Lone Star Book Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Dam Nation

I’m back with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to bring you a book that I’m really excited to share! A new release by co-authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall, Dam Nation is a treat and a half. Fans of historical fiction will delight in their second installment of their alternative “what-if” take on the Bonnie and Clyde story, where the unlikely and unsung heroes investigate who is planning to blow up the nearly completed Hoover Dam.
Read on for more about Dam Nation and enter for a chance to win one of three copies of the book!
DAM NATION
Bonnie and Clyde #2
by
CLARK HAYS AND KATHLEEN McFALL
Genre: Historical / Alternative History / Romance 
Publisher: Pumpjack Press on Facebook
Date of Publication: March 24, 2018
Number of Pages: 266
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Bonnie and Clyde: 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 hopefully reclaim a shred of redemption along the way?

The thrilling story cuts back and forth between the modern era where a reporter interviews the now-elderly Bonnie Parker, and the dangerous 1930s undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, as they are thrust into a fight to defend the working class against corporate greed.
Dam Nation, a historical thriller with unsettling contemporary parallels, continues the explosive “what-if” series, started in Resurrection Road, about two unlikely heroes fighting to defend the working class during America’s Great Depression.
PRAISE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE: DAM NATION:
Crisply written, well-researched, thoroughly entertaining. As in Resurrection Road, Hays and McFall evoke time and place well in this sequel. 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. 
— Kirkus Reviews
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. 
— East Oregonian
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 an engrossing, realistic scenario; a vivid read that blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes the book hard to put down. 
— Midwest Book Review

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Y’all, I have been waiting for this book since I turned the last page in Resurrection Road, which was the first book in their Bonnie and Clyde series. The story was just that good.

Thankfully, Dam Nation does NOT disappoint. Authors Hays and McFall have brought even more twists and turns than an old mountain road, and it contains the same quick and clever dialogue, brilliant imagery, interesting characters and good laughs as the first.

Dam Nation picks up right where Resurrection Road left off in a dual timeline format. The book opens in 1984 where reporter Royce is investigating the elderly (but still feisty Bonnie’s) story, which in the last book she contacted him about writing.  As Royce gets closer to the truth, pressure is placed on him to back off. Part of his research involves helping Bonnie uncover the mystery of who was shot and killed, and buried in their place back in 1934 in rural Louisiana.

Alternating with Bonnie’s present day situation is the story of how Bonnie and Clyde are called to Nevada to investigate who is trying to destroy Hoover Dam. The possible suspects range from the mob, the anarchists, the union organizers – or could it even be big business itself? The authors successfully mix danger and treachery with humor. Neither Bonnie nor Clyde are used to regular work (let alone housework, or even grocery shopping) so their undercover work is both tense and highly entertaining.

I’ll never look at the old wind-up alarm clock in my guest room again without laughing, either.

This series continues to delight, and as the situation in the present day grows more dangerous as mysterious men in cowboy hats  appear to be after Royce, we’re left wanting more.  McFall and Hays do an amazing job of weaving the two timelines, and it wasn’t until I turned the last page that it hit me – they didn’t disclose how Clyde ended up in a wheelchair, or how he died.  I think their reimagined history is possibly even more outrageous and wild than stories of their life before their death.

I guess I will need to bide my time until the next book comes out.  Authors, please don’t keep me waiting long.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR RESURRECTION ROAD, BOOK ONE IN THE BONNIE AND CLYDE SERIES:

Clark and Kathleen wrote their first book together in 1999 as a test for marriage. They passed.
Dam Nation
Dam Nation is their sixth co-authored book.
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Three Winners Each Win a Signed Copy + $10 Amazon Gift Card
MAY 16-25, 2018
(U.S. Only)
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5/20/18
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5/21/18
Character Interview
5/22/18
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5/23/18
Review
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Click here for my review of Book 1 in this series:

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road


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Comments

  1. YES! The way the book ended leaves it wide open for more adventures both in the ’30s and 1984! I am ready for the next book. Great review!

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