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Raise a Holler [Kindle Edition]

Jason Stuart
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"It's, more or less, The Hobbit re-imagined as a series of southern-fried crime misadventures. Hank Grady's far-flung higher-n-hobbit-height tall tales are the stuff of legend."
--Jedidiah Ayres, Editor of NOIR @ THE BAR and DICKED, AN ANTHOLOGY.

"An amazingly fun page-turner."
--Heath Lowrance, Author of THE BASTARD HAND and DIG TEN GRAVES

--David James Keaton, Editor of FLYWHEEL MAGAZINE and Author of ZEE BEE & BEE.

"Raise a Holler is furious and carnal, a rampage of country madness and vigor. Imagine a resurrected Sherwood Anderson tearing through Mississippi, drinking PBRs with Harry Crews, gravel flinging from their mudflaps. Here is a cataclysm of spectacle and fate told in hard jabbing language. Stuart is a literary man on the loose."
--Charles Dodd White, author of LAMBS OF MEN and SINNERS OF SANCTION COUNTY

It’s summer, 1967, and 16 year old Hank Grady could do with a lot less of his daddy’s whippings and his daddy’s Jesus, so when a one-eyed traveling rocket salesman tells him and his friend Billy of a lost stash of bootleg whisky leftover from the old days, they’re off and running. But, a gaggle of fat hags, an angry militia, and a full host of other strange obstacles will impede their mission at every turn. Nonetheless, Hank Grady, the future outlaw of Culloden County, Mississippi, is determined to get to the whisky that will make him a legend.

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About the Author

Jason Stuart grew up eating squirrel meat and moon pies. He once jumped over a rattlesnake while winning a foot-race against a giant. He picked peas, potatoes and corn by the bushel every morning most of the summers of his young life and spent the rest of the afternoon shucking and shelling. He loaded chemical fertilizer for a while until his foot turned yellow and he quit. He’s driven a truck, washed dishes, tended bar, cleaned up bars, poured concrete, built houses, run a movie house, served process, worked cattle, and, at times, lived in his truck. He once had to arbitrate a gunfight regarding ownership of a chainsaw during the aftermath of a hurricane. He now rides a motorcycle and roots for the Gators. Find him online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615633234
  • Publisher: Crimedog Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGYDW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Debut May 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this because I have seen a few of Mr. Stuart's short stories published here and there, and I was not disappointed. There are several things I love about his writing, but foremost among these would be that he appreciates the way a story is told. Stuart's narrators are not disinterested, boring, or godlike; he writes in the classic American Tall-Tale vernacular, inhabiting the believable with the fantastic in a way that is thoroughly entertaining, but still filled with artistry and heart. The first chapter, "Wounded Knee," all but announces this with the character of Austin Grantham, who opens the book with a story about being abducted by aliens, commandeering their ship, and taking it on a run from the government. It's laugh out loud funny, intentionally ridiculous, but the point Stuart is making is that the story itself doesn't matter as much as how, why, and to whom it is told. Here, Austin is telling the story to the narrator, a young man who admires and cares for him.

The remainder of the book follows this pattern, as Stuart fills his pages with quirks, eccentricity, and one hell of a lot of lovely prose. In his first novel (don't be fooled by the pretense that these are short stories), Stuart tells the story and legend of character Hank Grady (imagine a cross between Burt Reynolds's Bandit, Tom Sawyer, and Robin Hood) from the standpoint of the entire community of Liberty. In doing so, he creates a single narrative that is a study in how local myth rises out of the consciousness of all who hear and retell stories, news, and gossip. And one of the real magic tricks Stuart performs in "Raise A Holler" is that he spends half the book showing the reader how his imaginary community views their outlaw hero Hank, and then upends all of our expectations and preconceptions about hank when he finally arrives on the page.

