A Brownstone in Brooklyn Book Review!


Brownsotne5.0 out of 5 stars A YOUNG BLACK MAN GROWING UP IN THE TURBULENT 60`S
By DENNIS DE ROSE on April 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Julius Thompson`s “A Brownstone in Brooklyn” is about a young driven Black man,his family and his Brooklyn brownstone neighbors and friends. Julius has the uncanny ability to write with such intensity that you can`t help but feel that you were actually walking right next to Andy Pilgrim as be experienced,firsthand, the love of his family,friends and neighbors and their drive to push him to be all that he can be. Unfortunately, life is not that ideal. Andy experiences some very trying life lessons..the extreme jealously of an old friend to the point of dire consequences; black and white prejudices, again with dire consequences; and last, but certainly not least, the race riots of the late 60`s that affected many inner city communities. He witnesses rioting,shootings,death,looting,burning buildings and severe property damage.

As a White man, I knew very little about the late 60`s race riots and Julius has helped me to see, firsthand, the extreme feelings and the emotions that people, both back and white, went through during that time. At that time, I was a self-absorbed teenager and I was not affected by those events, so I felt nothing for others that it affected. This book has altered my sensitivity to others unlike myself. It has provided me with a closer look at Black issues of the times.

There are also some underlying issues that Andy is dealing with during this time in his life. I will not delve into them; I do not want to spoil it for future readers of Brownstone.

Julius Thompson has done a wonderful job with “Brownstone in Brooklyn”. If you like it, and I hope you will, I know you will want to read the next two books in the Andy Pilgrim saga; I can’t wait. Julius, please keep writing;you are doing a wonderful job…

Julius, I would be remiss if I did not tell you that your editor did a wonderful job with this book; I could not find one mistake.

Philly Style and Philly Profile Free Audiobook!


jetphilly The audiobook of Philly Style and Philly Profile is on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. To help spread the word, I am giving 10 complimentary Audible.com copies of the audiobook to the first ten people who contact me on my web page:
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I will email the code and the instructions to receive the Philly Style and Philly Profile audiobook. All I ask is that you post a review on Amazon.Com. I will alert when the first ten codes have been given out.
Short Synopsis: Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gangs wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. Philadelphia playgrounds were sometimes silent. These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories. These were places packed with people, but on a summer’s midday, they were virtually empty. Streets made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.

Julius Thompson Philadelphia Bulletin Memories!


Juliust437 For the past few Mondays, I have talked about the Meccas of basketball in Philadelphia: the historic Philly playgrounds, unique high school basketball gyms, McGonigle Hall and The Palestra.

Today, I want to talk about the sports department of the Philadelphia Bulletin that was unique and told a story about an era in Philly sports that was outstanding and will never be duplicated again. The people, places and events formed a narrative that gave a group of coaches and athletes exposure that was unique.

Herm Rogul: People in Sports – Gave exposure to all athletes and events in Philly that was ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. Late at night when we were “Putting the Paper to Bed”,newspaper term for finishing the first edition. I would sit and talk with Herm and asked him why he wrote the column? He told me he wanted everybody who participated in sports to have their name in print and get a moment of glory. Very simple and very effective!

Frank Brady and Frank “Bivo” Bilovsky: The Big Five – These two basketball gurus gave the exposure to the best basketball teams in America. Some of their best stories were about Jack Kraft at Villanova, Harry Litwack at Temple, Paul Westhead at LaSalle, Jimmy O’Brien at St. Joseph’s and at Chuck Daily at Penn. The stories of the other coaches and players were too numerous to repeat. Funny stories abound!

Jack Freed on Boxing: He was the original Matt Ring and was around for some of the great fights of all time from the 1930s to the 1970s, including Ali-Frazer “Thrilla in Manilla”.

Bob Savett: High School Sports and Penn Athletics: He was my mentor when I arrived in Philly. He showed me the insides of covering Philly sports and was at my first assignment in covering Andre McCarter at the Markward Club.

Bob Wright: Brought life to high school sports in South Jersey communities in the form of inspiring columns.

Ted Silary: I gave a recommendation for this sports reporter to get a job at The Bulletin from a suburban paper in Montgomery County. He left The Bulletin for an outstanding career with the Daily News.

Julius J.E. Thompson: High School Sports: One of my all-time incredible stories was not basketball, but football.

Bok Tech, under Frank Guida, had not won a game that year and had not scored a single point. They were losing at West Philly and had been outscored, 379-0, nearing the end of the last game of the season.

With less than two minutes Bok was driving and got to the West Philly goal line with time running out. The running back slipped when he was about to cross the goal line as the buzzer sounded. They were within inches of scoring a touchdown.

They fought to the very end of the game and never gave up. That South Philly ‘Grit’ can be found in all athletes bred south of Market Street.

