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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    This is a character driven environmental-family drama that grips the audience from the opening gunshot until the final confrontation

    Angela Joy Palladino left Scotia, West Virginia as a pregnant teen with no future there. She gave birth to physically impaired David who she has raised as a single mom; yet also went to school while holding a job. Finally AJ becomes an on the air radio celebrity as an environmental activist that People magazine dubbed "The People's Champion". However, her efforts to end polluting by Capitol Power led to their declaration of bankruptcy; an irate former employer calls her on the air blaming her for losing his job, his home and his dignitary as he and his family reside in a tent; the gunshot ended their one sided discussion; turning her from crusading heroine to widow-making pariah.

    Litigator Zach Hardy hires her to help end the coal mining firms' practice of mountaintop removal in Scotia. However, nothing goes right starting with her boss is dead. Her parents demand she leave while they make her and their nine years old grandson stay at her Gram Flora's house as they do not want her under their roof. Finally Cole the father of her son is angry with what AJ did to him.

    This is a character driven environmental-family drama that grips the audience from the opening gunshot until the final confrontation. The key to this strong story line is that though saving the environment is the theme, the authors insure readers understand opportunity costs like less fuel and potentially less jobs. AJ is a terrific heroine who has taken life's gut punches but keeps on going with gusto; that enthusiasm for life is what she has given to David. With several tense subplots that tie together into a powerful taut thriller, fans will demand more similar tales from CJ Lyons and Erin Brockovich.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    Great mystery novel!

    Rock Bottom is the second book by C.J. Lyons that I've had the pleasure of reading. All of the mystery in this novel kept me glued to the pages. And there was a lot of mystery! From AJ's fight for the enviromental issues, to the death of her new boss, to her parents inviting her back home and then brushing her off, to her son's father's (Cole) real feelings, to the townspeople's rejection of AJ.... and at the heart of the novel seemed to be AJ's love of her disabled son, David. Which made this book endearing to me. My prediction for the ending wasn't the outcome and that's always a plus! I would definately buy the series, if C.J. and/or Erin decide to go down that path! Great reading!

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    In the beginning of the book, I had a hard time getting into the storyline and the book itself. It was difficult for me to follow, I don't know if it was me or the way it was written. I kept hoping it would get better as I kept reading. I am so glad I didn't stop reading this book because I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. As I was reading, AJ reminded me a bit of Erin Brockovich herself, at least from what I saw in the movie about her determination to fight for what is right! AJ reminds me a bit of my husband and me in different ways. She fights for justice and doing the right thing, which is how my husband is. His passion is studying and learning law and justice. I can relate to AJ because she's a mom who lives to love and protect her son. She's a mom to a child with special needs, as am I.

    There are so many twists and turns that come out in this book. I love a good mystery/suspenseful book! The more time AJ spends in her hometown, she discovers secrets of her past that affect her present. She learns why her family and friends did what they did.

    AJ is much more outspoken and bolder than I would ever be. I think being married and being a mom, I have to watch how I react and respond to conflicts and issues of real life. Although I have never been put in that type of situation to stand up for something I believe is wrong. I would hope that I could speak up.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    An exciting new Duo!

    In this story, two great characters created by two strong women (Brokovich and Lyons)team up to save the world and end up in a thrilling and edgy situation. Touching base on family issues, welfare issues, employment and of course the main environmental issues made for a great read. I read it cover to cover in one day. AJ Palladino and Elizabeth Hardy make for a great pair of heroines that you can easily relate to, whether your a mother, single mother, professional career person, or just the average Joe. You end up feeling as though you have a personal stake in the outcome of the story as the characters come alive off the pages. I look forward to more cases with this new dynamic duo!

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