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The Night Train

4.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Abused at home and bullied at school, young Jayrod Nash steals away on a freight train with a vow never to return. His best friend tags along, but his heart’s not in it. They meet up with a hobo named Farley, who offers protection in exchange for obedience, and soon learn he’s running too.

“The Night Train” is a novel about the struggle of innocence against brutality, writt
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published February 10th 2012 by Carl Purdon
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Suzan Tisdale
Mar 03, 2012 Suzan Tisdale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-good-reads
Very seldom do I do this, but I am only on chapter one of Carl Purdon's "The Night Train" and I am hooked. Thus far, Carl has a way of telling a story that just captures your imagination. I've already been close to tears twice--don't want to spoil anything. This is definitely going to be one of those books I just cannot put down. I'll keep you updated. ;o)

This is the review I posted at my blogs:

I just finished reading The Night Train, by Carl Purdon. It is a contemporary fiction novel and I love
Aug 16, 2013 Lela rated it really liked it
This book is so good and it was such a surprise. I really had very little idea what to expect as all I knew about it was what the blurb said. I had it on my kindle for quite a while before I started to read and then I could hardly bear to put it down. The characters are well developed and yet tightly drawn. Very true to life for people in poverty in that place & time. The dad was not only poor, he was mean and had a real crazy cruel streak. I've, unfortunately, known people like him. A nasty ...more
Eric Wright
Jul 29, 2012 Eric Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fiction, youth
Purdon's book is one I downloaded free with some reticence to my Kindle. My experience with free books has not been good. And as I started to read "The Night Train," I first thought of dumping it as a kid's book, but I'm glad I persevered.

It is a cracker-jack of a story reminiscent of Tom Sawyer about a young boy and his only friend and their adventure running away from home on The Night Train. And yet it carries a powerful message about household abuse and school bullying. The young boy is the
Sep 25, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Trains whistles in the night...

The Night Train travels at a speed that you don't realize is escalating. Jayrod's world is one of hardness, coldness, uncaring parents. The one bright spot is his one and only friend, Arnold. Together, the two boys strike out on an adventure that almost gets them killed and yet, Jayrod is never more alive than when he's swinging aboard a flat car. The ending was a little abrupt, but be ready to be glued to your Kindle until you finish it.
Kayden Lee
Oct 25, 2012 Kayden Lee rated it really liked it
When an abused boy and his best friend run away from their problems, they discover that an adventure of their own doing, can also be challenging. Jumping aboard a train, and riding the rails might seem simple enough to a couple of young boys, but when it actually happens, the reality of the difficulty in that type of life is a different story. In The Night Train, Carl Purdon manages to create characters that you will not only feel for, but also believe in. The author tells the story in a way whi ...more
Brenda J Hadaway
Mar 11, 2015 Brenda J Hadaway rated it it was amazing
Loved it

This is a great story. Little sad at times but really enjoyed. Would highly recommend. Good read. Love the ending.
Feb 01, 2014 Myrna rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down
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Ooof, this one was hard to read. It was a good story, and the ending was redeeming, but man, there is a lot of child abuse. I also really wished they had told us more about Farley.
Jul 08, 2012 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best
This was a terrific book. I enjoyed all the characters and the story line was wonderful.
May 10, 2012 Missy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read!! Loved it!
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Carl Purdon lives in Pontotoc, Mississippi with his wife and two of their four children. Pontotoc is halfway between Tupelo, which is the birthplace of Elvis, and Oxford, which was the home of William Faulkner. Since he can’t sing, he writes. Since he’s not an expert on anything in particular, he writes fiction. In February 2012 he released his debut novel, THE NIGHT TRAIN. In June 2013 he release ...more
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