T. Arnold Powell has gifted us with an unforgettable first novel. I just finished reading this phenomenal book and cannot stop thinking about it. Jay Austin, the main character, grew up in a loving home with his mother and his maternal grandparents. He is loved by his family, admired by his friends, classmates and teachers, and adored by the ladies. Equipped with a great personality and an impressive ability to learn anything, he takes off from Charleston, South Carolina to New York City, to spend a summer working before starting college. However, he embarks upon a new life full of twists and turns, glitz and glamour, happiness and tragedy. Most Likely To is a story that delves into the inner workings of what is the human being. Jay, the main character of the book, is someone that you love, respect and simply adore; yet, at the same time, you loathe what he stands for and what he has become. You even fear what he could do if you were to stand in the way.
One of the best fast moving story that I have had the pleasure of reading. From the first page to the last it was hard to put this book down. T. Arnold Powell is a natural story teller. The plot carries with it all the elements of conflict, romance, and intrigue.
As a former New Yorker, who lived there in the 60's, there are quiet a few nostaigic moments in Mr. Powell's story, The Palladuim, The Apollo, Mama Leone's, Joe Cuba, Tito Puente,etc. that brought back some of my fond memories of NYC in the 60's.
By Barbara Gathers
I am so very proud of you. The book is GREAT. I knew you had a winner the minute I picked it up and began reading it.
Great story, well told - October 15, 2008
by Edward L. Long Jr.
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I found it to be a worthy read. The plot and characters are fully developed which caused the story to move forward with a lively pace. Even though I did not experience New York in the 60's, the descriptions were so full that I could see it through the characters' eyes. While an interest in Wall Street adds a different dimension to the tale, it is not necessary to fully enjoy the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a fast-paced read with an interesting plot. I won't discuss the various twists in the book since I don't want to spoil the experience for future readers. Suffice to say that I look forward to the author's next work and I hope one is on the way.
Refreshing - September 11, 2008
By Stell Johnson
I recommend this book 10 times over. This book delivers memorable characters that come alive on each page. Hats off to Mr. T. Arnold Powell!
Enjoyed - September 26, 2008
By Singlee Murray
I truly enjoyed the book
Awesome - September 20th 2008
Truly enjoyed the book. Best one I've read in years.
The book makes me think of the movie "Best Man." Further, I am really into it because there is an obvious parallel thread in the book with my life in Charleston and in New York.
You are quite a writer. I am very impressed and I strongly encourage you to continue writing!!! This book makes me wish I was in high school again.
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