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Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Carter, Andre Lewis

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    12 Apr 22

In the early 1970s, Cesar Alvarez enlists in the navy to escape a life of crime; while the decision saves him from the streets, it also lands him amid volatile racial tensions at a crucial moment in US history. Andre Carter weaves a riveting tale about a side of the US Navy we se...ldom see. With tone-perfect delivery and in an inarguably authentic voice, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea marks the debut of a powerful new talent. --David Poyer, author of Violent Peace Cesar Alvarez doesn't know if he deserves a second chance, but he gets one anyway in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. From the streets of Orlando to the deck of a Vietnam-bound carrier, Andre Carter finds ambiguity in moments of conscience, self-preservation, loyalty, and betrayal. This is an outstanding read. --Barbara J. Taylor, author of Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea opens in the early 1970s with young Cesar, a street tough of Afro-Cuban descent, standing outside a US Navy recruitment office at the crack of dawn. The Vietnam War is raging, the navy has only recently begun the serious process of integration, and the country is reeling from racial turmoil and unrest. So why enlist? Because Cesar sees it as his only hope of survival. He is on the run from a life of crime on the streets of Orlando, and from Mr. Mike, a charismatic, sociopathic gangster who was once a mentor but has now turned on him. Escaping into a navy wrestling with its history of racism and sexism, Cesar soon sees the absurdity of certain prejudices that seem as old as the US Armed Forces. His new life takes him from Orlando to Naval Station Great Lakes, where he questions his resolve as he endures the inferno that is boot camp. But he discovers that the military is a brotherhood of service that feeds his need to belong. From there, Cesar travels to San Diego and finds a California that is nothing like the unbiased utopia he saw portrayed in the movies. Yet he does find love, falling for a beautiful young biracial woman who is much more knowledgeable about life. Cesar is soon deployed across the sea to join the real navy, embarking aboard an aircraft carrier where racial tensions are high and are moving quickly toward violence. The growing flames are fanned with the arrival of a new set of orders. The ship, sailing home, is ordered to turn around and steam toward Vietnam. Through it all, Cesar's ever-growing sense of honor and self-worth force him to make moral decisions he never knew he was capable of. It's a fortitude he will desperately need, because Mr. Mike is coming.
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ISBN 9781617758775
Released NZ 12 Apr 2022
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781617758775
Stock Release date is 12 April 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Imprint Akashic Books,U.S.
Released 12 Apr 2022
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Carter, Andre Lewis
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 209mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text War Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade