Modern Fiction Homer H. Hickam Red Helmet

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Red Helmet

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When newlywed Song Hawkins moves to her husband's hometown of Highcoal, West Virginia, she is quickly swept up in the strange, funny, and always interesting highjinks of the mining town's quirky citizens, but things turn deadly serious when, to save her husband and her town, she must put on the red helmet of the new coal-miner and make a life-changing sacrifice.

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Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the movie October Sky.  He is also the author of The Coalwood Way, Sky of Stone, and We Are Not Afraid (all set in his beloved hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia), plus Torpedo Junction, Back to the Moon, and his popular "Josh Thurlow" World War II series.  He is a former coal miner, a Vietnam combat veteran, a scuba instructor, a retired rocket scientist, and, recently, an avid field paleontologist.  More than anything else, he loves to write.  He is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist, who is also his assistant.  They share their time with their cats between homes in Alabama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Kirsten Potter's skilled narration captures the spirit of adventure and romance that ensues when young take-over specialist Song Hawkins meets and impulsively marries Cable Jordan, a handsome West Virginia coal miner. While Song reluctantly agrees to a week's honeymoon in Cable's hometown, she's confident he'll return to New York City. Potter uses regional accents to depict multiple characters of various ages in the mountain town of Highcoal. Her depiction of Song's introduction to "Red Hat" coal mining is spellbinding. With impeccable timing, she recounts problems with the environment, illegal drugs, theft, and a world economy that threatens to devastate West Virginia's coal-mining industry. By story's end, Song and Cable's differences are brought to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. G.D.W. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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