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Carried by Six by Allen Ballard: 2010 BCALA Literary Award Honorary Winner

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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2020
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2010 Black Caucus American Literary Award (BCALA) Honorable Mention in Fiction

“…an excellent read. . . . the journey of man VS drugs….”
— Kathie Mueller 5/5 stars

“…Pleasantly surprised . . . Well written . . . well developed story . . .”
—Hannah Shuman 5/5 stars

Iraq War Vet Obie Bullock, leader of a Philadelphia anti-violence group (the Mau-Mau), stumbles upon a crime scene—someone has just slit the throat of a police officer. Armed with the officer’s revolver, Obie corners and kills the masked assassin—the youngest brother of a powerful drug dealer, who is set on revenge.

A fast-paced action, while simultaneously examining the lives of a working-class family struggling to survive in the projects of Philadelphia.

Character-based, authentic, and gripping, this novel exposes the difficulties and danger of working to rid a neighborhood of drugs and violence so that future generations can grow up safe and secure.

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Carried by Six
A Novel of Urban Bravery in America

Carried by Six by Allen Ballard: 2010 BCALA Literary Award Honorable Mention in Fiction
Carried by Six by Allen Ballard: Recipient of the 2010 BCALA Literary Award Honorable Mention in Fiction

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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2020
Hardback, Paperback, ebook
Available everywhere books are sold

“…an excellent read. The characters come to life in a story that is happening now in our land of the free. You have to read it as it encompasses the journey of man VS drugs….”
— Kathie Mueller 5/5 stars

“…Pleasantly surprised. …Well written, . . . well developed story . . .”
— Hannah Shuman 5/5 stars

Obie Bullock, leader of a Philadelphia anti-violence group (the Mau-Mau), returns home from his janitor’s job early one morning and stumbles upon a crime scene—someone has just slit the throat of a police officer.

Armed with the officer’s recovered revolver, Obie, an Iraq war vet, corners and kills the masked assassin, who turns out to be the youngest brother of a powerful, but imprisoned drug dealer.

Demands for revenge follow, sparking the fast-paced action while simultaneously examining the lives of a working-class family struggling to survive in the projects of Philadelphia. Character-based, authentic, and gripping, this novel exposes the difficulties and danger of working to rid a neighborhood of drugs and violence so that future generations can grow up safe and secure.

Character-based, authentic, and gripping, this novel exposes the difficulties and danger of working to rid a neighborhood of drugs and violence so that future generations can grow up safe and secure.

keywords: African American, urban crime, Mau-Mau, murder


Allen Ballard, Author
credit: Allen Ballard

Allen Ballard, a graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School, Kenyon College, and Harvard University, was formerly a professor of government at City College of New York. He lives in Clifton Park, New York.

His previous works on African-American history—including the renown One More Day’s Journey, a history of Black Philadelphia, have been praised by such literary greats as Ralph Ellison, John A. Williams, and Alex Haley.

His first novel—about the very first African-American troops in the Civil WarWhere I’m Bound, (Simon and Schuster, 2000) won the “First Novelist” prize of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the Washington Post. He is also the author of Breaching Jericho’s Walls, an autobiography.

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Carried by Six, A Novel of Urban Bravery in America is the recipient of the 2010 Black Caucus American Literary Award (BCALA) Honorable Mention in Fiction.

 

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