Sins of the Younger Sons – Promo

SINS OF THE
YOUNGER SONS
by
JAN REID
Genre: Literary Fiction / Romance / Spy / Thriller
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press 
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Publication Date: February 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 296 pages
  

Sins of the Younger Sons has received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters! Luke Burgoa is an ex-Marine on a solitary covert mission to infiltrate the Basque separatist organization ETA in Spain and help bring down its military commander, Peru Madariaga. Luke hails from a Basque ancestry that came with the Spanish empire to Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and, seventy-five years ago, to a Texas ranch. Neighbors consider the Burgoas Mexican immigrants and exiles of that nation’s revolution, but the matriarch of the family speaks the ancient language Euskera and honors traditions of the old country. Luke’s orders are to sell guns to the ETA and lure Peru into a trap. Instead he falls in love with Peru’s estranged wife, Ysolina, who lives in Paris and pursues a doctorate about an Inquisition-driven witchcraft frenzy in her native land. From the day they cross the border into the Basque Pyrenees, their love affair on the run conveys the beauty, sensuality, exoticism, and violence of an ancient homeland cut in two by Spain and France. Their trajectory puts Luke, Ysolina, and Peru on a collision course with each other and the famed American architect Frank Gehry, whose construction of a Guggenheim art museum seeks to transform the Basque city of Bilbao, a decrepit industrial backwater haunted by the Spanish Civil War—and a hotbed of ETA extremism. Ranging from the Amazon rain forest to a deadly prison in Madrid, Sins of the Younger Sons is a love story exposed to dire risk at every turn.

PRAISE FOR SINS OF THE YOUNGER SONS:
“Reid’s story is a fascinating blend of page-turning thriller and vivid tableau of Basque culture and the movement that battled the Spanish establishment for many decades. A reader can’t ask for more—a book that’s engaging, entertaining, educative, and unique.” 
—Thomas Zigal, author of Many Rivers to Cross and The White League

“What a fine book Jan Reid has written!  At once history—both cultural and political—and sensual love story, it reaches beyond genre to make for a magical and profound reading experience.  Don’t start reading it at night unless you want to stay up until dawn and then some.” —Beverly Lowry, author of Who Killed These Girls? and Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life

“Page by page, Sins of the Younger Sons invites the reader to dwell for a while within its unique world, to suffer and celebrate with its unforgettable characters. It’s a trip that, if taken, is well worth the effort.” —Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News

“Sins of the Younger Sons vividly takes us into a world few of us have seen and into a bitter conflict most of us have never considered nor understood.” —Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News

Jan Reid’s highly praised books include his novel Comanche Sundown, his biography of Texas governor Ann Richards, Let the People In, his memoir of Mexico, The Bullet Meant for Me, and The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Making his home in Austin, Reid has been a leading contributor to Texas Monthly for over forty years. 



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Bonnie and Clyde Dam Nation – My Review

DAM NATION
 
Bonnie and Clyde #2
by
CLARK HAYS AND KATHLEEN McFALL
Genre: Historical / Alternative History / Romance 
Publisher:  Pumpjack Presson Facebook
Date of Publication: March 24, 2018
Number of Pages: 266Scroll down for the giveaway!

 

Bonnie and Clyde: Defending the working class from a river of greed.


The year is 1935 and the Great Depression has America in a death grip of poverty, unemployment, and starvation. But the New Deal is rekindling hope, with federally funded infrastructure projects, like Hoover Dam, putting people back to work.  Set to harness the mighty Colorado River for electricity and irrigation, the dam is an engineering marvel and symbol of American can-do spirit. 


So, why is someone trying to blow it up?

When an informant on the construction site is murdered, Bonnie and Clyde—spared from their gruesome deaths and forced into a covert life working for the government—are given their second assignment: stop the bomb and protect the thousands of laborers and families in the company town. It’s their most dangerous mission yet: working for a living.
 
