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David and Goliath Story
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2017
I'm a big John Grisham fan. I've enjoyed many of his books and thought it would be a no-brainer that Gray Mountain would be a good read. There are both pros and cons to reading this book. The cons are that the story, for the most part, plods along, and the protagonist is uninspired. But several of the other characters are interesting, passionate, and admirable, choosing to fight for the poor and disadvantaged with little personal economic reward. They fight in a bureaucratic morass, and its interesting to see what legal challenges they overcome. What this book has to offer, that I appreciate most, is an education on coal mining, and the brave and courageous efforts put forth by a handful of law firms to fight this powerful, ruthless industry. This is truly a David and Goliath story. Hardly a day goes by since reading this book that I haven't thought about the systematic destruction of men and nature by this industry, and how it incites fear in the environmentalists and lawyers fighting back. My hat is off to these heroes for their hard won achievements. Now with Trump in office, one of the first things the GOP did was allow coal companies to again dump thousands of tons of toxic black sludge into pristine creeks and streams, poisoning people and animals. A heartbreaking travesty. Linda Berry is the Author of Hidden Part One and Pretty Corpse.