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This novella is the prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy and lives up to the noir feel of those books. It’s a story for the current fans in many ways, and so gives a sense of what happened to bring about the world we find in the rest of the series. At the same time, with an open mind to the bigger picture, I think this is a good introduction to the series as well in that it provides interesting characters making hard decisions at the worst of times.
This story is both heroic and tragic in the way the transition between a corrupt government and a new one usually is. The Alcatraz Coup isn’t about the beginning when Benjamin Kerr created Bridges as an idyllic utopia but rather 300 years later when ideals are tarnished and a greedy heir apparent takes things into his own hands.
There is a price to pay for freedom, but rarely do regular people expect to pay that price. A school teacher’s concern for his students leads him step by step to a path where he must decide whether his own comfort is worth more than what letting the new king have his way will cost.
There are other ordinary folks involved in this coup, a recently widowed mother of one of the students, the single father of two who happens to be the head of the king’s guard, and a runner for the local gang among others. The main players are not special. They are people who care for more than their own selves and are more terrified of what they see the new regime becoming than what it will take to prevent this.
As a fan of the series, it is neat to see how things came together, the transition to control by the families 100 years later, and the origins of some very familiar names, but the tale itself is strong enough to stand on its own, with gut punch moments and twists that keep the story rolling. You do get to see the roots for some of the feuds between families later in the series, and it’s almost painful to know how they came into being.
I enjoyed learning how Bridges became the world as I know it for all the process saddened me. The hows and whys are both true to the culture and to human history while the characters, especially Xavier Alcatraz and Acevedo Spadros were well written. There are sweet spots, endearing interactions, and horrifying events throughout. The story never lets you rest easy in how things are going to come round, nor does it provide a simple answer to what is a very delicate proposition of getting people largely concerned for their own welfare to help. And all this while the king is becoming not just a tyrant, but one willing to slaughter hundreds just to have a scapegoat for the changes he wants to take place.
A powerful tale with more than a few uncomfortable life lessons mixed in.
P.S. I received this title from the author in return for an honest review.
1500, King Benjamin Kerr built a dome in the center of what is known as the US.
The North American Federal Oversight Committee (Merca Federal Union) was formed.
The Market Center was considered the fortress.
Jack Alcatraz (17, son/brother) & Molly Bluff ask several questions.
Xavier Alcatraz (father, widower) was head of the Throne Guard for King Taylor Kerr.
King Kerr (father) & Prince Polansky Kerr (60+, son) were at odds with each other on every political & governmental interest for the community as a whole.
Acevedo took the homeless Molly & her mom Katherine Bluff (widow) into his household for the time being.
Alan Whist (King’s guard) had been killed & now Fritz Zepik (King’s guard) lay dead.
Ocho Malize (King’s patrol guard) was unconscious & Arthur Cassino (King’s guard supervisor) was dead also.
Xavier went to investigate.
King Kerr had also met his doom.
Prince Polansky Kerr would now become the reigning King.
What did Helena Deschapelles (Cathedral dealers/keeper’s director) receive from Pianola Seed (Dealers intelligence)?
What were Xavier, Acevedo, Uncle Vincenzo “Vinny” Spadros (mobster) drinking beer & meeting about?
It was time for the festivities at the Yuletide Center.
Will King Polansky Kerr reign forever?
Would Xavier fall in love? & what about Acevedo?
Warning: This book contains graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written Dystopian, Apocalyptic book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Dystopian/Apocalyptic movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Red Dog Press LLC.: Smashwords; Author; PDF book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
With great heroism and a horrifying loss Xavier Alcatraz, head of the guard at the palace, decides he simply cannot act on the new King's orders and slaughter women, children, the elderly and infirm and anyone on the other side of the fence. Realizing also the King will simply not stop there, he has to be stopped!! He is thankfully also found an ally willing to collaborate in a former history teacher, Acevedo Spadros.
I loved so many of the main characters and found myself surprised at times at the seemingly black and white or good or bad in which we may think of mobsters or gang members. That was challenged by some of the least expected characters who were willing to lay their lives on the line for the good of the people and to stop the slaughter of so many innocents!
I have been given a copy of The Alcatraz Coup by Patricia Loofbourrow to read and give an honest review
An excellent read and definitely five stars!
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Amazing look into the Red Dog Conspiracy series
and the history of the Families.
highly recommend reading
The characters well crafted and well moved at consecuence of the scene and plot.Read more