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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Literary
  • Language:English
  • Pages:195
  • eBook ISBN:9781483529738

The Shadows of Paradise City

by Brad Allen Hoover

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Illiterate and with an increasingly volatile home life, fifteen-year-old Benjamin Washington takes matters into his own hands. Benjamin begins to teach himself to read in the public library in hopes that literacy might allow him to escape his dangerous home life, but the education that ensues is more than he bargained for, thanks to eighteen-year-old college dropout Bayer Etienne.


The Shadows of Paradise City follows fifteen-year-old Benjamin as his post-high-school-dropout world unfurls, chronicling his time as a graveyard dishwasher at the campy International Café, his time at the library where he pursues an education and prepares for the high school proficiency exam with eighteen-year-old college dropout Bayer Eitenne’s help, and his time as an unwitting drug runner for a shady cafe patron. Things go bad the night before the exam when Benjamin is robbed of a drug delivery he has stuffed into his pants. Johnson, Benjamin’s drug dealing boss, pursues the thieves on a maniacal quest to get the drugs back, dragging Benjamin along with him. As his world closes in around him and the stakes increase, Benjamin must come up with a plan to escape this mess, which threatens not only his future but his life as well. The Shadows of Paradise City humorously explores the nature of education and friendship, but more importantly, chronicles the significant and often ironic events and people who shape our lives.

About the author

Brad Allen Hoover is a high school teacher in Grass Valley, California and the father of twins, Paxton and Josephine. To contact Mr. Hoover, email him at bradallenhoover@gmail.com.