Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde : Radioactive

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Saving the future by exploding the past

It's January 1945, six years since the start of World War Two. As the bloody conflict drags on, America has undertaken a massive top-secret effort to unleash the power of the atom and develop the first nuclear bomb. A network of Nazi and Soviet spies is determined to steal the technology or, failing that, sabotage the project. But first, they have to get past Bonnie and Clyde.

A decade has passed since the infamous outlaw lovers were spared their gruesome deaths and forced into a covert life. Now seasoned spies, they're embedded in the Manhattan Project, as bar owners and petty crooks, trying to sort out who would sell out the USA to its enemies.

In a heart-pounding adventure spanning the windswept landscapes of eastern Washington to an isolated internment camp in the California mountains, Bonnie and Clyde face deception at every turn along with a personal tragedy, pushing them close to the edge.

Can the former outlaws put aside their desire for revenge long enough to help end the war?

The thrilling story cuts back and forth between the modern era where a reporter interviews the now-elderly Bonnie Parker, and the dangerous 1940s undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, as they are thrust into a fight to defend the working class against corporate greed.

Bonnie and Clyde: Radioactive concludes the explosive "what-if" story about two unlikely heroes fighting to preserve the founding principles of American democracy--a historical thriller that reimagines the past to reclaim the present.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 133.35 x 203.2 x 19.56mm | 394.63g
  • English
  • 099741135X
  • 9780997411355

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Another winner in this highly entertaining series, capped off with satisfying revelations. Hays and McFall keep up the momentum in this third series outing, which features plenty of action and danger. There are also intermittent steamy interludes between Bonnie and Clyde, who come off as a wisecracking, low-rent version of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man. Tricky puzzles, chases, spycraft, and red herrings keep the plot bubbling along. But underlying all the shenanigans is a serious consideration of the nature of patriotism in an America that's increasingly becoming dominated by the military-industrial complex. Overall, the book makes a rousing stand in favor of have-nots, working people, and dreamers; at one point, Bonnie unusually stands up for gay rights in 1945 ("Love is love no matter what"). Kirkus Reviews

A literary breath of fresh air. Unexpected delights in a story that excels in nonstop surprises. And as with the other books, the humor is one of this story's driving forces. With its thriller component tempered by mystery, historical fact, political interactions, and gunslinger intrigue, Bonnie & Clyde: Radioactive is a powerful series addition. It deftly evolves from a story of thieves and murders to an inspection of war, social issues, and second chances not just for the characters, but for America itself. Midwest Book Review
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