The eBook version of Brambleman, a novel about Forsyth County, Georgia, is now available for free sampling and purchase for $8.99 at Smashwords.com. (See description below.) Formats: Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and other smartphone and tablets. It you have an eReader, then you’re in luck! The paperback version will be out later.
Deliverance meets The Da Vinci Code.
Charlie Sherman, a down-and-out Atlanta writer, is chosen by a mysterious stranger to complete a dead professor’s unfinished work. What Charlie finds is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $25 million—and a sale is pending.
Charlie is convinced (with good reason) that he has been chosen as an instrument of divine vengeance, so when he finds the rightful heir to the land, a retired African-American teacher, he seeks to wreak justice upon the villains and help the woman reclaim what is rightfully hers. Things don’t work out the way he hoped, however.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: Forsyth County, famous as the birthplace of Hee-Haw’s Junior Samples, has for most of the past century, existed as an intentionally all-white community bordering the black Mecca of Atlanta since 1912, following one of the 20th century’s most violent racist outrages—including lynching, nightriding, and arson.
In 1987, the sleepy community gained notoriety when a small march led by civil rights firebrand Hosea Williams was broken up by rock- and bottle-throwing Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and their sympathizers. Bloody but unbowed, Williams returned the next week with 25,000 followers in one of largest civil rights marches in history. There was talk of reparations. Oprah came. Protests and counter-protests yielded a landmark Supreme Court case on free speech. But most importantly, white people flocked to Forsyth. It became the fastest- growing county in the nation, the richest one in Georgia, and one of the twenty wealthiest in the U.S.