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About the Author

Don Falloon was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, admittedly not quite a hotbed of NASCAR. But Sacramento once hosted NASCAR-sanctioned events at the old state fairgrounds as part of the Grand National tour, and on the day before Don was born, the legendary Parnelli Jones won the NASCAR 100-mile feature event at the fairgrounds track. Growing up, he followed the NASCAR Grand National – later known as Winston Cup – circuit as best he could, usually in the form of movies of the races shown in the Sacramento Autorama theater whenever he and his father attended the annual car show. There he fueled his racing imagination with such names as Richard Petty, David Pearson, Little Joe Weatherly, Curtis Turner, Darel Dierenger, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Fred Lorenzen, and Holman-Moody. But he also got a kick out of hearing names like Speedy Thompson, Smokey Yunick, Tiger Tom, Cotton Owens, Shorty Rollins, Tiny Lund, Jocko Flocko, Buck Baker, Coo-Coo Marlin, and Fireball Roberts. Something about that last name would always remain in the back of his mind. In 1999, being an old-school NASCAR fan and enthusiast got him involved with the San Jose-based Historic Stock Car Racing Series (HSCRS), a group of enthusiasts who locate, restore, and race retired Winston Cup stock cars. That connection would eventually lead to stints as the color commentator on behalf of the group for the three years they ran as a support race to the CHAMP cars at the San Jose Grand Prix (2005-2007), and other events they participated in at the famed Laguna Seca Raceway. Also an avid builder of car models since the age of six, Don turned that little talent into eventually building a full-scale replica of one of Fireball Roberts' last 1964 Ford Galaxies, itself one of the things that led him to penning his novel. Today, he drives the purple, barely street-legal race car replica to various car shows near his home, attending along with his father, an amazing automotive craftsman who has built a number of classic hot rods over the years. Don has also been a radio and nightclub DJ, an historic guide at the Leland Stanford Mansion and, most recently, at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and appeared (very) briefly in the movie Dare to Dream: The Alan Kulwicki Story after assisting in the re-creation of a key car for the film. Don still resides near Sacramento with his wife, Patti, their blended family, his Fireball Roberts tribute car, and Midget the Flatulent Cat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463591209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463591205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,981,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers in search of a story of redemption and growth, and are willing to learn a bit about the stock car racing world of the early 1960's will want to read this book. Any sort of automotive knowledge of any kind is not necessary.

Having gone to my first NASCAR "Cup" race in 1963 (World 600) I was interested in how one of the first Superstars of the sport, 'Fireball' Roberts was depicted in the book "Hiding Behind Thunder."

Of course, the character of Fireball (I say "character" as this is, after all, a fiction book) comes well into the story. The story itself has moved well along before any sort of racing is introduced.

By the time some of the racing stars of the era are depicted, the reader has followed along and is well involved in the story and wondering how this story will turn next. The reader does not have to know anything at all about any form of racing to enjoy the story. In fact, a non-race fan might just might be inspired to read some more about these actual persons who are so well depicted in this book.

The main character, Davey Sutherland finds himself as far away from home as the money in his pocket can get him by bus. Davey finds himself in a place that is definitely not California, and instead of midget cars, like his grandpa had raced before Davey was born, they race big bulky street cars: "stock car racing" they call it. Davey has stumbled into a new world trying to escape his old life.

Davey finds a world that will accept him for what he does, and not what his name is or who his family was. And while forging his new life, he finds, by accident, a true passion: racing stock cars.
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I am not a NASCAR race fan. What I do know is that race cars are fast. I was skeptical at first because it seemed to be a story about NASCAR. However, the story is not about racing. The author successfully used NASCAR racing as the thread that holds the story together, "Hiding Behind (the) Thunder" (of a race car). I thoroughly enjoyed the story from the first chapter to the last. It is a real page turner. I look forward to another book by the author.
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I had the pleasure of purchasing this book directly from the author. First let me say, I am not knowledgeable about NASCAR, so had trepidation about understanding the story, especially the racing jargon. I was not sure if I would understand all of the references to the sport and characters and the cars, however, I was surprised at the ease and how quickly I picked up on all of the people, technical terminology and action. I believe it is due to the author's obvious research and in-depth knowledge of NASCAR and it's inner workings as well as his ability to transmit his enthusiasm right through the page. All of the racing chapters are historically accurate with the exception of the added fictional characters. Everything was told so that even I could understand, yet I still felt like I was reading high level action and had been secretly let into an exclusive club. Not that action isn't enough, but there was crime, drama and love in this story to boot. As I read through some of history's most famous NASCAR races, I looked up them up on YouTube and this really made the story come to life (gotta love today's technology)! So, if you love cars and racing, this is a fantastic book, and if you know very little about cars or racing, this is a fantastic book where you get to see a glimpse into a new world.
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I was captured by the character of Davey Sutherland within the first few pages of this book. I will be honest I really did not know that much about NASCAR but can say now that I do. The exceptional way the author weaved the story of the details of young Davey's life with the NASCAR for this reader NASCAR was not the focal point but Davey's life was. I did however learn about NASCAR.
I would highly recommend this book because it is so much more than a story about racing it is about a young man and the choices he was forced to make a difficult time in his life and how his life changed because of those chooses.
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This is not my "usual" choice of reading material, but since I know the author I wanted to see what he'd written. Know what? I loved the story! It is an easy read and I learned a lot about Nascar racing. Took it with me on vacation and finished it on the flight home. Truthfully, I had a hard time putting it down, I just wanted to keep on reading.
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