Praise

“Great historical fiction about Galveston, Texas!  Michael Kasenow resourcefully tracks the plight of the oppressed and exploited “alley people” of Galveston, Texas in the post Civil War era. The Last Paradise is a stirring story of the strength and endurance of these unwavering men and women fighting to keep their dignity through the trials of injustice and bigotry in the age of Jim Crow.  A master at character development… Kasenow writes with such realism…  Includes both rollicking and subtle humor and a thread of romance throughout the story… The Last Paradise, an editors choice book, is destined to establish Michael Kasenow as a serious historical fiction author.  Wonderful characters!”
Richard R. Blake, Reader Views

“Lest you get the idea that this is a depressing novel about a wretched underclass, let me assure you nothing could be farther from the truth. Kasenow’s cast of characters is one of the most endearing motley crews I’ve had the pleasure of joining since John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flats!  Evocative writing… I highly recommend The Last Paradise. A must Read! Poignant! Breath Taking!”
Kelly Davis, Bookideas

“Michael Kasenow’s wonderful new book, The Last Paradise creates an evocative portrait of turn of the 20th century Galveston. Painted against a vivid and historically accurate canvas, Kasenow’s drama has the social punch of a Sinclair Lewis novel, the action of a Jack London adventure, and a lively sense of humor reminiscent of the works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain).  A Great Read!”
—Rod Clark, BookReview 

“Kasenow has certainly done his homework in recreating the flavor of Galveston at the turn of the last century as he blends vivid and harsh descriptions with social, political and economic commentary that is caught up in a hideous and haunting tangle of racism. His knack in revealing off-the-wall characters in small gestures and poignant dialogue adds to their authenticity as we witness them being caught up in a range of situations, some not exactly lawful, that come together into a tightly knitted story. He even manages to throw in a bit of romance and sly humor providing the reader with a change of pace and a kind of relaxed center from the various mad events spinning around in the novel.  You want to keep reading…  Brilliant Writing! Captivating!”
Norman Goldman, Bookpleasures

“Mr. Kasenow’s brilliant writing in this particular novel affords the reader a dynamic look into the post-Civil War era, and reminds us of where this country once was regarding slavery, bigotry and other similar injustices, and how far our country has come. Vivid descriptions of this incredibly poor city and its inhabitants are expertly laced throughout the book.  The Last Paradise is a wonderfully woven story that unfolds it’s raw and gritty message right in the beginning and does not waiver until the thrilling end. Five Stars!”
Lynette Lasko, Feathered Quill

“Immediately, the reader becomes part of the community. From the start of the book, these people feel real with depth of character, and above all a sense of humor that gets them through very difficult situations.  The Last Paradise is one of the year’s must reads!”
—Tami Brady, TCM Reviews

“The Last Paradise is a grand, sweeping panoramic novel of post-Civil War Galveston, Texas, in 1900. It is a poetic novel of warmth and humor, of philosophic musings and deep insights into the human psyche. I was reminded of the writing of John Steinbeck, in that both often dealt with themes involving the struggle of the working class. This is Kasenow’s debut novel, yet it is imbued with a rich flair and characterization rare for any novel… If you like sweeping historical novels that draw you into the tale and make you empathize with the characters, if you like books that will grab a hold of you, and thrill you with lots of action and descriptive, poetic language, The Last Paradise is one of the year’s must reads. It should be on every best selling books list, and it is a very impressive debut from an extremely gifted author. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more novels by Michael Kasenow in the future.  Breathtaking! Inspiring!”
—Douglas R. Cobb, Best Sellers World

“Debut novelist Michael Kasenow offers insights to greed, brutality, and the saving grace of healing, but it is through the frailty and strength of the human spirit that he reveals triumph over despair. All along, he depicts the beautiful, corrupt city filled with an array of complex citizens. Hopefully, this breathtaking, inspiring first novel is not the last from this author.  Five Stars at Amazon! Haunting! Filled with humor, tragedy and colorful characters!”
—Barbara Deming, The US Review of Books

“Five Stars! Utterly Fascinating Read!”
—Sam Satter, Curled Up With A Good Book

“Exquisitely written! Masterful!”
Midwest Book Review

“Post-Civil War Galveston is the setting for this exquisitely written, character-rich debut novel by Michael Kasenow. The author masterfully paints a vivid picture of the “alley people” of the reconstruction-era Texas city, a colorful lot of rakes, con-men, prostitutes, drunks, adventurers, and honest workers of all races that lived on the back streets of the place that its wealthy inhabitants called “Paradise.” …  The author’s historical research and deep understanding of human nature and class stratification have allowed him to paint a vivid portrait of a grand city, as flawed as its inhabitants and as vulnerable to the ravages of nature. His skillful plot development, ability to handle the counterpoint of multiple storylines, easy-flowing dialogue, and spot-on pacing all make for a lively novel that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and moving. Kasenow’s book is deeply satisfying in its scope and range, and above all, in its celebration of the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.  Five Stars!  A fantastic book for lovers of historical fiction!”
—Kristine Morris, Foreword Magazine

“One of the strongest parts of the book was the portrayal of the 1900 hurricane that killed thousands in Galveston. It is used to bring several plotlines together and to give resolution to the book. This book is recommended for lovers of historical fiction.  Flamboyant Characters Come To Life!”
—Sandie Kirkland, Rebecca’s Reads

“Vivid descriptions make the reader feel as if they are there. An excellent portrayal of a time when the Klan ran rampant over the south and most people turned a blind eye.”
—Shirley Roe, All Books Review