Lightwood Judah Cannon is the middle son of the notorious Cannon clan led by Sherwood its unflinching and uncompromising patriarch When Judah returns to his rural hometown of Silas Florida after a stint in pr

  • Title: Lightwood
  • Author: Steph Post
  • ISBN: 9781943818303
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Judah Cannon is the middle son of the notorious Cannon clan led by Sherwood, its unflinching and uncompromising patriarch When Judah returns to his rural hometown of Silas, Florida after a stint in prison, he is determined to move forward and live it clean with his childhood best friend and newly discovered love, Ramey Barrow Everything soon spirals out of control, thougJudah Cannon is the middle son of the notorious Cannon clan led by Sherwood, its unflinching and uncompromising patriarch When Judah returns to his rural hometown of Silas, Florida after a stint in prison, he is determined to move forward and live it clean with his childhood best friend and newly discovered love, Ramey Barrow Everything soon spirals out of control, though, when a phone call from Sherwood ensnares Judah and Ramey in a complicated web of thievery, brutality and betrayal Pressured by the unrelenting bonds of blood ties, Judah takes part in robbing the Scorpions, a group of small time, meth cooking bikers who are flying down the highway with the score of their lives Unbeknownst to the Cannons, however, half of the stolen cash in the Harley saddlebags belongs to Sister Tulah, a megalomaniacal Pentecostal preacher who encourages her followers to drink poison and relinquish their bank accounts When Sister Tulah learns of the robbery, she swears to make both the Cannons and the Scorpions pay, thus bringing all parties into mortal conflict rife with deception and unpredictable power shifts When Judah s younger brother Benji becomes the unwitting victim in the melee, Judah takes it upon himself to exact revenge, no matter the damage inflicted upon himself and those around him Judah becomes a driven man, blinded by his need for vengeance and questioning everything he thought he believed in With Ramey at his side, Judah is forced to take on both the Scorpions and Sister Tulah as he struggles to do the right thing in a world full of wrongs.

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    1. All things considered, Judah Cannon probably should have just stayed in prison. Instead, once released, he discovers that no one has come to pick him up, which should be the first clue as to where he ranks with his bottom-feeding family and his on-again, off-again wife. That notwithstanding, he makes his way home to the small rural town of Silas in northern Florida. His preference would be to make an honest life for himself and for the woman he has loved all his life, his childhood friend, Ramey [...]

    2. When I read the plot for this upcoming novel by Steph Post, I was a little disappointed as it seemed very similar to her last novel, A Tree Born Crooked, and I was worried that it would simply be a rehash of the same ideas. But although there are similarities, where we follow a man returning to his small-town Florida home after time away, kindling a romantic flame and reluctantly reuniting with family knowing that it will only bring trouble, ultimately this book felt like a totally different bea [...]

    3. Steph Post's writing is a sawed-off shotgun full of double-ought buckshot, a Saturday night bar fight and a Sunday morning hallelujah. It's blood on pine needles and taking a rise in the road too fast on a Harley. She writes like the marriage of William Gay and Flannery O'Connor at a midnight crossroads.

    4. You won't find a more cinematic opening and closing scene in a novel this year than the ones in this gritty Florida rural noir novel by Tampa author Steph Post. She kicks it off with Judah Cannon, a member of the mostly criminal family of Cannons in the small Florida town of Silas, getting out of prison after three years and discovering no one is waiting to meet him. He ends up walking 20 miles to his hometown -- and straight into a bar.What I liked even better than that opening scene was what h [...]

    5. First of all, I'm not going to rehash the plot of this novel. Buy it and read it yourself, but I will tell you this: Steph Post doesn't just write stories, she writes fables. With character names like Judah, and Ramses, you'd think a reader would pick up on that from the beginning, but you don't. Instead from the first few pages, you find yourself being drawn into a story that could be taking place right next door, involving real people, that everyone knows. I could be a chanter in a Post novel, [...]

