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"Lost in Las Vegas"

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 "Save the Good Seed"

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 "Dead Water Rites"

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"Grid"  Kindle Book

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"Flesh"  Kindle Book

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"Psalm Maker" Kindle Book

 

 

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"Naked Into the Night"

                 by Monty Joynes

In the first novel in the Booker Series, published in 1997, a successful Anglo businessman with grown children walks out of his affluent lifestyle late one night totally naked in a desperate attempt to remake himself as a human being. His adventure takes him cross-country from truck stop to truck stop as a moving van helper to Santa Fe, where he finds shelter and peace among a small tribe of Pueblo Indians. Adopted into the tribe as ďAnglo Who Became Chief Old Womanís Son,Ē he must then return to the family chaos he left behind in Norfolk to free himself of his past.

This novel helped to create a new literary genre, visionary fiction, and it is considered a classic with appeal to everyone on the journey of self-discovery. The odyssey of the story engages all family members, male and female, across three generations, and is both poignant and humorous.

 

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"Lost in Las Vegas"

                 by Monty Joynes


In the second novel in the Booker Series, published in 1998, the character lost in Las Vegas is a remarkable young Pueblo man, a spiritual prodigy and National Champion Fancy Dancer, who has been corrupted by the glamour of show business. His tribal elders call upon their spiritual brother, an Anglo man who was the principal character in NAKED INTO THE NIGHT, to go to Las Vegas in an attempt to restore the young potential leader to his tribe. The mission seems impossible given the mistrust Indians hold for Anglo do-gooders and wannabes. Anglo must face the animosity of Dancer and the proprietary interests of the two Folies Bergiere showgirls who manipulate him. In the process, both Indian and Anglo must sort out their destinies, which requires that they risk life itself in the Valley of Fire.
 

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"Save the Good Seed"

              by Monty Joynes

In the third novel in the Booker Series, published in 1999, a Pueblo baby is adopted and raised in the Anglo world.  In middle age, he discovers his ancestry and attempts to reconnect with his tribe.  Booker, an Anglo honored by tribal traditionals, plays an important role in restoring the confused man to his culture.  Based on thousands of cases of controversial Indian adoptions circa 1945-1976, this book documents the experience and psychology of cultural loss.  The narrative provides a vivid literary vision of the stolen birthright of a Native American and his journey to reclaim it.  In parallel plots, Booker is visited by his estranged son and daughter, and the Vegas showgirls, Sue and Debbie, become residents of Santa Fe and develop a dancing school with Booker as their surrogate father and houseguest.


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     "Dead Water Rites"

             by Monty Joynes


In the fourth novel in the Booker Series, published in 2000, a tribal elder of the Pueblo Nation is warned in a vision that the water, their precious life source, is dying. Booker, an honored anglo friend of the elders, seeks a solution to the potential crisis of the tribal council selling its water rights to developers. Praised by Indian leaders and environmentalists, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by its publisher, this book deals with the metaphysics of water as much as it addresses the historic use issues. Author and critic George Garrett called it ďa sustained poetic meditation on the power and glory of water in the world.Ē The highly researched nature of this book makes it appropriate for group discussion and classroom use. All of the featured characters in the previous three novels reappear in the plot development of this volume. Plus Booker falls in love!

 

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"Grid"

by Monty Joynes

The scene is New Orleans, one of 16 Open Cities in the year 2032. The United States, victim of economic depression, The Great California Earthquake, food riots and anarchy has a new constitution administered by 30 SIGís (Special Interest Groups) who have divided the production centers of the country.

Desiree Bazile is the tempestuous Publicity and Promotions Director of the New Orleans Grid, a pari-mutuel game played on a 15-story tower inside the refurbished Louisiana Superdome. Amateur and professional games are played in which participants climb the tower to retrieve a leather purse worth as much as half a million barter dollars. The combat for the prize is vicious.


Desiree is an enigmatic beauty whose fashion extravagances make her one of the most recognized figures in a city of legendary excess. Her life is altered when The Pro, a Grid handicapper and dean of New Orleans gamblers, asks her to meet The Pirate, a seasonal street performer in the French Quarter, who wants to be a Grid player. Scott Hartley, musician, horse breeder, and homesteader in a Zone of Disinterest, needs the Grid purse to finance his growing community. Although Scott and Desiree are both children of the revolution and approaching age 40 with unsatisfied needs for relationship, their initial attraction turns to deadly conflict. Only The Pro, understanding their mutual qualities, can bring them together.

The action of the novel is played out against the color and traditions of New Orleans and the unique characters who inhabit the world of the Grid. The larger fate of the United States and its institutions, however, impinge on the struggle of the characters. For here in the new age, the United States has found a way to solve its social and economic problems although it is no longer a major player on the world stage. The solutions, the authorís serious futuristic projections of what our society may become, are both innovative and destined to be controversial.

 

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"Flesh"

by monty joynes

There is a contemporary secret society worldwide that believes that eating human flesh has tremendous health benefits and that it is the key to evolutionary survival. The focus is on the Norfolk, Virginia Chapter of the Roberto Society where a third-generation funeral home operator supplies resource for the taboo practice.

The activities of these serious flesh eaters has a chilling quality of verisimilitude. The main characters include a medical doctor and his family, a U.S. Senator, and a German professor who has solved the riddle of the missing link and is feeding human brain to gorillas in an effort to make them speak.

When the Society is threatened with media exposure, and the public hysteria and revulsion that must follow, the life of every Society member is dramatically affected.

FLESH challenges all preconceptions about cannibalism in this allegorical science-fiction horror adventure of the mind and the stomach. Read at your own gut-wrenching risk!

 

"Psalm Maker"

by monty joynes
Psalm Maker: The Journal of Booker Jones is the fifth novel about an Anglo manís entry into the social issues and metaphysics of contemporary American Indians. The first four novels in what has become known as The Booker Series (Naked Into The Night, Lost In Las Vegas, Save The Good Seed, and Dead Water Rites) are third person narratives about the manís physical and spiritual adventures among the Pueblo Indians and other tribal peoples of the American Southwest.

The final book in the series is written from the point of view of Booker Jones himself as he evolves into a deeper spiritual experience, finds a female companion, and comments on the events that were dramatized in the first four novels. For many readers of the Booker Series, access to Bookerís inner life as expressed in his journal entries makes Psalm Maker their favorite book in the quintet.

Psalm Maker is full of memorable characters and dramatic events that propel the reader through a cross-cultural adventure that has meaning for all humanity.

 

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