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In her next heart-pounding novel of passion, danger, temptation, and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the story of Midnight, a young man searching for love and fulfillment across the globe. Having returned from a worldwide journey to reclaim his wife, Akemi, Midnight returns to Queens, where he hopes to create a new, less tumultuous lif In her next heart-pounding novel of passion, danger, temptation, and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the story of Midnight, a young man searching for love and fulfillment across the globe. Having returned from a worldwide journey to reclaim his wife, Akemi, Midnight returns to Queens, where he hopes to create a new, less tumultuous life with his love. But things fall apart when violence targets his younger sister Naja. Forsaking his usual control, the ninja warrior kills his sister’s attacker in cold blood, forcing him on the run and into the only shelter he can find: a seedy money laundering ring whose members are in league with the police. Though Midnight is promised temporary refuge, he’s soon recognized for the murder of Naja’s attacker, and lands in jail. Separated from his love, his city, and his family, Midnight must cling to his Muslim beliefs to stay strong. But soon enough, he meets Ricky Santiaga, the man who will become his leader and father figure…and perhaps, his only hope. From Japan to New York City, Midnight is back in action on the mean city streets and ready to fight for love. Here is a powerful new novel that packs more passion, plot, and emotional punch than anything you’ve read—Sister Souljah’s most masterful story yet.


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In her next heart-pounding novel of passion, danger, temptation, and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the story of Midnight, a young man searching for love and fulfillment across the globe. Having returned from a worldwide journey to reclaim his wife, Akemi, Midnight returns to Queens, where he hopes to create a new, less tumultuous lif In her next heart-pounding novel of passion, danger, temptation, and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the story of Midnight, a young man searching for love and fulfillment across the globe. Having returned from a worldwide journey to reclaim his wife, Akemi, Midnight returns to Queens, where he hopes to create a new, less tumultuous life with his love. But things fall apart when violence targets his younger sister Naja. Forsaking his usual control, the ninja warrior kills his sister’s attacker in cold blood, forcing him on the run and into the only shelter he can find: a seedy money laundering ring whose members are in league with the police. Though Midnight is promised temporary refuge, he’s soon recognized for the murder of Naja’s attacker, and lands in jail. Separated from his love, his city, and his family, Midnight must cling to his Muslim beliefs to stay strong. But soon enough, he meets Ricky Santiaga, the man who will become his leader and father figure…and perhaps, his only hope. From Japan to New York City, Midnight is back in action on the mean city streets and ready to fight for love. Here is a powerful new novel that packs more passion, plot, and emotional punch than anything you’ve read—Sister Souljah’s most masterful story yet.

30 review for A Moment of Silence: Midnight III

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews

    GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been waiting so freaking long to have Midnight back in my life!!!! He really is my very 1st fictional love!!!! GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been waiting so freaking long to have Midnight back in my life!!!! He really is my very 1st fictional love!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gina G

