Standing at the Scratch Line

Standing at the Scratch Line

Guy Johnson / Jun 26, 2019

Standing at the Scratch Line Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early s LeRoi King Tremain caught up in his family s ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family learns to fight But when the teenage King mistak

  • Title: Standing at the Scratch Line
  • Author: Guy Johnson
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  • Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi King Tremain, caught up in his family s ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana King thus embarks on an adventure that firRaised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi King Tremain, caught up in his family s ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana King thus embarks on an adventure that first takes him to France, where he fights in World War I as a member of the segregated 369th Battalion in the bigoted army he finds himself locked in combat with American soldiers as well as with Germans When he returns to America, he battles the Mob in Jazz Age Harlem, the KKK in Louisiana, and crooked politicians trying to destroy a black township in Oklahoma King Tremain is driven by two principal forces He wants to be treated with respect, and he wants to create a family dynasty much like the one he left behind in Louisiana This is a stunning debut by novelist Guy Johnson that provides a true depiction of the lives of African Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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    1. Wow. What a great book! Not at all what I expected. Completely unique, which is kind of a shame. I mean, why hasn't a story like this been told before? A pre-Civil Rights story about an African American male who is not a door mat shouldn't be such a novel concept, but it is. Yes, the fact that he is almost a super-human hero was a bit hard for me to swallow at first. But then I remembered that I have read lots of books with similar off-the-charts, Superman-like male protagonists (spys, assassins [...]



    2. I stumbled upon Guy Johnson and his work while searching for “Pym” by Mat Johnson at my local library. I gave it a shot and was surprised with “Standing at the Scratch Line”. King Tremain is a complex and well layered character that honestly made me want to understand his train of thought and look into his future.Johnson used a lot of different characters like Serena, Big Ed, and Darwin “The Professor” Morris to give us a view of various characters that were involved in King’s life [...]


    3. This book had me thinking about what KING TREMAIN would do in certain situations. He is a simple yet complex man in his relationships with those around him. Family took form as blood relatives, people he trusted and of course his military associates. He was no nonsense and upfront. His knack for taking what he wanted chimed throughout the entire book. However, he was not a selfish man. Early in the book LeRoi "King" Tremain is sent away from his family for his actions while protecting his family [...]


    4. King Tremain is a complex character with many layers and dimensions. I admired his strength, appreciated his love of family and honor, his courage was sexy and his dark side was scary but necessary.The story is exciting, thought provoking and cathartic. Social, psychological, financial and emotional issues are all addressed in this creative story of love, loss, growth and maturity. I can see each of character in this book. From the international scene of World War I to streets of Harlem and from [...]



    5. This is my absolute favorite book!!! I read this book over 10 years ago & it is still my favorite!! King Tremain was a man's man despite being black during an era when being black meant being less than. He didn't take no mess from anyone! No other book has completely enthrallled me and has me wishing for more stories about the main character!!! I would live to see this book made into a movie!I was so moved by the main character that I kept giving my husband updates while being pregnant with [...]


    6. This is my favorite book hands down; I have never been so excited about a character in a book before where I visualized that the character was myself. The main character in this book is a strong, wise, fearless, family oriented, loving brother that will not back down from any situation in order to protect the ones he care for and love. Guy Johnson, the author, also drops tid bits of history in this book (i love authors who do that), with the history he weaves in this story it encourages you to g [...]




    7. Four stars rounding up to five because why the heck isn't this book more widely read and respected? It is great popular fiction, a panoramic story of a strong black man with a strong moral compass, living outside the law, building a family, fighting racism and other evils over 3o years of American history in Louisiana, World War I France, New York, Oklahoma, and San Francisco/Oakland. It's well written, well researched, and packed with the satisfactions of a serious adventure story --when King T [...]


    8. I didn’t know Guy Johnson was Maya Angelou’s son.  Until after I read this book.  It was so amazing, I researched the author to find out more about him.  And bam! that explained a lot.Set in New Orleans in the early 1900’s, LeRoi “King” Tremain is born into an ongoing family feud with the DuMonts.  And as a teenager, King mistakenly kills 2 White deputies during a botched raid on the family forcing King to flee for his safety to Louisiana.His ensuing adventure develops him into the [...]




    9. Our book group chose this book because we wanted to read something by the son of Maya Angelou. The author acknowledges his mother's teaching and example. Yet his writing is not like hers. I'm not sure what this genre is called or whether I have ever read anything within it before. The closest I can recall is the Lonesome Dove series by Larry McMurtry. Our main character is a lone gunslinger who learns about family and what it means to him over the years 1916 through 1946.Some notes about histori [...]


    10. Standing at the Scratch Line was interesting. It was about a young black man, LeRoi "King" Tremain that is basically left to be on his own at a young age so he enters the military and becomes an unsung hero to many as he is able to accurately shoot from a distance and has enough emotional detachment to kill when he deems necessary.As the book moves along (slowly if you ask me), we follow Tremain through much of his life and see how he builds a dynasty of sorts although in a very mafia-like style [...]


    11. So emotional but we'll worth itThis story took me through so many emotions/ feelings and thought that I could not put it down. I loved kings character he was solid, true to himself and his race. When he & Serena first got together I was happy I thought they would be a power couple but she was a troubled child who has her own demons to the detriment of her family & her sons. While the color issues didn't come out in her background U have heard my family talk about light vs dark and the br [...]


    12. This book was EXCELLENT!!This is the best book I have read in a long time. Guy Johnson you should really consider making this a movie. It was EXCELLENT!! Thank you for writing such an awesone book.


    13. Compelling & Excellent reading Standing at the Scratch Line start to finishedExcellent reading Standing at the Scratch Line, from beginning to end. One of best books I have read. Tremain King is the kind of hero we want to know throughout your life.



    14. Listened to the audiobook during my road trip from Colorado to Georgia. Still an excellent book, it was great to hear the voice of the characters.


    15. Loved it. Loved the voices on the audio version. I'm not sure what type of research you do to write a book like this, but the characters are deeply drawn and the plot is very interesting.


    16. I enjoy this book at the beginning, but unfortunately the author could not keep my first impression throughout the whole book. The principal problem was that his main character, King, was never truly known by the reader. The author could not make King come alive to me. He was almost like a mythical avenger toward everyone who is evil or has done evil to his people. I never got to know the character, King, I just read about him. Maybe I was supposed to hate King, maybe I was supposed to love King [...]


    17. This book was a thriller that has you cringing to you seat the whole time. Racism is very prevalent and killing of both sides is rampant. Two different families war with each other when after generations the King is back. He does not tolerate the "N" word and if you do use it be warned. You won't expect how the book climaxes because there are too many climaxes. Be ready for a shocking ending.


    18. After having this book sit on the shelf for quite some time, I was finally able to sit down and read it.I found it to be an 'eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth' story. At first I was trying to understand the reason behind the motive for Tremain shedding blood without remorse. But as I got further into the story, I began to see not only a black Josey Wales, but a black American hero too. The only drawback was the disappointment of Tremain being robbed of uniting with his first born son.Although it [...]


    19. This book is jam packed with -- with what? -- adventure? suspense? plot-twists? If it was a movie, it would have a form of "Deliverance" in it, a healthy dose of "Band of Brothers", a smorgasbord of "The Godfather", "Mississippi Burning", and what I would say fits the form, if not the proper setting of a terrific Western, like "Pale Rider". And yet, it ends with a mix of Old Testament Bible and Greek Tragedy. In short, it's not lacking in content. And it does not come across as contrived as it g [...]


    20. WOW!! This was one of the most exciting books I've ever read----truly a page turner. The story spans the years from WWI through WWII giving a unique perspective of the African American experience in that time frame. The author has depicted King Tremain, the main character, as a strong, proud, Black man during a time when it was especially difficult to survive the constant indignities of racism. The reader follows Kings as he leaves his teens in Louisiana, participates in a segregated army unit i [...]


    21. This Klantastic account of a psychotically angry African-American killing all who stand against him (including plenty of Klansman) would make a fucking awesome blaxsploitation film. The language is pretty simplistic, though, by no means a great book, but a fun ride. The author is the son of Maya Angelou, btw. I listened to it as an audio book, and the reader did a great job with black vernacular, but had some difficulty sounding like the racist crackers of the South. He should have impersonated [...]


    22. There's nothing like a big historical epic to keep me up at night. This one takes us into the under-explored territory of the African American experience in the early twentieth century. A tough Louisiana backwoods kid has to flee the bayous after killing a sheriff's deputy; he serves in the segregated U.S. Army in World War I and then comes back to Jazz Age Harlem and points west in a country where he is a second-class citizen, fighting for respect the whole way. The dialogue is a bit stilted at [...]


    23. This is the first installment of a family saga written by Guy Johnson, son of Maya Angelou. Obviously he inherited her gift for communicating. The novel spans from 1916-1946 through larger-than-life protagonist LeRoi Boudreaux Tremain-aka King. From the trenches of WWI to 1940s San Francisco, by way of Harlem and New Orleans, King takes part in a family feud at 14, fights with the all-black 369th Regiment in the fields of Alsace-Lorraine, does battle with the mob, the KKK and law enforcement age [...]


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