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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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Dale Harcombe
Angela Joy Palladino usually known as AJ fled from her coal mining home in Scotia, West Virginia. She was 17. Ten years later she is back with her 9 year old disabled son, after taking a job with a lawyer who is crusading against mining which is removing the mountain tops. But when she arrives she finds the lawyer who hired her is dead. However his daughter Elizabeth seeks AJ’s help to carry on the fight. Was his death from natural causes or is there a murderer on the loose.
It certainly seems t
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Jaret
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book by Erin Brockovich more than I expected I would. She chose an excellent co-writer in CJ Lyons. There were many similarities between the storyline and the case she was famous for. She added a lot of interesting characters and an interesting backstory. The mystery itself was interesting, but the plot was definitely character-driven. I will continue the series because I enjoyed the characters so much. I'd love to see where they go next.
Lynn
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Claudia
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sheila
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 17 Angela Joy leaves her coal mining town in West Virginia in disgrace because she is pregnant. She has her baby and manages to scrape out a life as a environmental activist which of course this author is famous for hence the movie Erin Brockovich.

Now due to unforeseen financial constraints she is forced 9 years later to return home along with her handicapped son David. Suffice it to say the welcome isn't great except by her grandmother. David has never been told who his father is but now his
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Stephanie Aaron
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I look forward to reading more novels by Erin
Barry Martin Vass
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Erin Brockovich is an intriguing character study. In the early '90's, as a single mother with no skills of any sort, she basically talked her way into a job with attorney Ed Masry. And then one day as she was sorting through case files, she ran across boxes of files dealing with Pacific Gas & Electric and the small, high-desert town of Hinkley, California. Brockovich is tenacious when she senses something amiss, and with PG&E trying to buy all the resident's homes amid skyrock ...more
Rebecca
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this in a box of books sent by a friend. I've been working my way through them in the order in which they interested me, and Rock Bottom was, well, on the bottom. BOY WAS I WRONG! For anyone familiar with who Erin Brockovich is, you will be expecting a book filled with passion about ecology and the impact that huge industries have on ordinary lives, and you won't be disappointed. You will also find humor, and sorrow, and a wealth of just plain likable folks, as well as a few real stinkers. ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Rock Bottom was interesting but I found that the subtle yet constant environmental themes were quite annoying. Reading this was like listening to Lisa Simpson preaching about nuclear power or something. O_o
Brooke
This book had a decent storyline and a lot of potential, but the execution was poor. If someone told me it had been written as someone's senior thesis, I would have believed it. Everything felt a bit too one-dimensional and predictable.
Maia Gilman
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Decisive writing sets off this urgent story of environmental contrast, wrapping themes and motivations into a tight and readable (listenable for me - I listened to the audiobook) format. I am reminded of our eco-heroes in real life, made alive through this book.



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
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Randee Baty
I went into this book not expecting much and got what I expected. I found this to be a hot mess. You can't just slap the word "environmentalism" on a book and assume that wipes out all its flaws. It just isn't a good book. It didn't bore me but it wasn't good and I just about rolled my eyes out of my head at the absurdity of it.

The premise is that A.J. Palladino left her home in West Virginia, the coal-mining community of Scotia, years ago when she was 17 under a cloud of disgrace. She has since
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Kristin
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Jennifer
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vicky
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Samantha March
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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April
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheri faulk
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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Britni
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Norma
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shirley
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Candy
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Salley Johnson
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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