Paul Allen: Mr Black And White



Og for the seductive magic of California romance the movie business dining with political lites to living out of his car a panorama of people in the world of woes we know today and an assassination plot to kill the incoming president for some reason assigning Marty in the plotThe territory covered and the manner in which naturalistjournalist Allen relates it sounds as though it approaches autobiography But that is where the book takes on a sense of compassion for the travails of Presunta colpevole each of us in this world that simply no longer makes send Mr Black and White becomes us and that is a signature of a fine author utter involvement with the main character and the pledge to selfxaminationpreservation and honesty Richly written this book deserves a wide audience Mr Black and White is unlike any contemporary American novel I know Although there is a political background the book is about a broad swath of characters across the land whose lives intersect with Marty a former Obama speechwriter the protagonist who Ve of the first Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem election andnds on the day of the inaugurationThe novel is not about the politics didactic or polemicalIt is Marty's story and the story of those he meets as he struggles to remain true to himself under the most difficult circumstances In this way MR BLACK AND WHITE becomes veryone's sto.

Mr Williams You re a talented man Even at the leventh hour American writer and filmmaker Paul Allen has written five novels APELAND NEGRO FORT MASTER OF BREATH ASKING FOR IT and MR BLACK AND WHITE ach one reflecting his fascination and passion for nature as well as demonstrating the polished gifts as a writer well trained for his profession His studies in English and psychology were capped By an MFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California and he polished his skills writing short stories and journalism appearing in a wide sweep of publications as The Smith The St Petersburg Times The Tampa Tribune The Florida Handbook and The uarterly Journal of Military History A member of Writers Guild he has taught classical and modern literature writing and film at USC and Rhode Island School of design Now form his home in the woods of New England he turns our screenplays and novels that have a characteristic sense of nticing the reader to connect with the characters and the messages of his worksOn th. Marty Williams an Obama speechwriter does not get the promised administration job cannot return to the newspaper because it is closing loses verything and sets out in a snowstorm with all he has left his car and his dog for California where his picaresue adventures begin romance the movie business dining.

E ve of the presidential Pursuit of Justice election Obama speechwriter Marty Williams dreams of the mountains of Kunar Province in Afghanistan where he had been imbedded as a journalist with a company of Marines A naturalist as well as a journalist he had lived with a suad at their observation bunker of sandbags and rock overlooking the narrow alpine valley where his special ops colleagues were not the raw generation kill types but California surfer type kids and other simple guys assigned to a harsh warnvironment not the usual fierce ready to kill USMC types until the company is attacked by the Taliban suffering atrocious casualties and Marty awakens and is involved with the Dangerous to Touch election returns as is Karen his lady friend but as time rolls past the memories of Afghanistan recur and blur Marty sxpectations of a government appointment an appoint Karen receives but not Marty He seems to be losing Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude everything old job new job possibilities his mother s farm Karen and so he sets out withverything he has left a car and his With political Rodeo Daughter elites to living out of his car a panorama of people in the world of woes we know today and a presidentlect assassination plot unjustly tied to MartyThe novel begins with a flashback a dream Marty has about being in a firefight as an imbedded journalist with Marines in Afghanistan on the

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Paul Allen is a writer filmmaker and naturalist He is the author of the novels APELAND NEGRO FORT MASTER OF BREATH ASKING FOR IT MR BLACK AND WHITE and NEVER A SOLDIER His short fiction and journalism have appeared in The Smith The St Petersburg Times The Tampa Tribune The Florida Handbook and The uarterly Journal of Military History A Writers Guild member screenplays have been