When the old man is dead they will come for him.
And they will come for her, to make him hurt.
He would go to Hell
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to lea
Iron House is the most amazing blend of literary eloquence in writing and graphic narration/description I've ever read. The reviews say "riveting" and other terms reserved for the bestsellers of our day, and believe me, they're all true.
I honestly didn't know what to expect as I picked up this novel but the reviews spoke well of it and I liked the title. I'm glad I did.
Third person POV...more
Iron House is a great work of horror!
Iron House is a sheer work of genus! John Hart gave me what I like in horror thrillers. He gave me the walking through dark corridors with sounds that set my nerves on edge. He made me give thought about wanting to see what’s around the corner and he did this all without gore and slice and dice. Rarely will readers find an author who knows how to stimulate readers imaginations to stretch beyond their comfort zones.
During the winter in the North Carolina moun...more
Michael and Julian begin as orphans at Iron House - a decrepit boys home in the North Carolina mountains. Facing down bullies and inept caretakers, Iron House is more of a prison than a home to the young boys. When Michael apparently kills one of the bullies who torments his younger, weaker brother Julian, he runs to protect Julian and d...more
Here's the premise. On a cold November morning, hunters find a pair of baby boys left in creek, nearly dead. One is about ten months old, the other is a premature newborn. They are taken to Iron Mountain Home For Boys, a decrepit orphanage straight out of C...more
The story starts with a boy struggling through a snow storm - tall timbers, dogs baying, and in his hand "a knife no child should own". That phrase speaks volumes - it's not a condemnation - it's a glimmer of things to come - the unfolding of an insidious & unknown past that brought him to where he is - and a future that seeks to destroy him.
His name is Michael, and until his escape through the snow storm, he and his brother Julian h...more
When I'm done, I'll go back and finish the Paradise Trilogy... for now, John Hart is the Man!
9/10/12 ... had to set this one down for the time being as there's something more important to my life and spirit to read and partake of.....
Loved this book!
I thought the plot was great; a brilliant example of when past meets present. I wasnt expecting the twist surrounding Abigail which was a pleasant surprise. I couldnt put the book down.
But then after reading and reflecting on the story I beg...more
Everything changes when Michael unexpectantly falls in love and wants out of organized crime causing a chain r...more
Once an Insane Asylum, Iron House later became a poorly funded, badly managed hell-hole of an orphanage. A place where bullies ruled and the weak were broken. A place where two brothers survived because their love for each other was stronger than anything or anyone at Iron House. A love that tragedy, separation, time, and fate could not defeat.
One brother, Julian, was adopted by a Senator and his wife. He lives a life of privilege, loved and cared for by a devoted mother....more
Overall, I enjoyed the story. Like Hart’s other books, it felt a little bit more literary than, say, a James Patterson novel. In this case, the literary feel can be attributed in part to Hart’s many references to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man an...more
This story is somewhat complicated, but the saga of a “bad man-gone-good-because-of-true love” is familiar, and in Hart’s hands the old story gets an entertaining treatment. My reservations lie in the credibility of many aspects of the story. Michael, the hit man and beloved “adopted” son of a feared mobster,...more
Michael is a former career hitman who has fallen in love with a woman who knows nothing about his past and vows to go straight. With his name and the redemptive power of lov...more
I first became acquainted with John Hart when I read The Last Child back in March of 2010. I remember being truly surprised at how great that book was. John Hart combined thriller, romance, and mystery into an emotionally charged reading experience. I was hoping for something equally as great with Iron House. I got what I wanted.
John Hart knows how to craft interesting characters. I think his success with this is based on ratios. Each c...more
Iron House is about brothers who grow up in Iron House, an orphanage out of Lord of the Flies.
Julian, the younger brother, is weak both physically and emotionally and is thus a magnet for brutality. His brother Michael will do anything to protect him. The boys are separated when Michael shoulders the blame for a just murder committed by Juli...more
When a twelve-year-old boy murders his tormentor in their brutal orphanage, his older brother takes the blame and runs to New York - into the heart of organized crime. Two decades later, Michael returns to North Carolina with a sentence on his head, the mob in hot pursuit and his long-lost brother in trouble of a different kind. With vast sums in play, political fo...more
However, I LOVED this new book. Hart really pumped up the intensity on this one! And his writing is so beautiful and fluid that he has a way of making you overlook that you just read several pages of slaughter and mayhem!
Michael has been a survivor, a fighter, and a killer most of his life, but he has...more
But on the day a mysterious woman comes to adopt the two boys, an incident occurs that splits the boys lives into two directions. Julian becomes the...more
Wow! What a fantastic read! Be prepared for a great ride!
This impressively masterful thriller is riveting with all the components of steady building tension and a plot rich with a complex family history.
Having already been a fan of Mr. Hart’s previous books, I was looking forward to a good read. Needless to say, I was immediately captivated and lost sleep, so he exceeded my expectations.
Two orphaned brothers who were raised and abused in the IRON HOUSE, an orphanage in the mou...more
Michael is a trained killer with a heart who has fallen in love and wants out of the mob business after his girlfriend, Elena, tells him she's pregnant. As a teenager Michael had been taken in by a mob boss who'd heard about the tough orphan who controlled his own little piece of the streets of New York City after fleeing from a brutal orphanage in North Carolina. Th...more
I wondered how the author could possibly connect Michael's past and pitiful childhood with his mob activity. Okay, so Stevan and Jimmy don't want Michael to quit. Michael is good at his job. His j...more
Absent are the gaping holes in logic, the inconsistent style, ridiculous dialogue, and annoying 180...more
I ran across this quotation from William Styron while in the process of reading Iron House and thought that it was particularly apt—I was more than slightly exhausted after reading this really fine thriller. I have been an admirer of John Hart’s work since The King of Liars. Iron House is several steps beyond that first novel in complexity and scope.
Michael is a professio...more
When the mob boss dies not only Michael is in dang...more