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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Homer Hickam's best book ever!

    RED HELMET is a riveting,romance/adventure story that captures the true spirit of the West Virginia coal miner and the courage and skill of mine rescue teams everywhere. It's a real page turner that will have the reader laughing out loud in some parts and in tears in others. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Love this new Homer Hickam book!

    Homer Hickam's latest novel takes him back to a familiar place the coalfields of West Virginia. And, the homecoming is sweet. In Red Helmet Hickam is right in the pocket with the tale of a small mining town, a big city out of towner stirring things up, action, adventure, romance and humor. If you liked his 'Coalwood' series, which included the now classic 'Rocket Boys' which became the good-but-not-as-good-as-the-book movie 'October Sky', you'll really love this modern day peek into the lives of these folks. Plus, if you're a fan of popular musician Jim Brickman, he makes a cameo in the book. How cool is THAT? I loved this book...couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    Homer Hickam returns to his roots with a thrilling tale of contemporary West Virginia

    Readers clamoring for fast-moving, absorbing books of either fiction or non-fiction can certainly find both in the works of Homer Hickam. Besides his internationally acclaimed 'Rocket Boys' memoirs, Hickam has written a gripping narrative about German U-boats along America's Atlantic coast during World War II ('Torpedo Junction'), a riveting techno-thriller sure to please any science fiction buff ('Back to the Moon'), eloquent and heartfelt words of 'strength and courage' inspired by the events of September 11, 2001 ('We Are Not Afraid'), and three action-packed World War II novels featuring the swashbuckling Josh Thurlow ('The Keeper's Son,' 'The Ambassador's Son,' and 'The Far Reaches'). With his latest novel, Homer Hickam returns to his roots and the coal mines of West Virginia that he knows so well. And in the pages of 'Red Helmet,' with its focus on contemporary Highcoal, West Virginia, you'll become familiar with them too, as well as the problems and issues that residents daily--and unflinchingly--face head-on. And throughout the story, which showcases beautiful, hard-nosed New York businesswoman Song Hawkins and the equally tough manager of the Highcoal mine, Cable Jordan, are interwoven thrilling subplots of intrigue, romance, murder, and sheer nail-biting suspense. It all makes for a page-turning tale, one that will captivate the millions of devoted fans of this best-selling author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Loved this book!

    I like all of Homer Hickam's books but I'm tickled he has decided to return to what made him famous in the first place with this story of life in the Appalachian coalfields. The difference is this time his story has a contemporary setting with all the problems and challenges of life in today's world. I loved his main character, the plucky Song, a rich New Yorker who marries a West Virginia coal mine manager. Cable's his name and coal mining's his game and nothing, not even love for his rich, new wife, is going to get him to leave the mountains and mines. Naturally, it doesn't take too long before the marriage is in trouble. Cable's a great character, too, but he is so typically MALE. I liked it when Song decides to put on the red helmet of the novice coal miner and show Cable what she's truly made of. Pretty soon, I was cheering her and her fellow 'red caps' on. There's also a mystery to be solved and a murder or two, not to mention a big finish with a mine explosion and a rescue attempt that makes all the big television news programs. I know women readers are going to love this story and I bet men will, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Just finished the Advance Reading Copy and loved it

    Another great book by Homer Hickam. A romantic look at modern coal mining USA. After his wildly successful 'Coalwood' series - Rocket Boys/October Sky, etc. - Hickam has written a stirring, very satisfying novel set in modern Appalachia. He pulls no punches. Song, a beautiful New Yorker, and Cable, the manager of a coal mine, love each other but Song hates West Virginia and the people in it. Meth and oxycontin are part of the culture now and Hickam includes it along with the otherwise lovable people of Highcoal. Ultimately, Song has to put on the red helmet of a new coal miner and face the coal mine which she naturally detests. But there, she finds of all things love. The book is dedicated to mine rescue teams everywhere so I don't think it gives too much away to say that Hickam has also written a 'mine rescue procedural' here. Ever wonder what's going on behind the scenes during a mine rescue? Hickam provides it. All this plus his trademark subtle humor 'yet, I laughed out loud several times', Hickam may be back with a book that could approach even October Sky in sales. We booksellers are always looking for a book to stimulate sales post-Christmas. I think we have one here.

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