Item description for Jealousy by Linda Brickhouse...
In Chaka Dubois' world, careful planning was the difference between a poor man and a rich soldier. Nothing however, prepared him for the betrayal that claimed his life, which sets off a roller-coaster chain of events. Secrets meant to die with him rise from the grave, turning friend against friend, when the mystery begins: who killed Chaka, and why? Experience the chaos, fears, and perverse passions as friendships are tested and lovers become enemies. Did Chaka earn the destruction that hovered and eventually killed him or was he merely a victim of pure jealousy? Experience the bitter taste of Jealousy as it sets out to destroy everything in its path.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Melodrama Publishing
ISBN 1934157074 ISBN13 9781934157077
How many people would like to see Chaka dead? Jul 14, 2008
JEALOUSY by Linda Brickhouse begins with Chaka being killed. His friend Quinton is a witness but there is nothing he can do. That doesn't stop him from blaming himself, however. He rushes home to get more weapons and rushes out without telling Eve, Chaka's woman, or Anissa, his girl, what really happened. They knew that Chaka was dead. Now the big question was who did it and why?
At Chaka's funeral, an elegantly dressed woman appears to be deeply grieving and Quinton and Buck seem to be going out of their way to comfort her. Eve becomes very curious as to who this woman is. When she finds out, she explodes and rants at poor dead Chaka, as if that would change anything.
Quinton and Buck are convinced Earl, another street dealer, killed him out of jealousy. Earl, however, thinks that maybe Quinton or Buck did it because of jealousy; Chaka ran a tight ship and had plenty of money which all of them feel, is the reason Eve stayed with him although she was seeing someone else. She got to have anything she wanted. Who was her lover? Could he have done it?
JEALOUSY has many plots and just about any one of the characters had a good reason for wanting to see Chaka dead. The book is a page-turner. The end is a really big surprise. There were some editing issues that tended to distract from the story on occasion, but it was still worth reading.
Reviewed by Alice Holman of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
Jealousy At Its Highest Level Mar 12, 2008
Linda Brickhouse introduce readers to Chaka Dubois in her debut novel, Jealousy. Chaka was the head of The Baker Boys 5, a group of young entrepreneurs that started selling cookies and candy in middle school. The group consisted of his best friends, Quinton, Buck, and twins, Danny and Dave. The group was unstoppable and the envy of everyone in the neighborhood. As adults, the group became known as the Dirty Dozen. Under Chaka's leadership, the group began to invest in real estate and drugs.
Chaka believed in planning and creating just the right amount of hatred among his soldiers to keep them hungry and eager to want more. His world came to a sudden end when two unknown assassins shot him in an alley, setting off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the group.
This story began as a very good mystery. I found myself eagerly anticipating discovering who killed Chaka and why. The friends began to second-guess each other as they tried to hold on to the empire they created and track down the killer. As each member of the crew began to reflect on his relationship with Chaka, Brickhouse introduced a new character, a new enemy and a new fear. One point was certain - Chaka's death exposed them all. There were too many twists and turns to keep up with the story. After rereading certain parts, I was able to put together all of the facts but was shocked at the abrupt ending.
Brickhouse did a wonderful job of keeping the reader engaged in the story. However, for this reviewer, there were too many additions to the story. The sequel, I am anticipating, will be written with more clarity.
Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson APOOO BookClub
Life After Death Sep 25, 2007
It seems as if Chaka Dubois' life is still going even after his death. The story starts off with the head of the notorious Baker Boys 5 being gunned down in the streets, with one of his best friends an original B Boy witnessing it all happening. Quinton not sure his eyes are seeing correctly is lost in the moment and can not react until it's too late. Buck, Danny and Dave are all by Quinton' side trying to find the murderer of their best friend, with one person in mind a former member turned Snitch Earl; all the gang can see is murder. Convinced that Eve, Chaka's main girl has set him up they set out to get Eve and Earl in the best way possible without being caught.
The story takes so many twists and turns it kind of leaves you confused a bit. After reading over pages and putting it together my self it didn't turn out too bad. I commend Ms. Brickhouse for her ability to create a tale with such a twist.
Good Luck Ms. Brickhouse, I can't wait for part 2; however I hope it flows a bit smoother.
A MUST read!!! Sep 21, 2007
This book is page turner! You won't believe how the drama unfolds. I could not put it down!! Is there a sequel?
Hostile Takeover Sep 16, 2007
"Jealousy" set in the NYC unleashes a cunning scheme against The Baker Boys 5, aka The Dirty Dozen. In the beginning, The Baker Boys 5 was just that, 5 boys making ends meet selling their classmates desserts. The older the boys got, the further away they moved from baking, to weed, drugs, guns and now legitimizing.
Chaka Dubois is the undisputed head of the Dirty Dozen. While he may be considered the head, Quinton Saunders is the brain, and Jahson (Buck) Holden is undeniably the muscle. When Chaka is murdered, it's expected that the conglomerate will come crashing down. When the Dirty Dozen continue to forge ahead, Earl, an excommunicated member, plots to destroy the kingdom he believes he helped build.
Trustworthiness becomes a question as secrets from the grave come tumbling out. With the entire team on tilt, will Earl finally destroy his enemies? While readers are immediately woven into a whodunit murder mystery, the blasts from the past clumsily roam through the pages and the editing issues are sure to sidetrack readers. "Jealousy" was somewhat confusing and hard to follow. I hope part II is an easier transition.