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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: COUNTERPOINT (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582436185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582436180
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Creed of Violence"

"Boston Teran's The Creed of Violence is a terrific story and beautifully written. It works as a story about imperialism, and it's also a touching tale of fathers, sons and one very bad man's attempts at regeneration. But most of all it's exciting and tense and you'll probably read it, as I did, in one great sitting." --Robert Ward, author of "Red Baker" and "Four Kinds of Rain"

"Teran's considerable skills sneakily transform his characters, who use language like a concealed weapon. His Rawbone, a raconteur straddling the gutter between the old West and belle epoque, is a Manila line braided with wit, cold-blooded efficiency, and a surprisingly expansive soul--a romantic cynic too wise to misinterpret derision for insight. The hallucinogenic epic he traverses with young John Lourdes produces one of the most exciting literary pairings since Fagin met Twist." --Todd Field

Praise for "God Is a Bullet"

"Ranks with Joan Didion's "The White Album" . . . and John Ford's classic film "The Searchers"." --"The San Francisco Examiner"

"A millennial morality play . . . that might well have been written by William Blake [and] James Ellroy . . . if they'd all sat around with a few gallons of absinthe." --"Dallas Morning Herald"

Praise for "Never Count Out the Dead"

"Cements Teran's talent as a . . . virtuoso." --"Publishers Weekly"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Boston Teran, dont on sait juste qu il a grandi dans le Bronx, n a a ce jour ni revele sa veritable identite, ni communique sa photo. Apres le coup d eclat de "Satan dans le desert" ("God is a Bullet"), recompense par le John Creasey Award et encense par la critique, il a ecrit cinq romans dont "Trois femmes", qui n est toujours pas publie aux Etats-Unis, et "Gig", commentaire d un chien sur l Amerique. Teran vit dorenavant au Mexique. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A massive return to form by Boston Teran, easily his best since his scorching debut 'God is a Bullet'. Dark, intense and heady, this is thriller writing as high art.
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HASH(0x93cd0fc0) out of 5 stars Enter War for Oil? It Happened 100 Years Ago! 22 Oct. 2009
By Glenda - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love unusual and The Creed of Violence by Boston Teran is unusual for various reasons. One is that the two main characters are father and son; however, the father does not know that the younger man is his son until close to the end of the book. The author emphasizes the relationship over and over by often eliminating the use of their names, choosing instead to refer to them as "the father" or "the son." For this reader, it forced me to look more closely at their dialogue and actions and to carefully examine the interrelationship shifts and changes. A truly unique experience that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Another unusual thing was that Teran wrote in a foreword statement that he would leave it to the reader's judgment whether our present political and military situation parallels the world upon which his novel was built. Doing this, of course, also forces the reader to verify or deny those parallels. Even before I started to read, I was sure there would be!

Rawbone was born in Scabtown and raised in a brothel. He was not yet 10 when he killed his first man. His son considered him a common assassin.

His son thought he hated him because he had left he and his mother. Perhaps, though, he had grown stronger because of his father--because John Lourdes was a respected officer of the Bureau of Investigation. And he wanted to be the cause of his father's death...

Now he had his chance. In his latest escapade Rawbone had killed all of the men who were driving a large truck--full of guns and ammunition. Rawbone had planned on selling the load to the highest bidder, checking in with his lawyer as to how that could be best accomplished. He sent him to Juarez to meet with "very private people."

John Lourdes was already working in that area. So was his boss, Justice Knox, who was at the right place at the right time to capture Rawbone. In fact, his son was one of the agents who now had him under arrest. But then, Rawbone had something to trade...

It made John sick to think that his father could earn immunity. What was worse, because he was the only agent who was bilingual, John was going to have to travel with Rawbone as he "worked off" his end of the deal. They would travel across the border, where John would have no authority; Rawbone could escape or kill him and nobody could prevent it! The only hold over him would be that John would have Knox's direct order to kill him if he posed any type of threat. Father and Son both had reason to protect each other--or to kill the other!

And they were heading deep into Mexican oil country--where representatives of American oil companies and governmental officials were meeting to increase bottom line profits--with oil, it's always the bottom line...

Boston Teran's The Creed of Violence is a tour into the deadly violence that erupts when power and money drive the actions of men, while others starve and barely make a living. With high tension between father and son while the action is sometimes slow-paced, it challenges readers to study the love/hate relationship as it evolves between the two men, as they fight to save their lives!

This tale will live with me--and maybe you--for a long time! Highly recommended!

G. A. Bixler
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93cd2d14) out of 5 stars Boston Teran's HEART OF DARKNESS 11 Oct. 2009
By Steve MM - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I came to THE CREED OF VIOLENCE by way of Boston Teran's other hit book out GIV-THE STORY OF A DOG AND AMERICA. It was not only a great literary work about a dog, it was a moving look into the soul of America, so I thought I'd give THE CREED a shot. It is about a father and son, alienated, who must take a shipment of arms together into Mexico during the Revolution of 1910. The plotline barely scratches the surface. The book goes from heart stopping to heart breaking and back again in nothing flat, it has a deep social conscious at the same time is has scathing black humor. It is about iconic American characters while it is a cautionary tale.

Imagine Joseph Conrad's THE HEART OF DARKNESS told with the style, drama and passion of Tchaikovsky's OVERTURE OF 1812. Reading these two great books reminds me of the first U2 concert I saw - I knew I was experiencing something totally unique.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93cd51a4) out of 5 stars Boston Teran Visceral Poet 1 Oct. 2009
By CharFlorida - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The manuscript to THE CREED was leaked from publishers to movie scouts to film producers because it was a dynamite read. That's how I got a copy. Let me tell you. Boston Teran is an American original. He is a literary dramatist and literary painter without peer.

THE CREED is about a father and son. The elder is a murderer, the younger an agent for the Bureau of Investigation. Their journey together is to take a truck loaded with ammunition through Mexico during the Revolution of 1910 to the oil fields of Tampico.

THE CREED is thrilling. It is humane, filled with pathos and humor, it is political, social, totally relevent to our present war in the Middle East and it is, above all, blow out rock and roll artistry.

What's the line from that old classic - Who is that masked man? Some say Teran is not even a man, but a woman using a cover. Doesn't matter. The book is a knockout. Teran walks alone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93cd5e64) out of 5 stars Creed of Violence Makes Me Want to read all of Teran's earlier work!! 2 Oct. 2009
By LoveFiction - Published on
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I bought this book because I thought the cover was very hip and I am a big fan of the era. I had no idea the book would be that good. The story is pretty well detailed in the outline on Amazon so I won't go there. I will only tell you I was absolutely drawn in, not only was it thrilling - I read the book in one night - but the details of the era blew me away. I would be reading and say " that can't be true" then I did research on the internet and - it was true. This book is a whole new take on literary/historical fiction. I give it the highest rating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93cda264) out of 5 stars Fantastic book-- needs to be a movie!! 15 Oct. 2009
By C. Weinstein - Published on
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T-riffic. Plot - clever plus important, Characters - utterly real and detailed, yet mythic. Had the humanity of SHANE and the intensity of THE WILD BUNCH. Like Hemingway, Steinbeck and McCarthy - the book is literary but begs to be filmed - big time filmed. I read Universal is making it.
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