In the Rogue Blood by J Blake

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The offspring of a whore mother and a homicidal father, Edward and John Little are driven from their home in the Florida swamplands by a sching parent's treacheries, and by a shameful, horrific act that will haunt their dreams for the rest of their days. Joining the swelling ranks of the rootless—wandering across an almost surreal bloodland populated by the sorrowfully lost and defiantly damned—two brothers are separated by death and circumstance in the lawless "Dixie City" of New Orelans, and dispatched by destiny to opposing sides in a fierce and desperate territorial struggled between Mexico and the United States. And a family bond tempered in hot blood is tested in the cruel, all-consuming fires of war and conscience.With soaring and masterful prose, James Carlos Blake brings to life an enthralling historical time and place—and a cast of memorable characters—in a stunning tale of dark instinct, blood reckoning, and fates forged in the zeal of America's "Manifest Destiny."

 

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James Carlos Blake was born in Mexico and raised in Texas. The most recent of his four novels is Red Grass River. His previous novels,In the Rogue Blood, received the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction. His short fiction has won awards and has appeared in a variety of literary journals. He lives in El Paso, Texas, and DeLand, Florida. James Carlos Blake is the author of nine novels. Among his literary honors are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Southwest Book Award, Quarterly West Novella Prize, and Chautauqua South Book Award. He lives in Arizona.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 354 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For his part, John deserts the army and joins the St. Patrick's Brigade, composed of Americans (mostly Irishmen) fighting on the Mexican side.

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After their family is destroyed by their father's alcohol-fueled incest and the resulting bloodshed, brothers Edward and John Little leave their shattered Florida home and light out for a Texas they idealize, hoping to settle their own piece of land in what they believe to be a paradisiacal new t...

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