Where the Spook Sat By The Door, The Garvey Protocol Kicks It Down
Reviewed by Guy A. Sims
If you hadn’t noticed that young African American males were disappearing in large numbers from American urban centers then they have achieved their mission. If you have an idea that something wrong is going on in the black community and the problems are centered on drugs, crime, or unemployment, then you’re being deceived. If you know that the young African American male is the prime target of a clandestine group supported by the United States Government…then you’re next!
The Garvey Protocol: Inspired by true events, the novel (2012) by author/poet/educator Eric Christopher Webb weaves together a tale based on the whispers from barbershops and categorically denied classified documents of the U.S. government hidden away in ghost files. A thrilling run down side streets of Pittsburg, PA to claustrophobic rides beneath our nation’s capital, The Garvey Protocol requires the reader to take a deep breath with each turn of the page. It is a story of intrigue where a simple gaze at a video image taken by happenstance brings forth faceless assassins with “right between the eyes” as their target. District of Columbia reporter, Cinque Solomon, a survivor of the streets and journalistic politics, finds himself swirling deeper and deeper in a whirlpool of government backed cover-ups, deceptive diversions, conferred conspiracies, and the bitter pill of paranoia. What begins as a page three story about a drug-related death, Cinque quickly learns that truth is only a five-lettered word–so is death.
The Garvey Protocol is a thriller unparalleled in contemporary literary offerings. The tome requires the focus of the reader as seemingly unrelated characters and scenarios can serve as just found puzzles pieces, bringing illumination to the opaque understandings of the protagonist. The action builds like a rollercoaster ascending toward its first drop with twists and turns of revelations requiring the reader’s mind to grip-tight as all that is know is challenged. The Garvey Protocol burns down the veil of how the sinister is acceptable, how the truth is denied, and how the innocent is a matter of definition.
Webb brings a fresh and undeniable urban-scholarly style to the presentation of his work. There is such ease as he blends elements of Tom Clancy with the poetic flow of Langston Hughes. His transitions from the poorest neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to the complexities of a backroom tactical commission are as smooth as a new ride cruising down I-95. Fiction is accepted as fact when brought together in an unceasing expressway of deceit, deception, mayhem, lust, and necessitated justifications. The Garvey Protocol is dynamic; its intensity is only matched by its intellect.
The Garvey Protocol: Inspired by true events-a novel is the latest entry by Eric Christopher Webb. His other works include Coming of Age: The waking of Sleeping Giants, The Recipe for Revolution, and the National Black Author’s Tour bestseller, Love Letters, Death Threats, & Suicide Notes: New and Selected Poems and Essays.
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Guy A. Sims is the author of the novel, Living Just A Little, and the crime novella, The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim. He is also the head writer of the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series and the forthcoming Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation. BCEPressworks.com