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...a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. -- Robert Price, Columnist, Bakersfield Californian

...pushes into darker areas of our community's psyche, writing about the political and social storms... of our past.. -- Gary Enns, professor of Creative Writing, Cerro Coso Community College

…a real humdinger! -- Greg Goodsell, KERN 1410AM

About the Author

NICHOLAS BELARDES is a Latino writer, teacher, and artist. He's author of A People's History Of The Peculiar, Songs Of The Glue Machines, Lords: Part One, illustrator of New York Times best selling novel West of Here, and wrote the first Twitter Lit, Small Places. His journalism has appeared on the homepage of CNN and he has contributed to Memoir Journal, Knock Literary Magazine, 826 Seattle's What to Read in the Rain, Mission at Tenth, The Nervous Breakdown, The Weeklings, Latino Rebels and more. He also works for Hectic Films. Get more info on nicholasbelardes.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Noveltown (October 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0977020908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977020904
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Flores on February 22, 2009
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Even though Joey is a fictional person this will still help my husband out so that his voice will be heard. My husband is Robert G Mistriel and the picture he could paint if someone would interview him would send chills down your spin. The way he and other boys were beaten and the fact that he knew that the Lords took a young boy from the house and until this day Robert believes they killed the young boy. I spend weekends and nights talkig to him and hearing his story and I have truly grown to love him with all my heart. He did not murder Ed Buck but he did have to pay for openning his mouth.

David Flores Mistriel
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In this piece of "realistic fiction", Nick Belardes writes about a murder in Bakersfield, CA. I grew up, and lived across the street from the murder depicted in the book. To say that his story raised a few questions, is an understatement. A few search words gives you the real names of the characters in the book. I'm not sure how much appeal this story has outside of Bakersfield, but most of the events are true, with names changed, I suppose to protect the families of the dead men. The story leaves off prior to the real ending of the events that occurred. One wonders if a second part will come about, or if the same forces depicted in the story have stopped any further writing.
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As I was reading this riveting tale of what enfolded in the heart of my hometown, and the dust storm the city we had I soon was immersed in my own tragic events. I had prayed for rain to help with the drought situation, but soon was inundated with flood waters of a different sort. My place and two others were flooded and now I am displaced till the workers repair the damage caused by the water. I found this book to be one that you couldn't get away from, I had to know what was going to happen next. And what Joey would do next, while going all over the city of Bakersfield. This is a definite must read novel, and maybe one day they will make a movie out of it.
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Author Nick Belardes captures the essential emotion of horror with his unapologetic look at the tragedy of stolen youth. The metaphorical depiction of the Great Dust Storm every Bakersfield native remembers is used effectively to correlate the Great Storm of child abuse in Kern County. Hits the heart of the matter without revealing major players. Unfortunately we all know who he's talking about.
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If even a fraction of what happens in lords part one were true, it boggles the mind that the good citizens of Bakersfield can carry on so obliviously. Are they people or ostriches with their heads firmly planted in the sand of the dry-as-dust Kern River? If Bakersfield were Penn State, they would keep the statue of Joe Paterno, but it would be looking the other way. This is a work of fiction, but it is obviously a roman à clef novel where the names were changed to protect the author from libel suits. The guilty don't need protection, because they are influential pillars of society who carry on with impunity.

Parts of this novel are told in the magical realism style, where Animal, American Indian, and Mineral Spirits rise up and reveal their terrible knowledge. Parts are kind of like a PBS travelogue program about the quaint locations and unique history of Kern County, and other parts are more like those police procedural TV shows screaming their stories are RIPPED FROM TODAY'S HEADLINES! Or they would have been the headlines if the person responsible for most of the alleged transgressions hadn't been the publisher of the town's newspaper.

It all makes for a very interesting novel from n.l. belardes
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I was born in Delano, raised in Bakersfield and currently live in L.A. and I have to say that this book surprised me in it's daring, gritty and degrees of uncensored reality when dealing with it's topics and challenging the American Apple pie culture of Bakersfield. As I read the story I could imagine seeing those people on the dusty streets of Downtown Bakersfield and feeling a little creeped out by the eeriness of high-level corruption and perversions. A great read by a great author.
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Once I picked up this novel, Lords, Part 1, by N.L. Belardes, I could not put it down. I read this dark, riveting tale on my plane ride home from Texas. I was so engrossed in the story, that when I stepped off the plane to retrieve my luggage, another passenger asked me about the novel. His comment was, "It looked pretty intense." It was intense. I enjoyed the suspense that kept me turning pages to find out what happens to the misguided, unfortunate youth, about whom the novel focuses. The imagery is wonderful and breathtaking. Belardes has bravely painted a picture of Bakersfield, CA, in a whole new light with his literary fiction. More, more, more, please.
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I was so impressed upon reading "Lords". It paints a honest picture of the Bakersfield I live in, but also couches a superb story in that town in the ways that make it more than a book about Bakersfield. In fact, this is not a Bakersfield book at all--it's a dark, frightening, and fully intriguing human story, and one that should be read by many. Highly recommended.
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