    This is a D*mn good read. Get your heart, mind, and soul, ready for this read!!!! You will not regret it. Also, keep a notebook handy because the gems of wisdom are serious. Purchase this for yourself, and a few friends. This book does not disappoint.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    I think this is the best book so far in the Midnight series. Souljah has seemingly toned down some of the unbelievable antics and triumphs of Midnight. Although he is still young and wise beyond his years, readers should now be comfortable with his precociousness. He is still a devout Muslim and Islam is consistently held up as superior to Christianity, at least in the eyes of young Midnight. So, along with the usual interaction with sister, mom and wives including erotic moments, we are introdu I think this is the best book so far in the Midnight series. Souljah has seemingly toned down some of the unbelievable antics and triumphs of Midnight. Although he is still young and wise beyond his years, readers should now be comfortable with his precociousness. He is still a devout Muslim and Islam is consistently held up as superior to Christianity, at least in the eyes of young Midnight. So, along with the usual interaction with sister, mom and wives including erotic moments, we are introduced to Chiasa's(the second wife)Black side of the family in NY. Some interesting dynamics are initiated with the interplay between Midnight and his in-laws. The little twist that is created by this plotting will obviously lead to more installments of Midnight, with the ending creating an opening to veer in many different directions. There are a lot of reflections, looking back on the first two episodes in this series; and so the current and present tense flow doesn't account for more than half of the book which clocks in at a hefty 544 pages. While some of the flashbacks-reflections-tend to make the novel drag with familiarity, it never feels burdened enough to label it boredom. This installment finds Midnight doing time in jail and gives Souljah ample space to rift on the injustices of the prison system, the ills that continue to plague the Black community and the contradictions that all men live with. She even takes the time to have real life Lisa visit the jail and make a speech that has all inmates screaming with approval. In her visit Lisa states: “Brothers and sisters, we gotta get our hearts right. Love the right things. Hate the wrong things. Brothers, we gotta get our minds right. Read the right books. Write the right words. Rhyme the right lyrics. Sing the right songs. Speak the truth, Brothers! We gotta get our souls right. Praise the right God . . . ’Cause if you are telling me that you are God, you better be the solution and not the problem.” Her writing skills have sharpened and will soon match her storytelling ability, a combination that will certainly garner her many more fans. This series is clearly aimed at young African-Americans particularly young black men and hopefully they are reading and using Midnight as an example of what may be possible for them in their own life. She strikes just the right balance between entertainment and education and perhaps young people can learn some things while also finding joy in reading that resonates with their own life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    End of the year, what up reading friends! Finally finished my last book of the year and whew it was a trial and a tribulation, this book turned into a daily chore and one I made myself do as I seriously doubted finishing it like a million times..If it wasn’t for my strong will and discipline to finish every book I make it to 100 pages with- along with the fact that I have read the preceding two novels (Midnight and Midnight and the Meaning of Love) I don’t know if I could have stuck with this fi End of the year, what up reading friends! Finally finished my last book of the year and whew it was a trial and a tribulation, this book turned into a daily chore and one I made myself do as I seriously doubted finishing it like a million times..If it wasn’t for my strong will and discipline to finish every book I make it to 100 pages with- along with the fact that I have read the preceding two novels (Midnight and Midnight and the Meaning of Love) I don’t know if I could have stuck with this final one...., it taught me yes, it had its rare moments of clarity, yes and a clear message yes, but there were a lot of extraneous flashbacks, prison scenes and scathing remarks on African Americans as a whole that I found it very divisive and provocative in a bad way. The beautiful truths and beliefs of the powerful religion of Islam were pushed at me with unfair criticisms of Christianity and other religions..It is obvious that the arrogant, judgmental preteen-(yes people he is still like fifteen talking big s$#@ to adults and forcibly thrusting his views on everyone he meets) Midnight or some other name he doesn’t feel like bestowing on us lowly Americans begins the