Item description for Wedgewood Grey (The Black or White Chronicles #2) by John Anderson...
Overview Compelling story of the conflict between the physical and spirit worlds played out in the lives of Missy Parker and Mose Washington.
Community Description John Aubrey Anderson continues the compelling story of the conflict between the physical and spirit worlds played out in the lives of Missy Parker and Mose Washington.
When Mose Washington comes to the aid of a brutally attacked black woman in the racially turbulent '60s, Mose and a young charge are forced to flee for their lives. The FBI agent in charge of running Mose down is unprepared for the chase. Along with trying to find someone adept at hiding, the agent must accept that there is no black or white answer to what forces are at work here. Mose is forever tied to newlywed Missy Parker and her family in the unending evil assault that began when Missy was just a child. Now the saga continues, complicated by the FBI's involvement. With Missy busy helping Mose, can she keep fighting her own battles at home? Who will survive this next round of battles even if she does?
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Studio: Warner Faith
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Series Black Or White Chronicles
Series Number 2
ISBN 0446579505 ISBN13 9780446579506 UPC 9780446579506
Availability 0 units.
More About John Anderson
John Aubrey Anderson was growing up in Mississippi cotton country when he saw John Wayne starring in "Flying Tigers "and knew he wanted to be a pilot. After graduating from Mississippi State University, he joined the Air Force, served three tours in Southeast Asia, and went on to fly planes for Delta Air Lines for twenty-eight years. Now retired from the cockpit, he writes novels, including the acclaimed Black or White Chronicles trilogy, and lives with his wife in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas.
John Aubrey Anderson was born in 1940.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Wedgewood Grey (The Black or White Chronicles #2) ?
An excellent good story about acceptance Mar 20, 2007
John Aubrey Anderson's Wedgwood Grey is a feast of a read and takes you on a ride to places unknown and undiscovered. The story of Mose Washington (the book's hero), his son Junior and their friendship with the Parker family almost left me in tears. Yet, that's a good thing, but I am jumping ahead of myself.
The Washington family is a black and the Parkers are white. These families are thrown together in a life-long bond due to a tragedy that occurs some years ago. Mose Washington's son Junior gave his life to save Bobby Lee and Susan Parker's daughter Missy. Junior's heroism, his fight against demons bent on killing Missy, dissolved any color barrier between the two families. Junior, caught between the forces of good and evil, lost his life on Cat Lake in a ferocious fight. So, it didn't matter what crude and mean-spirited remarks people made about the friendship between the wealthy Parkers and Mose, the great grandson of a slave.
There is so much excitement and juicy events that you'll be glued to the book's last page. Horrid things occurred on Cat Lake fifteen years ago. History then repeats and Mose is forced to confront these same evil elements.
You see--there can never be any peace in this small Mississippi town. A chance meeting between a small group of young white thugs and a black woman and her son on Cat Lake leads to another nightmare. Here, again, Mose Washington has the fight of his life--and what shocking things happen will surprise you.
The FBI gets involved and the fight between good and evil begins! Will Mose and the young boy survive the pursuit of those hell bent on bringing them to so-called justice? Will the Parkers come to the aid of their closest and dearest friend? Will the young boy ever recover from watching his mother be killed on Cat Lake that fateful night? Most of all, whatever happened to Missy Parker and how does her reappearance add to this fugitive story?
Wedgewood Grey will indeed leave you heavily anticipating the coming of Book Three!
Armchair Interviews says: John Aubrey Anderson has written a book for all to draw from.
Anderson Hits Almost All the Right Notes Feb 22, 2007
John Aubrey Anderson is a new author who writes with a wisdom and talent that belies his "new" status. His first book in the Black and White Chronicles, Abiding Darkness, set a high standard for the subsequent books.
Let me say right away that you won't do the story justice if you don't read Abiding first. The story there is spoiled if you skip to Wedgewood Grey. He does a good job of bringing in the elements needed from AD into WG, but it isn't the same as savoring it directly.
WG continues the story of the Parkers and Washingtons, a white and black family respectively, from Mississippi. The wise and "mild-mannered until pushed" Mose Washington is drawn into a confrontation with some white youth over the attack of a black woman, and staying true to AD, the confrontation is much deeper than the direct event. Soon there is trouble with a deplorable politician, a backwoods sheriff, and a green FBI agent.
Anderson continues to excel with memorable characters. From the southern belle Caroline "Ceedie" Davis to the fresh faced agent Jeff Wagner, he gets in the heads of his characters and brings them to life on the page. The world created here is one you are not prepared to leave when finishing the book.
He also does a masterful job with the tension and suspense. There isn't quite as much action as AD, but he skillfully works the struggle - playing it out without going overboard.
One minor disappointment is that the key character from AD, Missy Parker, is not as prominent in this book. Maybe I just fell in love with her too much, but I'd be surprised if her story was over just yet...
Anderson is not afraid of going into spiritual ideas, but it is handled with care and flows with the story. If you want to read a well-crafted, suspenseful novel, then don't let anything hold you back from the Black and White Chronicles. My only complaint? Now I have to wait until August 2007 for the next book in the series, And If I Die. Dadgummit!
Highly recommended!! Feb 21, 2007
Evil has awakened once again in the small community around Cat Lake, Mississippi....
