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Delivering Virtue Paperback – November 7, 2015
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"Threads of satire are skillfully woven into a tapestry of humor and pathos, magical realism, and historical fact, along with swashbuckling adventure, depraved violence, and moments of heartrending tenderness." 5 stars - Foreword Clarion Reviews
"This provocative, wholly satisfying novel is a Western adventure told in the language of magic realism... Author Brian Kindall delivers it all with crisp dialogue,well-developed characters and a steady, relentless pace." - Blue InkReviews Starred Review
"A remarkable and sui generis historical novel." - Editors Choice at Historical Novel Society. Awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence!
"Delivering Virtue by Brian Kindall is a different kind of western story. Didier Rain, a dissolute poet is hired by an offshoot Mormonsect to deliver a bride to their Prophet Nehi in his isolated compound in northern Utah.... From Rain's departure the story takes many quite unexpected turns, with aspects of mysticism, fantasy, and strange glimpses into the future thrown into a hard-boiled western story of a not-so-good man's journey of self-discovery.... The narrator has a notably extensive vocabulary and elegance of prose suitable for the poetic aspirations of the character... All up, it's a great story, and it has a strange, but somehow satisfying ending that I won't spoil by revealing. 5 stars." Awesome Indies, awesome indies.net
"The story of Rain's journey with Virtue is well-paced,moving quickly without feeling rushed. The narration is beautiful, which is rare for such an irreverent book, but that only made it more wonderful to read....Delivering Virtue is a very enjoyable book. If you find yourself grinning even half as often as I did,you'll agree that it's a remarkable piece of fiction."- San Fransisco Book Review A Foreword Reviews' 2015
Indie Fab Book of the Year Award Finalist! Editor's Choice at The Historical Novel Society!
"Author Kindall has a magical way with words. His prose has a visionary quality; he truly shows while he tells this story. His use of dialogue is funny, thoughtful, bawdy and entirely entertaining. Every single character in Delivering Virtue is necessary and intriguing who move the story forward and the book closes with a fully-satisfying denouement. ... He’s immensely talented and I hope for more great work from him. He’s definitely a writer to watch out for." - Bookish Jen, thebookselfblog.wordpress.com
From the Back Cover
It's 1854 and Didier Rain doesn't want to be a rogue. He prefers to think of himself as a gentleman poet. And yet every time Rain finds himself in questionable circumstances, some animal instinct leads him into wrongful behavior. Maybe it's his Oedipal upbringing that's to blame. Or maybe he's just never found a good moral example that hasn't let him down. But now Rain has to put away all of his failings because The Church of the Restructured Truth has hired him to fulfill a prophecy - Didier Rain is to venture into the American Wilderness and deliver a bride into the waiting arms of the Prophet Nehi. It won't be easy, what with all the hooligans, natural phenomena, and carnal temptations between here and there. Not to mention that Virtue - the would-be bride - is at present no more than a babe. But maybe the invisible gods will lend Rain a hand in the endeavor. Maybe Virtue is as much of an angel as she appears. And maybe, by epic journey's end, Didier Rain will overcome the odds, experience a miracle, and find a way to secure his own dubious salvation.
At once ribald, irreverent, and charming, Delivering Virtue features one of the most despicable and endearing characters ever to gallivant through the pages of American Literature. Join Didier Rain on his escapades as he navigates that precarious line between the sacred and the profane, all the while protecting Virtue from the legions of evil that would seek to do her harm.
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Rain is a despicable, lovable rogue. He is philosopher, poet, thief, debaucher and low-life who, even in the depths of debauchery, retains a self-awareness that seems pure compared to the prophet Nehi and his followers who have commissioned him to deliver an infant bride to their compound. At his most humiliated, Rain has empathy for his tormentors, an ability to turn the other cheek that seems above the call of duty. He is a complicated character, and the reader feels sympathy for him despite his many failures
Brian Kindall has the ability to both amuse and appall in this hilarious, heartbreaking and irreverent novel – a rare talent that is most appreciated by this reader.
In Delivering Virtue, his first full-length adult novel, Brian Kindall whisks his readers along on a magic carpet ride of surreal darkness and light as Rain encounters a collection of characters some of whom steal his heart, others who prefer to steal his clothes and his manhood. Kindall uses words like magic wands, turning them inside out in beautifully unexpected ways. He paints a dark canvass with clouds of laugh-out-loud humor and tender humanity.
"Now I was used to the state of stupor; I had visited there many times before. And as a curious fellow, I have always been intrigued that something so basic could come with so much variety. I had known drunken stupor – feverish stupor – weary stupor – falling-off-your-horse-into-the-mud stupor – the stupor of sensual arousal – as well as a pocketful of other stupors, all more or less similar in their sensation and general wooziness. But never had I been stupefied by way of the butt of a Hawken. It was largely unpleasant, causing a sensational agony in my cranial nut, and yet it did open a certain window that I might not otherwise have noticed. I peered through said window, and stepped into a scene that was bucolic and most inviting."
This novel could never survive on only the twists and turns of the plot, clever as they are. But in tandem with an out-of-this-world cast of characters and vivid imagery stuffed with symbolism and sarcasm, the substantial forces come together in a terrific gale of a novel. This is grown-up fantasy fiction, steeped in biblical overtones of right and wrong, innocence and depravity, and ever-hopeful desire to see the bumbling hero fulfill, if not the mission he takes on, the mission that takes him on.