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Eleven-year-old Renee Jenkins is a vivacious, bright girl who is unfortunately a member of the notorious, dysfunctional Jenkins clan living in a Miami neighborhood where it is not unusual to hold a nine-millimeter Glock pistol while answering the door and where little girls like Renee shop for heroin for their mothers. As she maneuvers her way through the asphalt jungle of Eleven-year-old Renee Jenkins is a vivacious, bright girl who is unfortunately a member of the notorious, dysfunctional Jenkins clan living in a Miami neighborhood where it is not unusual to hold a nine-millimeter Glock pistol while answering the door and where little girls like Renee shop for heroin for their mothers. As she maneuvers her way through the asphalt jungle of Miami's dangerous Overtown section, Renee bravely attempts to find happiness amid a world consumed with death, despair, drugs, and pain. Renee's days are kept busy caring for her younger brother, Sean, and attempting to protect him from the chaos that surrounds the streets. As her mother, Moncell, her uncle, Money, and her grandfather, Shipyard, lay the groundwork for what seems to be a destiny filled with killers, gangsters, and drug addicts, little Renee dreams of becoming a doctor. But what she does not know is that a storm is coming to Overtown that will cause her to commit an unthinkable act with consequences and the power to change everything. "Miami Contingent" is a compelling urban tale that provides a glimpse into a gritty trek through the streets of Miami's forbidden neighborhoods as a girl grows into a woman and does everything she can just to survive.


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Eleven-year-old Renee Jenkins is a vivacious, bright girl who is unfortunately a member of the notorious, dysfunctional Jenkins clan living in a Miami neighborhood where it is not unusual to hold a nine-millimeter Glock pistol while answering the door and where little girls like Renee shop for heroin for their mothers. As she maneuvers her way through the asphalt jungle of Eleven-year-old Renee Jenkins is a vivacious, bright girl who is unfortunately a member of the notorious, dysfunctional Jenkins clan living in a Miami neighborhood where it is not unusual to hold a nine-millimeter Glock pistol while answering the door and where little girls like Renee shop for heroin for their mothers. As she maneuvers her way through the asphalt jungle of Miami's dangerous Overtown section, Renee bravely attempts to find happiness amid a world consumed with death, despair, drugs, and pain. Renee's days are kept busy caring for her younger brother, Sean, and attempting to protect him from the chaos that surrounds the streets. As her mother, Moncell, her uncle, Money, and her grandfather, Shipyard, lay the groundwork for what seems to be a destiny filled with killers, gangsters, and drug addicts, little Renee dreams of becoming a doctor. But what she does not know is that a storm is coming to Overtown that will cause her to commit an unthinkable act with consequences and the power to change everything. "Miami Contingent" is a compelling urban tale that provides a glimpse into a gritty trek through the streets of Miami's forbidden neighborhoods as a girl grows into a woman and does everything she can just to survive.

42 review for Miami Contingent

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Sorensen

    I won this book as part of the Goodreads First-Read program. Robert Earl's "Miami Contingent" is a rough, raw look into the Overtown District of Miami, Florida just prior to and after Hurricane Andrew's arrival in August 1992. Earl pulls no punches as he describes life in this Miami ghetto. Drug, sex, crime and violence are an everyday event in the lives of the African-Americans who cannot escape Overtown's poverty. The weak of heart may want to read something else, but they would be missing an h I won this book as part of the Goodreads First-Read program. Robert Earl's "Miami Contingent" is a rough, raw look into the Overtown District of Miami, Florida just prior to and after Hurricane Andrew's arrival in August 1992. Earl pulls no punches as he describes life in this Miami ghetto. Drug, sex, crime and violence are an everyday event in the lives of the African-Americans who cannot escape Overtown's poverty. The weak of heart may want to read something else, but they would be missing an honest look at the world of the economically displaced. The reluctant reader would also miss out on the redemption of those who work to over come. "Miami Contingent" is primarily the story of the Jenkins' clan. Shipyard is the patriarch that rules Overtown with his "don't mess with me" brand of violence. He has killed to stay in power. His Son Savon "Money" Jenkins has broken out of the ghetto and lives in a SoBe luxury high-rise. Also an un-convicted murderer, he is planning to use Hurricane Andrew to commit his biggest crime ever. Moncell, Shipyard's Daughter, is deep into drugs. The book opens with Renee Jenkins, Moncell's eleven year old Daughter, being sent off to buy cocaine and heroin from Poppa Queen, a local dealer. Renee is the star of the book and ultimately the hero. A precocious child that, even at the young age of eleven, is determined to stay away from drugs and some day become a doctor. In a world where failure and degradation are the norm, the reader can't help but pull for a brighter future for this sweet but street wise young girl. Ironically it is steel hard Shipyard and her Uncle Money that will pave the way. It is Shipyard that will equip her with a straightedge razor and a razor sharp mind that will help her survive in such a dangerous world. Mr. Earl has given the reader an insiders view of a violent world existing on the edge of Magic Town, the glittering city of Miami. We view the hopelessness and despair of the people who live in the Hell of the ghetto. And yet there are those who will fight to survive and escape if only given the support and the opportunity. A great look at a world the majority of us will never know.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daiane

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review I just have to say this story is very well written. Miami Contingent is like any other book where I pick up the book and start reading it and have no expectations for anything. This book has so much more, after I finished reading it, I had to rethink about the deeper parts of neighborhood. The characters, setting and plot are well played in this book. This book gives a deeper outlook in the deeper neigh I received this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review I just have to say this story is very well written. Miami Contingent is like any other book where I pick up the book and start reading it and have no expectations for anything. This book has so much more, after I finished reading it, I had to rethink about the deeper parts of neighborhood. The characters, setting and plot are well played in this book. This book gives a deeper outlook in the deeper neighborhoods that we wouldn't normally imagine it as. Great book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Finished it. Review coming up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

    This book is very powerful and very real world!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Williams

    I am from Ft Lauderdale. I am ve.ry familiar with Overtown. These characters popoff the page. I loved it. Rush to get your copy. Money well spent. Going to get his other book too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert Earl

    the people have found the following review helpful Great read! It's a real story about real life ... By T. Carroll on September 20, 2014 Format: Paperback Great read! It's a real story about real life in the city mostly known for it's beaches, palm trees, and mansions. But this goes deep into the dark, gritty details we don't hear about. Love the characters, their relationships, and the events that are a mix of truth and imagination that held my attention from the first word. I'm putting into t the people have found the following review helpful Great read! It's a real story about real life ... By T. Carroll on September 20, 2014 Format: Paperback Great read! It's a real story about real life in the city mostly known for it's beaches, palm trees, and mansions. But this goes deep into the dark, gritty details we don't hear about. Love the characters, their relationships, and the events that are a mix of truth and imagination that held my attention from the first word. I'm putting into the category of "can't put down"! Kudos Robert Earl! Can't wait to see what's next! Comment Was this review helpful to you?

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