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Blood And Brotherhood: A Novel Of Love In A Time of Hate
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Publisher:  OPC ISBN-10:  0971669120 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780971669123

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PETE JENKINS’ Brotherhood saves GRADY JONES’ life in WWI France. But when Army intelligence links GRADY to the deaths of two American soldiers and threatens to hang him, GRADY agrees to betray PETE who becomes a high ranking member of MARCUS GARVEY’s African Legion. Colored troops killed white people in Europe during the war and the Army needs Negro agents to prevent Garveyites from killing whites in America. JULIA DUNCAN agrees to help GRADY ensnare PETE but instead the Jamaican beauty falls in love,

BLOOD AND BROTHERHOOD: A NOVEL OF LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE SYNOPSIS Prologue SYDNEY JENKINS, a highly placed government operative, makes certain that everything is in order for what is certain to be a historic occasion. Rosa Parks is prepared to walk the path that Irene Morgan took ten years earlier … but without the danger. Neither CHAT, Sydney’s twin brother, nor PETER JENKINS would have understood Syd’s motivations. But, after all, they did not have his ambitions. Part One Chapters One-Six GRADY JONES is in trouble. Every one of his buddies has been mustered out of the Army following the armistice except him. The Army has linked Grady to the deaths of two white American soldiers in France and now they are threatening to send him to the gallows … or else he must do their bidding. Army intelligence has the responsibility for controlling Negroes returning from the war. These colored troops killed white people in Europe … and now they just might try to start something in America. Army intelligence needs colored agents they can trust … and Grady Jones has been identified. Grady’s first assignment is to get information about the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Peter Jenkins, Grady’s army buddy and the one who save his life is a Garveyite. Grady hooks Pete up with a gorgeous Jamaican woman, JULIA DUNCAN, hoping that Julia will get all the information military intelligence needs. Even though Pete falls for Julia immediately, Pete is not the type who can be led around by the nose. Grady is only able to fulfill his assignment through contacts provided by his handler and lover … a white female spy. Grady’s assignment is just a test. Part Two Chapters Seven –Eighteen As a volunteer, Pete organizes and trains a squad of legionnaires to provide security at a number of UNIA functions. His work is so impressive that the editor of Garvey’s Negro World asks Pete to be the newspaper’s chief of security. Opposition to the Garvey movement has spilled into the street and Garvey’s rival’s are vandalizing his newspapers and intimidating the World’s staff. Grady gets Julia and Pete back together when he is given another assignment. This time Grady is expected to deliver. Military intelligence as well as the FBI is alarmed over the stiff resistance shown by the Negroes in Tulsa. It is rumored that the African Blood Brotherhood had inside information about the attack that destroyed Tulsa’s entire Negro community and killed several hundred people. Even though the community was attacked by state militia, national guard as well as the KU Klux Klan, Negroes put up stiff resistance. It took planes dropping dynamite from the air and a concentration of fifty caliber machine gun and high powered rifle fire on sites where Negroes fought the hardest to overcome their resistance. The military suspects someone who knew about the Tulsa attack leaked the information to the brotherhood. Grady is assigned to find the leak. Julia joins the World staff. Pete and Julia visit the scene of the slaughter together. Their emotions run high and they fall in love. Unhappy with this turn of events, Grady inserts Julia into the African Blood Brotherhood hoping for better results. But once again, he is foiled. The Tulsa experience has softened Julia’s callousness towards black people. She confesses to the brotherhood. Her life is in danger. Pete rescues her and they both flee to Los Angeles. Part Three Chapters Nineteen-Twenty-three Pete and Julia get married at City Hall and move into a Boyle Heights flat. In Los Angeles, Pete is hired onto the Los Angeles Police Department. The local black newspaper publisher has received a commitment from the Police Department to hire any qualified black as a result of the recent court decision allowing the re-showing of the racist movie, The Birth of A Nation in downtown Los Angeles. The Klan is using the film as a recruiting device and has threatened the Negro community with a “Tulsa Solution”. While walking a beat outside the Garrick Theater where the movie is being shown, Pete is attacked by the Klan. While holding them off, Pete realizes that his white partner sets him up. Even so life becomes blissful when Julia becomes pregnant … with twins. Pete’s partner informs him that the Klan is preparing to attack Mexican-American bootleggers in Inglewood. A trap is set … but the trap is not for the Klan but for Pete. Pete brings his favorite weapon … a Thompson 22 caliber submachine gun and turns the trap into a shootout. Pete kills his partner. When the Klan attacks the publisher who got Pete onto the police force, she summons Pete help … and Pete dies in a hail of machine gun bullets two months after the birth of his twin sons. Part Four Chapters Twenty-four – Thirty-one Pete Jenkins’ sons, Chatworth and Sydney, are fraternal twins who are as different as night and day. Chat looks and acts like Pete … and is his mother’s favorite. Syd, in turn, resents his mother and hates his brother. When Chat graduates from Jefferson High in 1941, he receives an athletic scholarship to UCLA. But Syd joins the Army immediately after high school and uses his mother’s second husband’s connections to be placed into a colored military police unit. When WWII breaks out prompted by the patriotic urge, Chat enlists in the Army and joins and all Negro army unit stationed in Arizona. Chat encounters a group of colored GIs who have formed the Double V brotherhood. These brothers vow to win the victory in Europe as well as the victory in America. They will not allow the lynching to continue. Chat along with other members of the brotherhood find themselves confined in the stockade because of their attitudes. Their commander is the Kleigle in the army’s local Klan unit. When there is a clash between the colored MPs and Chat’s regiment, the army decides it must act. Chat’s regiment is sent to Mississippi and colored MP’s working for military intelligence are infiltrated into the regiment to determine who are members of the Double V brotherhood. Syd is one of the intelligence agents. He offers to get Chat away from the camp. Chat prefers to stay with the brotherhood and help plan an escape. Epilogue The day after members of Chat’s unit escape from the death camp, military police riding mounted 50 calibre machine guns enter the military compound and slaughter over 1200 colored army soldiers.  

