Book Review – Pimp in the Pulpit – Author: Thomas Leslie McRae

Issue #58
Blog # 20-2017
Section: Book Reviews
Blogger: Joseph Clay

Full disclosure, THP was contacted by Thomas Leslie McRae in seek of a book review of Pimp in the Pulpit. THP was provided a copy of the above mentioned book by the author with the understanding the review would be an honest one. Thomas Leslie McRae is not affiliated with ThunderHorse Publishing and neither party was paid for the book review. All opinions in this blog are those of ThunderHorse Publishing. 

Pimp in the Pulpit - CoverProduct Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Price: $8.00
  • Category: Books – Literature – Fiction
  • Publisher: Eber & Wein Publishing  (December 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608805603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608805600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches


The large family has met on several occasions for gatherings, parties and reunions, some went OK but most didn’t.

Nobody was sure what went wrong to cause such chaos when the family gathered. There was speculation that when Minister Tierra Joy become involved in any family event planning it quickly turned into a hot ghetto mess.

Well it’s time for another gathering. Lillian McBride, affectionately know as Lucifer is turning 95. Lillian has four children, a son, Tony McBride. She also has three daughters Viola McBride, Minister Tierra Joy and Cleopatra Jones.

Will this special occasion bring the family closer or drive them further apart? How will they finance the gathering? How much money that is raised will be stolen or used for other means? Will the huge clan from Texas show up? What about the food, will they have enough? Will the relatives go nuts eating like they are on death row and this is their last meal, consuming it all in fifteen minutes or less? How much of the buffet will they steal and take home? Who will drink too much and act up? Has Cleopatra and her family learned from their previous gatherings? Will they even attend the bash?

Cleopatra is married to Marcus Jones Senior. They have two kids Marcus Junior and Edward (Eddie) Jones, the protagonist.

Eddie is a hardworking man and is perplexed about his family’s actions towards his family, immediate and distant kin. He has trouble understanding even his Dad’s outlook on the birthday party.

He begins questioning family loyalties, their love for one another while at the same time remembering the advice his Mom and Aunt Gladys told him several years ago.

Will this gathering, compounded with the events of the other ones finally open Eddie’s eyes?

Pick up your copy of Pimp in the Pulpit to find out!

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The Review and Rating

When I asked Thomas to give me a little insight on Pimp in the Pulpit here is what he had to say.

Pimp in the Pulpit is a work of fiction but is based on my life and experiences with family plus friends. Everyone can relate to this book because it’s filled with drama, comedy and suspense as well as facts. Not everyone has loved ones who love them and that is why you learn to grow and be a better person without that family unity or structure. This is what my book is about living life without feeling less about yourself and your short comings around you.” Thomas Leslie McRae

 Pimp in the Pulpit has the following ratings.

  • Amazon: 4.0 Stars out of 5 (14 Customer Reviews)
  • Goodreads: 3.21 Stars out of 5 (14 Ratings, 13 Reviews)

THP rated Pimp in the Pulpit 2.75 Stars out of 5. The book was read by three people, an editor, a proofreader, and myself all employed by ThunderHorse Publishing. The rating of 2.75 is an average.

THP agreed that Pimp in the Pulpit is a short story filled with unique characters. Each has a different outlook on life and how they treat family and friends. What is acceptable to some is nothing more than the devils work to the others.

The story was excellent, and the author portrayed a dysfunctional family to a tee. The characters were strong and realistic.

The short story moves at a steady pace, with twist and turns in every chapter.

THP did find the book hard to follow at times as the author jumped around a lot. The was little showing, the story was told to us, at times nothing happened in the tale itself, it was all narrative by the author.

A chapter at the end of the book introduced a new character. That scene and chapter didn’t fit in the book at all, throwing the reader who is already having trouble following the story  another curve ball, thinking they missed something.

Character develop is lacking, some of that is due to lack of back story giving some history of these characters.

The editor was pulling her hair out during this read. At the end she simply asked.

“Was this book edited? I can’t find an editor’s name or company? If it was whoever edited this book needs to give Thomas his money back along with being fired. Thomas is a good writer and the editor didn’t do this book justice.”

I contacted the author and asked him the questions about the editing process of his publisher. His answer.

“I refused a lot of the edits they suggested as it changed my story. I told them all I wanted them to do was to edit spelling and grammar.” – Thomas McRae via phone conversation.

I passed this on to the editor. She only shook her head as she handed me her notes on the book.

From a publishing standpoint this book should have never been printed in paperback. THP suspects the reason Pimp in the Pulpit has an $8.00 price tag for a 44 page short story is the printing cost is the same for a book from 8 pages to 248. This book should have only be published in a e-book format.

In conclusion THP feels Thomas Leslie McRae with his unique writing style, use of dialogue, and an eye for a great story has the potential to become a successful author. THP believes this will happen, sooner rather than later.

A bit about this upcoming author.

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Thomas Leslie McRae – Author

Thomas Leslie McRae has been writing since 2005 and resides in the Queens area of New York. Thomas Leslie McRae’s writings have been published by Author House along with Eber & Wein Publishing. Thomas writes poetry, Poetry 4 the Soul, The Lost Poems and The Soul of a Poet are a few of his titles.

THP also conducted an interview with Thomas McRae, Q & A with Thomas McRae – Author.


Book review written By Joseph Clay a ThunderHorse Publishing Author.

Due to language and racial slurs ThunderHorse Publishing doesn’t recommend this book for those under the age of 13.

©2017 ThunderHorse Publishing Joseph Clay.


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