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The Man with the Black Belt: Meaningful Suspense, Book 4 is a contemporary fiction novel written by Sandy Appleyard. Sam had been designated the babysitter for the Petersons’ seven-year-old twins whenever their parents attended their weekly church meetings by his parents. The twelve-year-old didn’t really mind, even if he did get a bit anxious when the two girls began scrapping, as they were doing that day. Sam knew what would distract them and picked out a video movie that would be irresistible to them. Lilian and Stephanie did come into the living room and settle down briefly, but, all too soon, Lilian threw a well-aimed kick at Stephanie’s face. Sam was calming down the crying girl when their grandfather came in. Mr. Seamington was set in his ways and had definite views about diversity. Sam’s Native American ancestry made him automatically suspect in the older man’s eyes. The twins’ parents were not at all convinced that Sam had been in any way acting inappropriately with their daughter, but they simply didn’t have the energy to straighten out Mrs. Peterson’s dad’s views on Native Americans. Sam would never be babysitting for them again, but the matter was something that would haunt him for years to come.
Sandy Appleyard’s contemporary fiction novel, The Man with the Black Belt: Meaningful Suspense, Book 4, is a family saga that follows young Sam as he grows up and starts his own family while still a teen himself. Sam is a talented martial artist whose life revolves around his karate classes, his family, and later his work as a karate instructor and dojo owner. Appleyard’s tale also follows the lives of the Peterson twins, Sam’s wife and her family, and the students and teachers at the dojo. While the story depicts dealing with the day-to-day stresses and strains of family life in an intriguing manner, those who like their suspense fiction to have more of a thrilling aspect to it may find that wanting. However, this is an entertaining and engrossing book about family and martial arts. The Man with the Black Belt: Meaningful Suspense, Book 4 is most highly recommended for fans of family sagas, contemporary fiction and women’s fiction.