Mose Washington is a man of the Lord and believes in doing what is right no matter what the personal cost; this belief has already sent him to Parchman once for 5 years as a black man killing another man in the late 1950s was considered a crime regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, the demons haven't left Cat Lake and Mose witnesses a group of young white men viciously attacking a black mother and her son. Mose steps in, and with the help of a mysterious white stranger and a lot of prayer, now finds himself a fugitive with a young boy to raise. God has a plan, however, as the war between good and evil, between angels and demons, heats up once again.
WEDGEWOOD GREY picks up where ABIDING DARKNESS ended. If you haven't already read ABIDING DARKNESS, stop what you are doing immediately and first read that phenomenal book before starting WEDGEWOOD GREY. Readers unfamiliar with the first book may feel a bit like FBI Agent Jeff Wagner about the credibility of the events as he seeks to understand just what occurred at Cat Lake this time around. John Aubrey Anderson's powerful writing will make believers of most of those doubters, however, as he crafts a very strong story with realistic portrayals of the Christian faith.
Words simply cannot express the impact this series has on readers or the wealth of emotions conveyed. John Aubrey Anderson's almost folksy style gently draws readers into a story so poignant that you will be moved to tears on more than one occasion. This reviewer had to put WEDGEWOOD GREY down several times just to catch my breath and recompose myself as the emotions can be quite overwhelming.
While ABIDING DARKNESS focuses more on the tenets of Christianity and not becoming rigid and legalistic with those tenets, WEDGEWOOD GREY is more about prayer and developing an understanding as to why having faith is important. Mose Washington continues to demonstrate a good Christian man doing the right thing and making those tough choices. In contrast, FBI Agent Jeff Wagner is also a good man but an unbeliever. His steps towards understanding the Christian faith are important as one sees clearly through his character that simply being good isn't enough.
Part of the beauty of WEDGEWOOD GREY is the way in which the author demonstrates Christianity reaching across racial barriers. The novel is set in the 1960s prior to the Civil Rights Movement and therefore the friendships between the white and black families are a rarity. John Aubrey Anderson brings to vivid life a glimpse of hope in a time long past.
WEDGEWOOD GREY is perhaps one of the most powerful novels published today. John Aubrey Anderson has a gift at teaching about the Christian faith without being preachy or overbearing. WEDGEWOOD GREY is a touching book that will leave readers thinking about it long after the last page has been read. Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for addressing such sensitive topics with compassion and dignity. Highly recommended!
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
Jam-Packed with Story Feb 21, 2007
"Wedgewood Grey" plays out like a crime scene drama with facts layered upon each other while details of the situation's depth is fleshed out. Set in the south at a time when white men considered men of different skin to carry little value, and women of different skin to be worthless.
This story will likely be too gruesome for the Big Honken Chicken club, and may be a bit too scary. However, the tension and the potential of the spiritual warfare isn't so intense that you'll never sleep without a nightlight again.
"Wedgewood Grey" reminded me of early Peretti though the spiritual warfare aspect takes a backseat to Anderson's human characters. "Grey" carries a strong Christian message, with at least one character becoming born again after an encounter with a demon-possessed man.
John Aubrey Anderson crafts descriptive sentences, multiple characters, interwoven storylines and scatters the blend with wry humor.
I'm not a fan of omniscient story telling. I feel you lose the intimacy with the characters or gain too much intimacy with secondary characters who are just passing through. However, Anderson tells quite the story and manages to tie up the loose dangling threads he feeds into the mix. This impresses me, writing is not for the weak-kneed, and his cast of characters and storylines must require file upon file to keep them straight and tied together.
Compulsion to see what would happen next kept me reading, though some of the story lines didn't hold my interest as well as others and I skimmed a few times.
If you are a big fan early Peretti or you like omniscient narrated fiction with a strong Christian thread, I believe you'd enjoy "Wedgewood Grey."
Better than the first book! Feb 19, 2007
"If you forget everything else that happened here tonight, you need to remember this...this isn't a crossroads, it's a threshold."
Missy Parker is married and has moved away from Cat Lake but despite the passing of fifteen years, the evil that lurked in the murky waters still exists biding its time for her return...
Mose Washington shares his days with his former employer and now close friend, Mr Bobby Parker, ignoring speculation about their unusual relationship from folk who don't know any better. His evenings are spent wandering around the woods watching the deer and thanking the good Lord for the time he had with his late wife, Pip.
When an old foe disturbs Mose's prayers, he once again steps in to protect the innocent from evil incarnate, saving the life of a young boy, Bill and becoming a fugitive from justice.
Rookie FBI Agent Jeff Wagner is assigned the case to locate an old black man, a young boy and one good looking Redbone hound after the discovery of a scene reminiscent of a battleground with bodies found in such a state as to disturb the most seasoned police officer. When the locals calmly describe demons and evil spirits to justify the gruesome events, Wagner, in the midst of the deep South, tries to find a better explanation...and fails.
John Aubrey Anderson not only equals his first book, he improves on it! Wedgewood Grey is another intellectual thrill ride, with the same evocative language and wonderful character depth as Abiding Darkness. Mose is again a pivotal character with Missy and Pat making a late appearance in the book but the focus on new character, Jeff Wagner, is brilliantly done. He is genuine and appealing and his journey of discovery is not to be missed.
John Aubrey Anderson imparts wisdom through his elegant prose placing the reader at the heart of every scene, easily connecting their emotions to those of the characters. Jeff Wagner's character brings delightful humour to the story which eases the emotional turmoil at just the right moments. I was totally absorbed by this story and can't wait for the next instalment in the Black or White Chronicles, And If I Die, releasing Summer, 2007. I am delighted to say it won't be the last!