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The Woods by [Geigle, Ronald]
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Editorial Reviews


Kirkus Reviews, February 2014:

Geigle brings to life the logging industry in the late 1930s in his historical fiction debut. 

Geigle's sweeping novel opens with a dramatic train derailment, which may have resulted from sabotage. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest logging industry, the epic narrative goes on to follow a large cast of characters devastated by the Great Depression, including Bud, the owner of the Skybillings Logging Company; Albert, a young worker; Clare, a union boss; and Lydia, Albert's mother and Clare's love interest. Bud tries to keep his company from going under by taking out loans to build a railroad trestle that would enable his men to work in a dangerous, remote area. Clare, a man of wealth and a champion for the poor, may not be whom he appears to be. Albert, whose late father co-owned Skybillings, searches for his place in the world as he tries to understand his fellow workers and the political games of the unions. Also in play is a larger story--at times hard to follow--of real historical events such as the disputes between the CIO and AFL labor unions.... Geigle handles his main characters well, each an interesting background and inner life. Standout moments come in the form of the daily struggles and comradeship of Albert and his co-workers, who talk--often in rough language appropriate to their work--of God, life and women. In the dangerous business of logging, these men must trust each other to stay alive. The novel captures the voice and character of each, yet brings together all the plot elements to create a suspenseful conclusion played out dramatically on a railroad trestle where people's true colors emerge and not everyone makes it out alive.

From the Inside Flap

Everything is broken. The foundations of society have been split wide by the Great Depression. Yet the people and their dreams persevere.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Polidais LLC (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H59NIHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Woods, is an amazing book - a sweeping examination of an era, an industry, and the political forces that swirled around both. But more than that, it is story of emotions and relationships that are timeless.

I describe Geigle, the author of, The Woods, as a landscape artist of the word. His descriptions are so finely layered and crafted, whole pages flew through my mind as if I was watching a movie. If I close my eyes now, I can see the trestle bridge that spanned the Three Sisters Ridge, high up in the Cascade Mountains, the depression era streets of the town of Seakomish, the remote Skybillings Logging Camp, the Shay locomotive chugging along, loaded with huge logs, the shantytown - Hooverville - on Seattle's waterfront.

This review would be remiss if it didn't highlight a few snippets of Geigle's descriptive voice. In every case it is the juxtaposition of images that is so riveting. The horizon swam from its blackness to a murky grey; St. Bride hitched up his pants over a melon belly; he scrambled easily over the matchbox chaos of fallen firs; the feathery blue water of Puget Sound; most people wrote him off as another meaty logger, uneducated and coarse; describing the city of Everett - a small, ugly fighter, never standing a chance in the fight; describing the Seakomish River - the white-water anger at the upper elevations churned clouds of pine needles; ravines so steep winter leaves only on the summer wind; an image of the loggers at work - stripped to their waists, the steam rose from their shoulders as the sharp curls of red, oily wood sprung outward from the ends of their saws, like spools of confetti in New York ticker-tape parades; and finally, Lummi Island - rising like a humpback whale out of the water.
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I read it and it and didn't want to put it down. I also related to a lot of it from family stories. It was very well written. It portrayed how hard it was to live working in the woods. It keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.
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Logging has been a mainstay of the Washington State economy for over a hundred years, and Mr. Geigle’s novel provides an up close peek at the passion and greed that gripped the industry in the late thirties. The economy is just recovering from the depths of the depression, and the struggle has begun to control the industry while prices and profits are low but the future potential is tremendous.
Set primarily in a small town in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the novel showcases the determination of the various participants—loggers, unions, and company owners—and the violence that ensues in the struggle to control. The author has created a likable central character, the son of a logger who was killed in an accident years before, who as a young man struggles to establish his manhood and independence while maintaining his loving relationship with his frequently disapproving mother.
The novel is complicated; operating at many levels and succeeds at letting us in on the conflicting motivations and personalities of the characters on all sides while celebrating the powerful landscape of the Cascade mountain range and Western Washington. A mystery of just who is responsible for what runs through the novel as the small logging company at the center deals with sabotage and employee morale. The hero’s mother is also torn between the romantic intentions of a union leader and the company owner.
It all builds to a satisfying surprise ending. This is a novel that educates and entertains; I recommend it highly!
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I received the book from the touring host for an honest review.

I must admit, after reading two or three chapters of this book I had to serve the net, looking for pictures of Seakomish Valley, I was not disappointed. The author gave an actual account of this beautiful place. As a hiker, I would have loved to walk the hills, finding it fascinating at every turn, enjoying the towering trees the author recounted in his book with deliberate strokes of his color pallet of words that really puts you inside the Fir woods. You can smell the sawdust, and oil, the sweat of the laboring men, and even feel the rain as it pelts down on you, soaking you to the bone, and eyeing the view that he so frequently describes. It was such a realistic description of the Valley that you really feel that you know the place.

The characters in the books feels like acquaintances, as if you will walk down the road and meet them as old friends. The book is filled with so many interesting personas that made them life-like and believable. You get a real sense of the hard times the people faced, the conditions they lived in but also the care and love that was still there. The hope that kept them moving forward.

The book was written right after the Great Depression of the 1930's. Work was scarce, money even scarcer and people's need to be heard demanded attention from the Empires that still excited.
Failure was not an option, not for men like Bud Cole. His willingness to fight with all his might, to use the resources to his disposal, still believing in the goodness of men; really stood out the most.
The young eighteen year old that just started in life, Albert Weissler who is working hard in the company his father once owned.
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