book with his two wives, his mother and sister still living in New York, still treating themselves as not only foreigners but above and separate from everyone i.e. Building a 9 foot wall in the suburbs LOL..And basically Midnight was cool here, showed Love to his women, upheld himself and his honor, played basketball, kept his friends close but not too close, interacted in a semi believable business selling and setting up international vending machines and supported his mom’s design company --I like him here, it was cool but then it all changed..it became preachy and convoluted and confusing and disappointing somewhere and ultimately, I felt the entire message of the book: the mistreatment and disrespect of young Males due to lack of structure, religion and Love; got messed up somewhere..there was a feeling and need for unity but I feel Midnight’s premature judging and superior attitude diluted the message totally for me..He was just too much, too over the top righteous..ugh I know and I feel awful for tearing apart a character and a man (still a young man with a LOONG way to grow) who believes, serves, praises, fasts for and prays for Allah and loves with all his soul but I felt he just made one too many negative assumptions about every man and woman he met, he downgrades every person who is not one of his women or who doesn't believe or act as he does..One of the most awe inspiring principles to me of the melodic and oh so powerful religion of Islam is their humility—even Midnight states that Muslims do not do anything for show or for praise only for Allah, they pray in private and know their limits and purpose –I never felt the judgmental barrier there or ever before but I did with Midnight and his retelling and life in Islam, I feel he never tried to understand anyone if they did not do as he did, pray as he prayed and thought like he thought ...I never felt he had the compassion or patience for getting his message and quiet honor across. ..especially in the jail sequence (most the book LOL) where he while locked up looked down on everyone, men who desperately need if nothing else not another person prejudging them just because of how they look or where they were born. In every instance he appeared selfish and self contained to me and again extremely biased to his ways. Instead of bringing anyone up I felt he took every opportunity to point out faults and flaws and what he felt they should be doing -- okay admittedly there were negative habits but there was never any positive African American habits mentioned anywhere either, its like he just didn't believe in African American church and felt everyone there was a hypocrite..I felt the book was totally one sided, and I felt that although Midnight was meant to be an inspiration and aspiration of manhood in our young men I felt he was not relatable, too rigid and too discerning at such a young age to be fully taken as everything he was meant to be, maybe certain attributes but I would love to meet this guy and defend us all, like really....I found too many aspects of the book unbelievable such as how he ran into a laundromat and into a drug deal with guns drawn and walked out like nothing, was able to elude police with silence and even into a new identity but got two visitors, how every woman within 100 yards of his quiet beauty falls madly in love with him, how he continuously wants you to understand and accept his murder of what he deemed a “lesser man” but won’t bend to understand others like the men in jail with him for the same crime and probably possibly for the same vague reason (protection of a loved one) though he never took the time to find out before offering his smug opinion—on everything from marriage, kids, love, sex, politics, you name it..And lastly LOL okay yes I know I have went on and on right (just like this neverending book LMAO) but I did want to touch on the fact that this book had way more sex scenes then I was expecting, her other books were a little classier to me LOL she just sexed this out and mainly with Chiasa the second wife who I liked and who it definitely seemed like Midnight favored more. Chiasa was okay though she seemed like a female Midnight-know-it-all quick to tell and judge you in a minute LOL, ...overall this book was not an enjoyable read to me and I only recommend you attempt if you want to sit down, savor, and try to learn but with a wildly open mind that you leave at the door and take everything read with a grain or cup of salt as I read a lot of this with a side eye face and feel it fell apart with the action scenes, the prison melees, the basketball sequences and the chasing flashback scenes to before the murder and whatever, it was a reading chore and I wish there wasn’t a cliff hanger ending because I don’t know if I can take her again, Sister Souljah has a lot to say and an in your face way of saying it I respect but don’t always appreciate at times, hmm I will say read them for yourself I did learn and isn’t that the main thing  See ya next year my book boos >……

