Thunder on the Mountain (Hemlock County Series)

Thunder on the Mountain (Hemlock County Series)

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by David Poyer
     
 

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“A stunning period tale in which the oft-forgotten essence of the American dream is visible in every chapter." - Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Dramatic and suspenseful, full of despair and hope.” – Booklist, starred review

"The prizefight and deer hunt sequences are worthy of Jack London"– Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Poyer, who grew

Overview

“A stunning period tale in which the oft-forgotten essence of the American dream is visible in every chapter." - Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Dramatic and suspenseful, full of despair and hope.” – Booklist, starred review

"The prizefight and deer hunt sequences are worthy of Jack London"– Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Poyer, who grew up in Bradford, has been compared to Steinbeck, with good cause.” – Pittsburgh Post- Gazette

In the depths of the Depression, young wellshooter and aspiring boxer W. T. "Kid Nitro" Halvorsen starts a strike in the Pennsylvania oilfields after a massive refinery disaster exposes the Thunder Oil Company's neglect of workers' safety. As the violence escalates, Halvorsen, CIO organizer and secret Communist Doris Gurley Golden, strikebreaker Pearl Deatherage, and Thunder Oil owner Daniel Thunner battle to decide the fate of Hemlock County – and whether the bloodshed there will ignite a revolution that will shake all America.

Editorial Reviews

Staff Writer
...The story’s set in western Pennsylvania’s “Petroleum City,” site of the Thunder Oil Company, and a disastrous industrial accident that kills five workers and sets their surviving “brethren” against a management indifferent to cost-ineffective safety procedures—and determined to break the will of the hastily assembled union. CIO organizer (and Communist Party member) Doris Golden spearheads the struggle, abetted by sturdy, young well-driller W.T
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Staff review
"In dramatic fashion and colorful prose, Poyer replays the violence, the fear, the miscommunications, and the betrayals spawned by the time . . . the author smartly portrays both sides of the struggle, emphasizing imperfect, multidimensional characters . . . Poyer, who grew up in Bradford, has been compared to John Steinbeck, with good cause."
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel - Staff Writer
"Told in a rich, flowing, organic prose that could bring the Old Masters to envy. The reader can smell the petroleum gushing from the nozzles, feel the bitter northern cold that freezes the marrow, taste snowflakes and cigarette smoke, whiskey and coffee."
Kirkus Reviews - Staff editor
"Richly entertaining . . . reminiscent of both early Steinbeck and John Sayles's UNION DUES . . . Graced by consistently vivid writing and knowingly detailed descriptions of such relevant manly pursuits as boxing and deer hunting along with (really first-rate) explications of the oil-refining process . . . A rousing good read."
Pittsburgh Magazine - Staff reviewer
"A rosy-eyed earnestness and clear-headed attention to detail illuminate David Poyer's ambitious historical novel, Thunder on the Mountain."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013687578
Publisher:
Northampton House
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Hemlock County Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
355
Sales rank:
523,961
File size:
443 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID POYER grew up in Western Pennsylvania. Millions of copies of his thirty-plus books are in print, including THE MED, THE GULF, THE CIRCLE, THE PASSAGE, TOMAHAWK, CHINA SEA, BLACK STORM, THE COMMAND, THE THREAT, KOREA STRAIT, THE WEAPON, THE CRISIS, and THE TOWERS, USA Today best-selling novels of the modern Navy; and FIRE ON THE WATERS, A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN, and THAT ANVIL OF OUR SOULS, historical fiction set during the Civil War. His work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Italian, and rights have been sold for films and audiobooks.

Poyer’s most enduring body of work, however, may be his Hemlock County series, set in a Faulknerian imaginary county in rural Western Pennsylvania. The first was THE DEAD OF WINTER (Tor Books); the second, WINTER IN THE HEART (Forge Books, 1993). AS THE WOLF LOVES WINTER was published in April 1996; it was an alternate selection of The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN, a historical novel set in Depression-era Pennsylvania, was released in March 1999 by Forge Books/St Martin’s Press, and received starred reviews from all three major reviewing agencies.

Poyer holds a master's degree from George Washington University and has taught or lectured at Annapolis, Flagler College, University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, Armed Forces Staff College, University of North Florida, The New College, and other institutions. He has been a writer in residence at Flagler and Annapolis, and a guest on PBS's "Writer to Writer" series and on Voice of America. His fiction has been required reading in the U.S. Naval Academy’s “Literature of the Sea” course, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He was a founding editor of the New Virginia Review and is currently a consulting editor for Grenade magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Website: <www.poyer.com>

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Thunder on the Mountain (Hemlock County Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thunder on The Mountain is the perfect story of life in western Pennsylvania during the early days of &quot;big oil.&quot; The characters are real, the setting is authentic, and the action is believable.