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About the Author

L. D. Holcomb was born in Baker, Oregon, on February 13, 1948, and after his father returned from the Korean War, his family moved to Chester, California. He attended California State University, Chico, from 1966 to 1973, where he received a Master of Arts in English with a minor in art. He has taught English in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges, including Butte Community College, American River College, Merced College, Fresno City College, Modesto Junior College, and Western Nevada Community College. He has also traveled to many places in the world: Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Athens, Crete, Malta, Amsterdam, London, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia. His other two published novels are THE LIBIDINAL JITTERS: A SASSY FANTASY and THE LAST YAHI: A NOVEL ABOUT ISHI. He currently resides in the Great Basin of Nevada, and he is actively writing, painting, and planning his next adventure.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456573845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456573843
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,126,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Heinecken on June 2, 2011
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This novel is alive. It is alive with energy and with passion. It is written from the heart. It makes the reader angry. It makes the reader sad.

A book should be these things. A book should do these things. "Hood" has something to say and it says it with commitment. It is not only an expose of the corrupt politics of the USA at a certain point in time - it becomes also a general indictment of power run amuk and of human ugliness. It also is a paen to the human spirit. Holcomb is a gifted writer, Anyone interested in the history of the USA, the dangers of forces beyond the ordinary person's control, the inherent evil in mankind, and also the possibility of good and the strength of the human spirit should read this book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lex Allen on April 16, 2012
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I'm a believer in using fiction as a media method to reveal long held secrets and conspiracies that throughout human history, those in power have hidden in order to stay in power and further their particular ideology or agenda.

The testing throughout Operation Plumbob was unconscionable, inhumane and, twelve years after the lessons learned at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, completely unnecessary.

"Hood" is a story about the human tragedies that resulted from this, and other, nuclear tests. The American government, disregarding the health and welfare of her people, to increase world power, is not new and continues to this day. This story, however, is special.

It's a fabulous love story, told from the heart (perhaps from a relative of one personally involved). It is also a horror story without a happy end - the monster lives on. It's the story of a man whose strong morals and sense of justice stood up against the might of government officials. It's the story of his ultimate defeat in that rebellion; while also his ultimate victory through love.

This book made me cry and I don't cry easily. It made me madder than hell, too; something that comes equally slow to me. It's an emotional roller coaster that you won't be able to put down.

Kudo's, Mr. Holcomb. You've told a story that needed telling, in a way that made me want to hear it. Thank you.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Beesch on November 22, 2011
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As the world of the post WWII era moves farther and farther from the collective memory of the country and the post 9/11/01 world convulses it's wonderful to have an author come along and tell such a wonderfully visceral story set early in the atomic era.

So well and revealingly written it addresses, at least the way I see it, what society does and does not value and how horrific, and hidden, the price of non conformance can be.

Hood will draw you in. . . and shock and sadden you, but it's a journey well worth it. I think you'll ask yourself what is the nature of the bond with your fellow citizens, of your country and the world. Some might look at the setting as fiction, but in those early days of the atomic era did the government use people as pave stones to greater knowledge about the effects of atomic weaponry in the name of national safety.

A great, if not more shocking, companion to 'Stallion's Gate' by Martn Cruz Smith
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Beast of Revelation on October 24, 2011
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This novel is nothing but amateurish, immature, contrived drivel. Disregard what the other reviewers, who are probably friends of the author, say; this book is more poorly written than any novel that I have ever read. It reads as though it were written by an adolescent. It honestly seems to have been written by a teenager, and NOT one who gets A's in English class.

Furthermore, it is more melodramatic and paranoid than an Ayn Rand novel, completely demonizing the U.S. government and the military. It appears to be a long psychotic episode, a paranoid fantasy about a "big government" conspiracy against the American people. It purports to be based on fact, but the events in this novel do not even remotely resemble the actual facts about atomic testing.

Schizophrenics with a fear of authority figures would love this novel. Sane people would not.

Do not waste your money and your time. There is much great literature which you can read instead.
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