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Ebook Details
  • 07/2011
  • B005N2WYZE
  • 390 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2011
  • 978-0984498017
  • 268 pages
  • $12.95
Kevin Conner
Author, Editor (anthology)
John Rocket vol. 1
Kevin Conner, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

This novel centers around the life of a man name Clarence Fairbanks, and the differences in society had Super Heroes been real in the 1950s. This is written in the classic style of Green Hornet and Zorro - where the person's life takes center stage over that of super antics. This book also gives a small primer for the 1950s, but it is not a history lesson. As such, those unfamiliar with the 1950s may feel a little culture shock at some aspects - Japanese-Americans re-entering Society after the Internment Camps, the Mafia influence in Denver in the 1950s, Social Stigmas of victims, and, of course, racism and bigotry (which was more of a building simmer than a full blown boil). It's divided into six chapters, or rather – comic book style story arcs. The first primarily deals with Clarence's niece, Mildred, as Clarence and his wife Shirley try to help Mildred recover, after a revenge killing she committed against a man who assaulted her weeks before the book starts. The book then recounts a time where Clarence needed help, himself. From there you are back in the 1953 present, as Clarence deals with ongoing work issues centered around the 'Red Scare', and those with his mother and family. This is balanced with John Rocket issues centered around Japanese-American re-integration, coupled with influence from a Pacific-Asian Crime Syndicated; issues with a sudden (but minor) breakout of lycanthropy; and a short lived background incident with Denver's Italian mafia. There are a wide variety of reactions to this book based upon the reader's own personal experiences and knowledge. Most of them, however, are positive. Given the topics and character centralized style of the book, that's what I can hope for!
Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2011
  • B005N2WYZE
  • 390 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2011
  • 978-0984498017
  • 268 pages
  • $12.95

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