This book is a real treat, and bodes well for an upcoming young writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headed Up A Holler...To Hell. July 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wild man Hank Grady in Raise A Holler (or The Ballad Of Them Boys And The Bomb) is a barn burner. And if anyone's ever seen the first five minutes of The Long Hot Summer, you'll know how I'm using that term. Here's a man who drives so fast, the cops needs helicopters to give him a ticket. I loved the voice of this book. Reminded me a bit of Chuck Kinder's voice in Last Mountain Dancer. But there isn't just one voice to contend with. Sort of like the Spoon River Anthology, between each chapter are these colorful interludes where locals reminisce about the events depicted, which gives the whole thing a ring of authenticity, something that may have been sacrificed by the increasingly strange cast of characters. And just like any other disreputable outlaw heir to Huck Finn, this sucker comes with a map! Apparently included in case you want to go try to lay a flower on the graves of these maniacs. So, yeah, it was exactly what I wanted for a summer read. A cross between Repo Man and The Wild And Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. Trust me. My science is sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastically Bizarre and Funny Story July 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not understanding some of the low ratings this book received. I blame it on a good New England upbringing that protected their poor souls from the gritty realism of life below the Mason-Dixon Line. Maybe it's because some people are complete jerks, I don't know, but I'm a deep south guy myself, so many of the characters in the story seem like people I've met at some time or another. Yes, most of this book is laugh out loud funny, but at the same time it struck a personal chord me having been raised in a house ruled by an abusive religious fanatic. But this isn't my story, it's the story of Hank Grady and his factotum buddy Billy and their adventures as they set off to try and find a hidden stash of bootleg booze. Their trip is interrupted multiple by by a host of bizarre characters and even more bizarre situations. This is a quick, fun read, and I found myself totally satisfied with the story from start to finish. I'm looking forward to more from Mr. Stuart.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep fried adventure October 13, 2011
Raise a Holler for a story about a small town folk hero Hank Grady and a very interesting cast of acquaintances he runs into along the way. Stuart managed to nail this one like a catfish to a skinning post. The debut work explodes with creativity from tone to plot. It is a beautiful example of southern fried fiction that is never too over done the way a lot of stories with a southern theme tend to be. Stuart honed in on the perfect voice to pen this story. It seemed as natural as that familiar little creak of a cork being pulled from a fine bottle of bourbon.

He has seemingly channeled inspirations from Homers Odessey, Tom Sawyer, and The Dukes of Hazzard to combine into an epic of his own making. He developed and presented his characters and story superbly. This book is as fun and familiar as it gets, for me anyway after having grown up in a place very much like Culloden. I found myself turning the pages of this one with a grin as Hank Gradys adventure unfolded before my eyes. I think anyone could enjoy this read as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it July 2, 2014
By Panche
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book. I had heard it was a re-imagining of The Hobbit. Really great idea. Reminded me of the movie, O Brother Where Art Thou. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! July 5, 2014
I tried this book on a whim. I saw it listed on the Art of Manliness though I wouldn't say it is all that "manly". There's a lot of cross-dressing in it. The main character, Hank, seems oddly obsessed with his pants and ends up wearing a pair of women's jeans for most of the book, which he guards as a kind of sacred treasure.

Honestly, I loved all the weirdness of this book. At times, it felt a little hokey, but that's all part of its charm. I dug the hot rod aspect of it. Very Dukes of Hazard feeling during parts. The tiger and the nuclear bomb were the most unbelievable but what really sells the book in the end are these weird sort of interviews with local people between chapters. Those felt so real I wondered if they really were actual people but I googled it and this is not even a real place. It turns out the nuclear bomb part was true though. Amazing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
It's a total page-turner. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every single scene. Totally unique and addictive, I enjoyed a lot. Especially loved the trolls, it's amazing.
Published 7 months ago by Necinov
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
Overall underwhelming. I had heard that this was a re imagination of The Hobbit, but it was loosely that at best.
Published 13 months ago by ahpchagi
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more than I expected!
When I began to read this book I had no idea the stories and fun the pages would take me through! Hank and Billy's story is captivating, and I yearn to read more about their story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Raise a Glass to Raise a Holler
Raise a Holler is the perfect addition to your summer reading list. Grab a tall, cold glass of sweet tea (or some sippin' whiskey as the boys would have it) and join in the fun as... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cal W>
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tall Tale
The tall-tale has roared back to life with Jason Stuart's novel, Raise a Holler. I was sucked into the hell-raising, gut busting world of Hank Grady from page one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carolynde1515
1.0 out of 5 stars If You Liked Porkey's...
If you liked the movie "Porky's" you might enjoy this book. I rarely rate a book this low - this is the exception. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hal B
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising a toast to Raise a Holler!
Raise a Holler is the essential southern colloquial tale for the new century--fast paced, glib, humorous, and downright gritty without being seedy, this piece brings to the floor... Read more
Published on December 22, 2012 by Ed Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars If a Dukes of Hazard novel were co-written by Tolkien and Elmore... would come out something like this. A page-turning read that comes across as very honestly written. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchic Redneck Ride
This mad-cap romp through the backwoods of Colleden County is an amazingly fun page-turner. Redneck teens Hank and Billy, on a half-ass quest to find a cache of hidden bootleg... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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