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Rock Bottom Hardcover – March 1, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the A.J. Palladino Series

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Environmental and consumer advocate Brockovich has created a protagonist in her own image in this highly melodramatic thriller, the first in a new series. Angela Joy "AJ" Palladino left Scotia, W.Va., population 867, as an unwed 17-year-old mother following a terrible accident that almost killed her. Ten years later, after success and fame in a battle against Capital Power that earned her the sobriquet "the People's Champion," she returns to Scotia, to assist lawyer Zachariah Hardy in a fight against Masterson Mining's new mountaintop removal project. When Hardy dies before AJ's arrival, she teams with Hardy's lawyer daughter, Elizabeth, to combat the company owned by dastardly Kyle Masterson and run by Kyle's son, Cole, father of AJ's son, David. As the two women wage an uphill battle against murderous opposition, Brockovich's environmental message gets buried in a sludge pile of clichés. (Mar.)
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In this serviceable first novel by consumer advocateBrockovich, a well-known environmental activist, AJ Palladino, a single mother in her late twenties, returns to her West Virginia hometown to clerk for an activist lawyer. But when she arrives in the town of Scotia, she gets the worst possible news: the lawyer has just died. Soon AJ begins to suspect the man was murdered and that his daughter is also at risk. But who�s responsible? Could it be AJ�s former lover (not to mention the father of her son), Colt Masterson, whose mining company is operating in the area? While the novel will have appeal for Brockovich followers, some mystery readers might be annoyed by its poor construction�the jumps in point of view, for example, are handled clumsily�and by its very familiar and predictable story of corporate misuse of the environment. On the other hand, the prose flows smoothly enough, and AJ herself is, if not particularly original, at least appealing enough to interest those fond of the movie about Brockovich�s own activism. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Ohhhh, I'm already counting the days until the next book. This book was so engrossing and so good, I was very captivated. I was eager to know what would happen next and could not put the book down. You just have to love AJ, she is so normal and real. A very good debut book, and a good start to a series!

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This was the first book I've read by Ms Brockovich and I'm glad I gave it a try. In reading what other people write in their reviews, I realize that I don't know the first thing about how a book is "supposed to be written"---there are many experts out there that talk about character development, structure, settings and other things that make books a literary masterpiece. Simply put, a good read to me is a book that keeps me thinking about it when I'm doing other day-to-day activities and makes me rush through those responsibilities so that I can get back to my reading! This book did just that. The other judge of a good book is, after I finished, did I look to see what else this author wrote. I recommend this one!
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When Angela Joy Palladino and her nine-year-old son return to her hometown of Scotia, West Virginia, she has very mixed feelings. Memories of her flight from this same town ten years before are almost enough to keep her from going there.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Angela Joy Palladino left Scotia, West Virginia as a pregnant teen with no future there. She gave birth to physically impaired David who she has raised as a single mom; yet also went to school while holding a job. Finally AJ becomes an on the air radio celebrity as an environmental activist that People magazine dubbed "The People's Champion". However, her efforts to end polluting by Capitol Power led to their declaration of bankruptcy; an irate former employer calls her on the air blaming her for losing his job, his home and his dignitary as he and his family reside in a tent; the gunshot ended their one sided discussion; turning her from crusading heroine to widow-making pariah.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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I really wish I could give this book more than 3 stars. For the most part it was a good story, kept me interested. But what leaves it at 3 stars is the frantic pace that starts about half way through and continues to a frenzy. So many bad things happening at once, one after another, kept me racing to the end. Sometimes that means it's a can't-put-it-down novel and I'm loving it. With this particular story, I just felt rattled. I felt that way with Ms. Lyons 3-book medical series, too. Same frantic pace. SPOILER ALERT!!! I also strongly disagree with the killing of Cole, David's dad. David had wanted a dad all of his life. Since this appears to be the start of a series, it would have been nice to let David have that for awhile. It would have been a good dynamic to explore with David and AJ as well. I already have the second installment in this series. I may or may not read it.
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