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Rock Bottom (A.J. Palladino #1)

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Ten years ago, a pregnant seventeen-year-old, Angela Joy Palladino, fled her hometown, Scotia, West Virginia, as a pariah. Over time, AJ succeeded in establishing herself as an environmental activist, dubbed "The People's Champion," only to be forced to retreat from the spotlight in the wake of a crushing media disaster.When AJ is offered a job with a lawyer who is crusadi...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2011)
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Claudia
Just finished "Rock Bottom" by Erin Brockovitch. It was a great thriller about the efforts to stop Mountain Top Removal coal mining. MTR is a reality in WV; where literally, the top of a mountain is blasted away to expedite coal extraction. Mining companies are quick to utilize this method and the people who live in coal mining towns cannot oppose the mining companies because they are the only employer in town. However, MTR employs less people than conventional under ground mining.

Erin states i...more
Lynn
When this book came out I was intrigued; I wanted to read it for I thought it might be fun but then I was hesitant because was it just one more book written by a celebrity?

Then at a conference I hear C.J. Lyons speak and I said to myself, this has to get on my to-read list. As it turns out my "to-listen-to" list moves faster and this quickly got to the top.

I enjoyed this book.

AJ Palladino left town when she was 17 and pregnant. She never returned and was truly upset when her parents never asked...more
Cheryl
Angela Joy Palladino used to be called “The People’s Champion”. This is because she fought for the people and what was right, no matter what the odds were against her. Angela had a good life. She worked as a radio personality. That is until a fatal incident left Angela packing up all her belongings and her son, David and moving back home. A place that she left ten years ago and did not look back.

Angela is ready to start over. When Angela’s new boss is murdered. Things go from good to bad real q...more
Sheri faulk
This book was pretty good. It kept my attention. I listened to it. I'll read more from Brockovich.

Ten years ago, a pregnant seventeen-year-old, Angela Joy Palladino, fled her hometown, Scotia, West Virginia, as a pariah. Over time, AJ succeeded in establishing herself as an environmental activist, dubbed “The People’s Champion,” only to be forced to retreat from the spotlight in the wake of a crushing media disaster.

When AJ is offered a job with a lawyer who is crusading against mountaintop remo...more
Paula Ratcliffe
This book grips you in the same way Erin Brockovich's story gripped you. You follow AJ as she goes home to a place she ran from 10 years ago with her special boy named David. AJ finds herself hired by the daughter of the man that initially hired her to help a great cause mining and a mountain being ripped apart. You learn so much about AJ and somethings about Elizabeth Hardy the lawyer who hires her. You also at least in my case find yourself fighting the battle of good versus evil. Hoping that...more
Vicky
Erin Brockovich (yes, the one the movie was based on) and CJ Lyons have combined their talents to give us an intense thriller that once again showcases the issues of environment, public health and safety. According to the authors, the main character, AJ, is based on Erin herself.

In the story, AJ has hit bottom. A lawyer nobody will hire and with a handicapped son, she goes back home after ten years to accept a position with a local lawyer fighting the mining conglomeration that runs the town. U...more
Samantha Janning
One of my favorite thriller writers, CJ Lyons, teamed up with environmental and consumer activist Erin Brockovich to create the dramatic thriller Rock Bottom. The story follows heroine AJ Palladino, an environmental activist and single mom to a son with a disability, David. When AJ returns to her hometown of Scotia, West Virginia, she is thrown into the middle of a mystery. The well known lawyer who had hired her as clerk to assist in his new case has died- and it looks like he could have been a...more
Laurel-Rain
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...more
Jennifer
Ten years ago, Erin Brockovich’s story hit the silver screen, touching hearts and bringing environmental causes front and center in most households. Erin’s strength and passion for doing the right thing only added to my need to read this amazing debut thriller. My main concern was, “Will this book be as powerful as her life story was in theaters?” The answer is, YES!

