First the Thunder

First the Thunder

by Randall Silvis


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From award-winning author Randall Silvis comes a riveting exploration of the unforgivable secrets that families keep—and the consequences that come from exposing them.

Products of their run-down Pennsylvania mining town, three brothers grapple with their lives in decline. Harvey drives a delivery truck; Stevie works odd jobs; and Will is a struggling bar owner whose wife, Laci, is edging toward desperation when her boss offers her more money…for a price. Then, in this tight circle where prosperity is rare—and hope, even rarer—comes a breaking point in a simple but indefensible slight…

When Harvey gets shafted by his brother-in-law in a deal over a vintage Indian motorcycle, he enlists the help of Stevie and Will to set things right. But the revenge plan goes awry, and the three men stumble upon a shocking secret that, if revealed, would upend their lives.

As they’re crushed under the weight of a nightmarish truth and the damning evidence in their possession, it’s up to Laci to save her family from the coming storm the brothers have wrought. And no one is prepared for the fallout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503905481
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 828,878
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of sixteen novels, a story collection, and a book of narrative nonfiction. He is also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist who has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in Discovery Channel Magazine, the Writer, Prism International, Short Story International, Manoa, and numerous other online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages.

Silvis’s literary awards include two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; a Fulbright Senior Scholar research award; six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and an honorary doctor of letters degree for “distinguished literary achievement.”

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First the Thunder 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
First the Thunder by Randall Silvis Three brothers and family drama in a depressing story that includes cheating, murder, suicide and then trying to pick up the pieces ~ I never really got into the story and had trouble relating to any of the characters. I think I had hoped for something a bit different and though not a book that I tend to gravitate to see that some truly loved this realistic look into the lives of people wading through difficult times. Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars