- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Quad City Press (March 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982444818
- ISBN-13: 978-0982444818
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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Review of Red is for Rage
Connie Corcoran Wilson
"Red is for Rage" is the second book in Ms. Wilson's "The Color of Evil" series (I also reviewed the first), and I certainly hope that there will be a third entry, because the author hooks us at the end with a cliffhanger, which left this reviewer hungering for more: answers, characters, continuation of the several plots and subplots. As always, Ms. Wilson juggles a large cast of characters, develops each, and keeps plots going on all the burners. If you're looking for action, it's here; suspense, it's here; mystery, romance, adventure, thrills--"Red is for Rage" has them all. Yes, there is graphic violence, so I rate it 18+. Author Wilson also approaches some very painful and tragic real life issues, deals with them smoothly and empathetically; but the fact is, these situations exist, in reality and in this book. They're not pretty and they are tragic, in process and afterward. Some of the consequences are worked out throughout this story. But Ms. Wilson doesn't leave us bereft: there is also hope in this novel, hope for a better present and an improved future, for several of the characters we've come to know so well.
Red is for Rage is the second installment of the series by Connie Corcoran Wilson. She takes us further into Tad's story, as he tries to harness his special ability to save his friends. The characters are flawed, and interesting like real people are, and as their stories progress you come to see them as people who are after all only human and exhibit the spectrum of human traits. Connie creates mystery and suspense as you wait to find who wont survive until the end.
5 fangs because i think anyone who enjoys Stephen King style books would enjoy this authors works.
Even the obvious reduction of homosexuality or gayness to perversion and pedophilia that should lead to a strong straight heterosexual rage is not exploited. I consider that the reduction of gayness to this caricature is regrettable but it is not used as it could and should be used, the starting spark of a bigot fire against both the pedophiles and their victims who have been soiled by the pedophiles in this bigot approach of what should have then led to a debate about it and should have required an important effort to confront this bigotry and expose it. The author evades this responsible approach and not to appear as part of the bigotry that is not ‘exploited she erases it and she even glorifies with a master funeral the sickening principal Dr. Peter Puck, PPP in short, or PDPPP if you prefer instead of exposing his unbearable attitude, exploitation of the weakness of some of the teenage students of his high school to satisfy his lurid lust in his school office. Just as if no one knew after something like fifteen or twenty years of regular abuse. Follow my eyes and think of Weinstein. Sooner or later that kind of despicable harassment or exploitation always comes to the surface. And it is a shame because then the real debate could have been brought to the forefront.
When we think of the re-emergence in the USA of all sorts of bigot movements and ideologies do brightly staged in Charlottesville, it is a little bit unfair to have such a beautiful situation that could have been exploited. Maybe in 2013, it was too early to see that resurgence. But the new publication in 2017 should have questioned the intention of the author, the author, should have questioned her intention and probably upgraded the novel, or simply dropped the idea of a simple reprinting to get a full rewriting of the story.
That makes Stevie’s father, Earl Scranton appear as a killing monster in a way, one victim of the rage to kill on simple motivations that are completely wrong. His sole intention is to avenge his son, without his being told about it and without his consent, by killing the pedophiles who abused him. In other words, he is reduced to a deranged bigot behavior and action and shown as such. In other words, there is no real debate about the relation between the father and the son, between the mother and the son, between the father and the mother. It is plainly described as horrible and unacceptable. The father is reproached with his working too many hours and neglecting his family. And there is a daughter in that family who is mostly marginalized. Stevie’s case is not explored as much as it should have been. It is too easy to say the son is bizarre, did not have the normal growth of a child and then teenager because of his skull defect, because of his father’s distance, because of his mother’s excessive presence, because of all sorts of clichés that should be pushed aside.
That leads the story to some twists in logical and even believable reactions and events. The banalization of teenage pregnancies (among white girls, mind you because blacks and other minorities are absent from the story, mostly and only alluded to as marginal and as such marginally represented as Latino legal or illegal immigrants rejected far away in a distant ghetto in the first volume of the trilogy, this banalization is avoiding again any discussion about why such teenage pregnancies are so present in the USA and mind you in the upper or upper middle class. The death of the just married pregnant girl by an accident, in the end, is like some punishment from some puritan and bigot God. On the other hand, Stevie’s volunteering to cover up the baby of Jeremy Gustafson is incomprehensible, a sort of miracle for a Catholic girl in a Catholic family.
But I just used the word family and it is essential.
The book reconstructs the destroyed family of Andrea Sangiovanni with a short liaison with Abraham Eisenstadt after his wife Sarah has shot dead their two daughters, Zoe and Rachel, and this is brought down to a fatal and lethal end by some heart attach supposedly called a window maker. And that is no window bringing no light. Are those two people punished once again by a fearful and angry God, from the Old Testament probably. The fact that Andrea Sangiovanni calls Charles Chandler to help her out of this silly situation is even fuller with irony, sarcasm and maybe cruelty than you may think. Andrea Sangiovanni’s second husband, Greg Tuttle, was kidnapped by Jeremy Gustafson. This Greg Tuttle had had a liaison with Charles Chandler’s wife, Cassie, who was killed by Jeremy Gustafson, both deposited in some distant cabin, Cassie Chandler buried in a shallow grave and Greg Tuttle abandoned there trussed up like a pig. And then arrived Pogo the clown who cut up this Greg Tuttle into small pieces, thus saving the skin of the infamous Jeremy. Is Andrea thus punished again by becoming dependent on Charles Chandler the husband of her marital competitor? Or is it a promise of a reconstructed family, especially after Tad saved Jenny Sangiovanni from being killed, rescued her from the disaster with Jeremy she had to run away from in the first volume. Is it the announcement of another reconstruction of another couple of two friends turning into a straight marriage?
On the other hand, the Scranton family is completely deconstructed into shattereens though the newly composed Stevie Scranton and Janice Kramer couple is promising a reconstruction from the ashes of the Phoenix. But how can a boy who has been abused by the principal of his school and some of the boys in his classes and then kidnapped by a pedophile, actually an acquaintance of the aforesaid principal, and abused day after day for nine months, how can he suddenly come up clean and positive, save the honor of an early teenage pregnant girl, fall in love with her who falls in love with him though she has been open to many and had never fallen in love at all, to the point of moving to some kind of marriage announced for the next volume? How is that possible? How is Stevie able to forget, erase and annihilate all the negative physical exploitation he has been the victim of for many years? And actually how did he survive for so many years in that situation if there is no positive side in the experience, even if that positive side is crooked, perverse, unethical, etc.? Stevie’s necessarily divided personality is not explored as such and is only overflown by some kind of drone that can only get pictures in black and white, in spite of the colors of the auras seen, by Tad. Maybe here it is only red and white, or red and black. Red for rage, white for purity (like the dress of pregnant Melody Harris on her wedding day) with a lot of double-entendre and hypocrisy. Or is it Red for rage and black for early death since those are the colors of the last shirt of Earl Scranton just before he killed three people out of rage and is provided with an early death by some female mind you police sniper?
Pogo the clown had been pushed aside before the end to keep him in store for the third volume dedicated to his color of grey-green or khaki, for killer.
An interesting story but that does not tackle – like in American football or rugby – the crucial questions that are haunting our society and since Charlottesville are disrupting all ethical and logical, human and humane functioning, all covered under the name of white supremacy.
Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU