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The Home Place [Kindle Edition]

Mike Addington
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Matt's harsh words and ways permeated the farm, life made bareable only by his wife, the saintly Cora. The 10 children learned hard work and morals, which they would need when they left the safety of the farm in North Georgia in the 1950s. They would need the love and bonding of family when two of the boys left home and moved to town and ended up with a rough crowd. None rougher than Buel Hollins, who controlled the county through bribes and graft and, if that didn't work, through murder. When the Downey boys and Buel Hollins came together, only tragedy could follow.


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I loved the character Ruby. She was my favorite. The Home Place is a real story that develops as the reader reads on, instead of one of manufactured plots like most books today. One really identifies with the characters. I loved it. --Cathy Desko<br /><br />The book was a refreshing tale of life in the not-too-distant past where people used to take care of their own problems. The characters were vivid and real and I cried many times. --Hannah Jackson<br /><br />The villian was disgusting. I know there are people like him, but not too many, thank goodness. I felt so sorry for the mother, having to put up with such a husband. Never a kind word. Just work, work, work. But life was hard back in those days, so I guess with all those kids, he had to be hard. --Mary May Burress

The villian was disgusting. I know there are people like him, but not too many, thank goodness. I felt so sorry for the mother, having to put up with such a husband. Never a kind word. Just work, work, work. But life was hard back in those days, so I guess with all those kids, he had to be hard. --Mary May Burress

I loved the character Ruby. She was my favorite. The Home Place is a real story that develops as the reader reads on, instead of one of manufactured plots like most books today. One really identifies with the characters. I loved it. --Cathy Desko

About the Author

MIke Addington is a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a lifetime love of listening to stories. Now living in Cocoa Beach, FL, where he enjoys the beach and body surfing and favorite coffee shops and also the wonderful people of Cocoa Beach, especially those in my writing group.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense story - nicely written December 24, 2009
By H. Long
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Having grown up in the South as well, I felt the characters and their relationships to be very believable and authentic. The story unfolds nicely and in a way that keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. The villian is especially immoral and loathsome, and you find yourself cheering for him to get his due. I would recommend this book as a good read and a nice addition to the Southern Literature genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating January 28, 2014
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I'll admit that this isn't my preferred genre. I kind of started this story with little expectation of ever really finishing it.

I was wrong.

This was a great story about family. There were many struggles and trials, but the central theme was the love that this hard-nosed father had for his children. It was a heartbreaking tale, what this family went through. It was very well written, though, and I absolutely could not put it down. I may just try branching out of my literary comfort zone more often!
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The author knows his subject well, and brings his characters to life through emotional trauma and the travails of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read March 5, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect, just thought the plot was good when I purchased it. I generally read modern day reads, so this was a breath of fresh air. The author definitely takes you back to the time period through his use of word choice. It was slow at times and took me some time to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Country Family's Drama in the Deep South February 24, 2014
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Hard life on a southern farm with little to show for it drives three sons to leave. Their attempts to 'better themselves' teach them the world is hard in other ways. All the children test themselves outside the family circle. In spite of trouble Cora, the mother, and Matt, the father, stay true to themselves. This is my second time reading The Home Place and I found more to enjoy with each read. Eileen Callan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story January 29, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set in the south decades ago. Terrific character development and gripping story - I highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Home Place - a truly good story December 23, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The story keep me reading way into the night just to find out what was going to happen next. Our family having a 'Home Place' outside of Gainesville made me relate to the farm environment. I was a kid when Lanier was built and spent many summers in an old farm house there. My great uncle use to take me fishing and had shown me places where there use to be stills in the woods. He never owned up to them being his but it wouldn't have surprised me. Our home place gone now and expensive houses built there on the lake where it stood. This story took me back and brought back memories. Thanks for a good read!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading December 19, 2013
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Just good reading...a life goes on book, regardless of the losses...for some anyway. I enjoyed reading this book and. would see the old days when the whole town knew what you were made of
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel!
This book has a great story-line. There were lots of sad parts, but this book was SO worth the tears I shed.

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Published 1 month ago by cj1972
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate to give this one away.
This heart rending story comes to life through its characters so well you fell like you're part of the family. You can feel the poverty, the hard work, the hard times they suffer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cindy Alix Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really enjoyable book
I love to read about time travel. This book was well written and I would love to read more by this author. The story kept the reader what was going happen niext.
Published 11 months ago by Theresa Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars From Innocence to Evil, Madness & Violent Death
Mike Addington's The Home Place opens like a wide-angle photograph in grainy black and white reflecting the novel's homespun Georgia setting and prohibition years of the last... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ellen Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Family's Struggle Through Good Times and Bad
Matt Downey has a whole passel of kids, for the reasons most people used to have large families - no birth control, and a need for plenty of farm hands. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pope Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of The Home Place by Mike Addington
The Home Place, written by Mike Addington, is a gripping family tragedy set in the South. His characters are compelling, his dialogue authentic, and his story line is well written. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Wallace
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More About the Author

Greetings fellow readers. Thank you for having the interest to arrive at this page. You are a big part of the reason I write. I've been a reader since a very early age--big boy books that is--and I thank my dad and the community of Griffin, Georgia, for fostering higher learning. I've learned much more by reading than any other media.

At a high school reunion a few years ago, a classmate named Robert Rhom told me he remembered the short stories I used to write and read to the class in the sixth grade. Frankly, I had forgotten all about that, but when he mentioned the theme that all the stories centered around, it came back to me.

I didn't begin my serious writing career until ~1990 while I worked for the postal service. What provoked me was remembering my wonderful experience in the US Air Force while stationed in Aviano AFB, Italy. My unit was tasked with surveillance of the USSR and China for possible ICBM attack of the US. Can't be more descriptive because it is possibly still classified. The terrorist group The Red Brigade or Brigatta Rosse was very active in Italy during this period. To round out the story, which couldn't be told without at least a little romance, I included three Italian women who myself and two friends dated for a considerable period. I mentally formulated a plot before I began writing and wrote the entire book on 13 legal pads over a two-year period. This book became titled "Treviso: The First Terrorists." While I can't say much of the written word is true, the inspiration behind many of the scenes came from the truth. I will leave you, the reader, to discern which ones.

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