Angela Joy Palladino, environmental activist, comes home to Scotia, West Virginia, with her tail between her legs, hoping for a fre...more
Norma
This book combines two of my favorite things, environmental activism and mysteries. And I feel that it did so seamlessly.

I am sure you are sitting here looking at the names of the authors and thinking back a few years trying to remember if you are reading the name correctly. Yes, this book was cowritten by Erin Brockovich. The same Erin Brockovich that was played by Julia Roberts.

Erin teams up with mystery & suspense author CJ Lyons for a gripping tale of what can happen when you are up agai...more
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I've always like dark, thunderous skies, so I was drawn to this cover by that alone. The lady on the cover could be a representation of AJ, the main character, or the author herself ... it's up to you to interpret it. =)

Plot/Main Characters

AJ is a single mother who has had to learn the hard way how to take care of her son. She doesn't even have the help of her family ... whether it's emotional, financial, physical, etc. She is a woman on her own. Her son's father, Cole, hasn't been around s...more
Camille
Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich & C.J. Lyons


I received an advance review copy of Rock Bottom from FSB Media. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Rock Bottom is the debut thriller by the renowned Erin Brockovich. It is the story of Angela "AJ" Palladino and her son who is handicapped.

AJ left her hometown when she was 17 and pregnant, to avoid disgrace. Since then she has tried to care for her son, but due to unfortunate happenings she is forced to return hom...more
April
ROCK BOTTOM by Erin Brockovich with C.J. Lyons is an awesome debut thriller set in present day Scotia, West Virginia.It is written with great details and depth.The characters are encouraging,engaging and will capture heart and soul. It has intensity,passion, murder,secrets, betrayal,mayhem,confronting your past, a media disaster,adventure with dire consequences,disgrace and hitting "Rock Bottom". AJ is not only brilliant,but is feisty,has been dubbed the People's Champion.She also is committed t...more
Nancy
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Kristin
Ordinarily, I might have passed up this book, as legal thrillers aren't usually interesting to me, but knowing a little about Erin Brockovich from the Julia Roberts movie and having read many of C.J. Lyons' books inspired me to give it a shot. I'm glad I did, because they kept me hooked until the very end.
The main character, A.J., is clearly inspired by Erin, a strong-willed woman working as an advocate for the people. A streak of bad-luck on the job has left A.J. and her son without any prospec...more
Kate
I admit, (*gasp, hangs head in shame*) the extent of my familiarity with the amazing Erin Brockovich is that which I learned from the movie released in May 2000, “Erin Brockovich”, starring Julia Roberts. While from the movie alone, I have a great respect and admiration for Erin, up until now I have never endeavored to learn more and for that, I have regrets.

Additionally, CJ Lyons is a “new to me” author and with Rock Bottom, I have but glimpsed her magnificent talent. With a writing style that...more
Britni
I love a good legal thriller. And a fiesty heroine. And unexpected romance. Rock Bottom was a combination of all three of these things that I love, which is probably why I couldn't put it down. Not to mention it's by Erin Brockovich, whose movie I haven't actually seen, but whose story I've heard and greatly admire.

In her newest novel, Erin Brockovich tells the story of a young mom named AJ who has spent her life fighting - fighting for her life, fighting for her handicapped son, and fighting fo...more
Shirley
From page one of Rock Bottom, the reader is drawn into a world of environmental ravaging, as AJ returns to her hometown to work with a lawyer set out to stop the pillaging and raping of the mountains the town of Scotia calls home. When AJ discovers her boss has suddenly died, before she has even arrived to begin her new job, her suspicions are aroused. Zach, her boss, is laid to rest the day after AJ's return to her hometown, and AJ finds herself protectively escorting his daughter, Elizabeth,...more
Pmcdnld2
Almost a 4. Environmental crusader Brockovich has a good story here combining a legal thriller, corportae greed destroying a small coal mining town and a new heroine for what is to be a series. AJ comes back to the small town with her 9 year old son who has cerebral palsy-she swore she would never return for good reasons dealing with her pregnancy but she is broke and has taken a job with a lawyer in town fighting the big coal company. The lawyer is murdered before she meets him and she gets inv...more
Karl
I remember when I first heard about this book, when it was coming out was real anxious to read. Was a big fan of Erin's when Erin Brockovich movie came out saw it many times on the big screen. Kind of funny too since I have not seen another movie like it when it first came out lol. Anywho after the movie came out was always looking/ reading stuff about Erin and what she was doing. Or would be catching her out on some interview on TV.

