The Color Line

5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


Set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, The Color Line by Walker Smith uncovers the long buried story of The Harlem Hellfighters, one of the many African-American units that served in the First World War.  By focusing on the personal journey of Serval Rivard, from his wedding day to his hellish experience in the trenches of the Western Front and home again, the story reveals not only the Hellfighters’ history, but that of two families and their place in Harlem’s most glorious era.



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The Color Line

Set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, The Color Line by Walker Smith uncovers the long buried story of The Harlem Hellfighters, one of the many African-American units that served in the First World War.

9 reviews for The Color Line

  1. 5 out of 5


    Walker Smith is a writer who understands the complexity of the human soul. Here is a writer who is not afraid to delve into the dark, even brutal side of humanity. And yet, this is not a novel of despair, but of hope, deeply rich in compassion and humor. Smith’s characters are bold, audacious, frightened and flawed, as only a first-rate storyteller can create. If you care at all about the history of race relations in this country, if you care at all about the ongoing struggle for human dignity, or if you just have a passion for good storytelling-Read This Book!

  2. 5 out of 5


    This was an excellent book. I could not wait to get home from work to finish reading it every day. I usually only read true stories because no one can create a character that is so believable and real. Not until now, anyway. These characters were so real, that I felt like I was living back in their time. I felt like I had a personal relationship with each of them. Now that I finished the book, I’m bored with my life again!!! Does this author have any more books that I can order? What I want to know is why doesn’t the whole world know about Walker Smith?

  3. 5 out of 5


    Smith’s characters are formed in the first few chapters then expertly woven into a storyline which encompasses the inhumanity of man in war and in peace as well as the determination of a few

    dreamers who must decide how high is the price of integrity. I didn’t put it down ’till I was done. Thank God for weekends! An enjoyable read (that last line was for my mother who loathes the use of the word “read” as a noun. I just sent her this book. Happy Mothers Day Mom!)

  4. 5 out of 5


    I didn’t know what to expect because I had never visited the Harlem Renaissance in my reading. The writing was exceptional, but the story itself was riveting.

    I won’t do a synopsis of the book. Each reader should draw on their own emotions to get the true meaning of what The Color Line is all about. I will share with you the effect the story had on me.

    I was drawn to the main character, Serval Rivard, immediately. He was intelligent, determined and very outspoken, searching for respect in America in the early 1900’s.

    I was born in the 1960’s and didn’t experience the full effect of Jim Crow laws directly, that I can remember, but I’m sure my parents did. I read articles, books and watched documentaries on the progression of African Americans in search of their place in America, but nothing was quite as compelling as the struggles I’d read about in The Color Line. I felt everything Serval endured and it was a jolting experience. I felt like I was there every step of the way. I was happy at times, mad at others, but my biggest emotion was fear. I felt Serval’s disappointments and fears. I became emotional and I shed many tears trying to come to terms with the realistic account of Serval’s life.

    Reading safe books, i.e., romance and happy ending novels are what usually appeal to me. Reading The Color Line opened my eyes to a reality that I’d hidden from all of my life. Not only is The Color Line one of the best books I’ve ever read, it was a great history lesson. Bravo to the author!

  5. 5 out of 5


    What an awesome book! The opening sentence immediately captures your attention and pulls you back in time. As you read through the pages you start to feel like you were actually in the midst of it all. The writer is a dynamic novelist that intertwines fiction and history brilliantly. A must read for all. I eagerly await the release of the next book from Walker Smith. I’m confident all future books by this talented author will be delightful to read, just as it was as I read The Color Line.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I have never been so moved by a book as I was when I read The Color Line. I finished the book in 3 days, then read it again! The way Walker Smith writes allows the reader to create a visual that can at times be grueling to deal with (read the book and you’ll understand!). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a GREAT story as well as a wonderful history lesson. Mrs. Smith did some wonderful research to bring this story to life!

  7. 5 out of 5


    By far one of my most favorite books. Very easy to fall in love with each character and know them as though they’re personal friends and/or family – you’ll truly mourn them after you read the last word. I’ve read this book 4 times and have purchased at least 10 copies for friends and family. Walker – KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK and I look forward to reading your next book.

  8. 5 out of 5


    A brilliant novel from beginning to end. Walker Smith’s attention to historical facts combined with a heroic story that will touch your soul is unsurpassed. Add this one to your collection.

  9. 5 out of 5


    Not only did it inspire me and instill a new sense of pride, it taught me things about my heritage I knew nothing about. Even sitting reading history books all day, I still wouldn’t have been able to understand life in this perspective the way I understand it with this story. THANK YOU Walker Smith for writing a story that helps explain and understand all of us and where we came from.

    The day I began reading it, I read more than half and had trouble putting it down because there were SO many life themes to relate and respond to.With film and literature, stories that evoke the past to help us understand the present and understand ourselves personally are the best and Smith wrote an outstandingly perfect one.

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