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Iron House- John Hart
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 1:39 PM
Joined: 1/14/2013
Posts: 15

Iron House is a story about two orphaned brothers, Michael and Jullian, who are "trapped" in an orphanage where the children are virtually left to fend for themselves, with little or no adult oversight. Jullian, in particular, is victimized on a regular basis until he snaps and kills one of his tormentors. Michael takes the blame for the killing and runs away, while Jullian is adopted by Senator Randall Vane and his wife, Abigail.

Michael becomes a favorite of a New York Mobster, and leads a life of crime as, basically, an enforcer. He seeks to leave the criminal life when his girlfriend becomes pregnant, and the mobster agrees to let him go; the mobster dies, however, and his son holds a grudge against Michael.

What follows is an action-packed thriller and mystery with twists and turns aplenty. Red Herrings abound; deep, dark, family secrets turn up every which-way. Bloody mayhem becomes the trend of the day.

Hart pulls all of this off with mastery; the book is well structured, the characters are developed quite well, and the tension is maintained most effectively. Add to this the fact that Hart writes extremely well, and you have a nearly flawless book - there is only one contrivance that annoyed me.



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