The Ultimate Sacrifice II
by Anthony Fields
Reviewed by:Niccole Simmons
The Ultimate Sacrifice by Anthony Fields is definitely urban street lit. It began as had the last ten urban fiction novels I have read (with the court-room/trial setting) so I was prepared to read the 'same-old-story'. However, this was not the case. Although this was definitely street literature, Mr. Fields takes it to a higher level with the deceit and confusion he introduces in to the mix. The story actually could have been appropriately titled Melee if we went by the dictionary’s definition.
The story is filled with prison time, misunderstandings, killing, betrayal and vengeance. What makes the story so good to me is that the misunderstanding that lead to bad feelings, betrayal and killing are so possible. Upon the release of several inmates that were once ‘as thick as thieves’ a melee of killing and vengeance begins. Unfortunately, none of it was necessary and all because of misunderstandings.
The author explains exactly how events leading to the feelings of betrayal and deception came about and then describes how they were misconstrued and as reading, I was like, "Umm-hmm, yeah", feeling the betrayal and anger along with the character and then when the author explained how the misunderstanding took place and there actually was no betrayal, I was then like, "Oooooh, my bad." I was really feeling these characters emotions! At first, the misunderstandings were a little inconceivable but when the author explains, it is totally reasonable and entirely realistic to think it could have went down that way. This read reminded me to always get the full story before drawing assumptions because in this novel, assumptions can cost you your life.
The only thing I had an issue with were all of the names. There were some names inserted that I didn't find relevant to the story and so at times it got a little confusing, but I am thinking maybe they are relevant to part I. Other than that, I did like the fact that I could read part II, follow along and enjoy the story, even though I have not had the opportunity to read part I. I really appreciated that because sometimes, it is almost impossible to follow along on a sequel if I haven't read the book prior but the author did a good job of making this a story of its own.
I will be putting part I on my ‘to read’ list as I like this author’s ability to create a great feeling of suspense and relay a well thought out story.
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