Journalist would love to have that one story that puts them in the forefront of their craft. Without giving too much insight into the novel The Genesis Files, Mr. Lloyd Palmer's boss truly gives him a hard time even after solving a crime while on the beat with his coworker Charles. Palmer's hunch leads him to the truth but as many people with stories in the south, a handful will believe you, a boss will deny you, and the rest will ignore the obvious. Personally for myself living in the South, I am all too familiar with the hardships that Lloyd Palmer faces when trying to do the best job that he can without any recognition from his boss. With our current event of the election, many of those prejudices still show their head. Author Gwen Richardson has no fear in touching on a subject that can bring forth conversations outside of her novel The Genesis Files, shining a light on how we can change our mindset and our lives; the additional hidden glass ceiling within this wonderful United States of America.
Now when an author has me wanting to research history, Gwen Richardson was spot on with what actually brings 'the beginning' of one man's life. Early on Lloyd Palmer meets a mysterious man that had me desiring to find out more about a particular tribe of people. I stated on my Facebook page that I love knowing about religious history, and The Genesis Files led me, through the eyes of Lloyd Palmer and my additional research, on a quest. Author Gwen Richardson receives a big kudos from me in taking a reader outside of the book in hopes of finding more truths.
The mystery man, whom we soon find out to be Mr. Hamisi, is said to belong to a specific tribe whose roots date back to Solomon in the Bible. Yes, I know! Gwen Richardson took us that far and I cannot wait to see if she continues this story with a second novel. Mr. Hamisi says something to Lloyd Palmer that even affected me as being a writer when it comes to sharing truths in a news story. He said, "…but the first story you printed with the false information is published distributed to the public. It becomes part of your archives. If someone later reads it, he will believe it is true, as he will not know that the facts were corrected the following week, or whenever you discovered the error." I got what Author Gwen Richards one was conveying throughout the story and even in that conversation. The purpose is to continue a story of tradition that is truthful. You never know who will view it in the future and how the legacy will continue on. Just as bloodlines are strong, so should written words be as powerful.
When I first read the synopsis of The Genesis Files, I was trying to correlate how Genesis (meaning the beginning) would fit into the life of Lloyd Palmer until I read a few pages into the novel. Author Gwen Richardson takes the reader through many historical scenes that had taken place in Houston. Albeit some stories are fictitious, she does draw the reader in with factual incidents that will peak your memory and move you as a reader. This book is one that you will not wish to put down and leaves you with wanting more of the story between Lloyd Palmer, his family, his job, and his life. But everything must always have a beginning.
From on the job glass ceilings to life's unexpected turn of events, I rate The Genesis Files 4 out of 5 stars! - Shani Fenderson, Contributor
The Genesis Files Synopsis:
Lloyd Palmer is a reporter for the Houston Ledger, a job which should have fulfilled his lifelong dream of being a journalist. But, along with being exhausted from the daily coverage of murders and mayhem in the nation's fourth largest city, e's hit a glass ceiling at work, and his editor Ed Jackson, goes out of his way to make Lloyd's life miserable.
While interviewing potential witnesses to a murder-suicide, Lloyd meets a mysterious stranger who subsequently leads him down a path which changes his life. But Lloyd's journey is fraught with peril, as both he and his family barely escape a hired assassin.
Follow Lloyd Palmer on his quest for the ultimate truth in the provocative thriller, The Genesis Files.
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