THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN: A Novel of 1936

THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN: A Novel of 1936

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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."
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
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:
The Hemlock County Novels , #4
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
355
Sales rank:
702,452
File size:
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