The Violin Conspiracy By Brendan Slocumb

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The Violin Conspiracy By Brendan Slocumb


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Book/Novel Title: The Violin Conspiracy



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GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • In this riveting page-turner, Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—until a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his lost family heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. This “galvanizing blend of thriller, coming-of-age drama, and probing portrait of racism … will do for classical music what The Queen’s Gambit did for chess” (Booklist). “This novel, which will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page, is sure to be a favorite.” —The Washington PostGrowing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. If he’s lucky, he’ll get a job at the hospital cafeteria. If he’s extra lucky, he’ll earn more than minimum wage. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist, and nothing will stand in his way. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the world of classical music.  When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s beat-up old fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. Together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Ray will have to piece together the clues to recover his treasured Strad … before it’s too late. With the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather asserting that the instrument is rightfully theirs, and with his family staking their own claim, Ray doesn’t know who he can trust—or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again.
I’m sad and amazed what is described (and true) is happening in my lifetime.Writing advanced the story but lacked depth and beauty. Still worth reading.
This story grabbed me from the first page! A young man’s love of his grandmother, music and his violin inspired me to keep reading! Ray was a young, talented and handsome black man! He lived and breathed music. When he found out his violin was a Stradivarius, his goal was to love playing it and to protect it from harm. It almost worked!
Great book! Impossible to put down! I can’t wait to see what Brendan Slocumb does next! Wow! I love all the many facets of it – the music, what it’s like to be a music student of a different race in our country in the world of musical snobbery and racism, the police mystery, the family mysteries, so much! Go Brendan! I’m a nerdy bookworm, mixed race, musical, and for me you’re already a HUGE STAR!!!!!!!!! I’m a FAN!!!!!
When I started this I was excited to think I’d found a great new author. But after a couple of chapters I realized that his writing inspiration centered around what it would be like for a great violinist to lose his Stradivarius. After that I was glad to see a book promoting the idea of a Black classical violinist, but at the level of mystery and writing style, it was sophomoric. I’m glad the book is out there, and that lots of people gave it 5 stars, but I can’t.
Fun Read with some important messages. As a professional violinist, the violin stuff was not terribly accurate. No violin concerto is an hour long and no matter how gifted a person is there is no way to become a touring concert artist in four years.
I loved this book. It reminded me of my own childhood experience as a Black child playing a school violin. I loved music and although I never became an instrumental musician, I became a vocalist with the encouragement of a few dedicated teachers. Music is life.Kudos to Mr. Slocumb.


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