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Blood and Remembrance: Prequel to the Award-Winning Novel, East Jesus

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The prequel to the award-winning Texas novel East Jesus, this complete, stand-alone story rampages from the west Texas plains to Huntsville's Death Row and back. Cowboys, ranchers, driven oilmen, desperate convicts and headstrong women grapple with truths of the heart, of life, and the coming of age in a dramatic struggle you'll live yourself and never forget.
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published March 3rd 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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Kristine Hall
“'Well,’ Randy said, gauging the clouds stacking themselves to the west like a promise they couldn’t keep...”

You know how it feels when there’s an afternoon, late spring storm brewing -- the clouds are roiling, the pressure changes, there’s electricity in the air? There might be a little break in the heat or in the clouds, but the sky is darkening, darkening with a likely funnel or two in the works. The waiting makes you uneasy, anxious even. THAT is how it feels reading Blood and Remembrance
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Max Knight
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry David Thoreau wrote "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." The loss of hope, the acceptance of life's disappointments, the rash choices made to fill the resulting void in our lives, and the consequences of those decisions and actions are at the heart of "Blood and Remembrance." The difference is that the descriptions of desperation in Chris Manno's prequel to his award winning novel, "East Jesus," are not quiet. They are ...more
Ruthie Jones
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blood and Remembrance by Chris Manno is a gritty snapshot of hard choices, hard lives, and hard truths. All the main characters seem to be in some sort of prison, most figuratively and one literally. Verlene's prison is constructed based on the inability to choose between the four men in her life, so she sleeps with them all and drowns the messy truth in a sea of tequila. Randy Mac's prison is constructed based on the inability to resist temptation as well as find his backbone or his voice. ...more
Mike
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, Blood and Remembrance is quite the atypical novel - and I loved it! I need to explain that. In most novels, there is a protagonist who needs to do or achieve something. The majority of the novel then takes the reader through the protagonist's "quest" to do what needs to be done, all the while being beaten down by the antagonist(s). The climax of the story occurs when the protagonist finally achieves the goal, or realizes that it can't or won't be achieved. That's the "meat and ...more
Lorilei Gonzales
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since Ireviewed East Jesus. But when I started reading this prequel to East Jesus, I was immediately transported back to that foreign feeling version of Texas that Manno describes so vividly. Everything feels real, a little too real at times, but it's such a different version of my great state than I am used to. I won't go into detail about that all over again, but I can't help but marvel at how vast and different Texas can be.

The writing reminds
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Susan Malone
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winds through the Texas panhandle blow relentless and dry, stealing not only the once-fertile soil but the hopes and dreams of its people as well.
In Chris Manno’s brilliant Blood and Remembrance, we follow a handful of folks as they haphazardly sort through mundane lives, squaring that with anything akin to a hopeful future. We circle with them, ever deeper, as the story progresses inevitably toward conclusions not at all foregone.
But in Manno’s deft hand, these characters draw you in, grab
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