Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bonnie & Clyde: Resurrection Road ~ Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway!

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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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Back in the '70s, I can remember going to the Southwestern Historical Wax Museum and being fascinated with Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-riddled “death car,” as it was called. There were also wax figures of the two gangsters and a display of their weapons. Their exploits seemed so cold-hearted, yet their alleged passion about each other suggested there was more to them than shoot-outs and robberies. There have been movies and books and even songs written that explored this legendary, deadly duo. But, what if they hadn’t been killed that day in 1934? Would they have disappeared into the sunset and started fresh or would things have escalated with even more death and destruction left in their paths?

What if? That’s the hook that pulled me in to reading Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road, and that’s the hook that kept me reading it from start to finish in one day.  Authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall present a unique premise that takes readers on a wild ride that only seems slightly impossible when set against the current world and political climate. Power, politics, greed. . . it’s all in here along with a sexually charged couple who are renamed Brenda and Clarence Prentiss and who are re-purposed to meet the needs of a secret government operation.

 “I’m stuffed like a hog under an acorn tree.”

The book is well-written and cleanly edited, and the dialogue works well. Through spelling, regional phrases, and interesting sentence structures, readers will hear the voices and accents of the colorful, memorable characters. A clearer picture is drawn of Bonnie/Brenda than of Clyde/Clarence, and authors Hays and McFall do an admirable job of reprogramming readers to accept these less-unsavory iterations of Bonnie and Clyde. The characters begin to show compassion and empathy, and then, there’s the library scene. . .

“She felt worse about stealing from a library
than she did robbing a bank.”


Told from different viewpoints and with flashbacks, the transitions in Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road are clean and segues between present and past are smooth. Also, the authors use clever chapter headings to keep readers in the story.

Readers are expected to suspend their disbelief, and there are times when it is almost too much to believe that Brenda and Clarence, using the same m.o. as freshly dead Bonnie and Clyde, aren’t becoming newsworthy for their exploits -- even as copycats. Further, it was a stretch to believe the characters truly felt remorse for the awful things they’d done. But suspend I did because the book is just that much fun – and because there are hints that Brenda and Clarence are works-in-progress. I anxiously await the next book in the series, Dam Nation, set for a spring 2018 release!

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the authors for providing me a gorgeous print copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 

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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  1. I liked the review, thank you.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Rita! And thanks for stopping by. Happy new year to you.

  2. Happy new year this book looks really great wish I had more time to read

    1. You and me both! It's ironic that I have a bookish job and don't have much time to read! Glad this one was so good! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This would be definitely exciting to read I'm a huge Bonnie and Clyde fan great review and thank you for bringing this out to us.

    1. I hope you get to read it -- it's a FABULOUS spin on history.