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by Jason Jack Miller

Free eBook The Devil and Preston Black: Appalachian Gothic download ISBN: 0615472907
Author: Jason Jack Miller
Publisher: Union City Publishing (March 17, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 414
Category: Unexplained Phenomenons
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense
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With this new book, Jason Jack Miller has single-handedly cornered the market on Appalachian Noir fiction, and deservedly s.

With this new book, Jason Jack Miller has single-handedly cornered the market on Appalachian Noir fiction, and deservedly so. The Devil and Preston Black is a page-turner laced with an audiophile's longing for the days when music was genuine, and the storytelling reminded me of a strange array of similar stories - High Fidelity, Crossroads, Justified. yet it stood out from the pack as fresh, thanks to Miller's authentic Appalachian voice. I think that Miller wants us to associate the devil with Danicka in a Faustian sort of way, since over pillow talk with Preston she asks him for three wishes and shortly there after two of his wishes are fulfilled in a sideways manner.

Jason Jack Miller continues his fascinating exploration of ancient Appalachian magic, the power of music, and .

Jason Jack Miller continues his fascinating exploration of ancient Appalachian magic, the power of music, and the war for a man’s soul with The Revelations of Preston Black, the third book in his Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. If you haven’t read the first two in that series, The Devil and Preston Black and Hellbender, I strongly urge that you do so. Revelations works just fine as a stand-alone novel, but the events covered here are deeply entwined in those first two books

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Preston Black has a nasty habit of falling in love with the wrong women. But girls who don't play nice are the least of his problems. Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn't, where magic doesn't have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul. Format Paperback 228 pages.

During DogCon 2 Jason Jack Miller read from The Revelations of. .And sometimes you're better off with the devil you know. The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother

During DogCon 2 Jason Jack Miller read from The Revelations of Preston Black at Bexley Public Library. Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn't look. The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn't take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he's going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.

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Jason Jack Miller, a former whitewater guide and avid mountain biker, co-authored an outdoor travel guide with his wife in 2006. Its publication ignited his freelancing career; his work has since appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, and as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones.

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Preston Black has a nasty habit of falling in love with the wrong type of woman. But girls who don't play nice are the least of his problems. This handsome bar band guitarist isn't washed-up, but he's about to be. He's broke, he's tired of playing covers and he's obsessed with the Curse of 27. He's about to add 'deal with the devil' to his list. Lucky for Preston, he has help. Like the angelic beauty who picks him up when he's down. And the university professor who helps him sort through old Appalachian hexes and curses to find the song that may be his only shot at redemption. And when things get real bad, he has the ghost of John Lennon to remind him that "nothing is real."
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Preston Black is an orphan who knew neither of his parents growing up. At 27, he's in a rock band, desperately wants to be famous, but feels like he's on a path to destruction. Nothing ever pans out for Preston. It all ends in a pile of ashes and regret.

On the same day he meets a strange but beautiful woman, Preston discovers a song his father might have recorded. Equally obsessed with the song and the woman, Preston embarks on a quest of self discovery. Little does he know he's playing for keeps. One object of his desire could be his salvation. The other could destroy him forever. Can Preston can redeem himself and advance his musical career or will the devil win?

I loved Preston Black's voice. Mr. Miller did a fine job of making me want to find out what happened to him. The novel itself reminded me a lot of the song "To Beat the Devil." But not the way Johnny Cash sang it. Instead, this novel plays out like Kris Kristofferson's original, stripped down, rough, and beautiful. I could hear the music, smell the absinthe, and feel Preston's frustration.
The Devil and Preston Black is that special kind of book that transports the reader into a different place and time. The setting and music are so vivid, they act as supporting characters. Preston is the hero who is easily to relate to. He's the good guy at heart who makes bad decisions. Whose uncertainty about his roots keeps him locked in a spiral of destruction. Knowing the good in his heart kept me glued to the prose with a constant tension hoping the other characters would continue to believe in Preston as much as I did.

I look forward to continuing on Preston's adventure.
Wow...this book took me down some introspective paths that I choose not to travel, as they lead to unpleasant places. As a musician, I could relate to much of the story, and it brought to light some of the devils I've dealt with over the years. The good thing, however, for both Preston and myself, is that it all somehow works out in the end. As the path came close to the conclusion, things looked dire for Preston, and I actually put down the book and wrote a new song of my own...perhaps to ward off the devils? Hard to say...but, once that was out of my system, I took a deep breath, and made my way to the finish line. I'll need to look now, as in the notes at the end, I learned that this was the start of a trilogy, and I'd like to enjoy the others.
It's been a long time since I've been truly impressed with a debut novel, but I am with this one. I don't want to write a book report, but rather share my feelings about it.