Can the notorious lovers put aside their criminal ways long enough to find out who wants to extinguish the American dream, and hopefully reclaim a shred of redemption along the way?
 
The thrilling story cuts back and forth between the modern era where a reporter interviews the now-elderly Bonnie Parker, and the dangerous 1930s undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, as they are thrust into a fight to defend the working class against corporate greed.

Dam Nation, a historical thriller with unsettling contemporary parallels, continues the explosive “what-if” series, started in Resurrection Road, about two unlikely heroes fighting to defend the working class during America’s Great Depression.


PRAISE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE: DAM NATION:
Crisply written, well-researched, thoroughly entertaining. As in Resurrection Road, Hays and McFall evoke time and place well in this sequel. The story’s politics are fresh and timely. Readers will find Bonnie and Clyde to be great company, and the novel’s framing story (the widowed Bonnie’s 1984 recollections) gives their relationship an extra layer of poignancy. 
— Kirkus Reviews

“Dam Nation” highlights the real-life turmoil of the 1930s as only Hays and McFall can — shadowy intrigue, plenty of suspects and enough behind-the-scenes and under-the-covers action to keep the narrative sizzling along to the final page. 
— East Oregonian

A rollicking good read. The real history of the rise of unions and worker rights against the backdrop of a nation recovering from the Great Depression contributes an engrossing, realistic scenario; a vivid read that blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes the book hard to put down. 
— Midwest Book Review

 

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Bonnie and Clyde Dam Nation – My Review

“Hours later, the desert sun began to sink and brilliant oranges and pinks lit up the cloudless sky. Dirty, tired and hungry, Clyde slid up the canyon wall inside the crowded cable car, eager to see Bonnie.”

 

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Where do I begin with this review?

First, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the reimagined history in the Bonnie and Clyde series. The first book, Resurrection Road helped me end 2017 with one of the best books I’d read that year.

Second, let me state Bonnie and Clyde Dam Nation is a beautiful book to hold. The cover is nice and thick, along with paper inside.

Third, this story is even more intriguing with its twists and turns than the first book in this series by Authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall.

Now comes my OMG! The book takes up right where the first book ended with Bonnie and Clyde. This time the reimagined history of the famed couple takes them to Boulder City to find out who is behind sabotaging the Boulder Dam. Deaths and several other accidents have occurred and the government wants the couple to find out who’s behind it. What entails is a lot of broken alarm clocks, unscrupulous men, corrupt lawmen, and good people looking out for others down the road. That’s not to mention the man who reportedly shot Bonnie and Clyde in Louisiana and tracks them down to Boulder City.

The most intriguing part of this book and in the first the book for me is the weaving of the current story with Royce, the Lubbock, Texas reporter who was contacted by Bonnie to write the true story behind what really happened to Bonnie and Clyde. I love doing research and this truly connects with me. Part of Royce’s research journey was finding out who the couple was in the car that was killed instead of Bonnie and Clyde. In Dam Nation, the most touching part of the book is when Bonnie confronts the women whose sister was killed in Bonnie’s place. As the story progresses with Royce’s research, unknown men are now trying to kill him and possibly Bonnie.

As a side note, I am starting to wonder what the connection to Lubbock, Texas is with the authors. Some of the descriptions are very dead on, like with Clapp Park reference from this book.

Dam Nation took me deeper into unimaginable twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s what is so great about the writing style and story by these authors. Hays and McFall still can deftly weave together present and past timelines that kept me engaged in the story without falter.

The reimagined history is taken to another new level of what could’ve been with these notorious outlaws that were either loved or hated.
Next book, please! Thanks, Clark and Kathleen for creating a beautiful, crafted, well-written memorable story. I hope to meet them someday to autograph my books. Now, I’ll anxiously await the next book in the series to discover what happens next to Royce and Bonnie, as well as how Clyde met his final end. Because often fiction is way better than reality.

Clark and Kathleen wrote their first book together in 1999 as a test for marriage. They passed. 


Dam Nation is their sixth co-authored book. 



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