Bonnie and Clyde Radioactive – My Book Review

Bonnie and Clyde #3
Genre: Historical / Alternative History / Romance 
Publisher: Pumpjack Press on Facebook
Date of Publication: March 23, 2019
Number of Pages: 332Scroll down for the giveaway!


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

It’s January 1945, the height of World War Two. As the bloody conflict drags on, America has undertaken a massive top-secret effort to unleash the power of the atom and develop the first nuclear bomb. A network of Nazi and Soviet spies is determined to steal the technology, or failing that, sabotage the project. 

But first, they have to get past Bonnie and Clyde.
In a heart-pounding adventure spanning the windswept landscapes of eastern Washington to an isolated internment camp in the California mountains, Bonnie and Clyde face deception at every turn.Can the former outlaws put aside their desire for revenge long enough to help end the war?

As in Resurrection Road and Dam Nation, the story cuts back and forth between 1984 where Royce, a washed-up investigative reporter, teams up with the now-elderly Bonnie Parker to hunt down the truth about their past, and the 1940s undercover exploits of the young Bonnie and Clyde.

And in Radioactive, Royce and Bonnie finally discover the devastating truth: Who Sal — the brains behind forcing Bonnie and Clyde into covert service defending the working class all those years ago — really was.


Bonnie and Clyde Radioactive – My Book Review


“They’ll stop at nothing to keep this story from coming out.”

Since I read the opening words of the first book in this series, I was immediately hooked on this phenomenal, alternative history fiction story. What if history was changed by someone not dying? What if you could be given a second chance to make up for all the wrong you’ve done in your life? Powerful questions. Authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall took a story surrounding those two basic questions and made it a commanding, unforgettable trilogy story.

Deep political intrigue in both the present and past carries this last story of Bonnie and Clyde Radioactive on many levels from the war, to the atomic bomb, to finding out the true identity of one main character throughout this series. The conspiracies kept me on edge because I did not know or see what is coming next. All you know is that Bonnie and Clyde aptly given the names of Brenda and Clarence will always find a way to scheme at making an extra buck to stash away while trying to save the U.S.

What I’ve always loved about these books is the weaving of true historical facts within the stories. Some history in this book I knew about and another part of history I learned about while reading this book. Radioactive dealt with many parts of our history that some would like us to forget. The Japanese internment camps here in the US during WW II was probably one of the most tarnished of our US history. Yet – the authors dealt with this history so poignantly through the simplest, heart-wrenching way – marbles.

“A lot of folks thought the Japanese would never have stopped fighting if we didn’t show them what we were capable of,” Royce said.

The books are set in the span of a short time period with the story being told in the present and past reflections. Love the main setting of the Texas Panhandle and Lubbock, Texas.

Radioactive concludes a unique alternative history story about two of the most notorious people who got a second chance to redo life and make amends for all their former misdeeds. Who gave them a second a chance and for what reasons I did not see coming but it makes complete sense! Keeping the characters of Bonnie and Clyde true to themselves and yet having them doing what’s right is the genius behind this writing.

“Don’t let kindness overtake your smarts.”

Thank you, Hays and McFall, for a truly unique way of questioning a lot of things. You took me on a wild ride from the very first page of the first book of a woman standing over a grave to the end page of this trilogy revealing who she was. It’s been an unadulterated, electrifying, venture for me.

My other book reviews:

Book 1 – Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road


Book 2 – Bonnie and Clyde Dam Nation

Clark and Kathleen wrote their first book together in 1999 as a test for marriage. They passed. 
Radioactive is their seventh co-authored book. 
Twitter ║ Facebook ║ Instagram
Clark: GoodreadsAmazon
Kathleen: Goodreads ║ Amazon
GRAND PRIZE: Signed copies of the full Bonnie and Clyde series
TWO WINNERS: Choice of print or eBook copy of Radioactive
May 23-June 1, 2019
(U.S. Only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

   blog tour services provided by