Pilot Vincent Ten Ponies has no problems when he is flying. But when he lands, his shady and eccentric employer Clive MacLeod gives him all he can handle. Forced to work with a college dropout couple recruited into Clive's Caribbean "import/export venture," it falls to Vince to keep the naïve giant Jim alive, his ambitious, dysfunctional girlfriend Macy in check, and all of them out of prison. In just a few more months he can buy his own plane and be free to work for himself-if his boss and new co-workers don't get him killed first.
Nadir's Fire is a fast-moving action-adventure reminiscent of Jack London's The Sea Wolf. The style is much like B. Traven's The Treasure of Sierra Madre. Author Daniel Bell writes in a ruthlessly convincing way about drug and gun running. His insight into human nature makes his characters come frighteningly to life and the story line has an artful pacing that turns the book into a breathless page turner. Bell's first novel reads like a true story. The whispered tone of societal and moral decay provides a perfect literary perspective on our not-so-perfect times. It may be a genre novel, but it is also a fine literary work for anyone except perhaps the faintest of hearts.
-William Allen, Pulitzer nominee and author of Starkweather: Inside the Mindof a Teenage Killer
Daniel Bell's prose is as tense as flexed muscle, the characters are drawn in quick fine-pointed strokes, and the action hums with menace. Nadir's Fire is a fast ride down the slippery back alleys of paradise, and an impressive debut by a sure-handed writer.
-Randall Silvis, Author of the acclaimed fabulist novel In a Town Called Mundomuerto Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner and author/screenwriter of the novel/movie An Occasional Hell.
Daniel Bell is a sometime author and full time ne'er-do-well hiding on a cattle farm in northeast Ohio. He has never finished a college degree, never been married, never held a job for more than a year and almost never been in jail. He has been a factory worker, farm hand, painter, field biologist, carpenter, bartender, bad credit risk, "unlicensed pharmaceutical distributor," deck hand, waiter, drunk, scuba instructor, karate teacher, soldier, bouncer, cook, redneck handgun target, caffeine addict, weightlifting coach, satyr, cuckold and serial exaggerator. He fears success, failure, commitment, abandonment and small, yappy dogs. He is not a pilot, yacht captain or currently under indictment. Dan is half-heartedly at work on his second novel between hay baling, fence repair, dark periods of self-doubt and reflection upon a misspent life.
|Publisher:||Dog Ear Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
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Book Review- Nadir¿s Fire by Daniel Bell
Nadir¿s Fire is one action adventure novel that defies plot expectation. I suspect that it will find its way very rapidly into the general literary fiction shelves of many book stores. Enter Vincent Ten Ponies, Clive Macleod, Macy Cochrane, and her boyfriend Jim (Zeke) Zachowski. A beautiful temptress and her giant boyfriend walk into a bar¿ A taciturn Cheyenne pilot of the laconic loner tribe hustles them to the waiting plane. They fly all night to meet their mutual employer, Clive the smuggler, in St. Croix. Macy and Jim think it is a house sitting gig. Let the games begin.
Rapidly moving scenes of incredible depth and complexity combine to form an intriguing plot that proves the author¿s grasp of human nature. After a few trial runs on the yacht Clive invites the couple on a little pleasure excursion on his fifty-one foot Ketch, the Nadir, to Jamaica. Once in route he explains a little side trip to Port-de Paix, Hayti to help out a friend. Thus begins a series of trips around the Caribbean that exponentially expand into a web of deceit, betrayal, and Macy¿s underlying ambition gleaned from her new experiences. Jim is stunned at Macy¿s willingness to implicate herself into this new life, but he can¿t bring himself to want out.
Vincent, the book¿s main character, finds himself juggling Jim¿s need to prove himself, Macy¿s exuberance, and Clive¿s increasingly incautious gambles against his need to fly and keep everyone alive.
And just when one thinks he has Clive pegged for a sleazy low life. He shows qualities that muddy the waters as to what he is really like and what his motivations truly are.
I have not even touched upon the ending which surprised me in several ways. Daniel Bell
arrives at his conclusion of the book with startling examples of family bond, a need to understand revenge and, the need in all of us for closure.
The work is reminiscent of London¿s ¿Batard¿, and has all of the cruel reality of ¿To build a Fire.¿ The smoldering guilt and hard hitting emotion is along the lines of Hemmingway¿s ¿The Three Day Blow,¿ or Stienbeck¿s ¿Chrysanthemums.¿
In my opinion the raw power of the writing, its unornamented style, and rapid fire delivery, combined with a sense of what makes people tick provide the reader with a satisfying novel that make one want to read it again and again.