UNDAUNTED by J. Roy Vorhauer

UNDAUNTED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An erotic novel set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Vorhauer (Unshackled, 2013) continues the story of Jack and Tamara Ringler, introducing a host of new characters and relationships in this sequel that can be read as a stand-alone novel. The story jumps around in time, following some characters from the late 1930s to the early ’70s while also telling the story of Jack and Tamara as they move to Bayou Noir, Mississippi, in 1973. The white man and black woman experience discrimination and terror in the intolerant community. Their efforts to integrate the surrounding area while dealing with the wrath of Sheriff Jim Bob and local Ku Klux Klan members ably provide historical context for the novel’s erotic explorations. The book graphically describes a number of steamy sexual encounters, with the majority of the scenes involving white men and black women. There are also several rape scenes, however, which involve Jim Bob, his deputies and the women they terrorize; the numerous descriptions of violent sexual assault, some of which end in murder, may upset some readers. Vorhauer does manage to deliver a complex plot featuring many different characters. However, the saintly Jack and Tamara and evil Jim Bob often simplify the story into one of pure good versus pure evil. Their lack of dimension makes the story feel flat, and the omniscient, sometimes-obtrusive third-person narrator tends to give away too much of the story (“[I]f they really knew how dangerous the situation would be, they might not have been as undaunted as they pursued their life’s work of improving race relations”).

A lackluster historical tale that features many disturbing scenes.

Pub Date: May 23rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-1495955297
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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