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quran Bell

    SOOOOOOOOOO beyond disappointed in how this book ended. Not sure if it was a cliffhanger or Sista Souljah got bored with the basic story line, switched it up, and then realized the book was damn near a gillion pages and knew she had to wrap it up. Although I was left with many MANY questions, this is the first time after reading the last two in the series as well as Coldest Winter Ever, that I'm basically all set with reading any more about this character. I'd personally like to see a continuanc SOOOOOOOOOO beyond disappointed in how this book ended. Not sure if it was a cliffhanger or Sista Souljah got bored with the basic story line, switched it up, and then realized the book was damn near a gillion pages and knew she had to wrap it up. Although I was left with many MANY questions, this is the first time after reading the last two in the series as well as Coldest Winter Ever, that I'm basically all set with reading any more about this character. I'd personally like to see a continuance but from the point of view of his wife Chiasa. Athough I was left frustrated, all in all it was written well and a quick read, as most of her books are, but there were many inconsistencies and the ending was beyond unrealistic. If you are a true fan of her writing and especially this character you should still read it but I truly hope this is not the end of this series because if so this was a bogus way to go out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hondrea

    Sister soulja we gone fight I love the midnight books. Yes they are long. No they are not like the coldest winter ever but yet they make you think. No I am not a muslim will never be but its nice to know about their religion and thoughts. Now back to why sister soulja and I gone fight. Iam so teed that sje stopped the book there. Im mad because I know its going to take a year or some YEARS for her to come out with the fourth book. She is slowly making her way to how he knew ricky santiaga. Still Sister soulja we gone fight I love the midnight books. Yes they are long. No they are not like the coldest winter ever but yet they make you think. No I am not a muslim will never be but its nice to know about their religion and thoughts. Now back to why sister soulja and I gone fight. Iam so teed that sje stopped the book there. Im mad because I know its going to take a year or some YEARS for her to come out with the fourth book. She is slowly making her way to how he knew ricky santiaga. Still dont know how he met winter. Heck I dont know if winter is born yet. Matter of fact winter still is not mentioned. However the journey this book is taking me on. Uuuugggh sister soulja hurry up with the next book please.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Latiffany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I promised myself that I would stop reading Sister Souljah's work for reasons that I will cover, but somehow I found myself downloading and jumping into the the third book in the Midnight Series. In order to read this book, I had to finally accept that the threads between all of Souljah's books are very thin. If you try to follow both Midnight and Porsche Santiaga's story lines from the Coldest Winter Ever into their own spin off books, you are going to come up short. They just don't make any se I promised myself that I would stop reading Sister Souljah's work for reasons that I will cover, but somehow I found myself downloading and jumping into the the third book in the Midnight Series. In order to read this book, I had to finally accept that the threads between all of Souljah's books are very thin. If you try to follow both Midnight and Porsche Santiaga's story lines from the Coldest Winter Ever into their own spin off books, you are going to come up short. They just don't make any sense and although it feels like Souljah is not even trying to follow the story line that she created I decided to just give her a break. The Coldest Winter Ever was published in 1999. It is quite possible that Sister Souljah didn't know that one day she would follow up on the original story and it is possible that getting both Midnight and Porsche's stories out there is more important that following the path she created. She's an artist and is entitled to do what she wants with her characters, so with that said, I am done trying to link the stories. The other thing that I have to get over is how far fetched Midnight's life is. He left Sudan at age 7 with his family. I don't recall the exact circumstances, but his father raised him well enough to take care of his family in a foreign land. By age 14 he is married to two women, has two unborn children, owns a house out right, has several businesses, is an expert at basketball, martial arts, love making, chess and just about everything he sets his mind to do. At one point in his internal monologue, he says he can cook. My immediate response was of course you can. You can do everything. It is obvious that I do not like Midnight's character. Yes, he was portrayed as beautiful, mysterious, loyal and trustworthy in The Coldest Winter Ever, but once Souljah started describing him in the prequels my admiration for this character turned into dislike. This is a young man maneuvering his way in a land that he seems to abhor and does not trust. If he has the means to go to Japan and Korea for love, why not move his family elsewhere? This book and all of the Midnight books feel like a testament to how great foreigners are and how terrible Americans are. It offers high praise to the Muslim faith, while demonizing Christianity at every turn. As usual, the Black men prey on women, cheat, lie and manipulate. They don't hold true to their faith and are basically immoral. The Black women are portrayed as sexually aggressive and don't value themselves as evidenced by their inability to wear decent clothes. So, why do I keep reading? The books are intriguing to some degree. This book is terribly over written, but it does paint a view of America and Christianity that I can understand. Not fully agree with, but understand. Also, while I am not a fan of Midnight, I do have a respect for those individuals that can live a fully disciplined life-even though Midnight is an extreme version of this. Two things happened in this story that made me think that Souljah may be listening to the criticism about this character. One, Santiaga makes several appearances in this book and he calls Midnight out on looking down on other men. Midnight does this with just about every American he encounters throughout the book. He has an inflated sense of self and no one can touch him. Yet, Souljah has Santiaga not only pick up on this, but caution him against it. The other interesting part, was how Midnight handled the character Lavidicus. For the first time, Midnight makes a mistake, apologizes for his actions and offers someone his assistance. Even after learning that Lavidicus is in love with him, Midnight still helps him and because Midnight is skilled at everything he cures Lavidicus of homosexuality and helps him marry. Okay, I am being a little facetious here. It is not clear if Lavidicus is a homosexual or just confused, but whatever the issue is, Midnight fixes it because he is just that kind of guy. I appreciate that whole story did not take place in prison and was set up with flashbacks, so that the reader could catch up on Midnight's life after his return to American with Akemi and Chiasa until the moment he is arrested. As always, the prison scenes were heavy and well written. Souljah captures descriptions quite well. The ending was far fetched and purposely left the reader hanging for what will no doubt be another book in this series. Overall, I did not like this book, but found it interesting enough to keep reading until the end. If there is another book will I read it? I would like to say no, but Sister Souljah gives me just enough intrigue to keep coming back.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tai

    A Moment of silence deserves just that, a moment of silence. It showed us how powerful deep thought and reflection could be and how profound silence is. I love Sister Souljah books not because of hot steamy sex scenes and a depiction of the thug and his down bitch. But because Sister Souljah makes you think past that. Because she gives you an example of a real man, a strong woman, true love and a strong faith. If after reading her books you don't want to find yourself & reevaluate your ways then A Moment of silence deserves just that, a moment of silence. It showed us how powerful deep thought and reflection could be and how profound silence is. I love Sister Souljah books not because of hot steamy sex scenes and a depiction of the thug and his down bitch. But because Sister Souljah makes you think past that. Because she gives you an example of a real man, a strong woman, true love and a strong faith. If after reading her books you don't want to find yourself & reevaluate your ways then the book went completely over your head. Not everybody is ready for sister Souljah or her message. The black man should be the head of his family, he should provide, protect, and love his family especially the women in his life. The women should be his help mate & backbone of our men and family (see proverbs 31.) Although Midnight is of the Muslim religion their beliefs are not too far from our Christian beliefs (look past what you have heard on TV of terrorist and the fact they have more than one wife. Instead focus on why they believe the way they do and the purpose. Now reflect on your Christian beliefs. Is there much difference?) I hope the wait is not too long for the next part of this series. If you want to read something that touches your spirit then read this but do so with an open heart and mind! #HappyReading

