An alt-history thriller—What if Bonnie and Clyde survived?
“The outlaws come off as a wisecracking, low-rent version of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man but underlying all the shenanigans is a serious consideration of the nature of patriotism in America.”
“A fantastic story.”
“Loved, loved it! Hated to finish it!!”
“This story deeply touched me.”
“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. Thoroughly entertaining.”
“Shadowy intrigue, plenty of suspects and enough behind-the-scenes and under-the-covers action to keep the narrative sizzling to the final page.”
Saving the future by exploding the past.
Book Three in the Bonnie and Clyde Trilogy will be released on May 23, 2019 — the 85th anniversary of the deaths of the outlaw lovers.
Advance praise for Radioactive
“Another winner in this highly entertaining series, which features plenty of action and danger, along with steamy interludes between Bonnie and Clyde, who come off as a wisecracking, low-rent version of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man. Tricky puzzles, chases, spycraft, and red herrings keep the plot bubbling along. But underlying all the shenanigans is a serious consideration of the nature of patriotism in an America that’s increasingly becoming dominated by the military-industrial complex.”
“A literary breath of fresh air. Unexpected delights in a story that excels in nonstop surprises. And as with the other books, the humor is a driving force. With its thriller component tempered by mystery, historical fact, political interactions, and gunslinger intrigue, Bonnie & Clyde: Radioactive is a powerful series addition. It deftly evolves from a story of thieves and murders to an inspection of war, social issues, and second chances not just for the characters, but for America itself.”
Midwest Book Review
It's January 1945, six years since the start 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.
A decade has passed since the infamous outlaw lovers were spared their gruesome deaths and forced into a covert life. Now seasoned spies, they're embedded in the Manhattan Project, as bar owners and petty crooks, trying to sort out who would sell out the USA to its enemies.
And in the storyline set in 1984, Royce and the now-elderly Bonnie finally learn 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.
Saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time.
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 woman claims to be Bonnie Parker, 75 years old, there to bury the love of her life—who has just died—Clyde Barrow.
Impossible, says the reporter. The murdering duo died 50 years ago.
But the woman insists that it wasn't Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed on that fateful day on a county road near Sailes, Louisiana in 1934. Instead, the outlaws were kidnapped, forced into a covert life and given their first mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialist fat cats determined to sink the New Deal policies.
The story cuts back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter begins to investigate the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, as they are thrust into a fight to defend the working class against corporate greed during America's Great Depression.
“The perfect escape.”
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 reclaim a shred of redemption along the way?
The thrilling story cuts back in forth between 1935 at Hoover Dam and the modern era where a reporter and the now-elderly Bonnie Parker investigate who died instead of the outlaw lovers in the bullet-riddled car and who inside the government forcing them into covert criminal activity on behalf of the government. And as they get closer to the truth, the investigation turns deadly.
“A Depression-era tale timely with reflections on wealthy fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true.”
“A rollicking good read! Blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes it hard to put down. Exceptional.”
Midwest Book Review
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