The Devil and Preston Black

The Devil and Preston Black

by Jason Jack Miller


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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. This charismatic 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. If he doesn't wise up he'll be adding 'deal with the devil' to his list.

Lucky for Preston, he has help: an angelic beauty who matches him note for note and a music professor who deciphers the old Appalachian curses binding Preston to a song that is 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."

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935738305
Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Series: Murder Ballads and Whiskey
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Devil and Preston Black 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TurkeyJoeJr More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this book to support a friend, his dream and his passion. After the first few chapters, Preston and the rest of the characters sucked me into their world which I enjoyed. Being from SW PA and having sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door in those mountains, I can assure you the references, beliefs and way of life are all very real. Nice work Jason!
SccrMom More than 1 year ago
This is an author I discovered through Goodreads, one of many who've taken the ebook plunge. Thanks to my e-reader, I'm able to take a chance on authors I've never heard of, but who sound interesting, something I urge everyone with an e-reader to do. Rock musician Preston Black is in search of the father he never knew, and believes he's found a clue in a song called "The Devil and Preston Black." The search leads him on a musical journey through the mountains of West Virginia, where he discovers the traditional music of his home state. Along the way he must struggle with crumbling relationships with his foster family and his own inner demons. Especially recommended for music fans.
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