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ayodele

    I will not offer any spoilers whatsoever because I respect you and love you and I desire that you savor each sweet second of the newest masterpiece from Our Sister Souljah. Read this book - then share it with your sisters, brothers, loved ones, your partners, sons, daughters, nieces and nephews and even your elders, neighbors and coworkers. I know I will. This book was like a cool drink in a hot desert, for me. I was not able to put this book down and was repeatedly surprised that one living gen I will not offer any spoilers whatsoever because I respect you and love you and I desire that you savor each sweet second of the newest masterpiece from Our Sister Souljah. Read this book - then share it with your sisters, brothers, loved ones, your partners, sons, daughters, nieces and nephews and even your elders, neighbors and coworkers. I know I will. This book was like a cool drink in a hot desert, for me. I was not able to put this book down and was repeatedly surprised that one living genius birthed such a powerful work. Mash'Allah! Please read this as soon as possible and let me know what you think! I would love to know what thoughts this book inspires in you about current/past events, Islam, prayer, the prison system, the organization of men, polygamy, womanhood, religion, cheating, war, chess, reading and more. Loving you, Your Sister Ayodele [email protected]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiarra

    Great book. I am disappointed that preference was given to one wife over the other. The book highlighted Chiasa and Midnight's relationship. Akemi was barely mentioned. In true to Sister Souljah form, a 4th novel should be expected. Great book. I am disappointed that preference was given to one wife over the other. The book highlighted Chiasa and Midnight's relationship. Akemi was barely mentioned. In true to Sister Souljah form, a 4th novel should be expected.

  11. 5 out of 5

    PP

    Aside from some grammatical errors and the many long, unnecessary descriptions, the story is well written. My rating is based on the poisonous message this book perpetuates. It doesn’t sit well with me that a black author, who is (allegedly) proud to be black, would write a story where the black characters are painted in an inferior light, while the non-black characters are not; and where Asians are painted as superior in all aspects of life – looks, culture, talent, intelligence, etc. This book Aside from some grammatical errors and the many long, unnecessary descriptions, the story is well written. My rating is based on the poisonous message this book perpetuates. It doesn’t sit well with me that a black author, who is (allegedly) proud to be black, would write a story where the black characters are painted in an inferior light, while the non-black characters are not; and where Asians are painted as superior in all aspects of life – looks, culture, talent, intelligence, etc. This book reinforces all of the negative black stereotypes, incl blacks are immature, debased, violent, unintelligent and are comfortable living a depraved, impoverished life. The black characters that aren't in the hood, ie Chiasa’s family, are not forward-thinkers, they are hindered by black tradition and are devout followers of eurocentric-based success. The character Chiasa is described as “exotic” b/c she is black and Japanese - ugh! Akemi is described as super sexy and stylish and Midnight’s white lawyer was given a thorough description so we can visualize her euro beauty (long hair, big blue eyes, etc.). Meanwhile, Souljah doesn’t take the time to describe the physical beauty of any of the black characters. In fact, their descriptions were short, basic and (mostly) ratchet. I wonder what Souljah’s intent was with this book? I will never again read any body of work she puts out. Ever. p.s. I’m not buying for one minute that a conservative, cultured Sudanese man would marry a non-Sudanese woman. Get real, Souljah!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    In the midst of such cringe-worthy themes there is an actual plot, and several sub plots, to the story. Midnight commits a crime that is contradictorily described as criminal and commendable. Somehow he also gets wrapped up in a drug-bust that lands him in jail. As he traverses the vile, and seedy corruption of prison, he attempts to maintain a clear conscious and pure heart, all easily achieved by remaining silent. It is through silence that he learns “the demons that live in men.” The novel sk In the midst of such cringe-worthy themes there is an actual plot, and several sub plots, to the story. Midnight commits a crime that is contradictorily described as criminal and commendable. Somehow he also gets wrapped up in a drug-bust that lands him in jail. As he traverses the vile, and seedy corruption of prison, he attempts to maintain a clear conscious and pure heart, all easily achieved by remaining silent. It is through silence that he learns “the demons that live in men.” The novel skips back-and-forth between past and present interactions Midnight has exclusively with men–there is a chapter dedicated to a “she-officer,” an Aunt, and his female attorney. Through these interactions Midnight reveals how he manages to pass all of the tests on his character, never making a mistake–except for the one that lands him in prison. Unfortunately, the plot is not as engaging as one may think. The ending is an anti-climatic twist that was more of an easy way out of a confusing web than an actual resolve. I have no doubts another Midnight book will be coming, I have even fewer doubts that I’ll be reading it. Read more here: https://readingfields.wordpress.com/2...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Very Good This one shows Midnights growth into man hood. I learned just because you have a mouth you don't always have to talk, listen more. Even though the General doesn't want him with his daughter, her love for Midnight makes the General's calculated plans for Midnight somewhat beneficial for him in terms of scholastic education to add to his street & fighting smarts. Good book. I hope there is more to come. The author teaches through her story telling. Very Good This one shows Midnights growth into man hood. I learned just because you have a mouth you don't always have to talk, listen more. Even though the General doesn't want him with his daughter, her love for Midnight makes the General's calculated plans for Midnight somewhat beneficial for him in terms of scholastic education to add to his street & fighting smarts. Good book. I hope there is more to come. The author teaches through her story telling.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Midnight is becoming the character I love to hate. The book has some preachy moments that I don't mind, but I wish he would make just one mistake and learn from it. This is what makes a book relatable. Midnight is becoming the character I love to hate. The book has some preachy moments that I don't mind, but I wish he would make just one mistake and learn from it. This is what makes a book relatable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    P_panther

