By John Jakes
America's grasp storyteller first brought readers to the Crown kin in "Homeland." because the moment new release comes of age, the Crowns attempt to discover their position in a turbulent the USA on the sunrise of a brand new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the glamour of younger Hollywood to the bold heights of early aviation, theirs is a narrative of ardour and event, glory and ambition.
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Innis dropped, his left ear bleeding. He ﬂopped on his stomach, sighed, and passed out. The owner and the card players stood in a half circle around Innis while Carl caught his breath and rubbed what felt like a pulled shoulder muscle. The owner emptied a water bucket on the fallen man. Innis licked water from his lips and kept on sleeping. “He’s been mad as hornets for a week,” the owner observed. “First they ﬁred him at the track, then his old woman locked him out. He’s been on a rip ever since.
Lucky for you. ” Presently he had his food and drink. The loudest of the card players, a lanky man with a blotched nose, kept hectoring the others. Finally an older man folded his hand and threw it down. A DREAM OF SPEED 27 “I’m tired of your lip, Innis. ” Innis staggered up, overturning his chair. “Hey, you bastard, you can’t quit. ” “I’m quitting, Innis. ” The older man gave Innis a hard stare. Carl sopped up gravy with a piece of oatmeal bread, noting that the older man was a head taller than Innis.
Paul drove a heavy shoe into the man’s groin. The man reeled away. On hands and knees, Paul crawled to Julie. He pressed his mouth to hers frantically; felt the warmth of her breathing. He groaned with relief. When he raised his head he saw that bright blood from a cut on his cheek smeared her pale chin. Rough hands fastened on his neck and arms. He was dragged up, spun around. The policeman in charge fairly spat at him: “That’s all, laddie-buck. I saw you assault an ofﬁcer. ” Struggling futilely—there were three holding him now— Paul looked across the street and felt his stomach churn.
American dreams by John Jakes