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The Strivers Row Spy Stunning suspenseful and unforgettably evocative Jason Overstreet s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the s Harlem Renaissance as one man crosses the perilo

  • Title: The Strivers' Row Spy
  • Author: Jason Overstreet
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  • Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeoiStunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn t have imagined His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he d find And when he s tapped by J Edgar Hoover to be the FBI s first African American agent, he sees a once in a lifetime chance to secure real justice.Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the dangerously radical back to Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau s biased investigation And by giving renowned leader W E B Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all AmericansBut the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem s most influential and glamorous circles, the dangerous the stakes An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta s innocent trust in her husband and turn his double life into a fast closing trap For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.

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    1. Jason Overstreet

      Jason Overstreet grew up in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico He attended two Southern California universities, earning a B.A and M.S before spending ten years in the field of education After attending UCLA s Professional Program in Screenwriting, he turned to writing fiction full time He lives in Los Angeles from kensingtonbooks author

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    1. Jason Overstreet’s debut novel “The Strivers’ Row Spy” has inspired me to do a lot more research on real-life characters who come to life in historical fiction. Rare is the book that opens so many doors and makes me so eager to learn more about a time and place, the movers and shakers and people who defined an era.Middlebury College, 1919. Only two black men have earned diplomas. "Momma had saved up for Lord knows how long" for Sidney Temple's graduation gift, shiny, black patent leather [...]


    2. I know so much about Marcus Garvey from my parents who hail from the Caribbean and Panama. My mom spoke on how as kids during the 30s, they had the UNIA money and would play with it, call is "funny money". She said the adults wanted very much to return to Africa. Then, my father and uncle spoke about him with reverence. My uncle even had a picture of him on his wall at his place. This story is a fictional account of a man recruited out of college to be a spy for the Bureau of Investigation(the f [...]


    3. Jason Overstreet’s The Strivers’ Row Spy is a must read. Period. The book is written with so much detail that the reader feels as though he or she is right in the midst of the plot with the main character Sidney Temple. Jason Overstreet places the reader in an emotional sync with Sidney Temple and doesn’t ease up. Right from the beginning of the novel till the end Overstreet keeps the language consistent and creates the mood and feeling of the 20’s. The feel of racial tension, the chill [...]


    4. Well, I tried.I got almost 1/3rd of the way in on The Strivers' Row Spy before calling it quits. Life is too short and my TBR pile too high to continue reading a book that was only making me sigh in annoyance and wish I was doing something else other than reading. I had high hopes too. It started with a great cover. I mean, good God, this is a gorgeous cover. It continued with a setting of a time period I like to read and the blurb made the story sound like it would be intriguing and exciting an [...]


    5. Great insight into Garvey and Du Bois position on race in America in the 1920s; very informative and interesting. I was expecting more action for a "spy" novel, but this is a more realistic portrayal (more patience), so the plot dragged some. I kept forgetting that it was set in the 20s because it lacked ambience and how exciting Harlem must have been during that period which garnered the four-star rating. I felt like it could have been set anywhere which was a little disappointing. Still, a loo [...]


    6. I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.This is an enlightening book. It presents a fascinating story of a young black college graduate hired to investigate the fledgling NAACP and the Marcus Garvey/W.E.B. DuBois feud. It has a well written main character, Sidney Temple, and a number of interesting secondary characters. The action is tense and fast paced. The locations are realistic. The historical context is engrossing. Although a fictional novel, it has the sense of living history and I enjoy [...]


    7. The premise of this book really sounded intriguing, an early black F.B.I. agent it hired to spy on Marcus Garvey, a black Jamaican who is trying to rally American blacks. He wants to keep the black and white societies separate and thinks blacks can only reach their potential by segregating themselves from the whites. He wants to do this by relocating the entire black population to Africa.His fund-raising methods are not on the up-and-up and if you don't follow his lead he spurns you and may even [...]


    8. The Strivers’ Row Spy is an incredible debut novel. Jason Overstreet skillfully exposes readers to a frequently forgotten part of African American history - the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and the push for civil rights by two very different charismatic leaders W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. The Strivers’ Row Spy is fiction, but its setting, environment and many of its characters did exist. Jason Overstreet brings history to life in a way that entrances readers, encouraging them to ask questi [...]


    9. I won this book through the First Reads Program in exchange for an unbiased review.I read this book to learn about 1920's USA, the fledgling FBI and race relations at the time, and era I knew very little about. Sidney Temple was an interesting character, one who the reader becomes attached to quickly and eagerly wants to know how things turn out, whether it be with his job as one of the only black agents working under Hoover, or with his wife Loretta who was another wonderful character.It doesn [...]


    10. Striver's Row Spy is a great first novel that not only entertained, but I learned a lot from it as well. I remember learning some of the names and events in school, but it was interesting to see them explained and experienced first hand. I found myself doing a lot of online research and found that several of the characters were based on real people.This is a definite must read for anyone who enjoys spy thrillers or wants to learn about African-American history in the early 1900s. I can't wait to [...]


    11. This is a really interesting book not least because while the era is familiar, the setting is not one we've seen much of in literature. Sidney is a fascinating character to take this journey; I enjoyed the details of his personal history and family as well as his interactions with real people. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- this is a well written historical novel which allowed me to explore something I was not familiar with. You will like this if you are interested in the 1920s, historical fic [...]


    12. When I first read the synopsis of this books months ago, I immediately added it to my list of books to read because I'm a lover of Historical Fiction. I love giving new authors a chance because soon I'll be a new author and I want readers to give me a chance. Jason Overstreet proved that I made the right choice. The book started off slow, but it soon took off and had me wondering what was going to happen next. He did a great job of developing each character and showing the dimensions of each. I [...]


