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About the Author

A retired newspaper editor/writer, J. R. Lindermuth lives and writes in central Pennsylvania. He is librarian of his county historical society where he assists visitors with historical research and genealogy. He is the author of six other novels and has published in a variety of magazines. To learn more about J. R. Lindermuth, visit his website at: http://jlind11.tripod.com/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, LLC (January 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160313476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603134767
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,316,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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**** An Entertaining Read. Recommended.
Review by Douglas Quinn, Author of Blue Heron Marsh, etal

While I prefer Lindermuth's modern-day mystery novels, I do like historical fiction, and this book does have several mysteries interwoven throughout the story. My only negative is that the plot has a melodramatic quality to it. That's just me. Others may like that aspect. However, the author is such a good writer that both the story and the interesting characters carry the book. In addition to historical fiction buffs, this book will appeal to romance readers, particularly those who enjoy historical settings.

Watch The Hour is set in the 1870s fictional central-Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Masonville and surrounding area. The author is not only a product of this region but is the librarian of his county historical society and has an intimate knowledge about the locality and times of which he writes. The author offers a captivating portrayal of life in this place and time. It is tough, gritty and sometimes tragic.

Ben Yeager is a policeman. It is a job which is in opposition to the interests of the Irish coal workers, who do the dirtiest of jobs in the mines, and the coal worker's families. Ben's benefactor is Samuel Mason, the mine owner and richest man in the area. Trouble arises when Mason has it in mind that Ben will marry his precocious granddaughter, Phoebe, and take over the management of a reclaimed mining operation. But Ben has other interests and plans. He is in love with an Irish girl.
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Here's a good historical fiction. This one has an excellent gritty background set in the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania in the 1870s. Benjamin Yaeger, a police officer for the coal mining company is expected to follow orders, even when they go against the grain. In carrying out his job, he inevitably crosses the Irish. His biggest challenge comes when he falls in love with an Irish girl. This is a love story, I found the characters well formed, the background interesting and informative, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tale. Recommended.

Carole
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I downloaded this eBook because I like J. R. Lindermuth's writing style, although the subject matter is quite different from his mystery series.

Watch the Hour is historical fiction, but with Lindermuth's usual depth of characters and story. The sense of place is excellent, truly placing me in the early Pennsylvania coal-mining towns. Information about mining was deftly inter worked with the story, which takes place during the time of the Mollie McGuires and attempts to unionize the mines. The development includes the clash of cultures, several families, mine owners, foremen, Irish workers, and law enforcement. I often felt there were too many viewpoints.

The ethnic tension is punctuated with a cross-culture romance that seems destined to fail. Most of the characters were very sympathetic, and the bad guys were--really BAD guys. The depiction of Father Delaney was particularly good.

Roll all this in with rich language and volatile weather (always one of my favorite characters) and you have an exciting, well-wrought read.
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Watch the Hour is fine fiction. It's full of right and wrong, love and death, action and suspense. The hero, Ben Yeager, is given moral choices, and he never falters. The question is always: will his righteous will be strong enough to combat the greedy coal bosses on one side and the violent Mollie Maguires on the other? As readers we have faith that good will prevail and love will win out, but the peace is hard won, and author J.R. Lindermuth is such a master at plotting that every chapter compels us forward into the next. The characters are lovable and hatable, and they all are driven by strong passions.

You'll learn a lot from this book about the history of coal mining in the late 19th century in Pennsylvania, but you'll learn even more about the mining of the human heart.
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