Praise for David LaBounty:
has a knack for taking his readers inside the heads of his characters, where
the concepts of Good and Evil fade unsettlingly to the background, replaced
by Fear and Desire. That's not always a pleasant place to be, but it is always
Russell Lutz, Iota Cycle
Perfect Revolution shines brightest in its detailsa picture of suburban
totalitarianism so complete you can smell the rotting garbage on the front
lawn of the American dream... LaBounty brings to speculative fiction a well-needed
dose of humanism. After a decade of men in long black trench coats saying
things like whoa and shooting guns you only see in movies, it's
nice to see characters with real flaws, real families, and real fears."
Mark R. Brand, Red Ivy Afternoon
writing has that rare touch of irony and reality within a speculative fiction
world. His gift lies in his human touch as he writes about our foibles and
Becci Noblit Goodall, Chaise
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David LaBounty lives in suburban Detroit with his wife and two sons. His poetry and prose has appeared in several print and online journals. He has served in the Navy and has held jobs as a member of the blast team in a gold mine in northern Nevada, as a mechanic, a reporter and as a salesman. He is the author of The Perfect Revolution and The Trinity, published by Silverthought Press in 2006 and 2007.
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fiction from the bleed
a novel by David LaBounty
author of The Perfect Revolution and The Trinity
LaBounty is the kind of writer I really love: he writes like a man who has
had ten rounds of shit kicked out of him by life, but he keeps getting up
from the mat and pushing on with the relentlessness of a pit bull. His words
are something in between a scream and a song, and if you have the right kind
of ears, its the kind of song that can break your heart.
Tony ONeill, author of Down and Out on Murder Mile
I admire about David LaBountys work is that first and foremost he is
interested in telling a good story. Where sometimes others seem more interested
in tinkering with style or experimenting with narrative, LaBounty never forgets
that the reader comes to the page to be transported in the way that only good
fiction can transport.
Jeff Vande Zande, author of Landscape with Fragmented Figures
Charles Dash has everything a young insurance executive rising through the ranks of Midwestern Accident and Life can hope fora beautiful wife, a white Mustang, a townhouse, a tape deck, satin sheets, and contemporary leather furniture. As Dash climbs the corporate ladder, his superiors soon recognize his brutal skill set: denying customer claims with a ruthlessness they had seldom seen. Midwestern rewards Dash with promotions. Banks reward him with credit cards.
Soon Dash finds his spending spiraling out of control. He lives paycheck to paycheck to support his suburban lifestyle of golf on weekends, owning the first SUV in his neighborhood of luxurious McMansions, and a growing penchant for prostitutes. He applies forand banks are more than willing to give himmore credit cards. Ensnared in the vicious cycle of spending, he finally has to remortgage his house, but soon, even that isn't enough.
Broke and desperate, Dash decides to wage a violent one-man war against the credit card companies. His spree of destruction leads him to a financial solvency that comes with a very heavy pricebut it is a price he is more than willing to pay. He will do anything to keep his lifestyle intact.
Affluenza, the third novel by Michigan author David LaBounty, is a scathing critique of credit card culture, a tale of consumerism, vanity, debt, and sexual addiction torn from today's headlines. Relevant to these troubled times, Affluenza is a dire warning to those who choose to spend their way to the American Dream.
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