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The Dead Hand of Sweeney County [Copertina flessibile]

David L. Bradley

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30 marzo 2012
It was just your average day surveying: discovering an abandoned cemetery and a lynching tree, dealing with a corrupt banker and an ax-wielding ghost. Then Addison fell in love with Eleanor, and things got scary. Addison Kane is thirty-nine, a workaholic loner whose best friends are his landlady, a good book, and a shot of Irish whiskey. One rainy day while working out of town, he meets and falls in love with Eleanor the History Lady, who excites and challenges him like no woman he has ever known. Is this it? After all these years, has he finally found The One? What does her husband think? At work, Addie begins investigating the Conley Land Trust and its creator, the dynamic Elizabeth Theodora Conley Burroughs, whose death in 1968 did nothing to loosen her grip on the land. Researching the trust, now valued at eleven and a half million dollars, he meets Dick the Turd, a ruthless banker with a plan to steal it. Then Addie sees the ghost of Isaac Cooper, and Isaac begins haunting his dreams, seeking justice. With help and advice from instrument man Steve, Lawyer Frank, and retired Army Ranger Sergeant-Major John Tyler, Addie must try to thwart the banker. Somehow he must figure out exactly how to satisfy Isaac's ghost, if he's ever going to sleep again. And if he's ever going to find The One and settle down, now is the time. It's a hell of a job, but someone's gotta do it.

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David L. Bradley left the blue-collar world in his mid-forties to enroll in college and indulge his love for digging into the past. Nowadays, when not making documentary films about the American South or teaching kids how to make movies, he writes novels and screenplays set against her history. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his two children, a dog, a cat, and a hundred squirrels. His hobbies are studiously avoiding hobbies and collecting wrinkles. He speaks fluent Southern, and he is a honors graduate of Vacation Bible School, having attended from 1966 until 1971.

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14 di 14 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle LET'S TAKE A SURVEY! 20 aprile 2012
Di Jimb0 - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
Truly enjoyed the adventures of Addison Kane -- which I read yesterday in one sitting. A great character with a story well told.

I enjoyed the book's free flowing dialogue and the trips through the diaries into the prideful southern past. The dream sequences bring together Past, Present, and Supernatural. And Legend. And Fact.

Only those with uniquely opened mind see the axe wielding ghost of local lore. But as the drama builds and then climaxes, a malevolent, misconceived, mulatto truth bares its glinting, keen edged teeth--evoking revulsion, revelation, and redemption. You will have to read the book to figure that one out!

There's even a dangerous, track crossing, small South romance. And a geometric methodology primer. Who could ask for more?

Is there some autobiography, or as Kosinski called it, "autofiction" going on here? The author's refined sense of history, currency, and reasoned opinion translate into a thinker's read. I hope to devour more pages of the adventures of Citizen Addison Kane. Can't wait for Addison's next project. Help the Boy!
11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A fun little fiction book full of neat historical fact 18 aprile 2012
Di jillyjill717 - Pubblicato su
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I really enjoy histories that revolve around a fictional character. I feel like I get my history lesson but it still tastes good. Sort of like a salad with ranch, this book covers a lot of really neat but obscure Georgian history while giving you a fun little romance/mystery book as dressing. Definitely worth a read, and by the end, surveying doesn't seem as boring as it looks when you see the guys out with their orange jackets and their yellow camera thingys. Okay, well, actually, the surveying part IS a little boring, but hey, we have angry dead slaves with axes, evil bankers and beautiful women. Those aren't boring at all.
9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Masterful & spellbinding. 25 agosto 2012
Di Jack Brandeux - Pubblicato su
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Pop authors have ugly habits.
So often they are keen and quick to toss out gratuitous plot as audience incentive rather than swaddle them in a storyline that is vivid, engaging and progressive.

David Bradley is guilty of no such punches.

His works offer textured narrative replete with thoughtful characters and rolling dialogue that would turn any writing teams for any primetime programing deep green.
I am an immense fan of Mr. Bradley's and look forward, but couldn't attempt to anticipate, his next pen stroke.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Historgasm! 26 agosto 2012
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I read this because I had read Bradley's his first book, "How to Build a Skydeck". I thought this was even better than the last, as I am a very big history buff, but even without the history stuff this is really a great book. Bradley is an talented, southern writer among the likes of Crews, Faulkner and Tom Robbins... with a splash of Hunter S. Thompson. A very adept storyteller, his ability to make you laugh and then make you cry is unmatched. "The Dead Hand of Sweeny County" kept me guessing and turning pages with delight all the way until the end. Excellent work!! Cant wait for the next one!!
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3.0 su 5 stelle The Story Was Really Very Good - However 3 1/2 stars 29 settembre 2013
Di megpattypan - Pubblicato su
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The Dead Hand of Sweeney County - I enjoyed the author's writing style and the detail he put in to portraying Southern history. I enjoyed the "ghost" aspect - even though I usually avoid paranormal stories. This was done very well.

The romance interest was intense yet done tastefully. The writing (or editing), although a few errors here and there, was structured nicely, especially where the Kindle is concerned - well done. Going from present to past (history) was very enjoyable.

The main characters were developed and memorable. Boy, girl, landlady, and a few others (brought in later), were delightful... Some of the characters could have been developed a bit more.

As you may have noticed, I said the story was very good. However, the novel as a whole? There were some issues that made this novel annoying at times; therefore distracting from my enjoyment of the story as a `whole'.

The surveying aspect was interesting at first, and then it became "filler stuff" that just wasn't needed to the degree that it was in the story. Overload!!! I did do some skimming.

The characters (and families) - so many!!! It might have been helpful to place a few "family trees" at the beginning of the novel (without betraying the ending). It was very complex and frustrating at times, even though the author did a fair job at trying to put `families' together for the reader to relate to, and try to keep track of.

The introduction of marijuana use by some of the characters seemed to take away some of their `credibility'. It didn't add to the story. It wasn't beneficial to the characters' development.

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