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Rock Bottom Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Litigator Zach Hardy hires her to help end the coal mining firms' practice of mountaintop removal in Scotia. However, nothing goes right starting with her boss is dead. Her parents demand she leave while they make her and their nine years old grandson stay at her Gram Flora's house as they do not want her under their roof. Finally Cole the father of her son is angry with what AJ did to him.
This is a character driven environmental-family drama that grips the audience from the opening gunshot until the final confrontation. The key to this strong story line is that though saving the environment is the theme, the authors insure readers understand opportunity costs like less fuel and potentially less jobs. AJ is a terrific heroine who has taken life's gut punches but keeps on going with gusto; that enthusiasm for life is what she has given to David. With several tense subplots that tie together into a powerful taut thriller, fans will demand more similar tales from CJ Lyons and Erin Brockovich.
I've always like dark, thunderous skies, so I was drawn to this cover by that alone. The lady on the cover could be a representation of AJ, the main character, or the author herself ... it's up to you to interpret it. =)
AJ is a single mother who has had to learn the hard way how to take care of her son. She doesn't even have the help of her family ... whether it's emotional, financial, physical, etc. She is a woman on her own. Her son's father, Cole, hasn't been around since David's birth. Is this by choice? By circumstance?
Speaking of circumstances, they lead AJ back to her hometown, a place she hasn't visited in ten years. She's determined that David become united with his father and she, AJ, is determined to change things between her parents and herself. However, her parents seem to be as unresponsive and dismissive as ever. Will they ever come around? What caused them to be this way? How could parents ignore their very own daughter like she's not of their own flesh and blood?
While deciding whether or not to stay in Scotia permanently, AJ lands a job that puts her, her son and her long lost love in danger. With a renewed determination to set things right for her son's sake, AJ takes on the biggest, baddest man in town ... with the help of her new boss.
Full of twists, turns, discoveries, disappointments, regrets, hope, friendship and more, this book is a powerful story of one woman's fight to create a safer world for, not only her son, but for everybody in her hometown.
Despite the ending, which I understood but did not like (it disappointed me as a person, not a reader), this is a pretty great book.Read more ›
But she is desperate. Her past success as an environmental activist has been clouded by a recent media disaster.
What will Angela (A.J.) find when she shows up on her parents' doorstep? And what recent events will torpedo the job she hoped to begin here? And what lies and secrets will she uncover?
From the very opening pages of this story full of mystery, suspense, and possible danger, the reader is treated to the tough feistiness of A. J., and the awesome strength, intelligence, and openness to life's possibilities of her disabled son David.
Erin Brockovich's environmental activism shines throughout the pages, and the fictional elements were captivating and true-to-life. I liked how the story unfolded from the alternate perspectives of the characters, like A. J.; Elizabeth (an attorney); and David. The story revealed itself almost in slow motion at times, creating more suspense, especially toward the end as the danger escalated.
On the other hand, some of the language felt awkward, or like an attempt at down-home humor. For example: "The tug-of-war in my stomach was a tractor pull pitting an eighteen wheeler against a Panzer tank."
These similes peppered the pages of [ROCK BOTTOM] BY Brockovich, Erin (Author) Vanguard Press (publisher) Hardcover, distracting me at times. Otherwise, this book was incredible, and as the first in a series, it offers an ongoing journey with these characters. Four stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy read, no surprises, good environmental information, OK characters. I would read another of her books if I had nothing else to do.Published 4 months ago by Katherine M. White
This book lacked character development, aside from A.J., the main character, and tried to make up for that by throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the plot. Read morePublished 6 months ago by STL Carol
I went into this book not expecting much and got what I expected. I found this to be a hot mess. You can't just slap the word "environmentalism" on a book and assume that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Randee Baty
This book made me aware of the environmental issues that is or have been going on in this country. Government need to make tougher permits to prevent these companies from diluting... Read morePublished 11 months ago by SharonC
I quit half-way through. This book is insulting on many levels. I wonder why so many authors create small town folks as being stupid. Read morePublished 12 months ago by POV
Definitely readable, and true to what you'd expect Erin Brockovich to write.Published 13 months ago by Karrie Cunningham