Bonnie and Clyde: Radioactive Book Review & Giveaway

It’s here! Radioactive is the third installment in the Bonnie and Clyde series by Clark Hays and Katherine McFall. You can catch my reviews of the first book Resurrection Road, here and Dam Nation, their second book, here.

Thanks to the authors for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review purposes!

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RADIOACTIVE
Bonnie and Clyde #3
by
CLARK HAYS AND KATHLEEN McFALL

Genre: Historical / Alternative History / Romance 
Publisher:  Pumpjack Press on Facebook
Date of Publication: March 23, 2019
Number of Pages: 332

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Bonnie and Clyde: Defending the working class from a river of greed.

It’s January 1945, the height 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. 

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.

Can the former outlaws put aside their desire for revenge long enough to help end the war?

As in Resurrection Road and Dam Nation, the story cuts back and forth between 1984 where Royce, a washed-up investigative reporter, teams up with the now-elderly Bonnie Parker to hunt down the truth about their past, and the 1940s undercover exploits of the young Bonnie and Clyde. 

And in Radioactive, Royce and Bonnie finally discover 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.

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Bonnie and Clyde: Radioactive (Book 3)

“What if Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow didn’t die in 1934? What if, instead, they were forced to become unwilling patriots in an attempt to protect American democracy from the insidious threat of greed?”

Bonnie and Clyde Radioactive

Bonnie and Clyde Radioactive is the third installment in Clark Hays’ and Kathleen McFall’s unique and wildly imaginative alternate history of Bonnie and Clyde. This book will be best enjoyed if you have read the first two books in the series (and you should, because they will both take you on a wild ride.)

As with the previous books, the story is told in a dual-timeline format. Chapters switch between Bonnie and Clyde’s next assignment and that of Royce and Bonnie as they race to answer more questions about Sal, the mysterious government contact that drew Bonnie and Clyde into their second life of espionage and personal redemption.

In this alternative history, Bonnie and Clyde are clearly seeking a bit of redemption for past sins – Bonnie won’t let Clyde kill anyone, although they are not averse to relieving ANYONE of their money which adds a bit of levity to the story.

The dialogue is snappy, humorous, and clever, capturing the feel of the era. Hays and McFall paint a vivid picture of both their cast of characters and the setting.

This time, the duo are weeding through a full cast of possible spies who could be after the plutonium being developed there. Who is responsible is anyone’s guess, as they all have a good reason for traitorous behavior, and most are unlikable. The who and the why in this storyline will take you on one wild ride full of twists and turns, and kept me turning pages until the very end as the authors lead you on a merry chase. This is a complicated, intricately woven tale.

Royce’s storyline with Bonnie really heats up as there are people (Hall and Oates) hot on their trail who don’t want Bonnie’s story revealed to the world. This part of the story is equally fraught with tension. As this part of the plot unfolds, it’s clear that Bonnie has a bit of affection for Sal, despite the fact that Sal has forced the couple into this life. It’s this storyline, too, that humanized Bonnie to me, as did her return to the town of Richland, where her story with Clyde takes place.

The story of Bonnie and Clyde is fast-paced and exciting and action-packed; Bonnie’s story with Royce is more soul-searching. In both tales, the authors paint a picture of the two that is very different from the way they have been portrayed in the past, so you will have to suspend your assumptions and just roll with the idea that the duo feels remorse for their actions and love their country. Over the course of the series, they have moved from cooperating in order to keep their families safe, to carrying out their duties with purpose. (And always with a bit of a scam on the side. Old habits die hard!)

In addition to the adventure, there is some deep social commentary on greed, government and enterprise, race and other topics, many of which are still relevant today.

“Mark my words. The way things are going, by the time the twenty-first century comes around a pack of rich people and corporations will be pulling the strings of the government like a marionette.”

If she only new.

Clark and Kathleen wrote their first book together in 1999 as a test for marriage. They passed. 

Radioactive is their seventh co-authored book. 

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GIVEAWAY!

GRAND PRIZE: Signed copies of the full Bonnie and Clyde series
TWO WINNERS: Choice of print or eBook copy of Radioactive
May 23-June 1, 2019
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  1. Wonderful review of a wonderful book. I can’t stand that there aren’t any more given how things ended. Maybe they authors will change their minds after a while.

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