while she could. Was it too late for her to escape Doug who controlled her every move? Would he hunt her and the children down and drag them back to his lair? Would he hurt them?

The action in this book is non-stop, starting from the beginning when Sandra's parents toss her into the mean streets of New York because she defied them and entered a beauty contest, which she won. Doug spent his life attempting to prove his worth to his father. Sandra is a character you can relate to as she hits obstacle after obstacle but digs down deep within herself and finds the strength to keep going. Mr. Murray frequently shows us Doug's weaknesses and in spite of him being such an odious character, you find yourself feeling his deep-rooted pain. Included in the story were Sandra's friends who were fleshed out into characters who you could understand and relate to also. Each time I thought that one particularly horrible action must signify the end, another more hideous, frightening event would occur. I couldn't put the book down. I applaud Dwayne Murray's fantastic imagination. There were some editing and tense issues as well as punctuation that threw me off a few times but it was still a book well worth reading. 4.5 Stars



Reviewed by alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers




Title: The Mouse That Roared
Author: Dwayne Murray, Sr
Reviewed By: JL. Carter
People Who Love Good Books Book Club

Sandra Lyte is the type of character that you will find yourself rooting for as she goes through obstacle after obstacle, yet despite it all she not only finds herself but also the courage to set herself free. Despite strong objections from her parents, she enters a beauty contest and winds up kicked out the house and on her own, then she meets up with the ruthless Doug Gunner (a man hoping for his father's love) who turns out to be her worst nightmare inflicting physical and emotional abuse. This sets into motion an chain of events that will forever change the lives of Doug and Sandra but will ultimately set her free.

“The Mouse that Roared” is one of those books that will have you thinking long after you put it down, it captures your attention and doesn't let go. You find yourself rooting for Sandra as she embarks on a journey to not only find her peace of mind but also herself. I wish to say I enjoyed this book very much; I loved what the story was based on. Sandra deserved to come out on top just the way she did. I hope you will continue with your writing. You have a fan for life.I give this book 5 stars.
Reviewed by JL Carter of PeoplewhoLoveGoodBooks


Book Review
Title: The Mouse That Roared
Author: Dwayne Murray, Sr.
Reviewed By: Heather Froeschl
www.BookReview.com

What causes the meek to make a stand? At what point does a person who is pushed to the ground time and time again, refuse to stay down? When does the mouse roar like a lion? In Dwayne Murray Sr.’s novel “The Mouse That Roared,” that time has come.
Sandra Lyte defies her prestigious, religious father’s wishes. In doing so she embarks on a journey that takes her far from Virginia to New York City, and farther from herself, as she becomes a person struggling to survive. The pattern is set then, to stop standing up to the men in her life, and dealing with what happens.

Only when that becomes something her soul can no longer bear does she begin to understand exactly what she must do, no matter what. The fact that what she must do involves a large drug organization, a mafia leader, the largest and most highly esteemed police force in the nation, as well as her closest friends, only gives her greater strength to roar out loud. Can one woman’s revenge be the fire that burns New York City to the ground?

This fast paced book is full of drama, intrigue, suspense and heart wrenching crime. The author’s attention to detail in the plot leaves it all too realistic and believable. His treatment of his characters has readers cheering for Sandra while abhorring her foes and crying for her friends. The storyline is an intense ride that is very well written. In execution there were a number of times when I felt a proofreader could have cleaned up the book a bit, but this minor detail in no way detracted from the compelling call to turn the pages.

I very much enjoyed “The Mouse That Roared” and highly recommend it. I hope to hear more of Dwayne Murray, Sr. in the future. 5 Stars



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