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Review from “Readers’ Favorite”

September 17, 2016

Journey to Colonus, a stupendous novel by Franklin Debrot, is accessible
to readers on every level: plotting, character development and revelation,
dialogue that is authentic in every way, an empathy for racial and
personality differentiation that leaves one wondering about the author’s
own, and prose so exquisite it makes another author weep. Not to
mention, a mesmerizing storyline.
Thomas Doswell is an enigmatic black professor at a southern college,
who has an oddly-earned reputation as an Uncle Tom. Two studentprofessors
come directly under his wing – a young black activist and a
young white scholar – creating a strong thematic tension that ultimately
defines the foundation for a profoundly intriguing plot regarding the
background of Mr. Doswell, ultimately revealing the historical reason
behind his strangely ironic obscurity – a history based on America’s early
leftist movements and revolts.
In Franklin Debrot’s masterful, historically-loaded book, Journey to
Colonus, there is another element that might be overlooked by the less
methodical reader; by the one who is so caught up in the story that he
fails to savor the innate beauty of this writing. I am talking about a
uniquely individual style so beyond the norm in today’s books that one
might mistake it as coming from an earlier classic time. Debrot is so
conscientious about providing descriptive context and atmosphere that the
grateful reader is forced to inhabit this compelling story as a sensory
reality, and the author is so creative and intelligent in his presentation
that one remains constantly amazed, intrigued, and delighted by the
evocative subtlety of his twists in plot. Journey to Colonus is a book to
thoroughly savor. Franklin Debrot is an author to envy and admire … and
enjoy immensely.

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

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