Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation (Book 2): Reviews and media kit
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THE REDEMPTION OF BONNIE AND CLYDE
Saving the working class from a river of greed.
Adult Genre Fiction-Historical/Speculative fiction
DESCRIPTION: The second book in a historical speculative fiction series that reimagines the life of legendary outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde, casting them as reluctant defenders of American democracy and the working class during the Great Depression. The thrilling series provides, as an undercurrent, a cutting and accessible commentary on the current economic landscape. In Book 2, the notorious duo race to prevent the sabotage of the New Deal infrastructure project Hoover Dam.
In this crime-fiction sequel, legendary criminals Bonnie and Clyde go undercover to prevent a landmark dam from being blown up before it’s completed. As in Resurrection Road, Hays and McFall evoke time and place well, and the story’s politics are fresh and timely. Readers will find Bonnie and Clyde to be great company, and the novel’s framing story (the widowed Bonnie’s 1984 recollections) gives their relationship an extra layer of poignancy. A crisply written, well-researched, and thoroughly entertaining romance/thriller/mystery.
This review is published in the April 1 edition of Kirkus Reviews magazine.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
A rollicking good read. The real history of the rise of unions and worker rights against the backdrop of a nation recovering from the Great Depression contributes to an engrossing, realistic scenario that blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes the book hard to put down. Dam Nation is the second book in the speculative fiction series; but newcomers need no prior familiarity with the series, in order to find it accessible.
This full review is published in the April MWBR edition.
Released on the 109th birthday of Clyde Barrow and set against a backdrop of the Great Depression and the working man’s clash with big business and greedy banks over their fair share of the pie, “Dam Nation” highlights the real-life turmoil of the 1930s as only Hays and McFall can — shadowy intrigue, plenty of suspects and enough behind-the-scenes and under-the-covers action to keep the narrative sizzling along to the final page.
An intriguing what-if on a Depression Era subject that will inspire readers to do further research. The characters of Bonnie and Clyde in Dam Nation are much more endearing than their depiction in Resurrection Road; it is obvious that they’re in repentance mode. Their laugh-out-loud banter and heart-warming antics make this a fast-paced and pleasant read. Expect another book on the horizon, as loose ends have been left once again.
I loved it! I could barely put it down because I was so engaged with the characters and the story. This is timely look at the greed of big business and the environment of corruption that turns those climbing the ladder of success against those who built the ladder. Given the current decline in union participation, this book offers a salient reminder, “We are stronger together.” With a narrative grounded in the daily joys and struggles of the working class, this book reminds us that much of our country was built on the sweat and blood of people who worked long hours, in dangerous conditions, for very little pay, minimal benefits, and no recognition for their contributions. This story deeply touched me.
Selected feature coverage:
Arizona Daily Sun/Flagstaff Live: Dam Nation Blends History and Fantasy
Boulder City Review: From Dam Nation to Salvation
For reviews and media kit for Resurrection Road (Book 1), CLICK HERE
For complete listing of coverage and awards, see NEWS section