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Friend of the Devil [Kindle Edition]

Brendan McNally , Katerina McNally
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A darkly comic, 1930s Texas Gothic featuring Herbert T Barrow, a blues-playing, reefer-smoking musician fleeing the law and finding himself mixing it up, first, with the Devil, then someone who might be God, then Bonnie & Clyde, followed by Captain Frank Hamer, the Texas Ranger hunting them down. The story then moves to Del Rio, a border town rolling in dough, thanks to a quack doctor running a goat gland clinic and the super-powerful Mexican 'border blaster' radio station, just across the river that he uses to advertise it. Herbert hopes to make a career there as a singing cowboy, but then his past catches up with him on the streets of Del Rio.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Brendan McNally (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VXK1LK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick in the Pants August 22, 2011
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The cool thing about this book is that it makes you ponder the nature of good and evil without hitting you over the head with any moral message. Like real life, it's all about free choice. Unlike real life, this battle between good and evil involves notorious historical characters as well as God and the Devil their ownselves instead of priest-and-or-rabbi surrogates.
Oh, yeah. It's a pretty good story. The author takes license with history, it really didn't happen this way, but it could have. That is, if you believe in God and the Devil. Which the hero doesn't. Even after he has met both.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Yarn! May 6, 2011
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Terrific Read! The ending is a hoot! I think it would make an outrageous movie. Nicholas cage and Christopher Walken have to do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ride in a blender... January 20, 2013
By R. WEST
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Full disclosure, I've counted Brendan as a friend for a very long time, though we lost touch with each other for some decades. That made me a little hesitant to do a review.

I fully enjoyed this genre-defying tale, more so than Germanica (which I think was cut down too much for publication, perhaps someday we'll see a fuller version). Brendan's voice as an author starts to come through loud and clear here, and a captivating voice it is. None of the genres that this COULD fit in, that parts of this story DO fit in, comprise my usual reading, but the story grabs you and pulls you along, and at some point you just give up preconceptions about what SHOULD be happening in order to fit this or that predictable literary convention and resign yourself to just not knowing where you're going. In an age of far-too-predictable cookie-cutter novels where the genre itself seems most often to dictate the plot line, this is not a bad thing. It pays off in the same way that surrendering control to a roller coaster pays off, and the experience gained is similarly hard to describe.

I've given Brendan a hard time about a couple of anachronisms I may have spotted, and some quibbles about firearm terms, but in an overall sense such objections seem silly in a story like this. The story has some fantasy elements that require suspension of disbelief that dwarfs such details, and Brendan pulls that off. This is no fairy tale set in a fairy tale world, what he accomplishes is a story that feels at most times so firmly grounded in reality that when the fantasy elements are introduced there's little chance for the reader to be able to disengage. I found this reminiscent of some of Tim Power's masterful transitions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! April 21, 2011
By AMM
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Loved this book! It has it all - Bonnie, Clyde, goat gonads, the Devil and "the other guy."
If you like historical fiction with a lot of "tongue in cheek" definitely check out this book!
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More About the Author

Before turning to fiction, Brendan McNally worked as a defense journalist, first at the Pentagon and later in Prague, where he investigated the Eastern European arms trade. His investigative work included uncovering the Czech government's role in helping supply nuclear technology to Iran for the Prague Post and Iraqi deployment of Chemical Weapons for the New York Times. Brendan currently writes feature and news stories for The New Yorker, Wired, Smithsonian Air & Space, The Rotarian, D Magazine, Telematics Update, Defense Media Network, and Weider History Group. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter.

Check out my blog at www.brendanmcnallynazisanddinosaurs.blogspot.com or visit my website: www.brendanmcnallyauthor.com


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