Steven G. Percifield--author

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Steven G. Percifield  Author and consultant
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I received a not-so-flattering review of our book Grease Monkey.

The gist of the review was that the character development of the main character was unnecessarily limited by point of view shifts from one character to another. Delving back into the recesses of my mind (wherein much of my forgotten education resides), I recalled the chapter on "point view" and pondered the critique.

To paraphrase a former boss who held a law degree from Harvard I'd like to enter a plea; Guilty with an explanation.

There are two primary characters in the book (one black, one white) and one prominent sub-character (a Klansman). The fact that the primary characters' experiences are colored (no pun intended) by their races--despite the fact they are best friends seeking a common goal--is an underlying theme of the book.

The fact that the prominent sub-character enters the story as a good person of heroic proportion but turns out to be a bigoted ruffian could have been explained in several ways. I felt it was best-explained by illuminating his personal point-of-view.

I may be wrong, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.