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Killing Rush by John Calvin Hughes

Killing Rush

by John Calvin Hughes

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Author John Calvin Hughes jumps the reader straight into a story of troubled brothers and troubled lives in his novel Killing Rush. Strong language perfectly fits the strong lead character, redneck to the core, dragged out of his strangely uncaring life into a cross-country quest to “save” an apparently weak and ailing brother. But no one is quite who they seem in this scarily honest depiction of insanity, love and loss. Dark humor, slapstick comedy, tragic uncertainty and vividly plausible religious and political musings all intertwine as reality twists, losers win, and those who would be saved might damn them all.

By turns mystical and down-to-earth, both lyrical and harsh, the author’s perfect sense for detail creates pictures drawn with strong clear concepts and a minimum of words. Convincing dialog makes even deep and complex religious debate as fascinating as conversation around drugs, drink, literature, and music. Meanwhile, equal strength passion, pathos and humor drive an oddly plausible, humorously reprehensible “mission from God.”

Killing Rush is one of those books that defy genre and draw the reader into a real world, totally convincingly portrayed, evocative, filled with unexpected wit and emotion, and manifesting different kinds of grief through human joy. I don’t know if it’s “more fun to be stoned while we discuss philosophy” or theology, but I do know this book brings to life a wealth of experiences and arguments, and leaves me missing the characters when the final page is turned.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jun 3, 2015 |
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In Killing Rush John Hughes delivers a wonderfully detailed account of a whipsmart redneck’s last ditch effort to help his Ph.D.-wielding brother who is beset by sudden onset spiritual smithereens. On a road trip through the bottom of Florida, ostensibly in aid of the brother’s cock-eyed but soul-cleansing plan to terminate the coward Limbaugh, the brothers share and celebrate a hurricane of doubt, grief, self-loathing, and fast food. They take a deep dive into the loveably clownish latrine of Southern Culture, all the while spinning toward one brother’s death and the other’s return to roots—the conversion from credentialed academic back to homeboy redneck, meaning, in this case, that the survivor learns to forget the classroom and love the carport. In this shrewd new novel things fly apart deliciously. –Frederick Barthelme

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