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The Trestle: A Shakertown Suspense Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Ben Woodard , teen short story
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The world's highest railroad bridge. Two teen boys. Terror.
Tom craves danger--to forget. He persuades his cousin Will to walk across High Bridge, a single track railroad bridge without railings. Danger follows them onto the track, and Tom has to make a deadly choice.
A heart-pounding YA short story.


Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller-Martin Press; 1 edition (August 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J1JQAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,522 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful story of two boys and a trestle bridge February 18, 2012
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Ben Woodward's "The Trestle" is a thrilling and suspenseful story of a challenge that one teenage boy wants to put himself through in order to forget things in his past that he feels guilty for, whether the guilt is earned or not. The two boys who are involved in this are cousins, one a senior in high school and one a sophomore.

The trestle bridge was very high and at one point after its construction, the author tells us that it was the highest trestle bridge in the world, with trains passing over it in north-south directions. No railings were on the sides and people had died going out on this bridge that crossed over the Kentucky River. Tom and Will, the two cousins, lived not far from the bridge, and Tom was afraid of heights and Will was afraid of the trains on the bridge that was so high above the ground, especially if the trains were ones not on the schedule.

What Tom does with Will right behind him is so nerve-wracking and keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat until the situation is resolved. I was interested right from the very beginning and the tension didn't let up until the end of the story.

Ben Woodward has written an excellent story of two boys coming of age and of purging the past of one of them. It is well-written and as a Young Adult short story, it should definitely keep the attention of the younger ages. It certainly kept mine.

I was so intrigued by this story and by the historical bridge that I did a little research on it and found a page of postcards of High Bridge, which is a tourist attraction today and as the author tells at the end, is still in use. This is a great story for kids and adults, too, and I highly recommend it as an entertaining story and also one that has real history as its foundation.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and taut - with a haunting revelation October 22, 2011
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Not at all what it first seems, Ben Woodard's short story, "The Trestle" succeeds, I think, because it surprises with an unexpected snap of real insight and truths... about what it means to be a boy on the bordering edge of manhood, and about the extreme difficulty of crossing the "tracks" between boy and man, while carrying the heavy weight of hard memories, and seemingly unendurable shame.
But, like the clever mechanism of denial itself, you don't completely understand where Woodard is leading with this story, or why. Until almost the very end, I thought I was simply reading a tightly-wound and almost painfully riveting adventure tale about two adolescent boys, all hopped up on the adrenaline of unnervingly senseless risks, and set against a beautifully smudged backdrop of rural mid-America -- Mark Twain, if you will, with a sharp swerve into thriller territory.
And that's where Woodard masterfully departs from the expected coming-of-age formula, and instead layers in difficult insights that make the story relatable to anyone who has witnessed, or survived, real tragedy.
Not content to leave the boys' death-tempting hijinks atop a suspended railroad crossing unexamined, Woodard instead drops suddenly into the roiling human psyche, where motivations and experiences combust and burn inside, and eventually drive all those mystifying surface choices and behaviors - even the terrifying and risky ones that otherwise seem impossible to understand, survive, or explain.
I'm looking forward to reading more from Ben Woodard - his writing is visual and compelling, and this story is certain to cling to readers like an enveloping Kentucky nightfall.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and Moving September 4, 2011
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This is a suspenseful, gripping story that has the reader sharing Tom's fear in the midst of his need to forget. We're on that trestle with him, we yell at him in our minds not to do what he does anyway, and we're with him as the danger looms down the tracks. Excellent, Ben!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure June 2, 2013
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This was a good quick read that was an adventure from the beginning to the end. The writing is wonderful. I felt like I was up there with Tom and the author does a great job of making you feel Tom's fears. It is a fun fast paced story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and terrifying May 8, 2013
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Just as you manage to get your heart out of your throat Ben Woodward terrifies you again, with hint at darker secrets, then all to soon, it over
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great short read March 31, 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short very detailed books to kill some time. this book met my expectations and it was a great choice for me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced - Edge Of Your Seat - Suspense March 7, 2013
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Okay first let me start by saying HELLO SHORT STORY - it was over before it started LOL and was making me scratch my head and say wait I want more - yes I said I want more. Wow this was a really great short story and I like that there are more - when you get to the end it even says so - so after I write this review I will be running to get more I can guarantee you that. With that being said lets move onto my review.

I have always loved books with suspense, mystery, hold you to the edge of your seat, make your heart race wondering what is going to happen, are they going to make it, what is around the next corner, turn of the page. I love a book that has you riding high then brings you down so you can catch your breath just to get ready for the next heart beating rush. The Trestle has all of that making it a really great short story.

Tom and Will are cousins, they live near what was once know as the worlds highest train bridge, many died trying to cross those tracks, many took their own lives from those very tracks. Will and Tom didn't come from much, for Tom had lost both his parents and shared a room with his cousin Will now. Deep down Tom had personal battles of his own and fears he needed or wanted to over come. One of them a fear of heights.

So one night the boys steal away and head to the single train track that stretches into the darkness high above a river. No railings on either side, nothing to grab onto if one should slip, trains that come on a regular basis leaving a person only two options make it across before the train or pray you can get to the catwalk below without falling to your death or being hit by the train.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short & intense
Made excellent use of words. Being very deliberate to use as few words as possible but also to convey the point. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregory D. Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trestle
Although a very short story, it was very good. I would like to have learned more about the tragic events in his life.
Published 4 months ago by Colleen Stuchal
4.0 out of 5 stars Climb onto a high tresle bridge over a swirling river, train imminent...
What makes a boy climb onto a railroad bridge soaring 280 feet above the Kentucky River, no protective railings on either side, trains imminent every half hour? Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Pennington
3.0 out of 5 stars Much shorter than I expected
This was a good story, with some great imagery, but it was a LOT shorter than I expected; half the 16-page ebook was a plug for his novel, A Stairway to Danger. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Super quick read.
This is the second for me from this author. Same characters with new adventures. A short flight made to feel even shorter.
Published 9 months ago by GaryB
5.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining story
I liked the tense atmosphere and excitement surrounding the cousins as they traversed the dangerously high railway trestle in the moonlight. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathleen Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting short story. Loved it ! ! !
A quick, but engaging read that takes you on a journey of what it's like to be young, bold, and adventurous. A time when we are afraid of absolutely nothing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Terry Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read for young and young at heart.
Ben Woodard captures the essence of brash teen age bravery and fear in the face of having foolishly put themselves in danger's way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lawrence A. Stovey
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Read!
I enjoyed this short story. It was well-written, and the plot was well-executed. It had a nostalgic feel similar to Stephen King's Stand By Me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JT Therrien
4.0 out of 5 stars Afraid of heights?
Mr. Woodard packs a punch. Short in words, in no way means short in emotion or tension. Anyone who's ever had the chance to walk a railroad trestle will take each nervous step with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Millie Burns
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More About the Author

A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii.
Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children's writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children's stories in 2008 and has written picture books, middle grade and young adult. Stories of adventure and wonder. Stories that inspire and educate, and, most of all, entertain.
Ben lives in Kentucky with his wife Lynda.

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