Delivering Virtue: A Dark Comedy Adventure of the West
Didier Rain is broke, lovesick, and just off a three-day whiskey binge. And yet, The Church of the Restructured Truth has been told in a vision that he's the man to fulfill their Holy Prophecy. He must deliver Virtue - a blue-eyed infant - 1,000 miles along the western pioneer trail to their prophet's stronghold as his child bride to be. Savages, zealots, and wildfire all stand in Rain's way, not to mention a list of Thou-shalt-nots designed to thwart any man's most basic comforts. But, there's something holy about the job - something, Rain suspects, that might just turn his sorry life toward a better path.
In Delivering Virtue - Book One of The Epic of Didier Rain - Brian Kindall takes the classic novel of the West and turns it on its head. Grandiloquent humor, pathos, and a cast of absurd and depraved characters all come together in an American Frontier world inspired by myth and legend, creating a surreal and disarmingly poignant adventure reviewers are calling a triumph of American Magical Realism.
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"Threads of satire are skillfully woven into this tapestry of humor and pathos, magical realism, and historical fact. Brian Kindall's splendid allegorical odyssey, Delivering Virtue, features ne'er-do-well wannabe-poet Didier Rain, chosen to transport the cherubic infant Virtue to her intended groom, Nehi, prophet of a Mormon splinter sect known as the Church of the Restructured Truth." - Foreword Clarion Reviews, Literary Fiction Book of the Year Finalist
"This provocative, wholly satisfying novel is a Western adventure told in the language of magic realism. It skillfully blends historical insights, moments of fantastical humor, stories of travel through exotic climes, and references to European poetry, Homeric mythology, and even Oedipal psychology." - Blue Ink Reviews
"If I had to summarize what I think about this book, I would say it's "The Odyssey" of the wild west with a swashbuckling dandy narrating a journey of prophecy and magical realism. Add a pile of depraved characters and stir.I couldn't put it down. Definite 5 stars." - Allie's Opinions