    Just the love story between Chiasa and Midnight alone is so moving in the novel that I didn't want it to end. Sister Souljah has an immaculate way of presenting characters that connect with our current culture and evoke feelings of our daily realities. Just the love story between Chiasa and Midnight alone is so moving in the novel that I didn't want it to end. Sister Souljah has an immaculate way of presenting characters that connect with our current culture and evoke feelings of our daily realities.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daleesia

    I thought that the book was deep and very insightful. I'm trying to write this review with more of an open mind, even more-so than it was when I was actually reading the book. If you are expecting an adventure that keeps you on your toes like a good majority of the books in the CWE world, then you will definitely NOT get what you expected. I thought Souljah did a great job at analyzing a lot of the deeply rooted issues that still plague the Black community today (dysfunctional families/homes, rel I thought that the book was deep and very insightful. I'm trying to write this review with more of an open mind, even more-so than it was when I was actually reading the book. If you are expecting an adventure that keeps you on your toes like a good majority of the books in the CWE world, then you will definitely NOT get what you expected. I thought Souljah did a great job at analyzing a lot of the deeply rooted issues that still plague the Black community today (dysfunctional families/homes, religious contradictions, poverty-stricken neighborhoods, the corrupt jail system, etc.). It definitely made the wheels in my head turn. But at the same time, I still find the Midnight character to be unrealistic, especially because of his age (17-18). As I think back to all of the prequel Midnight books, its just hard to really find his character or his storyline in conjunction with message she was trying to deliver believable. Between the continuous info-dumps on the ideals and beliefs of a "true" Muslim (and why they are much more superior to that of a Christian), a highly fabricated (and unrealistic) storyline that involves the recruitment of this 17 year old in various organizations (drug and military alike) because of his high intelligence, and the polygamy, I can't score this book anything above a 3.5. One thing that is cool is that we got to see his introduction of Ricky Santiaga into Midnight's storyline. You definitely get a better understanding to why Midnight becomes one of the most trusted soldiers in his empire. Out of curiosity, I will probably (unenthusiastically) read to see what happen next in his path.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Arrington

    I just finished this book and I'm in dire need of a continuation. She is really good on getting readers hooked and letting them left to float until the next one is released lol. She has done a heck of a job on this book! I definitely recommend everyone getting that $13 ebook and walk and read it in a week! I just finished this book and I'm in dire need of a continuation. She is really good on getting readers hooked and letting them left to float until the next one is released lol. She has done a heck of a job on this book! I definitely recommend everyone getting that $13 ebook and walk and read it in a week!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Midnight is back. This book gives you insight on the culture of a young black Muslim man in American urban society. I thought the book was pretty decent but in some what over exaggerated the urban culture. I didn't care for the sexual scenes in the book but found Midnight's experience in prison interesting. Midnight is back. This book gives you insight on the culture of a young black Muslim man in American urban society. I thought the book was pretty decent but in some what over exaggerated the urban culture. I didn't care for the sexual scenes in the book but found Midnight's experience in prison interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shà

    I'm not feeling it!!!! it's boring & too drawn out. get to the goddamn point already.. I've read this same book these last couple of years four different times & it still ain't drawing me in. sorry sister souljah this ain't the business here!!! y'all can keep this shit I'm not feeling it!!!! it's boring & too drawn out. get to the goddamn point already.. I've read this same book these last couple of years four different times & it still ain't drawing me in. sorry sister souljah this ain't the business here!!! y'all can keep this shit

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teaguem2005

    Unbelievably long book full of words but lacking meaningful details. Took me forever to get through it. This book served no real purpose in the saga for me. Midnight came home with wife #2 and they had sex many times because she is the one he is in love with. Last I heard wife #1 was the love of his life. The family drama wife #2 came with was just extra "stuff". The aunt, uncle, father storyline overwhelmed the story and certainly not in a good way. The story is disjointed, flipping between bein Unbelievably long book full of words but lacking meaningful details. Took me forever to get through it. This book served no real purpose in the saga for me. Midnight came home with wife #2 and they had sex many times because she is the one he is in love with. Last I heard wife #1 was the love of his life. The family drama wife #2 came with was just extra "stuff". The aunt, uncle, father storyline overwhelmed the story and certainly not in a good way. The story is disjointed, flipping between being in jail and prior to jail, then flipping back again. While the 14 year old gets to be a ripe old 15, his wise beyond years approach to EVERY situation wore thin. Mind you, he was 7 when he came to America yet he repeatedly speaks of the lessons his father imparted and how he taught him to be a man. Ok. What buttered my biscuit overall was the fact that EVERY female "loved" him no matter their age. The only exception was Chiasa's aunt. Another annoyance was his constant judgements of African Americans for everything. The initially described "disciplined" Midnight turns out to be a smug little know it all who is no better because he is African. Even in jail he had the nerve to pity the very same people he was serving time with. Pitying them because they had no moral code according to him. Bruh, you're in the same place, and eating the same food as them so...

