No More Time-Outs: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 15, 2011 - Fiction - 276 pages
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Thomas Slater’s latest novel is a non-stop ride of entertaining drama with suspenseful plot-twists and pulse-pounding action—from unholy corruption inside a church sanctuary to the insidious figures that lurk in the shadows of the dangerous city-streets.

Wisdom Jones has made a deal with the Devil. Purchase price of a kidney: his life. But this Devil isn’t the malicious spirit who’s the total embodiment of evil: this one’s human, the CEO of the biggest drug operation ever established inside of Detroit city limits, and rumored to dabble in the black market for human organs. Though the tab may be staggering, no cost is too steep for the life of Wisdom’s precious mother.

Her dying wish is to see her disobedient family restored to their once proper alignment with God. She lays her hand on her only responsible son’s head and makes him swear the oath. Wisdom isn’t ready to honor a dying wish. What good would it do to restore his mother’s health if stress from her wayward family delivered her right back to death’s doorstep? The Devil gives Wisdom a week to give his mother one more present: the gift of restoring her family back to its rightful splendor.

No More Time-Outs follows Wisdom Jones while he prowls the dangerous streets in pursuit of reformation. The clock is running and there’re absolutely…no more time-outs!

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Open Wound Wisdom Jones has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He's unhappily attached to a stripper carrying his seed. He hates his menial job. He has mounting debt that seems to increase by ... Read full review

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In my opinion the book was phenomenal. I loved it. Mr. Slater has a very creative imagination I must say . The stories and different situations kept me interested. In Poppa Jones situation it sent an important message - What's done in the dark, cones to the light soon or later. He had people in the church thinking he was so righteous and devoted to God. But behind the scenes he was the biggest scammer, cheater, liar, and user in the whole church! It is crazy how there are pastors that act just like Poppa Jones. There are also families that are similar to Wouldn't've as well. The book also showed that you have to be aware because you never know who knows who. Example, when I got to the part about how Temptest brother actually worked the guy she was having an affair with. But she had no idea. I was also proud of Mamma for having the guts to expose Poppa Jones at the restaurant. it was so funny because he didn't expect her to do that and he thought he had kept his secrets hidden away from her. I was glad she did it because he deserved it. She is his sick wife and she really needed him. But instead he chose to mess around with women in the church. I give Wisdom a hand because he is carrying a ton of weight on his shoulders. Especially with that baby mama of his. I don't know how he has the strength to juggle it all, but he does. Overall, the blew me away. I can't wait for the next one! 

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About the author (2011)

Thomas Slater is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Show Stoppah and No More Time-Outs, and under the pen name, Tecori Sheldon, he is the author of When Truth is Gangsta. He hopes to create a footprint by stepping off into the cement of literary greatness. Visit the author at,, and Twitter @EarlWrites.

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