    6. Post’s (A Tree Born Crooked) rural Florida is a place where one would not want to break down when passing through. Silas is a violent town with little apparent law enforcement and plenty of smoky, grimy bars patronized by motorcycle gang members and the criminal clan that controls the community. Money and meth are at stake here, where even the local preacher manages her followers through malevolent manipulation. Despite his determination to go straight, Judah, a son in the brutal Cannon family [...]

    7. All my reviews can be found at davidnemeth.If you think of Florida as the Holy Trinity of Tourism: Orlando, Miami and Key West, then Steph Post's Lightwood (Polis Books), a backwoods crime fiction novel set in northern Florida, will be a bit of a surprise.Lightwood begins with Judah Cannon released from prison and no one is there to pick him up, not his on-again-off-again wife or his cohorts in crime — his father and brother. As Judah begins the long walk to his hometown, it is time for that [...]

    8. 2017 is barely a month old and LIGHTWOOD by Steph Post has already set the bar mighty high for any other books scheduled to be released this year. LIGHTWOOD explores family dynamics, both in the families we’re born in to and the ones we choose.How far will you go to protect your family?Steph Post does an excellent job balancing the concurrent story lines. While Judah Cannon is the driving force of LIGHTWOOD, Post gives equal time to both Sister Tulah and the Scorpions. The tension between the [...]

    9. This is my first intro to Steph Post and her writing and I have to say I’m blown away. I heard great things about her debut novel A TREE BORN CROOKED so had high hopes for LIGHTWOOD. It’s a refreshing surprise when a book goes above and beyond my expectations which was exactly the case here. The story takes place in Silas, FL, a small rural town where you can feel the heat practically scorching through the pages. The story alternates POVs but centers mostly around Judah Cannon who just got o [...]

    10. Short Summary: When Judah Cannon is released from prison and returns to his hometown of Silas, Florida, he finds himself swiftly wrapped up in the troublesome workings of his family once again except this time may not result in prison, but death.Thoughts: Steph Post has written a riveting noir-style story about revenge and betrayal that switches up the typical Appalachian setting of most Southern Gothic novels and gives us a peek at the dynamic and dangerous world of Florida scrub country.Verdic [...]

    11. I have to confess right here that I did not finish this book. I could not finish it, but you need to know why. The writing was so good, I felt like I was there, which can be a good thing, but I didn't want to be in this particular place. The people made me uncomfortable. They reminded me of folks I knew a long time ago. It wasn't a good place to be then or now, even in my head through this book.Kudos to this author for pulling me in and making it so real. So sorry it was too real that I had to l [...]

    12. Fast paced southern literary crime fiction at its finest. It is very easy to become completely immersed within the world created by the author. Characters are well developed, believable, and sometimes terrifying, pacing is great, and entire work has a very cinematic feel. It's not difficult to see this novel becoming a new mini-series.

    13. Steph Post’s Lightwood is the story of Judah Cannon, a man who hails from a small-time crime family in the backwoods of Florida. Judah has just gotten out of prison and is determined not to do his authoritarian father’s bidding any longer. But when Judah succumbs to those old instincts and his father’s heavy-handed sway, the family pulls a robbery that has long-reaching and unintended consequences. This is a dark tale that pulls no punches, a sledgehammer of a noir populated by real, flawe [...]

    14. Man. Florida. Who'da thought?Well, I mean, once the man ate the other man's face down in Florida, we all knew it was a weird place, right? A place where reality often meetsmething else. Something bizarre. Something not entirely explainable.That's what happens in Steph Post's Lightwood. Reality meetsmething else in a couple of small, backwater Florida towns, populated with biker dudes and small-time-crime-lords and, well, a church that isn'tquitermal.This is crime fiction at its gnarliest. People [...]

