The High Priest of Hallelujah

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BookBaby, Apr 4, 1999 - Fiction - 180 pages
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His life destroyed by a bolt of lightning, he spent a decade haphazardly wandering the land hiding from God. But his young bride was actually killed by a radio evangelist/messianic fiend called Brother Earl. Upon the stark rock Mountain of Three Days he and his mentor, a desert sage of a sand-sung Indian mystic named Glory Hallelujah, confront the Legions of Death with rage and metaphor. Speaking of which, while defending a lady against assault by a barroom motorcycle gang, with nose bloodied and fists at his side, he scattered the ruffians with poetry, “... a tear, a child-song memory, bird-call truths singing through the meadowland... “ He is Jackson Blake, factory guy, widower, vagabond, banjo player and—the High Priest of Hallelujah.

 

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Contents

PART
Brother Earl
Tracks
More Tracks
Beneath the Water
Hi Ho Silver
Sassy Sallys
Mad Mike and the Thunder
The Coming of Death
The Battle
PART THREE
From the Mountain toward the Forest
Whew
Meanwhile Back at the Rock
The Poet Priest and the Bad Bikers
Resolve

The Committee
An Invitation Declined
Whispering Hope
Laughter
PART
So Many Tracks
The Old
Connections
Chapter Twenty Six
The Road to the City
Kittys Titties
Focus
Pearl Buttons
Morning
Breakfast
11
The Beginning of an Explanation
Day One 13 Love
Reflection
Them Bones
Another Love Story
Resonance
Day
Holy Business
The Metaphor
The Gate
The Altar
Consummation and Departure
West
The Letter
Flight
Greyhounded
Sojourn in the Familial
Disquiet
The Party
Betrayal
Parting Is Such Sweet SorrowNot
Windsound and Country Music
Hoh Bound
Solitude
Solitude Confronted
PART FOUR
A Murderous Plot
Watching from the Tower
The Rest of the Story
Capture
The Grand Tour
The Hearing
Arming for
8
How It Ended
At Last
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