I asked Coach Guida, a good coach and even better man, could I ride the team bus back and get a feel for his team.
We were nearing the Schuylkill Expressway, when a Bok player asked the question:

“What was the score?”

Someone answered, “I can tell you our half… ‘nothing’.”

The bus ride was silent until we arrived at Bok Tech.

That’s Philly sports: Honest, heart felt and very, very real.

I wrote a column about that football team, and Coach Guida how he developed men with character. The title of the Column: “The Inner City Blues.”

His players learned that losing was a part of life and how you handled adversity showed more about your character and how you would handle tough situations that arise in your future.

Philly Sports is winning, losing and handling adversity. This was shown in the many columns of the magnificent seventies’ Philadelphia Bulletin sportswriters.

Philly Style and Philly Profile Audible.com Reviews!


on November 23, 2016
The story follows the life of Carl, a basketball star, whose life is now suddenly under threat, by the gangs who inhabit the city of Philadelphia. His good looks, name and the glory that followed him, only make him a likely target in the eyes of Jake Meyers, a master drug dealer, who is jealous of him. Andy, a sportswriter, gets involved unknowingly, when he is handed over a bag, which has killed all those in possession of it. The unfolding of events, over the course of a few days, surrounding the brown leather bag, unravels many mysteries.

The book showcases how good and evil coexist and a handful of people’s attempts, to change a society involved in drugs and gangs. The author takes you on a journey, through the streets of Philadelphia, keeping you in suspense, along the whole way.

While neither the title, nor the cover does justice to the storyline, the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” stands true in this case. The story is very well written, providing insightful glimpses into the lives of the ordinary citizens in Philadelphia, during the 70’s and their struggles with gangsters and drug peddlers.

 
on April 9, 2013
This is the second book of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy.While the title does not try to explain the book,that was the author`s intent.The title refers to something special, specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final book of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”

“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin.He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM.That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.

Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player whose getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won`t spoil the story for you but I will say that it`s extremely fast-paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.

You will read this and, once you do, you`ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”.I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hat`s off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job!

 

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Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist: Jump Starting Your Inner Novelist is a concise manual that provides inspiration, motivation and practical tools for crafting award-winning novels.

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Julius Thompson New Audiobooks!


43196Wow! It feels incredible that I have two of my books on Audio Books..

Laura Jackman did a wonderful job with Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist that I co-Authored with my editor Dennis DeRose.

Roger Wood did a fantastic narration in bringing my novel, Philly Style and Philly Profile to Life.

       Please check out my audio books on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.com.

        Philly Style and Philly Profile: Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gang wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. The playgrounds were sometimes silent. These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories; places packed with people, but were virtually empty on late summer mid-days. Streets that were made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.

Ordering Audio Information:

Audible:

http://www.audible.com/search/166-4110991-0848005?advsearchKeywords=Philly+Style+ad+Philly+Profile

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Philly-Style-and-Profile/dp/B01M3Y6683/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist: Jump Starting Your Inner Novelist is a concise manual that provides inspiration, motivation and practical tools for crafting award-winning novels.

Ordering Audio Information:

Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_tseft__galileo?advsearchKeywords=Jumpstarting+Your+Inner++Novelist&x=14&y=22

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Jumpstarting-Your-Inner-Novelist/dp/B01MG8PASM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Monday Writing Tips: Consult with Julius on “Point of View” in a novel!


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Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist!

How am I going to tell my story? Which point of view (POV) should I use. Your goal as an author is to decide on the point of view I want to use to tell my story. You must swallow hard and try to figure out Point of View”: the “Voice” in which to write your novel…so many choices! Point of View is the way the author allows you to “see” and ‘hear” what’s going on in a novel.

Writing Tip:  Your objective is find the best POV to tell your story: First, Second or Third-person point of view. Ask yourself: What serves the story best? For Example: Write a paragraph in three different point of views and see which one works best for your novel.

For more information on point of view, purchase Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist!

https://www.amazon.com/Julius-Thompson/e/B002BLUCGS

Monday Writing Tips: Consult With Julius on Description in a novel!


 

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Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist

Your goal as an author is to “Be Specific” in your novel: A clarion call to all creative writers as you pull your readers into the “Fictive Dream” of your book. That’s the reason description is considered an art form. Description is simply a portrayal in words, of something that can be perceived by the senses.

    Writing Tip:  Your objective is to use sensory language: sight, sound, taste, feel, etc. It must be vivid. For example, keep a Descriptive journal, where you keep your writing exercises. One exercise you can do: observe and then describe the event in vivid words. Your writing must be concrete or vivid; add specific details, show sensory images, etc.

For more information on description, purchase Jumpstarting Your Inner Novel:

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