This book is so real it's incredible. The characters are real; they live and breathe and struggle with addictions. The setting is real; I'm there as winter turns to spring in the mountains and in the city. The heartache is real; I groaned out loud for the pain of Preston Black both past and present. And most of all the music is real; I wanted to sing along and tap my foot to the jam. Miller knows his characters and his music and has created a milieu so real you can't help but be caught up and swept toward the inevitable doom that his devil has planned.

You catch a few whiffs of something sinister through the first half of the book -- plenty to let you know what's coming as you get invested in the hopes and fears of Preston Black, legend in the making. There's somewhat of a long build-up, but when it finally hits the fan, it's a storm of epic proportions, made all the worse because your heart's tied up with Preston.

Miller knows how to turn a phrase, and he does so to great effect. I often laughed out loud at his wit and humor. All in all, a terrific read, and extremely satisfying. This is what great fiction should be. I hope for more from this talented writer.
I don't like to rehash plot in Amazon reviews--that's the job of the book description, but in brief, THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK (D&PB) is a story that will be familiar to anyone who has ever faced the choice between pursuing their passion and creativity and the need for buckle-down practicality (i.e., a real job).

Black is a likeable character with the best of intentions. He has a dream but he also has family problems, lack-of-family problems, friendship problems, and of course, problems with the women in his life. All of these relationships and problems are woven seamlessly into the plot. (There's a wonderful push-pull in his love life that reminded me of the agonizing Holly Golightly situation in Capote's BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S--male readers will relate.)

In his late 20's, Black faces that crossroads familiar to anyone who dreams of becoming a rock star, movie star, star quarterback, top chef, top model, novelist, champion thrasher or the next Monet: Do you pursue your impossible dream or grow up, give it up and join the rat race? Black faces his now-or-never opportunity: Go for it, or turn back and join the ranks of the muggles and mundanes.

This isn't the first novel to explore such territory. Tom Perotta's THE WISHBONES comes to mind. (Started it twice and never made it to page 40.) And for the record, I should state that I own four guitars, two amps, a bagpipe chanter, a smelly nine-button accordion and a didgeridoo. If you're not a musician (and I don't really consider myself one), your mileage may vary. For me, Black's story brought to mind the struggle of so many singer/songwriters I admire like Dave Alvin, Richard Thompson, Robbie Fulks, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle. These are `second-tier' artists who produce far superior music, but who don't necessarily have Hollywood looks, the glitz or gimmickry that promoters and star-makers look for. They're safe from becoming the next Justin Bieber and probably better off for it. Preston Black is in good company with them.

And speaking of music, one of the most difficult things for a writer to achieve is articulating the magical spell that music weaves over us. Writing about music is like writing about sex--it means something to everyone but resonates differently for each of us. The difficulty is finding that commonality and painting it in a fresh, meaningful way. And for me, the glowing highlight of D&PB is how Miller handles the music. Most writers can mimic the clichés and jargon of music reviews. They open a window for us to look inside and you shrug and say `Yep, that seems like making music.' But Miller builds a door, drags us inside, sets us down, and makes us listen, makes us feel. We get Preston Black's perspective as both listener and as a performer. This is no small feat; even writers who are capable musicians fail miserably at this. In D&PB, not only do we feel the music, but we also feel Black's passion and drive and that's a lot of what pulls us through the novel. If you've ever been in a garage band, tickled a few keys, plucked a string or two, or played air guitar with your mom's broom, you've probably shared Black's wannabe rock-star dream. Miller captures that mania and drive beautifully. It's the force behind Black's character, tempered with flaws and enough baggage to stuff an SUV.

But you don't have to be a musician to enjoy this novel. Music aside, Miller does an outstanding job of bringing this West Virginia/Pennsylvania milieu (both off-the-grid rural and urban) to vivid life. (I almost got heartburn from the pepperoni rolls but he thankfully spares us from scrapple.) There are some delightful supernatural overtones but it is not a paranormal story. The narrative and dialogue is sprinkled with colorful colloquialisms and clever similes reminiscent of the best Southern writers. It's a story that could easily have taken place in Manhattan, LA, or Paris (and a less creative writer would probably have placed it there), but I found it all the richer for the colorful and intriguing world it presents. There are very few novels that make me feel like I've really been somewhere and lived someone else's life. This is one of them.

Now excuse me while I break out my Strat and re-string my Ovation.