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In the early 1930's, a vicious criminal, alleged to be a prophet and the grandson of the great Seminole war chief, Osceola, escapes from a Florida prison along with two condemned black convicts, recruits a few reservation tribesmen sick of being "road stand Indians," snatches a pair of young hostages and goes on an insanely tragic and doomed campaign to "take back this poiIn the early 1930's, a vicious criminal, alleged to be a prophet and the grandson of the great Seminole war chief, Osceola, escapes from a Florida prison along with two condemned black convicts, recruits a few reservation tribesmen sick of being "road stand Indians," snatches a pair of young hostages and goes on an insanely tragic and doomed campaign to "take back this pointed land" or to kill as many whites as possible before defeat and death.The novel is a story of flickering madness and humanity, of loyalties and vengeance, of savagery and instinctive compassion, among both the band of killers and the posse that relentlessly pursues it through the Everglades, the setting itself an awesome and inspiring landscape of reptile infested swamps, vast clouds of insects, stifling humidity, debilitating heat and sudden violent storms that reflects the savagery and possibilities of goodness of the humans that have invaded it. Both savagery and the possibility of goodness, it becomes clear, exist in the pursued and the pursuers and in nature itself....

Title : Master of Breath
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ISBN : 18629214
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Master of Breath Reviews

  • Grady
    2019-05-12 07:45

    ‘That diamond is worth more than all of you put together.’American writer and filmmaker Paul Allen has written six novels - APELAND, NEVER A SOLDIER, NEGRO FORT, MASTER OF BREATH, ASKING FOR IT, and MR. BLACK AND WHITE - each one reflecting his fascination and passion for nature as well as demonstrating the polished gifts as a writer well trained for his profession. His studies in English and psychology were capped By an MFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California and he polished his skills writing short stories and journalism appearing in a wide sweep of publications as The Smith, The St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, The Florida Handbook, and The Quarterly Journal of Military History. A member of Writers Guild he has taught classical and modern literature, writing and film at USC and Rhode Island School of design. Now from his home in the woods of New England he turns out screenplays and novels that have a characteristic sense of enticing the reader to connect with the characters and the messages of his works.One of Paul's many gifts as a writer is in his take off (his landing formation is equally well oiled but most authors can get climax whereas few can grab you around the neck in the first paragraph). In MASTER OF BREATH the subject is criminal activity in the everglades and Paul suggests that demarcation early: ‘Margaret liked to wade. She liked to put her big, long, brown legs in the water where people couldn’t see them and then move down the canal along the bank, looking for frogs, if she wasn’t fishing. “Don’t go too far toward the swamp, Tiger Tail,” Sonny, her foster father, called out behind her. “I don’t want that big gator to get you.” “Gators don’t eat stinking Indians,” said Matt. “Don’t say that,” said Orson, the younger brother. They stood at the top of the grassy bank by the vegetable garden where Matt, at fifteen, held the .22 rifle ready for supper rabbits that had been taking their beans and broccoli. “You watch your mouth, boy, and watch that gun or I’ll clean you out with some bar soap,” called Sonny across the canal. “Orson’s got more sense at eleven than you’ll have by the time you’re weaned.” Using time and story appropriate language Paul unveils a story that captures our attention from the first page.The plot synopsis shares the outline of this true story: ` In the early 1930's, a vicious criminal, alleged to be a prophet and the grandson of the great Seminole war chief, Osceola, escapes from a Florida prison along with two condemned black convicts, recruits a few reservation tribesmen sick of being "road stand Indians," snatches a pair of young hostages and goes on an insanely tragic and doomed campaign to "take back this pointed land" or to kill as many whites as possible before defeat and death. The novel is a story of flickering madness and humanity, of loyalties and vengeance, of savagery and instinctive compassion, among both the band of killers and the posse that relentlessly pursues it through the Everglades, an awesome and inspiring landscape of reptile infested swamps, vast clouds of insects, stifling humidity, debilitating heat and sudden violent storms that reflects the savagery and possibilities of goodness of the humans that have invaded it. Both savagery and the possibility of goodness, it becomes clear, exist in the pursued and the pursuers and in nature itself.’This is a novel pleading to be a film, so involving is the story and so richly related. The territory covered and the manner in which naturalist/journalist Allen relates with energy, a nod to tenderness, and a terrific sense of compassion. Highly Recommended.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-26 07:27

    This book is more than an action/adventure story. It is the story of the Clinch family set during the hard times of the Depression in Florida on the edge of the Everglades. The setting, the place becomes a powerful character, like the meaning of the Master of Breath, that holds all of their lives. There is Doc Osceola and his men, desperate and ruthless in their quest to take back Florida for the Seminoles. But there is also Margaret, the Indian girl, who is herself a force of nature, fighting to save her brother and herself in the wilderness. The posse that goes after the war party gives balance to the heavies in the novel, searching after the captive children, determined to bring down the bloodthirsty maniacs who have taken them. There is also a comic vein, here, that enriches the meaning of the story. Ultimately, for me, the book is mysterious, but also authentic in character and setting like the other Paul Allen books I have read, different, strange, original, and sustained to the last word. Another of his novels that left me thinking. Different from anything I have read.