The Gods of Asphalt by H.E. Ellis is a page-turner, a moving tale (and a tale that moves) that you won’t put down until you are finished.
Sawyer is a 6’5″ 17-year-old with a big heart and bigger goals. He is in a terrible accident and doesn’t realize how bad he is hurt – he is too concerned with making sure his brother is okay. The rest of the story is a flashback to how he got here, now.
Sawyer, his older brother River and his father Jimmy have been following his mother Savannah for years – but they only stop when she wants them to. On this latest stop at grandfather Gus’s house, Sawyer decides he has had enough, and he wants to stay put, play basketball, go to college and live a normal life – at least, as normal as he can. But to stay, he has to face his father, one of the hardest things he’s had to do.
He moves in with Gus and starts school, where he makes a friend (Jeb) and makes center on the varsity basketball team. He also meets Jeb’s twin sister Sarah, and all bets are off. He takes on two “projects” – teach Jeb how to fight in order to impress a girl, and teach Sarah Spanish so she can go to a college far away and escape the family business – and maybe fall in love with him.
But just when he thinks he has everything under control, he gets in fights with everybody, upsets nearly everyone, and is ready to give up on everything. What he decides to do next could destroy the lives of everyone around him – or save them all.
I’m glad I purchased this book, because it was an excellent read, and “he” (she) is an excellent author. I am waiting for Book Two, which is magically and thankfully implied by the “Book One” subtitle!
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Note: I originally reviewed this in December 2011, but it’s overdue for a repeat mention. Please rush right over to any of the links and buy this book.