Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road Book Blog Tour, Review, and #Giveaway #LoneStarLit

December 22, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 2 ★★★★

  

BONNIE AND CLYDE:

Resurrection Road
Book One in a New Trilogy

by
CLARK HAYS AND KATHLEEN McFALL
  
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. 

PRAISE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE: RESURRECTION ROAD:
“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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I’m really surprised that I don’t read more alternate history books. My favorite episodes of science fiction TV shows are always the alternate reality ones. And I’m totally loving Timeless and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, two shows about correcting historical wrongs. Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road is an example of how flipping around the characters and the stories that we know into an entirely new story really works.

Alternate History:

If you aren’t familiar with the alternate history genre, these books showcase history, but a history where one or more events are different from what we know. Remember how Marty McFly changed the future by altering his past? This novel is a similar situation. In Resurrection Road, Bonnie and Clyde (yes, that Bonnie and Clyde) are tasked with essentially saving the United States in 1934. The novel is a great twist on history. I shudder to even think how WWII would have gone had Bonnie and Clyde not been around to thwart the plot to assassinate F.D.R.!

Characters:

Bonnie is a hoot – strong, intelligent, with loads of moxie, in both the historical and present story lines. I really have the sense that Bonnie kicks butt. She defies expectations, doing what she wants. I love how the authors write her character. She doesn’t back down for anyone. Men always underestimate her:

“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.”

But really, in Clyde’s own words,

“she’s the brains. … I’m the muscle.”

In the present story, she is just as plucky and conniving, coercing Royce, a reporter she’s hired, into telling the story her way, with her stipulations. My dream casting for (older) Bonnie is Sophia Petrillo from the Golden Girls!

As for Clyde, he feels less rounded and complete as a character. I think this is mainly because Bonnie tells most of the story. We learn second-hand how horrible it was for Clyde in jail and why he started his life of crime. Mostly though, we learn that Bonnie and Clyde are stronger together than apart.

“Nothing lasts forever, except true love and Texas summers.”

I only wish that Clyde had a larger presence in the novel. I think this would have enhanced to story a lot.

I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in Resurrection Road, especially the other women. Suicide Sal, their handler, knows everything about Bonnie and Clyde, yet still trusts they will do the right thing in the end. Marianne, the Russian assassin, understands the importance of loyalty and honor, becoming instant frenemies with Bonnie.

Story \ Writing:

I enjoyed the premise of Bonnie and Clyde, that criminals are being recruited by a secret agency to defeat other, worse, criminals. I don’t know all that much about the historical Bonnie and Clyde, but I thought the authors did a great job portraying the fictional Bonnie and Clyde. I really believed that the secret spy agency made the correct choice in faking the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde! History and the New Deal are the winners from this arrangement. The two separate story lines weave together seamlessly. Royce is researching Bonnie’s story while she’s telling it. The plot moves quickly, keeping me interested in what will happen next.

Bonnie has fifty years of stories to tell Royce before she’ll let him publish anything. These stories will hopefully provide the authors plenty of opportunity to give us more stories to read! I’ll certainly be in line for the next Bonnie and Clyde story.

Thanks to authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing this opportunity to review Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road. I received the novel free in exchange for my honest review.

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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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2 Responses to “Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road Book Blog Tour, Review, and #Giveaway #LoneStarLit”

  1. Clark

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and thoughtfully review our book. We especially enjoyed the reference to Marianne as “instant frenemy” of Bonnie. That’s a great line!

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