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The Making of Tibias Ivory was a personal journey back in time for me, reminding me of the injustices man continues to inflict on man.  I couldn't put it down; in fact I read it in one day!  I look forward to reading D. Allen Jenkins’ next novel as the story continues.  This is a must read for everyone.   Chris— Raleigh, NC


This book was very enjoyable to read. It was the type of book that you didn't want to put down. You are always wanting to know more. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Renee— Columbus, Ohio


Just to let you know that I am loving your book!!!! ...  I am mesmerized by every chapter.  You have created a very "touching” story that reaches right down into the heart. I love your character buildup and attention to the fine details that go along with making your story one I can relate to...   I will recommend this book to everyone that I know. Jan— New Mexico


I absolutely loved this book.  From the moment I first started reading it, I couldn't put it down.  I think that I finished the book in record time because I had toget to the end to see what happened.   I can't wait for the next one!!    Susan— Ashville, Ohio


Tibias Ivory was one of the best books I've read... I hardly put it down to rest... Phyllis— Canal Winchester, Ohio


The Making of Tibias Ivory: Freedom's Quest
by D. Allen Jenkins
Review by John Howard Reid

I am not a fan of kindle, nook, iPad and other such devices. True, they are useful if what you seek is simply information. When it comes to fiction, however, like many other reviewers, I like to hold a real book in my hands. A printed book holds many clues to the author's credentials. For instance, the first thing I want to know is the writer's identity. Is he or she a real man or woman with a genuine desire to share his or her insights and experiences with the reader, or simply a manufactured media-front automaton for some bread-and-circuses publishing combine?

Happily, D. Allen Jenkins is obviously the real genuine article -- indeed the ideal person, equipped with all the necessary knowledge and background to write a gripping (if sometimes horrifyingly realistic) novel about real people in real situations. Terrible situations, alas, but as real as yesterday's newspaper headlines. The characters in "The Making of Tibias Ivory" are alive. They breathe, they live in hope, they suffer, they die, they triumph. They grab hold of the reader, take him by the hand, grasp his heart and imprint themselves indelibly upon his mind.

What's more, the author doesn't stop at creating engrossing characters. In addition to his cast of acutely-observed, three-dimensional people, Jenkins has crafted a milieu and a town (ironically called "Principle") every bit as stridently unrelenting in its hatreds and prejudices as William Faulkner's "Jefferson" (actually Oxford, Miss.) featured in such novels as "Go Down, Moses" and "Intruder in the Dust".

If anything, Jenkins' "The Making of Tibias Ivory" is a more powerful piece of writing. Like Faulkner, Jenkins' aim is -- through the sustained use of contrast -- to express the universal values of love, honor, sympathy, compassion and sacrifice. In this debut novel, he succeeds brilliantly.

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