Some reason or other never been able to read the book until now...more
Christine V Mae Gaskins
I enjoyed this more than I initially thought I would. Erin Brockovich uses some of her experiences to make her fictional character, A. J., more realistic, less 2-D.

When a character meets a fate that you did not want and tends to make people yell, I love it. I want to be thrown. I don't want everything to be predictable and happy-ever-after.
Candy
I was excited when I found this book on the new release shelf at the library. Loved Erin Brokovitch, the movie, and had read several articles on her.
This book however did not live up to my expectations. It was one giant cliche. I lost track of how many predictable plots there were.
Many of the characters were hardly developed. Elizabeth Hardy, yet another cliche as the fancy attorney from the big city, plays a major role in the story but is lacking depth. Cole Masterson is another one along with...more
Salley Johnson
Ok....I got this description from Barnes and Noble website.....wasn’t sure if this was the same book that I read. When I read the book, I thought it was more about a single mom that had a disable son and her struggles on how she had to move back home to find out that her parents didn’t want her and neither did the home town, but being a strong woman that she was she was bound and determined to keep her spirits up even when facing the fact that the attorney that was to hire her turned out to be d...more
Elizabeth
I read this book because I think Erin Brockovich has done such interesting things with her life. I liked the book and might read more of hers in the future but there was nothing super special about it. As would be expected, her story centers on environmental destruction this time wrought by a coal mining company. The characters are all from central casting. The story has some unusual elements to it and was well-written. She has some interesting things to say about lawsuits and balances her devot...more
Jesse
Not a bad read, but definitely not a great read either. This one mostly caught my attention because of the famous author, and very quickly settled in to being a run-of-the-mill legal thriller. It probably would have grabbed me more if I were passionate about the evils of mountain top removal mining, or even any environmental cause, for that matter. The ending was much too much of a whirlwind for my taste, and the sad things that happened at the end seemed stiff and forced, as if they happened ju...more
Mary Ann
I saw this book at the library and was interested because I loved the movie Erin Brokovich. As soon as I saw her name on the front cover, I knew I had to read it. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was more than I thought it would be.

This book has the same concept as the movie (big business messing with the environment) and is based on the main character who is fighting for the people's rights but I feel it focuses more on the main characters personal life.

I would have liked the boo...more
Connie
This book was wonderful; it is not a title that I would normally select. However, I did pick it up at the library due to the fact that Erin Brockovich wrote the book. I have always admired her.

In my opinion, this was a Greek tragedy turned into a modern, eco-thriller. Apparently, this is the first of a series of books featuring environmentalist A J Palladino and her young son David.
I could also see this story being converted to a movie with the fast-paced plot and intriquing characters.

It was a...more
Norma Huss
I knew about Erin Brockovich's environmental work, and I've read CJ Lyons' mysteries (and met her as well). I suspected the combination would be something spectacular--and I was right!

The story kept me glued to the page with not just one thing happening to cause angst, but two or three things going on at once. This is not just a compelling mystery, or a compelling environmental story---it's a story that combines all that AND delves into the characters' lives, what happened before and their expe...more
Joy
Erin Brockovich...activist caught my eye. My mother grew up in the mountains of North Carolina..in a town that could have been this West Virginia town. It is an easy read...and informative for those who might understand the enviornmental impact of blowing the top off a mountain. The financial pressure of those who need the jobs..and the greed for those who have so much and want more ... for those who do not want to be preached at...the story is better than most boring reality tv specials. I like...more
Lori Hinnant
I'm not sure what made me finish this one. Would not recommend.
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