Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road – My Review



Resurrection Road
Book One in a New Trilogy

Genre:  Alternative Historical Fiction / Thriller
Date of Publication: April 22, 2017
Pages: 308
Publisher: Pumpjack Press
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In an alternate timeline, legendary lovers Bonnie and Clyde are given one last shot at redemption.
The story begins in 1984 when a reporter gets a tip to meet an old woman at a Texas cemetery. Cradling an antique rifle and standing over a freshly dug grave, the old woman claims to be Bonnie Parker. Turns out, she says, it wasn’t Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed fifty years earlier. Instead, the outlaws were kidnapped, forced into a covert life and given a deadly mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialists determined to sink the New Deal.
Thrust into a fight against greed they didn’t ask for, but now must win in order to save themselves and their families, will the notorious duo overcome their criminal pasts and put their “skills” to use fighting for justice for the working class?
Cutting back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter investigates the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the desperate undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde in 1934, Resurrection Road is a page-turning sleep-wrecker.
Bonnie and Clyde. Saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time. 
“Sex, danger and intrigue, coupled with just the right dose of cheeky humor,” — East Oregonian 
“A Depression-era tale timely with reflections on fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true. More than that, the story is an exciting ride, with tight corners, narrow escapes, and real romantic heat between Bonnie and Clyde. Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story,” — Kirkus Reviews 
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Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road – My Review

“You always forget about the ladies,” she said. “Think we’re just shrinking violets-that we’re going to faint dead away. Honestly, it’s embarrassing.”

OMG! Yes – you read that correctly. I can say it a hundred times more on Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road. From the first page of a woman standing over a grave to the end page of her walking away from a grave this book was a pure, thrilling, adventure read for me. I literally at times did not want to put this book down. By the time I got to the end – I wanted the next book in hand to continue reading this reimagined, alternate history surrounding Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Reimagined, meaning taking history to a whole new level of what could’ve been with these outlaws that were either loved or hated into an alternate history where they don’t get killed, are given new identities and are recruited to helping save the President of the U.S.

When I was living in east Texas near the Louisiana border, I’d often drive with my dog, Buster on summer days to escape the heat because all the house had was an attic fan. One weekend, I found myself driving some Louisiana back roads up to I-20 and came across the Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow ambush site. At that time I was only slightly familiar with their story. Recent personal research lead me to read about these historical outlaws for more details, especially on their demise on that small Louisiana country road.

Authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall created this story surrounding an almost has been reporter looking for his next big, and possible Pulitzer winning story. When an older woman contacts him about telling her story, it’s hard for him to believe, but he’s intrigued enough and takes a leap faith to investigate her claims. As the story evolved I become tangled up in a story that took me on a ride of unimaginable twists and turns. This alternate story of what happened to Bonnie and Clyde deftly weaves together present and past timelines.

Some of the accounts from this reimagined story hold truth, like giving an idea of how many people attended Bonnie’s service. According to historical reports, it was near 20,000 who did. I love how the authors subtly incorporated Bonnie’s “Sal” into the story. Plus, if you’ve never been to an Amish market then you don’t know what you’re missing. Additionally, it’s a rare day indeed when the wind doesn’t blow in the Texas panhandle. It’s some of these historical and authentic touches that make this story seem so real.

Next book, please! Thanks, Clark and Kathleen for creating a memorable story that I don’t want to end. It takes brilliant and imaginative minds to create something so remarkable.

A native of Texas, Clark Hays spent his early childhood there and then moved for a decade with his family around the world following the job of his father, a legendary wildcat petroleum drilling engineer, before finally landing on a Montana ranch. Kathleen McFall was born and raised in Washington, D.C.
Between the two of them, the authors have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met in the early 1990s, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed. Their debut novel was picked up by Llewellyn (St. Paul, MN) with a first edition published in 1999, making it among the earliest stories in the resurgence and reimagining of the undead myth for modern audiences.
Since then, Clark and Kathleen have published five novels together—the latest reimagines the life of the legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
Clark and Kathleen have won several writing awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination (Clark) and a fiction fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts (Kathleen). Their books have been honored with a Best Books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, Best Books of 2016 by IndieReader, and a 2017 Silver IPPY Medalist. 
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