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June 2, 2014

RUSTED RAILS by Barry Jones




Barry Jones 

Rusted Rails 
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
  • (July 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483947769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483947761
 Rusted Rails" based in 1928, resurrects the now abandoned coal-mining town of Wilder, Tennessee. Life in these towns held little promise for the future. One family, that of David and Jenny Hughes, sought to keep their son out of the mines. Their plan was, however, jeopardized by David's untimely death and by Jenny's discovery that she was carrying her late husband's unborn child. With few options, Jenny chose abortion. And so begins a gritty tale that tells of Jenny's rescue from the dire consequences of her decision
Setting: 1928  The author did a wonderful job of writing this historical novel.  I did find a few typing errors, but if the book is good you look right past them.  This book was that good. 
The setting was a mining town, that actually was a real place.   The author gives good descriptions of the life and hard times that miners along with their families had to face everyday.  Then the author delved into a very delicate issue of abortion.  Mr. Jones wrote of this issue with  tact.  He describes the poor families and their big families and a lack of providing adequately for them.  He also tells of the fact that women had few options, since services were for women were rare.
Then the action changes to Al Capone and the Mob. What a very interesting crime novel.  Here the author gives you the good guys vs. the bad guys.    The story of good vs. evil.   Who will win, the good or evil?
 The author gives the reader American History, including The Mob, The FBI, Miners and their struggles, and women's issue of abortion.  What a good combination of stories.  I would have to recommend this book to anyone who love these types of issues.  Grab a copy and read it.  You may want to read it again later on so put it on your shelf for another day.

I was given a complimentary copy of RUSTED RAILS  from the author, Barry Jones for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place. 

I would give this book 5 BULLETS.
Barry Jones is a retired scientist and a story teller. He has previously published a collection of short stories entitled 'Words upon a Tombstone'. This is his debut novel. He is originally from Wales but currently resides in the Nashville area of Middle Tennessee. 

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