[BOOKS] ✯ The Lies That Bind (DarkHorse Trilogy, #1) ✹ Ed Protzel – Ivogue.co.uk



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    A new Civil War novel by Ed Protzel is fired by white hot passions worthy of Margaret Mitchell s classic tale, Gone with the Wind.Half breed Seminole Durksen Hurst, a perpetual misfit and charlatan who must keep moving to avoid the victims of his schemes, tired of his game, returns to his roots among the Chickasaws who raised him near the Mississippi town of Turkle As he approaches through the Chickasaw swamp he encounters a band of dispossessed black slaves whose master was murdered and promises them he will make them partners in a new employee owned venture Through a land deal with the Chickasaws, they set out to found a new plantation The leader of the slaves, Big Josh, suggests they pretend Hurst is their master to avoid discovery Their competition in this new enterprise is the reclusive matriarch, Marie Broussard French, and her heir Devereau, whom she conscripts to carry out her plantation management, devious plots and monopolistic business dealings, just as she controls the pieces in her ongoing chess game.While Hurst and his partners build their envisioned estate, Lincoln is elected, and the South secedes from the Union amid talk of civil war As the national conflict grows and landed Southerners struggle to preserve their way of life, they mirror the French family s devious plots to trick Hurst out of his newfound success, gain control over his property and continue running the town When he discovers the t...


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    The Lies that Bind is historical fiction which I rarely read The novel opens with the interestingly named Dursken Hurst being chased and hiding in a bayou in Mississippi This is the type of novel that gives you a lot of characters to keep track of but it s very well written I like the writing because you are immediately curious about Dursken s mixed heritage, lack of parents and why a group of men want him dead It has...


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    My Southern Gothic thriller, The Lies That Bind DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1 , began as a screenplay, which had been well received by Hollywood and recognized by Missouri Playwrights Association I was even offered an option contract on the script However, nothing came of it, and I left the script alone for a time But it haunted me I thought it had so much meat, such deep themes, so many possibilities So I decided to turn it into a novel I worked on it on weekends, put it aside for periods of time, rewrote and rewrote, until I found an agent.The inspiration for The Lies That Bind came from my love of Faulkner, which I read a lot in college, especially Absalom, Absalom , perhaps the greatest American novel In that book, Thomas Sutpen, a man emblematic of the Old South, steals land, builds a plantation, and becomes a legend for good and evil It always bothered me that Sutpen received all the notoriety, and his slaves, who did all the work, are barely mentioned.In The Lies That Bind, a flawed, inept charlatan forms a secret partnership with a group of escaped slaves to build their own egalitarian plantation Their success is clearly due to their common effort and especially to Big Josh, who had run a plantation for his former master But the townsfolk give the charlatan front man, not Big Josh or the others, all the credit for the enterprise s success Their antithesis, the Frenches, widow and son, the town s dominant family, are concealing their own dark secrets These de...


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    The Lies that Bind DarkHorse Trilogy Book 1 by Ed Protzel is imaginative It is innovative, it is rich and complex, it is character driven, it has a breadth of detail that many others do not have This book is all about characters, it is all about what drives each of them, and is compelling Once or twice, I almost got lost on a twist but figured it out and followed the curve precariously It creates a universe unlike many others It is gruesome, it is wonderful, it is unpleasant, it is th...


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    A novel set in rural Mississippi just before the start of the Civil War The protagonist, Durk Hurst, has a plan to acquire a large tract of land and build a plantation He has no money and a checkered past He encounters some slaves fleeing for their lives and persuades them to join them in his long shot venture He gets title to the land by winning a chess game from an Indian chief and starts to build his mansion, but he comes up against the dominant family i...


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    The Lies that Bind by Ed Protzel is set in a small back country town called Turkel, Mississippi It s an entertaining and complexly plotted pre Civil War novel about fairness and decency versus slavery and greed Cotton, the South s money crop, also plays a large role in the story There is an illuminating scene in a cotton broker s office that s reminiscent of how big business, especially hedge fund bankers, work today Protagonist, Dursken Hurst, a drifter and idealist who wants to end slavery, is pitted against Marie Brussard French, Turkel s aging and reclusive doyenne, who lives on her large plantation Like the chess pieces Mrs French manipulates in the her sitting room, she also controls all aspects of life in Turkel, including those of her son, Devereau These main characters are supported by a cross section of humanity, from local Indians slaves assorted riffraff and a beautiful woman on the run The book is aptly named, because much in this novel is not what it appears to be One of the strengths of the book is in its vivid characterizations and the author s depictions of the natural world, such as these descriptions of Devereau and of the setting sun Devereau was thirty one, the rosy softness of his naked cheeks and his slight stature gave one the sense of an adolescent boy Lightly freckled and frail, with cropped auburn hair, this morning he appeared a trembling, emaciated stick figure, with eyes bloo...


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    A twisted tale of wanting things you cannot have A charlatan who wants peace, no running slaves who want freedom, an old woman who wants to be in control of everyone and everything a son who wants to be rid of her forever, yet wants a child to carry on the family name the child s mother, who had him torn from her grasp and is desperate to get him back a young woman who is compelled by God to free the slave...


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The Lies That Bind (DarkHorse Trilogy, #1) Broke And Despondent, Trickster Durksen Hurst Returns To Mississippi Seeking Redemption For His Disreputable Past And Maybe Some Glory When He Encounters A Dozen Hungry Slaves Hiding In The Wilds, He Persuades Them To Build A Plantation With Him A Scheme That Will Threaten The Town S Dominant Family The Brilliant, Mad Widow French And Her Tortured Son, Devereau.When Antoinette DuVallier, A Mysterious Woman From New Orleans With Unknown Ties To The Frenches, Arrives Desperately Seeking Her Missing Boy, Long Buried Secrets Are Exposed That Tear Asunder The Once Sleepy Hamlet.As The Tangled Webs Of Deceit Unravel, Each Startling Revelation Shines A Fresh Light On What It Means To Be A Man Or A Woman, Free Or Enslaved Indeed, On What It Means To Be Human.An Atmospheric Southern Gothic Mystery Like No Other.