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Slow Coming Dark: A Novel of the Age of Clinton
Slow Coming Dark: A Novel of the Age of Clinton
by H. A. Covington
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Glimpse Into the Present, January 22, 2001
I reviewed H. A. Covington's novel "Fire and Rain" quite favorably, as a book that gave me a great deal of personal pleasure. "Slow Coming Dark" is different. I will probably be accused of hyperbole, but it is my genuine belief that the time will come when "Slow Coming Dark" is recognized as an American classic, a thunderous and historic indictment of an entire epoch comparable to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "The Grapes of Wrath".
The frightening thing about "Slow Coming Dark" is that it is so POSSIBLE. There is not one single episode in this book which we may not yet discover actually did take place in some similar form during the past eight years, when the White House has been occupied by the most manifestly morally unfit man ever to sit in the Oval Office.
It is a book about desperate resistance to a tyranny which has become so intolerable that even the line between gangster and lawman becomes blurred in a ferocious attempt to thwart the will of a tyrant, made by angry men who each for their own reason have decided that the time has come to stand. This is very much a novel of black and white, of right and wrong, and I for one think we need to return at least some part of the way to such concepts. In "Fire and Rain", Matt Redmond was a fascinating and sympathetic protagonist: in "Slow Coming Dark" he is a hero. The plot moves like a river of fire and the action thrills. Don't start this book on a work nightm, folks, because you'll call in sick the next day to finish it. That's two days of work Mr. Covington has made me miss.

Fire And Rain
Fire And Rain
by H. A. Covington
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This One You Can't Put Down, January 22, 2001
This review is from: Fire And Rain (Paperback)
You would think that a novel mixing elements of the supernatural and "action" would have serious identity problems from the start, but H. A. Covington has succeeded in melding the two into a fascinating and fast paced novel of the kind that one starts reading in bed at night and ends up calling in sick to work the next day in order to finish.
Covington is a master story teller and he has that indispensable ability to make the reader BE THERE. This talent is increasingly rare among modern writers and I am very pleasantly surprised indeed to observe that it has not disappeared from modern American fiction.
The story is especially gripping to those of us who are of the Vietnam generation, as I would assume is Covington from his ease and comfort with the era. Covington speaks for many of us, for whom that whole sordid mess left a very bad taste which has not yet left our mouths even thirty years after it wound down.
His hero, Matt Redmond, is a man with unfinished business from that time to attend do, and that is a sub rosa feeling shared by more Americans than the current politically correct order might care to admit. We all have some unfinished business from back then. When he turns back the clock to hunt down the killers of two young girls in Chapel Hill in 1970, he is in a sense hunting down the killers of a whole generation's pride and honor, and that is something a good many of us would like to see come about. There is a debt yet unpaid from the Sixties, and if it cannot be paid in reality, it is wonderful for someone my age to enter fleetingly into an imaginary world where the good guys win one at long last.
Mr. Covington, thank you. Reading "Fire and Rain" was an experience and it gave me a lift where I could best use one.

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