    13. This novel is incredible. I read more about African American history due to this novel. Definitely the kind of books which make readers dig deeper. Very well written and enlightening. I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend others to read it.I received a free hard copy of this book from the First Reads program. Thanks a lot!


    14. This book put me in the time where Dubois and Garvey really seemed alive and I had to choose a team and my team was family at the end. I loved this journey.


    15. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley, Dafina, and Kensington Books exchange for an honest review.This is both the author’s first book (as far as I can tell) and therefore my first book that I’ve read by him (that’s the both part – first book (written by him; read by me).I’ll start off with something that I normally put at the end, or nearish the end, the rating. Under my long ago and not currently active rating scheme, used pre-web based book cataloging by me, I would have rat [...]


    16. This review originally published in < ahref="lookingforagoodbook&qu For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5The Strivers' Row Spy is the debut novel for author Jason Overstreet and is a hit from page one all the way to the end.Sidney Temple is one of the first black men to graduate from Middlebury College in 1919 and he's driven to make sure that the sacrifices his mother made in order for him to go to school will be repaid. His accomplishment at graduating college, along with his war service brin [...]


    17. Nell'America della segregazione e del proibizionismo, un giovane nero americano, laureato in ingegneria col massimo dei voti, viene reclutato dal nascente FBI di Hoover, fissato col comunismo. Sidney viene incaricato di spiare Marcus Garvey, visionario e megalomane fondatore di un movimento che dovrebbe riportare in Africa tutti i discendenti degli schiavi deportati. Considerato un "nero da giardino" e quindi manipolabile, Sidney svolge il suo lavoro riuscendo a dare a Bureau il minor numero di [...]


    18. I & my reading group thought this book was FANTASTIC!!! A couple of my books club members are familiar with Striver's Row in NY so they were pleasantly surprised of the exactness & research the author did to make this story valid. The history of Garvey & DuBois was spot on!! I liked how the characters were developed & how the love scene with the the married couple was just enought vulgar or overly descriptive. There was just enough suspense to keep me turning the page to find out [...]


    19. DNF 39%It’s so disappointing but I had to give up. I really was not enjoying it at all even though it had all the elements I would love. A black spy story set in 1920s Harlem?? Heck yea. But the writing was so clunky to me and didn’t flow well at all. The entire time I was reading I never felt like I was actually in this world. It felt like a very boring man was giving me an extremely detailed account of his life. Incredibly dry. What a let down.


    20. I very much enjoyed the historical aspects and the vivid descriptions of Strivers Row and the Harlem Renaissance era. I didn't like the pacing of the book. It took me a long time to finish, because nothing much happened for almost half of the book. Overall, I did like the and would be willing to try the next book in the series.


    21. I enjoyed the setting and time period 1920s Harlem. Sidney Temple made choices that you can understand given the time period. I also liked how the author was able to tie in historical figures and have Sidney interact with them. I wondered how true the depictions of Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, and a young J. Edgar Hoover were to the real personalities. Very enjoyable book.


    22. Sidney Temple, one of the first black FBI agents, is recruited to spy on Marcus Garvey, a black separatist leader in the 20’s. Interesting look at the Harlem Renaissance in that era.


    23. I'm not a fan of mystery novels, but the level of historical detail and accuracy fed my literary soul. I highly recommend this!


    24. Not really the genre of book I normally read but after winning a copy from a contest, I gave it a try and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. A little slow at times but very enjoyable with a look at history from a very different perspective for me.


    25. 3.5 stars. I'm grateful for this book, for the glimpse into a history unknown to me. I appreciate the resonance of how our world operates today, racially and politically. I loved Sidney's love story with his wife, the tenderness he felt toward her and his appreciation for her artistry and sensitivity. The glimpses into her artists world balanced out the political drama and violence in his story. It's a smart book, cleverly showing different perspectives during a pivotal time of African American [...]


    26. It's the era known as the Roaring Twenties, the time of the emerging artistic aura that is the charismatic draw for writers, artists and independent thinkers to the New York neighborhood called Harlem. And it is the era in which the Bureau of Investigation is established and begins to seek out information on US citizens and non-citizens who are perceived to espouse anti-American ideas.It is in the year 1919 that a young black American graduates from college with a civil engineering degree, excel [...]


    27. In “The Strivers Row Spy,” Jason Overstreet has written a novel of the Harlem Renaissance-era in New York City and of radical black movements beset with in-fighting and monstrous egos. It’s historical fiction that’s filled with little known information about the politics of the time and the efforts of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI to infiltrate the “radical” African American organizations that were being formed.Sidney Temple is a well-educated black engineer seeking to find emplo [...]


    28. Striver's Row is a thought provoking novel, full of historical characters at a time when the world was changing. In the aftermath of WWI, black people were less patient to wait for equality to be granted. Jim Crow was alive and well in the South. Racism was far more insidious in the North.Amongst black people there was a divisive battle going on for hearts and souls. Was the key to equality patiently working through the existing system to gain the same rights as whites? Or was the key to leave A [...]


    29. I often get frustrated with Historical Fiction. While the book might be great fiction, the historical element often gets lost. Or in the case of "The Strivers Row Spy" the history is changed. Lessening the achievements of the people actually involved attributing their accomplishments to the fictional protagonist. This is the case with Sydney Temple. At times it feels like name dropping without reason. Countee Cullen is mentioned as an aside, reading a poem in public. Henrietta Vinton Davis is me [...]


    30. The Strivers’ Row Spy by Jason Overstreet is a historical mystery set in 1920s Harlem. With an impressive cast of infamous characters that include Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay and J. Edgar Hoover—to name a few—this well-written story follows Sidney and Loretta Temple as they begin their lives after graduation from college.Sidney is approached by a Bureau representative and asked to become the first Colored agent. As Sidney put it, “they needed a Negro to spy on another Negr [...]


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