  21. 4 out of 5

    MYEISHA THOMPSON

    In the wise words of Sister Souljah: “Books offer knowledge that make it possible for us to break the negative cycles that we all have become too comfortable accepting”. If you haven’t done so yet get on the Sister Souljah train and come enjoy this ride. What are you waiting for?! It’s a gangster love story nobody should be missing out on. Each book has been one enticing, thought provoking journey after the other. This book gives us the backstory of how Midnight was introduced to us in TCW. Alth In the wise words of Sister Souljah: “Books offer knowledge that make it possible for us to break the negative cycles that we all have become too comfortable accepting”. If you haven’t done so yet get on the Sister Souljah train and come enjoy this ride. What are you waiting for?! It’s a gangster love story nobody should be missing out on. Each book has been one enticing, thought provoking journey after the other. This book gives us the backstory of how Midnight was introduced to us in TCW. Although there’s one contradiction I was hoping to read and get a better understanding of with this story and what was told in TCW. However, the dots are definitely connecting and I know this ride is far from over. I’m absolutely sure it’s going to be cleared up in the book that’s being released March 2021.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adrienna

    For me, it took quite some time for me to gather an interest in this read. I have been trying to read Midnight series since it arrived on the scene (although most of Sistah Souljah's fans wanted to see a sequel to the Coldest Winter) but this one I can say, I can get Midnight a bit better than the first two books in the series. One of the downfalls with these series is that they are way too long. For instance, this book did not get interesting to me until around 300 pages, especially chapter 22 For me, it took quite some time for me to gather an interest in this read. I have been trying to read Midnight series since it arrived on the scene (although most of Sistah Souljah's fans wanted to see a sequel to the Coldest Winter) but this one I can say, I can get Midnight a bit better than the first two books in the series. One of the downfalls with these series is that they are way too long. For instance, this book did not get interesting to me until around 300 pages, especially chapter 22 with the attorney-client privilege with Jordan (made-up name for Midnight). I do like how Souljah added Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish to name a few languages; of course, she had to do Arabic since Midnight is a Muslim. I was familiar with a couple words but I believe Shi Shi (missing ni pronounced 'nee') mentioned in the book is not how it is spelled in Chinese to say "thank you" in Mandarin but presuming this is how Midnight heard it and thought it was spelled. Midnight is a character that in some aspects I respect, like when he said, "if she's not your wife, you don't go in her (sexually). If you want her, don't play with her (such as no manipulative, player games). Marry her. Take care of her. Love and treat her good (page 323)." Moreover, he married two uniquely women of different cultures and races. I was a bit confused how Midnight did meet Santiaga through the Hustlers' League of black ball players and asked Midnight to play on his team because he wanted younger, stronger, and quicker, and to be undefeated. However, was finally glad to see how Santiaga got his cameo in Midnight's series. "Best thinker is the one who can think head of the present time and set a strategy into motion that with best secure his/her future (page 324)." I do like the attorney-client scenes; jail scenes when Midnight connects with the female C/O; and playing a brotherly role with the man he fought in jail (hit him in the jaw) to see God for himself and know what it is to be a true man. Rather I agree with the Islamic views or dysfunctional outtakes, but to see that he is the answer to help the man in his desolate to be the resolute, this is a plus to mankind; iron sharpens iron. "... criminal outs a person, network, or institution, business, or system that violates or operates and participates in activities outside of the established laws of legitimate govt...(p.530)" Leisure read 2016 *might have to get a copy for the library I work at

