SUMMARY î Blacktop Wasteland

S.A. Cosby ✓ 1 SUMMARY

SUMMARY î Blacktop Wasteland ´ Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic a loving husband and a hard working dad Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East CoastHe thought he'd left all that behind him but as his carefully built new liBeauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic a loving husband and a hard working dad Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East CoastHe thought he'd left all that behind him but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. “They all underestimated him” Blacktop Wasteland is an emotionally charged thrillercharacter study about a man willing to commit one last crime to save his family and livelihood His decision might cost all he has worked so hard to achieve his family his business and his identity Beauregard “Bug” Montage mechanic and former criminal went straight 15 years ago Bug possesses exceptional driving skills that made him the perfect getaway driver who could not be caught Having put his last “job” behind him Bug is struggling to keep his family and business afloat When the opportunity arises for him to take on one final job he accepts to help his family His decision causes him to visit the past and grapple with his identity ultimately putting him at risk to lose what matters most Blacktop Wasteland is a fast paced action packed superbly written novel This book is so much than a thriller It’s about father son relationships family race class and identity In Bug SA Cosby has created a dynamic and complex character who is not to be underestimated I felt every one of Bug’s emotions his conflict his identity crisis and his pain over his father’s abandonment This book gutted me emotionally and put me through the wringer I don’t think my heart could have taken much The final page left me feeling destroyed This is a book that goes outside the box I highly recommend I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

SUMMARY ´ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD.CO.UK ✓ S.A. Cosby

When a smooth talking former associate comes calling with a can't miss jewelry store heist Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fearHaunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wastelandor die tryingLike Ocean’s Ele. Wow Wow Wow Five big starsAbsolutely nothing is going right in Beauregard “Bug” Montage’s life The loan on his business is past due his kid needs braces and he’s just been hit with a bill for his mother’s nursing home care So he goes back to what he did in a prior life criminal planner and getaway driver This book is sad and gritty all at the same time Cosby has created some great characters here starting with Bug He’s a decent man who's been handed a raw deal You just want things to work out for him His mother is a total piece of work and it’s a testament to his decency that he doesn’t just walk away from her And my God Bug’s co criminals are not going to win any awards for smarts or ethics You just know that things aren’t going to go well The writing is fabulous Take this phrase “hehad a hairline that was retreating like Lee at Gettysburg” I was highlighting phrases just so I could go back and review how crazy good the writing was This will appeal to those that like Lou Berney’s or Attica Locke’s writing Very atmospheric taking the time to set the stage before moving into a higher gear Once things get rolling the dominoes fall in rapid succession I just did not see so much of this book coming It was not only action packed it was heartbreaking I could see this book being easily transformed into a movie My thanks to netgalley and Flatiron Books for an advance copy of this book

CHARACTERS Blacktop Wasteland

Blacktop WastelandVen meets Drive with a Southern noir twist S A Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty race and his own former life of crimeA husband a father a son a business ownerAnd the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi“Sensationally good new fresh real authentic twisty with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart More than recommended” Lee Chi. Man oh Man oh Beauregard Listen when you're a black man in America you live with the weight of people's low expectations on your back every day They can crush you right down to the goddamn ground Think about it like it's a race Everybody else has a head start and you dragging those low expectations behind you Choices give you freedom from those expectations Allows you to cut 'em loose Because that's what freedom is Being able to let things go And nothing is important than freedom There's Bug and then there's Beauregard the same man with conflicting sides within himself One part is the loving devoted husband and father the other is a fast car driving outlaw Bug thought he left his past behind he thought he could move on and run his business and be there for his family but he couldn't leave the ghost of who he used to be and the memory of his father who disappeared when he needed him the mostWith mounting bills and stress Bug cannot walk away when he is presented with the opportunity to make some money All he must do is drive the getaway car Bug is drowning in bills stress and obligations and it seems like easy money but is itSA Cosby put the pedal to the metal with this one Blacktop Wasteland is raw gritty dark and action packed It's a character study of one man's last ditch effort to make a better life for his family but at what cost It is beautifully written in vivid raw and descriptive prose Thought provoking gripping and raw This book is not to be missedThank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for and honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own