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June 21, 2016 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Mulholland Books | July 2016 | Hardcover • Kindle | 336 pages


1st Paragraphs:
“So,” said the young priest. “I think that I’m the man you’re looking for.

“Oh, I hope so,” I said to him. “Oh Lord, I do hope you are.”

I knitted my fingers together and leaned forward across the table. I was aware of how I looked: I looked pathetic. Eager, nervous, confessional. I could feel my thin cheap spectacles slipping down my nose. I could feel my needfulness dripping from my brow. I took a breath, but before I could speak, the waitress came over to pour our coffee and hand out the menus, and Father Barton and I went silent, smiled stiff and polite at the girl and at each other.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

After reading The Last Policeman, a fascinating trilogy that was a mash-up of genres — pre-apocalyptic, crime, mystery, and thriller all in one — I am eager to read the latest by this author.


From Goodreads:

It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.

A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called “the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right — with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.


First Chapter Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Join us by visiting Diane and linking your own First Chapter post or to find out what others plan to read this week.

Source: Advance copy from the publisher.
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Leave a Comment
  1. laurelrainsnow / Jun 21 2016 2:09 pm

    Sounds fascinating! Imagining a world without certain facts of the past figuring into it. Thanks for sharing.


  2. charliegirlteachergirl / Jun 21 2016 2:56 pm

    What an interesting take! The writing doesn’t really compel me to read this one.


  3. Suko / Jun 21 2016 4:28 pm

    Thanks for this intro! It sounds like a book worth reading!


  4. Diane / Jun 21 2016 5:47 pm

    This sounds really good. Somehow I missed this one.


  5. Emma / Jun 22 2016 1:31 am

    This sounds like an interesting re-imagining, though not sure it’s for me. I did like the intro though.


  6. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jun 22 2016 5:55 pm

    What if’s certainly make for interesting reading.


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