Blood of Paradise

Blood of Paradise El Salvador America s great Cold War success story and the model for Iraq s fledgling democracy if one ignores the grinding poverty the corruption the spiraling crime and a murder rate ranked near

El Salvador America s great Cold War success story and the model for Iraq s fledgling democracy if one ignores the grinding poverty, the corruption, the spiraling crime, and a murder rate ranked near the top in the hemisphere This is where Jude McManus works as an executive protection specialist, currently assigned to an American engineer working for a U.S consortium.TEl Salvador America s great Cold War success story and the model for Iraq s fledgling democracy if one ignores the grinding poverty, the corruption, the spiraling crime, and a murder rate ranked near the top in the hemisphere This is where Jude McManus works as an executive protection specialist, currently assigned to an American engineer working for a U.S consortium.Ten years before, at age seventeen, he saw his father and two Chicago cop colleagues arrested for robbing street dealers The family fell apart in the scandal s wake, his disgraced dad died under suspicious circumstances, and Jude fled Chicago to join the army and forge a new life.Now the past returns when one of his father s old pals appears The man is changed he s scarred, regretful, self aware and he helps Jude revisit the past with a forgiving eye Then he asks a favor not for himself, but for the third member of his dad s old crew Even though it s ill considered, Jude agrees, thinking he can oblige the request and walk away, unlike his father But he underestimates the players and the stakes and he stumbles into a web of Third World corruption and personal betrayal where everything he values and everyone he loves is threatened And only the greatest of sacrifices will save them This big, brawny novel runs on full throttle from first to last page Brutal and heartrendering, eloquent and important, this is a fully engrossing read Michael Connell

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  1. David Corbett is the author of four novels The Devil s Redhead, Done for a Dime a New York Times Notable Book , Blood of Paradise nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar , and Do They Know I m Running Spinetingler Award, Best Novel Rising Star Category 2011 David s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories In 2012, Mysterious Press Open Road Media re issued all four of his novels plus a story collection in ebook format.In January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character A writer s bible that will lead to your character s soul Elizabeth Brundage He has taught creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Project, Chuck Pahalniuk s Litreactor, 826 Valencia, The Grotto in San Francisco, Book Passage, and at writing conference across the country.Before becoming a novelist, David spent fifteen years as an investigator for the San Francisco private detective agency Palladino Sutherland, working on such high profile civil and criminal litigations as The DeLorean Case, the Peoples Temple Trial, the Lincoln Savings Loan Scandal, the Cotton Club Murder Case, the Michael Jackson child molestation investigation and a RICO action brought by the Teamsters against members of organized crime.

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  1. The trajectory of writer David Corbett s novel writing career is pretty breathtaking If he d been content to write pulpish crime novels like his first effort, The Devil s Redhead, which is very good he would have carved a niche, probably not unlike James Ellroy s Violent, edgy, contemporary, great dialogue, Redhead had it all But his second novel, Done on a Dime, you saw the writer stretching himself It s an uneven read, due to plotting than anything else But what stands out in Corbett s sopho [...]



  2. davidcorbett Inspired by the eloquent, yet deeply disturbing Greek tragedies of long ago, Blood of Paradise, is a dark novel, penned by one of today s most passionate writers David Corbett s third novel, shines an unflinching and unapologetic light into the backrooms and back alleys, corporate boardrooms and finally, the lofty and corrupt offices of the politicians sworn to serve and protect.Whether defined or haunted by, his late father s choices, Jude McManus left Chicago and joined the Army H [...]



  3. RATING 3.5There are times in everyone s life when events of the past take over life in the present Jude McManus is an unfulfilled young man whose life is defined by his father s history His father was a former Chicago cop, and he got involved in some shady doings that ended his career and his life Jude escaped by joining the military, and now he s a bodyguard in El Salvador You can only imagine how he feels when he meets up with one of the two men that went down with his father Is it coincidence [...]


  4. I liked this book Probably a big part of that was the setting and the politics of it It takes place mostly in El Salvador in the post 9 11 world The plot, in large part, revolves around the fallout of the Salvadoran civil war death squads, gangs with US roots, corruption, ARENA and the FMLN, US political influence The lead character is a young American army vet who is now a body guard His love interest is a left leaning anthropologist The guy is not as political, and the plot of the novel serves [...]


  5. This novel was a neat follow on from reading Joan Didion s work of reportage Salvador and is set in the mid 2000 s after the civil war ended Violence is still endemic and the story revolves around the corrupt, ultra violent, right wing political elite who still govern in a supposedly democratic El Salvador generally because it suits US interests to have a corrupt, right wing bulwark against the perceived threats to US interests from further south That s the backdrop, but the thriller revolves ar [...]


  6. The Blood of Tropics despite its obvious seeming title from a Wallace Stevens poem is a mostly successful mix of political disgust and horrifying reportage with a sometimes meandering thriller and Greek tragedy Overall it works and its sense of tragic breaks your heart This may suffer compared to, say Robert Stone s Flag for Sunrise what doesn t there may be recognizable humanity in Corbett s characters Jude, Strock , and Malvosio I love the play on Shakespeare s impotent, frustrated Malvolio, [...]


  7. 4.5 For my money, Corbett s walked among the elite of living crime writers since his debut Sure, I lived in the non fictionalized version of his Vallejo and knew him in passing at the time, but his work since has only reinforced the opinion His portrayal of violent, gritty reality moves into El Salvador with this one, where meta issues of US foreign policy are addressed on the ground and any lingering notions of good vs evil in his characters are pretty much wholesale replaced with shades of mor [...]


  8. Curieusement ennuyeux, pour un roman class meilleur thriller de l ann e par le Washington Post Peut tre sp cifiquement masculin Et pourtant le th me est tentant, la recherche de la v rit du fils, meurtri de l histoire du P re, la main mise des USA et le cynisme politique dans un pays aussi mis reux et corrompu que le Salvador La magie n op re pas D tail last but not least , le parti pris de laisser des mots espagnols non traduits et les pens es des personnages en italique est vraiment aga ante A [...]


  9. This one started off really well, but then just died in the middle A little too much research on the author s part Almost ruined the story In fact, for much of the middle, there wasn t much of a story It rebounded a bit in the end, which gets it 3 stars For a while it was heading for 2.


  10. I loved the Salvadoran slang and the descriptions I really got the flavor not so sweet of the murky political stew in El Salvador David Corbett is a funny speaker and I d have enjoyed some of his edgy humor Maybe in the next book



  11. Doesn t quite hit the mark, but enjoyed reading about the unique challenges that El Salvador faces, in action packed fiction form.


  12. This doesn t quite work as a novel for me, but is most informative about El Salvador, a country strangled by water rights among other things.


  13. I simply could not get into the flow of this story Too many characters to keep track of, the story didn t flow well and no matter how much I tried to finish, I simply had to stop before ending.




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