“Hurrah for Blood and Brotherhood. Eugene Stovall skillfully weaves espionage with fantasy to create a mesmerizing, hypnotic and unforgettable novel that approaches a masterpiece of magic realism…. The novel screams for attention, a reality that attests to the author’s seriousness as a self-publisher.”
Moza Mjasiri Cooper
Pan African Film & Arts Festival

“What an engaging story --- filled with life action and packed with lots of politics, adventure and fantasy with a twist of reality. BLOOD AND BROTHERHOOD characters are colorful and brave… gang of activists who are searching for freedom and liberation.”

Ayuko Babu
Executive Director, Pan African Film & Arts Festival

A good read is a good read, and “BLOOD AND BROTHERHOOD” should find readers across the color line, and this is hoped for seeing that Stovall’s characters in this saga are so well-drawn on a canvass that can satisfy the reader’s appreciation of fine art in literature.

“BLOOD AND BRITHERHOOD” is one of those novels you wouldn’t mind rereading, because like with any classic, you can always go back and salivate on that perfect blend of characters, symbolic nuances and delectable intrigue.

Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune
The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE
And the Black Information Highway

The power of these opening lines, as mentioned in the “synopsis” section above, is their use of an event that takes place after the time period of the book (a famous event in the history of civil rights) to cast a certain light on the story contained within the manuscript. These lines, as well as the rest of the prologue, suggest readers look at the story of Pete’s life (and his family’s) as one of thousands that came before Rosa Parks, but which stood and fought for the same thing: equality. Great work!

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The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE
Hidden history is unearthed and brought to life in the Eugene Stovall’s novel “Blood and Brotherhood”.

“Blood and Brotherhood” is a saga with ‘historical intervention’ delivered by a cast of characters who don’t mind complicating their lives along with making you a page turner of this intriguing novel. That says a lot about how adaptable and insightful its author, Dr. Eugene Stovall, is when creating this best-seller (and it should be one!).

Not many realize that a similar ‘historical’ defiance of a Black woman ‘sitting in the front of the bus’ occurred several years before Mrs. Rosa Parks did it. However, that earlier incidence did not receive the national publicity that Mrs. Parks did when her rebellion against Jim Crow came to full bloom and blossomed into the modern day Civil Rights Movement. But caution: This historical significance of one woman and oversight of the other are NOT the focus of the novel, but rather pieces of historical events that are thrown into the lives of Stovall’s characters who range from Black government agents to Black soldiers serving in World War I and World War II, to civil rights activists, to politicos to journalists--all of whom deal with love, hate, sibling rivalry and other familial relationships.

The title “Blood and Brotherhood” is more than indicative of that historical ‘sitting down’ in the wrong place at the right time but is rather symbolically and ironically of ‘moving forward’ while standing your ground. Stovall’s precise and sharp style takes you through this landscape of life on the edge with its socio/political undertows utilizing symbolism just as effectively as it is found in such traditional socio-political novels as Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and “Brothers Karamazov” or Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” or Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”—all of them, including “Parks’ Path” can be described as no less than “Powerful”.

Another cautionary note: A good read is a good read, and “Blood and Brotherhood” should find readers across the color line, and this is hoped for seeing that Stovall’s characters in this saga are so well-drawn on a canvass that can satisfy the reader’s appreciation of fine art in literature.

“Blood and Brotherhood” is one of those novels you wouldn’t mind rereading, because like with any classic, you can always go back and salivate on that perfect blend of characters, symbolic nuances and delectable intrigue.

Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune
The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE
And the Black Information Highway

Editorial Review
From the pregnant Irene Morgan refusing to give up her bus seat in Virginia, to national riots and diabolical conspiracy that reached to the highest offices in the military and government, Author Eugene Stovall does a masterful job of bringing the plight of a nation to light in this gripping novel. More than just a look at the struggle for equality, this is a story about a brotherhood that is struggling for survival at a time in American history when the very meaning of freedom is being redefined. Entire sections of cities are burned to the ground and unspeakable atrocities are committed on both sides of the struggle that threatens to bring the country into total chaos.

Follow Chatsworth Jenkins “Chat” and his twin brother Sydney “Sid” as the two totally opposite boys grow and take part in the struggle for equality. Their story is one of love, bravery, heartbreak, and brotherhood that is told against the historical backdrop of possibly the most tragic time in American history.

B. Krecklow "Karen" (Kansas)

3.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Brotherhood, Black History and more!, February 21, 2009
By B. Krecklow "Karen" (Kansas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blood And Brotherhood (Paperback)
Blood and Brotherhood is a novel by Eugene Stovall. It's about Pete Jenkins a World War I veteran. It also covers the discrimination of the era against African Americans, and all that went along with it. Pete gets involved with Julia who is selfish, gorgeous, and wants out of Harlem. It is during the time of the Klu Klux Klan, and their attacks on African Americans. Pete was very involved with the African Legion, and his friend Grady wants to know what the African Legion is up to. Does he betray Pete? Are Pete, and Julia happy together or does Julia leave him, and Harlem? This book provides a look into history along with a look at one black mans life.

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Reader Reviews for "Blood And Brotherhood: A Novel Of Love In A Time of Hate"

Reviewed by Chris Wright 12/3/2007
Sounds like a great story. I commend you on your work and hope you continue in greatness. Have a blessed day!

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