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zarinah

    This the 3rd installment of Midnight's life. And feels like this is not the end and I look forward to the next book. I feel so biased about this book. I say this because I share the same religious beliefs and so the truths that are placed in this fiction I agree and find them really clever written into this story ! But stepping back from my obvious bias I sort of feel the information dumping was a little preachy but I just sort of skimmed over already known information. what made this book so wond This the 3rd installment of Midnight's life. And feels like this is not the end and I look forward to the next book. I feel so biased about this book. I say this because I share the same religious beliefs and so the truths that are placed in this fiction I agree and find them really clever written into this story ! But stepping back from my obvious bias I sort of feel the information dumping was a little preachy but I just sort of skimmed over already known information. what made this book so wonderful was the intertwine of hood knowledge, international culture, religion, prison, military, and martial arts all in one book. For me this book was captivating with Midnight's dedication to his morals despite his environmental changes. He cared for his 2 asian /black wives , his mom, and his little sister. I liked the look into the New York street basketball game, the hood politics, and prison insite all in a realistic fiction. In then there's the love scenes but they were all for his wives and how the rawness of the language. I ate this book up and found myself flying through this 500+ pages quite easily. A good book is a good book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    K

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Midnight returns to America with wife Akemi and now second wife Chiasa. Both wives, Umma, and Naja live in a house together. An incident happens which lands Midnight to be incarcerated. He begins a silence streak, where he does not speak for days on end. He reflects and holds on to memories to keep him sane, while he is locked away. I prefer the first two books, but I love Sister Souljah so much. Maybe I'm weird, but I feel like he would be better if with Chiasa only. I don't see how much Akemi Midnight returns to America with wife Akemi and now second wife Chiasa. Both wives, Umma, and Naja live in a house together. An incident happens which lands Midnight to be incarcerated. He begins a silence streak, where he does not speak for days on end. He reflects and holds on to memories to keep him sane, while he is locked away. I prefer the first two books, but I love Sister Souljah so much. Maybe I'm weird, but I feel like he would be better if with Chiasa only. I don't see how much Akemi fits in with him at this point. Again, this is just my opinion. Well written and gems hidden that are placed away.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Imaani

    Totally in love with Midnight Series. I guess my love is a little biased because Midnight is very much like reading about my husband, so I'm engrossed. Aside from that I'm hooked on the story and anticipating how everything will finally be tied together. I think Sis. Souljah does lay enough groundwork that you can start piecing things together somewhat. I didn't expect this book to be a finale, I can patiently await her next release. If you enjoy the Midnight Series then this read is for you, if Totally in love with Midnight Series. I guess my love is a little biased because Midnight is very much like reading about my husband, so I'm engrossed. Aside from that I'm hooked on the story and anticipating how everything will finally be tied together. I think Sis. Souljah does lay enough groundwork that you can start piecing things together somewhat. I didn't expect this book to be a finale, I can patiently await her next release. If you enjoy the Midnight Series then this read is for you, if you are just holding on for a sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, then this isn't it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    reneeNaDaBomb

    The Midnight series does show growth in this writer's abilities, so I am satisfied with my purchase. Yet, this storyline differs from Midnight's experiences in the previous books and his current philosophies on his teenage life. His letters were confusing with regard to his relationships within the prison walls. Wasn't he raped and endured other horrendous acts?! But this book shows him as basically self-sufficient, a leader and in charge of the prison yard. Perhaps, by his standards of belief o The Midnight series does show growth in this writer's abilities, so I am satisfied with my purchase. Yet, this storyline differs from Midnight's experiences in the previous books and his current philosophies on his teenage life. His letters were confusing with regard to his relationships within the prison walls. Wasn't he raped and endured other horrendous acts?! But this book shows him as basically self-sufficient, a leader and in charge of the prison yard. Perhaps, by his standards of belief or not?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Outlaw

    Make it Last Forever I could read Souljah's books all day, every day. I love her gifted storytelling. She weaves intricate plots with such exquisite detail that resonate with any urban dweller of culture and color from a number of eras. The subtle strength and complexity of her feminine protagonists matter. The magnetic charisma and secured brilliance of Midnight keeps me captivated! Hated for it to end. Make it Last Forever I could read Souljah's books all day, every day. I love her gifted storytelling. She weaves intricate plots with such exquisite detail that resonate with any urban dweller of culture and color from a number of eras. The subtle strength and complexity of her feminine protagonists matter. The magnetic charisma and secured brilliance of Midnight keeps me captivated! Hated for it to end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bourne-Douglas

    OMG... and "A Moment of Silence" that was...I enjoyed this book tremendously. Sister Souljah you are one of the most creative authors of our times, the way you bring the characters to life is simply amazing, please tell me that there is a follow-up to this book. Much respect OMG... and "A Moment of Silence" that was...I enjoyed this book tremendously. Sister Souljah you are one of the most creative authors of our times, the way you bring the characters to life is simply amazing, please tell me that there is a follow-up to this book. Much respect

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I loved the detail Sister Souljah provides in her books. You can tell she did her research.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beverley Francis

    Great read in the Midnight series....very thought provoking, eye opening. Amazing insights.....

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