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Never A Soldier - Paul AllenNever A Soldier

           In the southern New England woods, Eugene Sibbs, descended from an old Yankee line, has nothing left but a few acres, the bunker-like house he has built, and daring ruthlessness. Determined to take control of his world and rise through crime, he likes to drag along his teenage son, Nickie, as his unwilling accomplice. His wife, Vi, who relates to him best through drugs and sex, does not want to know what is going on.

          At turns, pastoral, violent, and sexual, NEVER A SOLDIER builds through a series of murders until someone in the family decides Eugene must be stopped.

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Mr. Black and White - Paul AllenMr. Black and White

           Marty Williams, an Obama speechwriter, does not get the promised administration job, cannot return to the newspaper because it is closing, loses everything, and sets out in a snowstorm with all he has left, his car and his dog, for California where his picaresque adventures begin — romance, the movie business, dining with political elites to living out of his car, a panorama of people in the world of woes we know today, and a president elect assassination plot unjustly tied to Marty.

            The novel begins with a flashback, a dream Marty has about being in a firefight as an imbedded journalist with Marines in Afghanistan, on the eve of the first election, and ends on the day of the inauguration.

            The novel is not about the politics, didactic or polemical.

            It is Marty’s story and the story of those he meets as he struggles to remain true to himself under the most difficult circumstances.  In this way, MR. BLACK AND WHITE becomes everyone’s story.

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Asking For It - Paul AllenAsking For It

    Ed Greene, a National Guardsman, returns from Iraq with a troubled conscience and stolen artifacts, discovers his wife is being unfaithful, and is haunted by a ghost in the antique village where he has his cabin.  He finds his true love but fearing for her safety with the apparition, drives her away into the arms of another.
    Coming to his senses, he begs her to return, only to have the other man unwilling to let her go.  When she is kidnapped from his cabin, Ed goes outside the law to find and save her before it is too late.
    A love story, and a story of the aftermath of war, in the end when called up for another tour, Ed must make the gravest decision of his life.

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Master of Breath - Paul AllenMaster of Breath

In the early 1930’s, a vicious criminal, alleged to be a prophet and the grandson of the great Seminole war chief, Osceola, escapes from a Florida prison along with two condemned black convicts, recruits a few reservation tribesmen sick of being “road stand Indians,” snatches a pair of young hostages and goes on an insanely tragic and doomed campaign to “take back this pointed land” or to kill as many whites as possible before defeat and death.

The novel is a story of flickering madness and humanity, of loyalties and vengeance, of savagery and instinctive compassion, among both the band of killers and the posse that relentlessly pursues it through the Everglades, the setting itself an awesome and inspiring landscape of reptile infested swamps, vast clouds of insects, stifling humidity, debilitating heat and sudden violent storms that reflects the savagery and possibilities of goodness of the humans that have invaded it.  Both savagery and the possibility of goodness, it becomes clear, exist in the pursued and the pursuers and in nature itself.

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Negro Fort - Paul AllenNegro Fort

Two slaves, Joe Cudjo and his wife Janie, run away from a Georgia plantation, taking a small boat down the river into Florida. There on the riverbank was the “Negro Fort,” a stronghold of runaway slaves and renegade Indians.

At the fort, Joe becomes a soldier in its army. He and Janie begin a new life in a prosperous community of a thousand free blacks. But when an American invasion is mounted to destroy the fort, Joe and the others must fight to save their dream.

Based upon fact, NEGRO FORT is a story that has never been told.

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‘The best historical fiction tells you a tale from the past that shocks you, surprises you, and educates you to something you knew absolutely nothing about. Paul Allen’s Negro Fort does all of that and more.’  — William Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Citizen Washington and The Lincoln Letter

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Apeland - Paull AllenApeland

Huddled in her hot cage in a run-down roadside menagerie called Apeland, Margaret, a thousand-pound female gorilla, hoots unhappily for her dead mate. Just up the road, at the taxidermist’s shop, an old lady is paying for having her kittycat stuffed. Down the road a subdivision is going up in the middle of the Florida wilderness. Men dig foundations. Poor, bored, and mosquito-bitten, they wait hopelessly for a little excitement, a fight, a hurricane—anything.

It comes when Margaret escapes into the steaming forest. The county sheriff quickly assembles a posse of local characters and leads this bizarre collection of heavily armed crazies into the palmetto and cypress jungle after the love-starved ape. Among the group are Ed Bias, the would-be hero, and his two young sons; Gaylord Miler, the ketchup bottle murderer and Bias’ s sworn enemy; Walker, the strange taxidermist; Lennox, the animal trainer; Monroe Block, Apeland’s tattered tour guide; and an assortment of odd others. Deeper and deeper into the forest they stalk poor Margaret toward a violent and tragic end.

‘This is a fierce little novel. …”Apeland” is a fine first achievement. Allen invites comparison with the best…prose writers.’
— Bart Paul, LOS ANGELES TIMES

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