Purple Phantoms Earns Five-Star Book Review!

Purple Phantoms

Rating: 5.0 stars

Reviewed for Readers Favorite

Five talented young basketball players from Rockwood, Georgia’s high school, were all killed at different times and in different ways but they all were much too young to die. Now they have been given a chance to come back to earth for six months to play basketball once again and help out Rockwood’s currently losing basketball team, the ‘Purple Phantoms’, and their beloved Coach Jones who plans on leaving Rockwood at the end of the coming year. Those five young phantom basketball players, Sharon James, “JB” Brown, Dan Gnais, Walter Williams and Ivan “Pick” Brown, miss human emotions, the aroma of sweat and the noise of cheering crowds. Sharon joins with former boyfriend Foots Wilkins, JB with Norris Nairse, Dan with Antoine Carter, Walter with Greg Reece, and Pick with Vincent Matthews to slip into their bodies, whisper words of encouragement and coach them on to better playing.

“Purple Phantoms” is a highly well-written story of a high school basketball coach, his current unsuccessful team, and deceased basketball players from RockwoodHigh   School’s past who played the game brilliantly. The plot flows smoothly to the story’s end as the living players come to terms with what needs changing in their lives and in their game and as Coach Jones gets to talk with the five dead players whom he still loves, misses terribly and will defend even if it costs him his coaching job. All characters, both living and those who have gone on, are three-dimensional and come alive as the story progresses. That the five phantom players must go back to their place in Heaven and will take another with them will be a difficult, somewhat teary ending but the addition of a sixth phantom is hinted at throughout the last chapters so that the reader will know what is coming. “Purple Phantoms” is a brilliant book that young adults and adult readers will adore.


Jullus Thompson Presenting at the 2012 AJC-Decatur Book Festival!


It feels fantastic to be invited to be a presenter at a major national book festival. I recently received the email that I would be speaking at the Labor Day book festival national event.

I’m a presenter on the Local Prose Stage at the 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel inDecatur,Georgia.

I will be speaking on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm for twenty minutes with ten minutes left for a Q/A Session.

I look forward to seeing everybody at the Sixth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival on the square inDecatur,Georgia. The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest community supported independent book festival in the nation.

I will discuss my novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the National Gold Medal award-winning Ghost of Atlanta and the soon to be published Purple Phantoms in 2012. Passionate Writer Publishing out of Indianapolis, Indiana has done a fantastic job with my fourth novel Purple Phantoms. I will read excerpts from Purple Phantoms and discuss the process of writing, publishing and marketing my first novel outside of the Julius Thompson Trilogy.

Purple Phantoms’ one-line synopsis: “Five Ghosts—basketball players whose lives were cut short—return to haunt five basketball starters to help them try to win the coveted State Championship.”