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The Alcatraz Coup

(Red Dog Conspiracy #0)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  18 reviews
How far would you go to save your city from a madman?

Fifteen hundred years after the Catastrophe, Inventor Benjamin Kerr built the domed neo-Edwardian city-state of Bridges in the center of the former U.S. Three hundred years later, Bridges is in trouble. King Taylor Kerr is elderly, the economy is struggling, and corruption is rampant.

Forty years ago, a fence was built ou
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 19th 2017 by Red Dog Press LLC
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Margaret Fisk
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

This novella is the prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy and lives up to the noir feel of those books. It’s a story for the current fans in many ways, and so gives a sense of what happened to bring about the world we find in the rest of the series. At the same time, with an open mind to the bigger picture, I think this is a good introduction to the series as well in that it provides interesting characters making hard decisions at the worst of times.

This st
Sophie Koufes
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable novel that follows two outstanding novels & fills in the gaps as we learn about the history of the The Kerr & The Spadros families.With a brilliant plot that is played out well by compelling character's. A steampunk novel that is a must read worth buying novel. I volunteerly reviewed an advanced reading copy of this book. ...more
Julian White
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prequel detailing the uprising leading to the city as it is in the Red Dog books. This was helpful in clearing up some of the murkier bits of Jacq of Spades - well worth reading, as is the series so far!
Hope Gerhardstein
Prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy books. Gives the history on the city of Bridges and informs you as to how the 4 ruling families came to power in their quadrant. Civil unrest leads to thugs and undesirables helping to overthrow the evil murderous King Kerr. A throne guard and a history teacher play important roles. Well written and entertaining.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
Really interesting story. Almost a little too fast paced, as it got kinda hard to keep up with who was doing what. Pretty timely in the politics which made my emotions a bit ragged, but worth the read I think. Solid book, will definitely read more from this author.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good introduction to a disturbing dystopian world and the people trying to change it. I read this in a series of waiting rooms over a couple of weeks and had no trouble following the story.
Tony Parsons
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Acevedo Spadros (HS history teacher) was giving the class a history lesson on Bridges (city-state).
1500, King Benjamin Kerr built a dome in the center of what is known as the US.
The North American Federal Oversight Committee (Merca Federal Union) was formed.
The Market Center was considered the fortress.

Jack Alcatraz (17, son/brother) & Molly Bluff ask several questions.
Xavier Alcatraz (father, widower) was head of the Throne Guard for King Taylor Kerr.
King Kerr (father) & Prince Polansky Ker
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Alcatraz Coup is my second read from author Patricia Loofbourrow, following The Jacq of Spades & Tony and Roy, backfilling a great deal of information about Loofbourrow’s Jacq of Spades world. An enjoyable, well-written, detailed book with memorable characters. Informative read, I'll be reading more from this author. ...more
Dawn W
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excellent back story to the beginning of the Red Dog Conspiracy. Highly recommend reading AFTER you have read The Jacq of Spades: Part 1 of the Red Dog Conspiracy first.

Reading this prequel just left me wanting more.
Lene Blackthorn
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I have read the book a while ago, I could still feel the aftermath of the story. It leaves great impression.
In a domed city, the King is old, his lead weak, and the people struggle with their lives. When the king is murdered by his son, a mad prince Polansky, nothing good might come from his rule. Meanwhile, Acevedo Spadros, a history teacher, takes his class out for a trip. Even his private life is changed by one of his students, Molly - or, better to say, by her mother Katherine. One
Daryl Ball
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I read the first book in The Red dog conspiracy series so I decided before I resume reading it, that I'll read the prequels.

Set 100 years before the main series, this was a fascinating bit of background, showing how the city came to be the way it was in terms of set up, organization, and the background on the various families that run it and their relationship to each other. There is absolutely no mistaking who the antagonist of this book is even if the majority of the sup
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
This is a story/book about change. A violent abrupt change brought on by the failures and overzealous nature of the present government. It is a story about assassinations, murder, political ambitions,gangs, murder, and love. The characters are well written and detailed, situations well thought out and planned, resolutions adequately resolved. The action, at some points, in the story is advancing at a very rapid pace and t
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't too excited to start a new series but I recognized The Bridges right away. I have been enjoying the few books of bridges and realized this was before the Bridges I knew. I was immediately engaged and followed closely the history. Ms. Loofbourrow writes well with a focus on the storyline and plot or plots. Characters engaging and intriguing as I was able to identify the ancestors of the Bridges Families. As this city rebels, saves, and destroys to stop an evil king, action adventure, cou ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Alcatraz Coup was an interesting prequel to The Red Dog Conspiracy, detailing the history of why and how the Four Families of Spadros, Hart, Clubb, and Diamond came into power. It also provides good insight into what Bridges was like before the start of the main series.

The start was a little slow for me, which is why I gave it only 4 stars, but the speed definitely picks up a few chapters in and keeps you turning pages. I also especially liked the characters Acevedo Spadros and Xavier Alcatr
The Mysterious Reader
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fantastic introduction to the Red Dog Conspiracy world set in the past and really explaining how the city of Bridges, as known to fans of that series, came about. More than that, however, it’s a wonderful story about the power of common women and men and what they can achieve when they put greater goals above their personal needs. As such it really stands totally independent of the series. I would’ve given this five stars as a prequel. I’m still giving it the five stars, but on ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant beginning to a stellar series! Half of world-building is history, and Loofbourrow has done an exceptional job of creating this society from absolute scratch—and it works! It’s a quick read and a great introduction to the society of the Red Dog Conspiracy series!
Lynda Lafond
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fills in a historical "gap" in how the society came to be the way it is in this series. Explains a bit of the families backstory. Not required reading, but definitely WORTH reading of you are enjoying this world!!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received this book for free/ARC
Amazing look into the Red Dog Conspiracy series
and the history of the Families.
highly recommend reading
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Patricia Loofbourrow was born in southern California and currently lives in Oklahoma. Learning to read at the age of three, she grew up on Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov, and found at an early age that she loved science.

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona then an MD from Rush University, Dr. Loofbourrow practiced family medicine for ten years

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Red Dog Conspiracy (4 books)
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