From the Description
In 1992, as Los Angeles begins to simmer in the heat of racial injustices, one dark man appears everywhere, spreading his message of race war. At the same time, Paul Souther, a homeless drunk, joins a strange group of outsiders. Some black and some white, they all carry the weight of broken lives and lost faith. They are all drawn to LA, for the arrival of a child, impossibly carried by Mary Prince, a sterile porn star.
Through back roads and freeways everyone is pulled into LA and Mary's side just as the baby is born. None of them have any idea that the city is a ticking bomb of anger. As riots explode, the mysterious man reveals himself to be an ancient, dark spirit using the rage of the people to stoke his own, literal, fires. He demands Mary’s child as sacrifice to keep the city, and perhaps the nation from burning. It falls to Paul, a faithless man, and a drunk with blood on his own hands, to make the impossible choice between the child and the city, and to save the people he has come to care about.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. To learn more about The Red Highway or Robert E. Dunn follow along with the blog tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi at Oh, for the Hook of a Book.
The Red Highway is a fast paced thrill ride into hell. Set during the L.A. race riots in 1992 Robert E. Dunn takes on three very controversial subjects race, faith, and the porn industry with an irreverent honesty that is brilliant. The well written descriptions and realistically flawed characters draw you into a world filled with menace, danger and ultimately hope. Most of the people you meet in these pages are outcasts and misfits with flaws and issues that make them easy to sympathize with and care about. I loved the relationships between the characters themselves and with The Black Man, a villain who is Evil with a capital E. The action moves along at a pace that will leave you breathlessly wondering what's around the next bend in the road for Paul, Mary, Ford and the rest. This was my first time reading Robert E. Dunn but it won't be my last! A electrifying 4.5 star read.
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Praise for The Red Highway
"The Red Highway is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve ever read! It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story." –2 Book Lovers Reviews
"A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away." –Hunter Shea, Author of Tortures of the Damned
About the Author
Robert E. Dunn was born an army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. He wrote his first book at age eleven, stealing, or novelizing, as he called it at the time, the storyline of a Jack Kirby comic book.
His college course of study, philosophy, religion, theatre, and film/TV communications, left him qualified only to be a televangelist. When that didn’t work out, he turned to them mostly, honest work of video production. Over several years he produced everything from documentaries, to training films and his favorite, travelogues. Still always writing for the joy of it he returned to writing horror and fantasy fiction for publication after the turn of the century. It seemed like a good time for change even if the changes were not always his choice.
He lives in Kansas City with three daughters, a young grandson, and an old dog. He tweets sometimes as @WritingDead but makes no promises how interesting those little posts will be.
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