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The Devil and George Bailey [Kindle Edition]

Tom Horn
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.         The long-awaited sequel to the legendary film "It's a Wonderful Life," this story takes up where the movie left off, but veers quickly into dark, unfamiliar territory.
 
          Old George Bailey never did make it out of his little town of Bedford Falls; his one dying hope was that his children would take up the torch and explore the world as he'd always dreamed of doing ... but, sadly, none shared his dream.

          Ah, but this is a story about George Bailey Junior - the last and most unusual Bailey child. Conceived on the night of the miracle made famous by the film, George Jr. is a tiny child with a tiny voice and immeasurable memory. He is a true innocent of the world running purely on instinct, but his life's simple path is altered forever after his cruel older brother poisons his father (George Sr.), rapes his girlfriend, and frames the young George for the crimes. The boy must then find the courage and conviction first to leave town - unintentionally fulfilling his father's beaten dream - then the courage and self-worth to return and prove his innocence.
 
          In the process, the fugitive George uncovers grim and sinister secrets about his twisted brother, his girlfriend's past, and the innocent American town he left behind.

          This is a story about search and redemption. Spanning four decades and five continents, it is a tale of renewal, obsession, presage, ambition; of self-inflicted isolation and dwindling friendships in the 20th century: a century whose task is to rediscover its gods.

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  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Red Storm Entertainment, Inc.; 1 edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W7BLN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Treat December 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an exciting writer, and one I loved reading. His style is so smooth, that he makes it look easy. As a result, "The Devil and George Bailey" not only manages a unique and powerful message, it is also a joy to read. The plot is riveting, the characters are complex and realistic, and the descriptions fill your head with crystal-clear imagery, from the rabble and rubble of post-war Poland -- to a quiet death in the Hollywood Hills --all the way to the Melbourne Olympics and Parisian riots of 1968. The author Horn knows his way around a good many parts of the world, and he certainly knows his way around our quirky western culture and history. This knowledge makes his unusual story convincing while his writing skills make them come alive. The characters are exceptionally vivid -- all products from the mind of a master fully in command of his craft. The layer-upon-layer of characters and events unfolding simultaneously around the globe drive the plot like a well-tuned engine. Not only will you be unable to put the book down, you won't be able to read this book just once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saints and Sinners November 2, 2012
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Tom Horn's outrageous and astonishing debut novel is a brilliantly conceived epic unlike anything I've read. This is not your grandmother's bedtime story, but rather an engaging literary thriller, beautifully written, with a unique cast of saints and sinners, set against sumptuous backdrops that stretch across Europe and America.

There are two story lines: one, a continuation of the original film's cast of characters in the little town of Bedford Falls, with an important addition -- the protagonist George Bailey Jr. -- and many unexpected turns of the plot; and two, the story of another boy, an east European street rat and the story's anti-hero -- Czeslaw Wadaczny -- whom I did not find to be an immediately lovable character, but one that grew on me. By the end of the book, when one truly understands what George and Czeslaw are about, it becomes clear just how strong both the tale and the characters turn out to be. By then, all the nuances make sense, the meaning behind each chapter and player become clear, and you are left with the sensation that you've experienced a genuinely remarkable work of fiction. The Devil and George Bailey is a startling novel, an increasing rarity in the world of contemporary literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the movie! November 2, 2012
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This clever novel has "soon to be a major motion picture" written all over it. Simmering with suspense, humor and mystery, blood-pounding action, eye-welling drama, and a romantic saga of timeless love, the book delivers scene upon scene so vividly depicted, they're nothing short of cinematic.

Take the castle-prison on the Rhine, for instance, or the French vineyard at the height of a warm September harvest. Farther north, in Paris, we're presented with art vaults, bordellos, street riots, and a world of rat-men living in the metro just beneath the city. And that's just a sliver of the tableau in this remarkable fiction. A Roman knife-bar, Australian airfields, a Dutch luxury liner, Chinese kitchens, and the ghettos of Gdansk are all artfully blended with the porches and lawns of middle America and the seedy underbelly of cold-war Berlin.

More importantly than the backdrops, of course, are the characters who inhabit them. Beyond the names and faces you'll recognize from the original film "It's a Wonderful Life" -- albeit with some delightfully fresh story arcs -- you'll meet lecherous clergymen, war criminals, and ikon occultists. There's a boy who doesn't grow and a British ex-lord; a Japanese VP and an old Turkish chandler; an Olympic boxer, a Spanish witch, and a beautiful Slavic femme fatale with an unimaginable secret -- part, but not all, of a role-call that any actor would leap at. Indeed, "The Devil and George Bailey" is staggering in scope, content, and execution on a cinematic scale... and will "soon be coming soon to a theatre near you." I can't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Unique Experience July 27, 2013
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I'm not a huge movie buff, but It's a Wonderful Life is one of those classics that I've seen many times over the years and have always enjoyed. So I was curious to read this book - and when I finally sat down and started, I couldn't put it down. The preface establishes the narrator - who accidentally discovers that George Bailey (the hero from It's a Wonderful Life) really did exist. Not only did he exist, but the miracle in Bedford Falls as told in the movie really did happen. The first chapter picks up with the very last scene of the movie and this is when the story really takes off. The characters become more realistic than you ever experienced them in the movie, and much darker than you'd ever expect. Over the course of the book, "the miracle" starts to look more and more like a curse, and the characters - as they are fleshed out by the author - become darker and their world grittier. The first thing I liked about the book is the way the writer slowly reveals details about the characters and keeps you wanting more. Every time you think they can't go further - they do. Secondly, I simply love the idea of building new lives out of characters we already know. This really blew my mind - because I already have a certain character image - in this case James Stewart as George Bailey - built in my mind - and now the writer has taken control of him and is turning him into someone so real and different. He's been taken from classic hollywood fluff - to the mean streets of reality TV - and it's a shock to the senses. Overall I highly recommend this book - it's like nothing you've read before, and I think it could be the catalyst for a new genre.
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More About the Author

Tom Horn

An award-winning, 20-year veteran of entertainment, sports, news, documentary, and scripted film and television, Tom has written, directed, and produced, an eclectic array of stories, promos, and both episodic and long-format programming for network, cable, and theatrical release in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, working in a wide range of cultures and languages.
His international credentials include projects in the U.K, Pakistan, Chile, Rwanda, Honduras, China, Singapore, Monaco, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Malta, South Africa, Brazil, Egypt, Antigua, Morocco, Bahamas, Russia, South Korea, Argentina, Germany, Mali, Afghanistan, Spain, Australia, Italy, Thailand, Kenya, France, India, Mexico, Austria, and Japan. At the moment, Horn holds the position of Senior Creative Director at HSN, Inc., while concurrently running his own television production company. He makes his homes in Paris, France, and central Florida.

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