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Red Scare [Kindle Edition]

T. R. Pearson
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Book Description

From the acclaimed author of A SHORT HISTORY OF A SMALL PLACE and SEAWORTHY comes a wholesale departure -- a comic/horror/romance/fantasy infested with both unsavory American politicians and venomous Venetian lizards. Awash in Pearson’s singular wit, Red Scare tells the headlong story of a public school biology teacher and a National Gallery curator who join forces to thwart the dire consequences of a medieval Italian curse. This novel, though slender, is packed to overflowing with priapic senators, clueless teenagers, dubious art history, clumsy quasi-romantic repartee, garish worldwide bloodletting, corrosive humor, and enough malicious scuttling reptiles to keep you from ever planting your bare feet on a darkened floor again.

Editorial Reviews


One of the modern South's shrewdest satirists  --The New York Times

If Walker Percy had grown up on the writing of Charles Dickens, he might write something like T.R. Pearson 
--The Denver Post

The world T.R. Pearson is constructing just gets larger and larger.  The pleasures of entering it are irresistible 
--The Washington Post

T. R. Pearson is one of the few truly odd and original voices in American fiction --Esquire

About the Author

T. R. Pearson is the author of 14 novels and 4 works of non fiction.  He lives and writes in Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Barking Mad Press (March 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S2U4CA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Start elsewhere September 13, 2009
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T.R. Pearson is a special kind of writer whose books you pass along to other people as a sacred trust. I've lost two copies of "Blue Ridge" that way. However, this is not the book you want to start with. Start with "A Short History of a Small Place" and "Glad News of the Natural World". Then you can read any number of things, but do read "Blue Ridge", an example of how you can say a lot of interesting things both funny and sad within the boundaries of genre fiction. If you still want to read more, you will enjoy this horror/romance, which is gracefully written but slight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN June 8, 2009
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Unlike anything Pearson has written before, RED SCARE is TR's version of a mystery wrapped in a (mock) horror thriller. The fact that Pearson is not on the bestseller lists is a source of amazement to me. Everybody who reads books should read this and everything else Pearson has written. No one alive writes better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a different side of pearson November 12, 2008
You may be familiar with the work of T.R. Pearson, but you've never seen this side of his humor. Dark, deeply funny, a little bit sexy, and sweetly romantic, Red Scare is a delightful departure from a writer at the top of his game who just wants to have fun. Try it! You won't be sorry.
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First, the good news. The story is quirky and fun; the writing is polished to a glow.

Now, the bad news. I bought the Kindle version of the book. The formatting was atrocious. Most paragraphs are not indented at all. Some paragraphs *are* indented, only not at the beginning of the paragraph, but somewhere randomly in the middle. Is that what you should expect when you pay 99 cents for a book? I'd gladly pay more for a book that is well-formatted. Please, Barking Mad Press, do something about the quality of your output!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ten by ten curse vindicated June 15, 2014
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Lovers of La Serenissima will be delighted with this
rollicking tale of historic jealousy that results into contemporary mayhem. Scarlet skinks, rapacious U.S. senators, and bloody scalpers. From Venice to Washington, D.C. How's that for a plot line? I think readers who enjoy mystical adventures will be surprised at the twists in Red Scare.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Stinky Skink of a Story February 20, 2014
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I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that of the 13 novels that T. R. Pearson has published (under his own name), I have now read 11 and have thoroughly enjoyed all but one of them. The bad news is that his 11th novel, Red Scare: A Novel of Venomous Intrigue (2008), is a disappointment.

No, Red Scare is not about the Russians, but about venomous, scarlet-colored Venetian lizards [Latin, scincus; Greek, skinkos] that are messengers of a six-hundred-year-old feud. These poisonous skinks are the messengers and instruments of a deadly vendetta reaching into our 21st century.

Doug Gunther, a public school biology teacher, and Beatrice Malloy, a National Gallery of Art curator, join forces to bring a halt to the blood and gore caused by this medieval Italian curse, a Renaissance version of the Hatfields and McCoys.

If the reader has any hope of enjoying this burlesque of a horror story, he or she needs to be fortified with a wholesale dose of the "willing suspension of disbelief" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge). This farce is so distressingly over the top and far-fetched that it would make even a Dan Brown blush with embarrassment.

Near the end of Red Scare, we find this paragraph: "Beatrice shrugs. 'There's some hokum about a princess of Murano. You know, some descendant of Falieri's bride who finds her true love. The usual rubbish.'"

Precisely! Hokum and rubbish. Don't waste your time on this one.
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