Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel

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MacAdam/Cage, Oct 30, 2004 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Baxter Parish, Louisiana, is a bloody place where family tradition is stronger than the law and pride more valuable than life. Thirty-year-old Jesse Tadlock returns home to Mount Olive to claim his inheritance after a peaceful, if not dull, twelve-year Army hitch. With a steady job, a past love back in his life, and his own land, he thinks he's outlasted the legacy of violence that has haunted his family.
But the morning, after his first night in his new home, a neighbor turns up at his door with a loaded rifle on his arm and a bloodthirsty pit bull in tow. Balem "Cotton" Moxley says he was born in this house and he'll die there, or Jesse will.
With his Uncle Red pushing to deal with the threat the old way - meeting fist with blade, bullet with bomb - at odds with his desire for a simple peace, Jesse must find a way to stand up and save his own, even if it means losing everything to the fires of pride.

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User Review  - ncnsstnt - LibraryThing

Would have made a great short story. Unfortunately, it is a 250 page book. Sub-plots are thin, development of ancillary characters is weak, and there is an honest to goodness deux ex machina. Read full review

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User Review  - shehasreadtoomany - LibraryThing

Jesse Tadlock must leave high school for the army. Ringing foul in his ears is the sentiment that these would be the best days of his life. Big for his age --man size-- Jesse helps his kin to dig his ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Dayne Sherman is a former high school dropout from Natalbany, Louisiana. In 1997 he earned a master's degree from Louisiana State University. His stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Caf? III. Hard to Remember, Hard to Forget, a chapbook, was published by Over the Transom in 2004.

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