    15. Steph Post writes in the great Florida tradition of heat and chaos. She's a natural descendant of MacDonald and a hard boiled Hiaasen. Lightwood will leave you sweating on tenterhooks with every turn of the page. I highly recommend.

    16. A powerful, unflinching family tale that serves up a memorable dose of killer Florida crime fiction. Post is in fine form with this one, and I'm eager to read whatever she does next.

    17. This was a good thrill ride through rural Florida. It was done right. I have a nagging feeling that I have read or seen this plot on TV before and it bugged me all the way through reading the book. The ending was well done and I will read the next in the Judah Cannon series just to see how it goes with Judah and Ramey.

    18. This book is pure Southern Grit-Lit that you light up with a dynamite stick and throw in the belly of a meth-fueled trailer only to watch the flames and chemical fumes going at you faster than a shotgun bullet. YNot so long ago, I promised myself I would stop giving 5-star ratings so easily, just because I liked a character or a passage in the novel and this might seem like my words aren't worth a damn, but good lord this book was a fun ride ! And it is definitely worth a 5-star rating in its ge [...]

    19. In the best possible way, Steph Post’s Lightwood is reminiscent of Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind than Home and Brian Panowich’s Bull Mountain: there is family drama, stolen cash, a meth-cooking biker gang, a gun-hoarding prepper, and a terrifying preacher who doles out punishment through “baptism by fire.” However, Post’s novel is unmistakably feminist, in the sense that it’s strongest and most memorable characters are women. The main antagonist is not a dude, but a menacing, large [...]

    20. This book is a real standout. Exciting action, great emotions and some of the most fascinating characters in recent crime fiction. Sister Tulah is an instant classic. The story moves but never feels rushed, the plots turns in unexpected ways. A total knockout from start to finish and destined to make a lot of best of lists this year.

    21. If you like your like your Florida souvenir shops a little trashy, your bars a little dive-y, and prefer the ramshackle charms of U.S. 441 over the speedy commute of I-75, then there should be a place in your heart for the seedy intrigue of Steph Post’s second novel.Post’s noir-crime misadventure follows ex-con Judah Cannon to one of those Gainesville-to-Jacksonville towns, just after his release from the clink in Starke, Fla. He hitches a ride to his hometown; hooks up with his first true l [...]

    22. Sister Tulah scares me. Absolutely terrifies me.And that's what is at the heart of Steph Post's writing. Living, breathing characters that have brought you into their world. In the case of "Lightwood" that world is a tale of crime fiction where the dirt gets under your nails. Larger in scope than the author's first novel (A Tree Born Crooked), this story of rural vice and territorial power struggles features many more characters and complex story angles, all of which Steph Post culminates to a c [...]

    23. This book reminds me what great writing is all about. The author does an excellent job creating an image in my mind of the world she is describing. Lately it seems the books I've been reading have used catch phrases, maybe using a checklist to define their characters and scenes. Steph Post creates a world that is completely familiar and luxurious in the exposition of all the details. It's raining outside? No, she describes "the steady drumming of raindrops against the metal air conditioning unit [...]

    24. I found myself purposely slowing down my consumption of this book as I neared the end. I did not want to put these characters out of work. Once I did give in and say goodbye to one, I found myself gravitating to some good old butter-dripping southern rock. In this case, Drivin' N' Cryin's Mystery Road album because, you know, "Straight to Hell." It just felt right and it helped ease out of the world Steph Post created for us. She's good folks. Real damn good. Speak of her in the same breath as C [...]

    25. A great premise but the execution is wanting. Our protagonist's adversaries are either cartoonish villains (Sister Tulah) or comically inept (the sad sack Scorpion motorcycle gang) which undermine the suspense and, ultimately, result in a most unsatisfying (narratively unearned) conclusion.

    26. There's only one rattlesnake in Lightwood, but this novel is a tightly coiled predator—sleek, fast, vicious, and impressive. A triumph of Southern noir.Postcard review: ow/bPdq30c1ksJ

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