Title: Bait, Brutes, and Bullets: Tales from New Biloxi
Authors: Kyle Perkins & Lila Vale
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Catastrophic flooding plunged the Earth into a harsh existence hundreds of years ago. Unable to bear the weight of the chaos, societal structures broke down and domes were constructed to preserve the coastal cities as the surrounding areas became swampy wasteland. In this new and unforgiving world, survival of the fittest is the only true law.
Harvey Cline has perfected his bravado in order to survive in the Biloxi dome, but it takes more than charm to stay on top for any length of time. Hostility between the competing casinos is escalating and he risks losing everything. When he learns of a new drug that could rig the game in his favor, he heads to the swamps to find the source.
He thought it’d be easy saving his casino, but he wasn’t expecting the pretty bird in the sundress to give him a run for his money.
Typical swamp folk are secretive, angry, and hostile. Norra Lasalle is no different. With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of bluffing, she’s been able to keep her head above water while making Gator Bait, but people are starting to snoop around and she’s worried she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Harvey is pure trouble in a fancy suit and she wants no part of it, especially when the guy has a real knack for working down her guard. Her anonymity has kept her alive so far… but how long can the loose lips in a small town keep that kind of a secret?
Rating: 4 Stars ✰✰✰✰
Bait, Brutes, and Bullets is a dystopian story co written by Kyle Perkins and Lila Vale. I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. Dystopian isn’t really my genre, but I ended up really enjoying it.
Harvey Cline needs to win the competition between the rivaling casinos if he wants to stay on top. In order to do that he needs to find an edge. The edge he needs presents itself in the form of a drug called Gator Bait. He decides he needs to leave the Biloxi Dome and head out into the swamp to find the person who makes it and bring them back. He wasn’t expecting what he finds.
Nora Lasalle thinks she’s hidden her tracks well. She accidentally discovered the formula for Gator Bait but really doesn’t want to contribute more to the downfall of society. However, she needs to make ends meet, and selling the drug as a pain reliever helps with that. But it could be dangerous for her if the Brutes find out. Trouble finds her in the name of Harvey Cline. More in the fact that she finds she has feelings for him the longer she is around him.
This book does a great job touching on the subject of prejudice. The people in the swamp and the people in the dome have been conditioned to hate each other. Bringing them together for a common cause proves difficult, but it helps that Nora and Harvey are working together and have good reputations in their societies. I loved that Nora was a very strong woman. She has learned not only how to survive, but how to thrive and protect herself. Harvey took his poor upbringing and used it as motivation to have a better life for himself. It’s a fun dynamic when the two of them get together and I found myself laughing a few times when they would challenge each other. I wasn’t expecting to be laughing while reading this. This book was so much more then a dystopian and I highly recommend it.
About the Authors:
It was only recently that Kyle Perkins discovered his love of putting his imaginative daydreams in writing for others to enjoy. He founded and managed some of the largest text-based roleplaying groups on Facebook, which sparked his passion for storytelling and helped him sharpen his skills as an author. Since the January 2016 release of his debut dystopian novel, Reddened Wasteland, Kyle has published three other works with plans to release several more in the upcoming months, including the second installment of the Reddened Wasteland series. He’s a dog person, an Aquarius, and he lives in Florida, though he’ll tell you he lives on the internet.
I think I’ve spent more time in my own mind than I have spent being “present” in the real world, to be honest. When it comes to talking about myself, everything seems so mundane compared to the things I’ve seen and done in my imagination! Maybe that’s why I decided to start putting it into words to share with other people.
I’ll add a few things about myself: I grew up in a semi-rural town in Florida, I’ve always been an avid reader and writer – though I didn’t have the cojones to publish anything before now – and I am a huge fan of wasting time on the internet. I’ve been a waitress, a secretary, I’ve worked retail and I’ve done manual labor… all of which paid much better than hustling as an indie author, but were nowhere near as rewarding. I am in love with my life as a writer and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ll eat ramen every day for the rest of my life if I means I get to keep telling stories!