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The Lies That Bind

(DarkHorse Trilogy #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen hungry slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau.

Paperback, First, 270 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by TouchPoint Press
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Peter Green
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new Civil War novel by Ed Protzel is fired by white-hot passions worthy of Margaret Mitchell's classic tale, Gone with the Wind.

Half-breed Seminole Durksen Hurst, a perpetual misfit and charlatan who must keep moving to avoid the victims of his schemes, tired of his game, returns to his roots among the Chickasaws who raised him near the Mississippi town of Turkle. As he approaches through the Chickasaw swamp he encounters a band of dispossessed black slaves whose master was murdered and promis
Missy Michaels
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lies that Bind is historical fiction which I rarely read. The novel opens with the interestingly named Dursken Hurst being chased and hiding in a bayou in Mississippi. This is the type of novel that gives you a lot of characters to keep track of but it's very well written. I like the writing because you are immediately curious about Dursken's mixed heritage, lack of parents and why a group of men want him dead. It has surprising twists and an unpredictable ending​. I love that in a book. Tha ...more
Ed Protzel
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My Southern Gothic thriller, The Lies That Bind (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1), began as a screenplay, which had been well-received by Hollywood and recognized by Missouri Playwrights Association. I was even offered an option contract on the script. However, nothing came of it, and I left the script alone for a time. But it haunted me; I thought it had so much meat, such deep themes, so many possibilities. So I decided to turn it into a novel. I worked on it on weekends, put it aside for periods of ...more
David Alan
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lies that Bind (DarkHorse Trilogy Book 1) by Ed Protzel is imaginative. It is innovative, it is rich and complex, it is character driven, it has a breadth of detail that many others do not have. This book is all about characters, it is all about what drives each of them, and is compelling. Once or twice, I almost got lost on a twist but figured it out and followed the curve precariously. It creates a universe unlike many others. It is gruesome, it is wonderful, it is unpleasant, it is though ...more
David Margolis
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A novel set in rural Mississippi just before the start of the Civil War. The protagonist, Durk Hurst, has a plan to acquire a large tract of land and build a plantation. He has no money and a checkered past. He encounters some slaves fleeing for their lives and persuades them to join them in his long-shot venture. He gets title to the land by winning a chess game from an Indian chief and starts to build his mansion, but he comes up against the dominant family in the area, a elderly woman and her ...more
Terry Mulligan
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Lies that Bind by Ed Protzel is set in a small back-country town called Turkel, Mississippi. It’s an entertaining and complexly plotted pre-Civil War novel about fairness and decency versus slavery and greed. Cotton, the South’s money crop, also plays a large role in the story. There is an illuminating scene in a cotton broker’s office that’s reminiscent of how big business, especially hedge fund bankers, work today.

Protagonist, Dursken Hurst, a drifter and idealist who wants to end slavery
Jeanie Loiacono
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A twisted tale of wanting things you cannot have. A charlatan who wants peace, no more running; slaves who want freedom, an old woman who wants to be in control of everyone and everything; a son who wants to be rid of her forever, yet wants a child to carry on the family name; the child’s mother, who had him torn from her grasp and is desperate to get him back; a young woman who is compelled by God to free the slaves, and…the Civil War is at their door. From the first sentence to the last, I was ...more
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More twists and turns than a dirt mountain road.
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Empty pistol has sealed more deals than all the numbers in my head, Hurst thought. We’re going to need every trick in my bag, and some I haven’t thought of yet. (Quote from The Lies That Bind, by Ed Protzel.)

The Lies That Binds by Ed Protzel depicts the dichotomy of the Deep South.

It is a story that shows  a period long forgotten but the book also shows the character of his protagonist, Hurst, trying make some sense of his existence.

Well-written, Protzel draws his readers into the Deep South, in
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I'm a reformed screenwriter-turned-novelist and the author of four published books, all with big themes and tangled plots. My Southern historical/drama/thriller, the DarkHorse Trilogy, centers on the friendship between an abolitionist schemer and a group of former slaves. Book 1, The Lies That Bind, is set in Mississippi during slavery. Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, takes place in 1863 Civil War M ...more

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