Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day, The Sum of His Worth, by Ron Argo, is regularly $5.99 but has been discounted to just $1.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store and this book has received an average user rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 22 customer reviews.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
A prize-winning journalist and author returns to his childhood during the tumultuous 1960s Civil Rights era in the South. The gripping saga takes us into the heart of an Alabama town held captive by the blind hatred of the KKK in a “profound and heartbreakingly real” [Kirkus] novel. The teenager’s narration breathes life into that violent setting and pays homage to the tragedies and hardships of both black and white Southerners trying to thrive in a segregationist town.
Young Sonny Poe is trapped in a dead-end life of poverty and prejudice. Horrified after witnessing a lynching in the midnight woods, Sonny turns shy of anyone he suspects is a Klansman; soon he meet and befriends a progressive doctor with a troubled past and a crusading spirit who’s trying to help end abuse against the local Negroes.
The headstrong teenager commits himself to “Doctor Joe” and his cause even as both will suffer betrayals, beatings, arrest and finally exile in a story that can only end in tragedy–and hope.
This edgy thriller pulsates with violence, love, betrayal and humor on a narrative rushing us through the forebodingness of one of America’s most pressing historical moments toward its shocking climax.
The Civil Rights Movement forms the backbone of The Sum of His Worth, but its strength comes from the voice of its young narrator and its strongest theme lies in the caveats of moral reckoning in a “free” society.
Ron Argo, a prize-winning journalist and author and a decorated war veteran, served as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam in 1969-70. He is the author of sweeping historical novels and thriller that are theme driven with strong characters facing tough, compelling choices. Self-revelation and redemption are at the heart of his stories. His widely acclaimed historical thriller, Year of the Monkey (Simon & Schuster), paints a comprehensive and human canvas of the Vietnam War, a book the San Diego Union called “one of the best novels” of that war.
Argo was raised in Alabama where, in high school, he got into some trouble during the Civil Rights Movement and left that state for good, moving to Atlanta and finishing high school there then on to Univ of Georgia’s school of journalism. Drafted into the army in 1969 after unsuccessfully running from it for a year, he trained at Ft. Benning (GA) and went on to Vietnam along with his entire company of fresh-faced boys, many of whom would not return alive or, like Ron Kovic, whole. He later worked on various newspapers until returning to school on the GI Bill for a master’s degree in literature and creative writing.
His novel, The Sum of His Worth, an epic historical novel centered during the Civil Rights Movement, comes from his teen years growing up in the South; the story drops us off in Alabama in 1958 where an impoverished white boy finds meaning defending his black friend against the Ku Klux Klan, in which the boy willfully commits murder. The Courage to Kill, first in the Ray Myers series of mystery thrillers, features the ace crime reporter bringing down a deranged serial killer in a story of lost memory and child abuse; and his forthcoming novel, Baby Love (2015), second in the Myers series, is a wildly ribald adventure/thriller that finds the reporter on the deadly trail of a bumbling but ruthless baby smuggling outfit operating out of Baja California.
Argo holds three university degrees. He was awarded Sigma Delta Chi’s 1st Place award for Investigative Reporting, numerous photography awards and was a finalist for the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. He and his second wife Mary live in San Diego where he continues writing and renovating old houses.
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