An alt-history thriller—What if Bonnie and Clyde survived?
“Thoroughly entertaining. 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 patriotism in America.”
“Building an alternate history around two of America’s most notorious criminals, where Bonnie and Clyde’s reluctant participation evolves into active patriotism over the course of the series, is nothing short of incredible.”
“A literary breath of fresh air, deftly evolving 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
“Crazy as it sounds, I started rooting for the outlaws. Perhaps it was because they realized their opportunity: a do-over of their lives and they took advantage of that good fortune to help those they had wronged.”
Boulder City Review
THE RETURN OF BONNIE AND CLYDE
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—Clyde Barrow.
Impossible, says the reporter. The murderous duo died 50 years ago.
But the woman insists that it wasn’t Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed and killed 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 a desperate mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialist fat cats determined to sink the New Deal policies.
The thrilling story cuts back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter begins to investigate the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the dangerous 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.
Will true love, a fast car and a Browning Automatic Rifle save America from itself?
THE REDEMPTION OF BONNIE AND CLYDE
Saving 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 Boulder Dam, putting people back to work. Set to harness the mighty Columbia 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 figure out who wants to extinguish the American dream, and hopefully reclaim a shred of redemption along the way?
THE REVENGE OF BONNIE AND CLYDE
Saving the future by exploding the past.
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.
But first, they have to get past Bonnie and Clyde.
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.
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 along with a personal tragedy, pushing them close to the edge.
Can the former outlaws put aside their desire for revenge long enough to help end the war?
“Loved, loved it! Hated to finish it!!”
“The perfect escape.”
“This story deeply touched me.”
“Sex, danger and intrigue with just the right dose of cheeky humor.”
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