A good read
The book reads like a movie. I could see and practically feel the spiritual struggle the five women face when dealing with the patriarchal ideology of not only their situation, but the world, and even God.
I highly recommend The Melting Points to anyone who likes spy novels or romance, especially if you're looking for unexpected twists. The twists in this book are not only in the plot but at least for me, there was a message in this book about the spiritual sisterhood of characters.
Suspense, Romance, and Pace
The book reads like a movie so I expect it'll be getting offers in the future to produce it.
As a selling point to readers, and not meant as criticism, the style is especially good for the short attention spans of today’s audiences – short chapters covering specific, crisp, well-defined events with lots of action, suspense, and romance and great pace - but readers will have to make an effort to keep track of all the characters at least until they get far enough into the book to become familiar enough with them. It’s a bit Dostoeyevsky-esque in that regard, which isn’t a bad thing. Of course there are lots of underlying meanings.
I had a sense that the ending was a bit abrupt but the book kept it open which left me and perhaps other readers with a sense that they need to keep thinking about what they have just read and re-read it to get more from it. Perhaps there'll be a sequel or series because the way it ended, I can see that would be something that would not be too difficult to do (easy for me to say) and readers will positively identify with characters in the book and may want to know more about what happens to them.
Coming Home comes again
Literature takes many interesting turns and none much more interesting than the one made by George Davis in his new novel, The Melting Points. In this new, long, cinematically written story, Davis turns back towards his first novel, Coming Home, published in 1972. Coming Home is the novel upon which the Academy Award-winning Vietnam War Film by Jane Fonda was loosely based.
In the book the love triangle is between a white woman and a black man. In the film, of course, the black male became a physically handicapped white male, in order that Jane Fonda would not be casted making love on screen to a black man, say, the reigning black superstar at the time, football legend Jim Brown.
Jane was “radical’ enough to hang with The Black Panthers, and Huey P. Newton in real life, but on screen interracial love-making was too “radical.” This new novel contains matters far more “radical” than the old one, and just about an equal distance ahead of their time.
Thinking about Oprah
George Davis' new novel is a long book (400 pages) but it is a fast read. It takes you to a place quickly and then it takes you to another place, as the characters are in and out of situations that are not just dangerous as in other thrillers, but also interesting and revealing of deeper matters. The whole idea about spirituality gives a deeper theme.
I am a person who believes in "the old time religion." as one character in the book calls it. But I am also attracted to the newer self-help kind of faith. For a woman this brings up a very interesting choice. Do you put more stock in "the faith of our fathers" or are you brave enough to start really believing, not just saying you believe, but really believing in the divinity of women.
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There are two kinds of spiritual books. One is the Sci Fi ones where the spirit world is filled with monsters who have come to earth to do bad stuff. Then there are the ones that we call spiritual self-help books that say that what is out in the spirit world is love, peace, understanding and spiritual oneness. The Melting Points tells a story in which both forces are out there because what is actually “out there” is us.
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Love and Espionage
I was interviewed by the George Davis for Love, Black Love, way back in the day. My therapist read the story about me in that book and said she got insights into my mental make up, especially my relationship with my father that she had not gotten in more than a year of working with me as a client. She saw me from the daddy’s side.
An except of Love, Black Love was one of the most celebrated cover story for Essence back in the 70s, which is quite an honor for a male writer who does not pander to women. Of course a man can never know us as we know ourselves, but by listening well, there are men who can point out things, good and bad, that we no longer notice about ourselves.
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David "Nick" Foster
The style of writing is certainly seductive. It draws you in. At the end of each chapter you sense that you've been pulled deeper. You know you are moving towards something dangerous. A very early, chilling paragraph in the story takes place at CIA headquarters after the three women had been discussed under their code name "Diana Ross and the Supremes :
"Johnson got up to leave, happy to have kept the lid on this meeting. A reality of his job was that small occurrences involving ordinary people were sometimes linked by invisible chains to events so large they could change history. Innocent people got killed, and those who knew the truth were forever bound to silence."
Everything is so innocent! Scenes shift from the vacationing women on the island back to CIA headquarters in Virginia, where you get the sense of how dangerous the waters are going to get. The writing is smooth like a swim on the Caribbean side of the island.
The water is so calm that you get further and further out until you look back and cannot see land. That is the feeling I got. Will God save you? Is anyone up there in the beautiful sky as sub-surface dangers lurk, and out in front of you is the wind tossed Atlantic ocean. Most of the story takes place back in New York; but you never quite loss the sense of being with characters who are facing a tropical hurricane.
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