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    Loved the story of a wounded back woodsman coming back to run moonshine. Characters just did not move me. Seems like the past of this family was more heartfelt than the events that were unfolding in the present. "A copy of this book was provided by St Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    A one of a kind literary trip!

    Taylor Brown’s Gods of Howl Mountain was a one of a kind literary trip through the secret life of moonshiners living in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950’s. Rory Docherty, returned from the war and one leg short, is settling in back at home, living with his grandmother, Granny May, who raised him after his mother was witness to a horrific crime that left her mute and living in a home for the mentally ill. As Rory gets readjusted to his bootlegging life, he encounters challenges unique to the lifestyle. He has to dodge the feds, battles other local whiskey-runners and falls for, against his Granny’s warnings, a God-fearing girl. While juggling all things life in the moonshiner’s mountains, Rory continues to investigate the mystery of who put his mother in a mental hospital. Since she won’t speak, no one knows for sure who caused her unspoken terror, and he is determined to find revenge, one way or another. Unfortunately, the dangers of the mountains and its secrets will do all it can to stand in the way of the truth. While this was not a fast-paced read, there was plenty going on to hold my interest, from stock car races to federal car chases. From brothels and moonshine deliveries to Pentecostal potlucks and potions, there is something to keep you reading at every turn. The writing was intense, descriptive and revealing, at times so visual it was difficult to push through. I felt like I could see, feel and smell the mountains of North Carolina. The content was something I have not read before, and it was believable and uniquely fascinating. I found myself completely pulled into the story and the atmosphere. I could picture Granny May, running out to the porch of their country cabin, barefoot, hair wild and swinging a rifle around. This is not a book I would normally think to pick up since it’s not a topic I have read about before, but I would recommend this read, even if it’s a subject outside your typical wheelhouse. What a rare opportunity to experience the true backwoods of North Carolina from a perspective that most would never be exposed to. A fascinating four star for this unique story. **Review by Amy, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night with Books**

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