It is an honor and a privilege to share with you our labor of love, "Times of Tension", The Isaiah Cooley Story.
My co-author, Omar Reza and I are super excited about the release of our book in soft cover format on createspace.com and also as a re-release e-book on Amazon.com.
Times of Tension is an action packed and drama filled book about what a family does to save one of their own. It is about real feelings and strong emotions that capture your heart and mind if you've ever had to make some tough decisions about a family member(s). It is riveting and inspirational at the same time. The love of family is awe inspiring and is continuous throughout the story.
It is about sheer perseverance, love, and tolerance through the life of a young African American teen. Isaiah Cooley, who because of his gang affiliation, is forced to leave everything he has ever known behind and go start a brand new life in a place so different than what he is used to. The "hood life" in Compton California, has finally over-shadowed his massive potential on and off the football field and because of the love of his family and community, he has been sent to a different part of the nation to be saved from himself.
He must now learn to tolerate, respect, and embrace a different culture before it also ends his football career and possibly his life as well. He and the star of the team, Johnny cannot see eye to eye in the beginning and have a violent interchange on the practice field. The Coach, willing to put the state championship on the line, forces both players to make a choice of giving up the game or to go see the school counselor for personal guidance so that they can resolve their tiff. Isaiah has a lot to lose and a lot yet to prove so he chooses to go through the counseling process only to find that he can count on others to help him through his challenges.
In the end, Isaiah takes us on an emotional ride as he perseveres through all of the obstacles that come his way and in order to know the outcome, well, you have got to download or buy the book. I promise you that you will love it and will be very worth your time. Happy reading and please let us know what you think of the story and how it touched you.
Joe Mendoza and Omar Reza