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  • Creed of Violence

    1 posts, 1 voices, 758 views, started Jul 20, 2010

    Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 by Sis Howell

    • Amethyst

      THE CREED OF VIOLENCE is a towering epic of Americana.  A novel that will become a seminal companion to the works of such as Cormac McCarthy and John Ford.  Ferocious in its telling, rich in time and place, exciting and emotionally moving, so much so Universal Studios bought the film rights for "the second highest price ever paid for an unpublished manuscript.  

         THE CREED OF VIOLENCE centers on an alienated father and son.  The father is a criminal and common assassin, the son an agent for the Bureau of Investigation (the original FBI).  Their destinies entwine when they must deliver a truckload of munitions to the oil fields of Mexico during the Revolution of 1910.  A Sergio Leone type epic of America set against a backdrop of revolution, violence and political corruption that draws parallels to our present war in Iraq    

       I will not detail the brilliant machinations or driving character impulses that ultimately brings these two men together at a dramatic moment in downtown El Paso.  I will only say that John Lourdes and Rawbone had been hunting this moment for many years.  And for both it will bring restitution, for both it will bring tragedy.  To both, it will bring destruction.  To both, it will bring redemption.

       I am not one of those who wants to cheat the reader out of his, or her, read, by a manifest discussion of surprising moments or subtle shifts in story and character.

      I will only tell you the journey through Mexico is a series of ever evolving set pieces and moments, dramas and confrontations that come from the well of stellar imaginings.

      The two protagonists are now confronted with a most formidable adversary and that adversary is beyond flesh and blood.  It is a monument of existence that abounds with wretchedness and lies, it is an insuperable force of relentless intent.

      It is in the last chapters, where the threads laid out on distant pages weave together and we see a war fought in 1910 is a war we are fighting now.  That the desert and oils fields of Mexico were the training ground for the desert and oil fields of the Middle East.  

      Rawbone and John Lourdes – these two men, not only as sincerely realized characters on the literary page, but as iconic symbols of the history of this country, discover that they have no place in the future as defined in the pages of THE CREED.  They are dangers, and for different reasons, and must be wrestled from the earth.

      And that, is the final drama of the book.  Where two men of opposing motives and morality must come together to defy the charge of history.  And that takes place in a scene I would only describe as a Fort McHenry of their own  making, - two men and a truck – in the middle of a blood red desert, with rocket flares and bursting fire, facing down the onslaught.  It is a moment of absolute grandeur and finality.


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