Thanks to Amazon Prime, I was able to assuage my curiosity for free because under no circumstance was I going to pay 3.95 to buy a 50 page book.
It poses like a novel, but reads like a cheaply written, poor television episode. Broker that Promises is Mr. Tyree’s 4th booklet in the American Disease series and it is in desperate need of professional editing. It didn’t matter which multi-national character was speaking, the errors dominated the disjointed plot. Each chapter featured a different set of characters. More than once, I had to flip back to try and find a connection of some sort between them. Could this have been avoided if I had read this series beginning with episode 1? I don’t know.
As far as a connection between the title and content of the booklet – loathing seemed to be the operative word and possibly Tyree’s impetus to write this ‘episode’. I got the distinct impression this author just flat doesn’t like America therefore has concluded its diseased; rather like hating broccoli and telling people its because of the broccoli. Makes no sense.
Various ethnicities are portrayed as though profiled. What value does this work add? None that I could find. If you want to wade through the F-bombs to learn how a rapper cuts a tune, or put up with dim-witted black females or rich white guys who may or may not have murdered a black ex-athlete and his whiteman-phobic mother, then maybe you should read this. Or, maybe don’t waste your time.
The rancid profanity and profiling deserves a star deduction, and lack of editing removes another star. The politics of the episode cover and the sub-title, Broker than Promises miss the mark in my estimation because the only actual ‘broke’ person in the story is a white homeless man and the story is not about him. Disconnect between the cover and the content – minus another star. I give this short story 2 stars.
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