Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Prohibition racial lynching author Bruce Cook ~ Blood Harvest

What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nick Decosta's skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the 'shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he's wed to their wildest youngest daughter. But is this the real reason he is killed? And who is the second corpse in the woods?

Blood Harvest takes you back to a dark time in our history. The story takes place in 1929. It is a about a young white woman, Mary Elizabeth that falls in love with an immigrant Nick Decosta. We get a look at the events in this one small rural New England town through the eyes of seven humans and two animals.

What made this a page turner for me was the fact that the KKK was involved. It seems that we missed some history lessons during school. After reading this book, I wanted to go back and learn more about discrimination. It actually hit home for me ~ My mom came from England back in the 60's. My grandfather was highly discriminated against for being an Irish man. He was made fun, ridiculed, was paid lowered and many other mistreatments.

Back to Blood Harvest. I enjoyed all the different view points of the story. With each character, the book got more interesting. It really added depth to an already interesting story. Blood Harvest was inspired by true stories of Cook's Grandmother. She married a Greek Immigrant and due to the Klan was basically forced from her hometown. Very interesting reading, I highly recommend this historical mystery!

Author Bio:

Bruce Cook has earned credits as writer, producer, or director on eleven independent feature films as well as commercials. He has written more than twenty screenplays, including the films Husbands, Wives, Money & Murder; Line of Fire; and Nightwish.

Since 1973 he has taught at a number of film schools, including USC, UCLA, and Los Angeles City College. Among his thousands of former students are Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), actor Laurence Fishburne, Paramount VP of Marketing Lucia Ludovico, numerous directors and producers, six Academy Award nominees and winners, and twelve Emmy nominees and winners.

In 1996 Dr. Cook was invited by ABS-CBN, the largest television network in the Philippines, to teach a series of seminars on improving the production techniques of the film and TV industry. While there, he addressed an assemblage of 2,000 Filipino film industry professionals.

He later returned to the Philippines to conduct a market study on Southeast Asian film production and helped design a motion picture soundstage. While on location, he researched the background for his novel Philippine Fever.

Dr. Cook holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Film Education, and Communications. He worked as a laser physicist on the Apollo Project.

Bruce Cook is the author of Philippine Fever. He and his wife live in Castaic, California.

Please stay tuned, on Thursday I will be a posting an interview with Bruce Cook.

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1 comment:

Doc Cook said...

Hi Ginny

Thanks so much for your very kind review. It is a pleasure to be on your website.

Bruce Cook/Brant Randall

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