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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  23 reviews
There are killers plaguing New York, taking the lives of children and their parents. At the scene of each murder the numbers 4-5-1 are written in the victim's own blood. The killings become known as the Chapter and Verse murders. For Mike Dobbs these murders are nothing more than a few gory sound bytes on the evening news; his thoughts are elsewhere. After years as a succe ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Martin Sisters Publishing
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton
It’s 2001 and Mike Dobbs is a rising star on Wall Street in New York City. Out of the blue an old girlfriend calls him on the phone and his life begins to change. Eileen Benoit and her daughter Megan are in trouble and she turns to her old friend for help. Caught in a marriage with a controlling husband she learned he had been sexually molesting their daughter. In spite of pursuing legal steps to rescue her daughter and herself, Bob Benoit had more money and better connections resulting in his c ...more
 Candice =^,,^=
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.. I really liked this book, it was a great read. There was a lot of typos , the author jus needs a better proofreader.. Don't let that stop you from reading this book ,. I'm glad I had a chance to read it.
Great characters and plot .I'll be look forward to reading this authors next offering.
Cinnamon Hensel
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good read! The editing was terrible, lots of errors. BUT don't let that take away from a great story with very well written characters. I really enjoyed the book.
Mark Fine
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are times it takes great courage to write, especially when the events are personal—a major human-made catastrophe. Add to it a fictional focus is on the bleaker side of the human condition, and you have a book steeped with gravitas. This certainly is the case in author, Neil Newton’s tough novel, The Railroad. Unflinchingly he takes on two biggies: First, the devastating destruction of the Twin Towers. This shattered the psyche of a nation, a city, and countless individuals, including the ...more
Zuli
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in goodreads giveaways and at first well I only chose this book because I fell in love with the cover because to me that is a well taken picture. Anyways I will be honest and say that I abandoned this book for about 2 weeks forgetting all about it but when I read it I really couldn't put the book down. This was surprisingly a really good book for this new author and well I think that for those people who enjoy a good mystery book this book is the one for you. Perhaps I'm just not ...more
Kathy Broggy
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A new writer with a great story to tell. I hope this will be the first of many books from the new author. The story takes you on a journey and trust me, you won't see the end coming! The editing is poor and there are typos, but if you overlook them, the story just flows! Perhaps before the next book (as I said I am hoping to read more by Mr. Newton) he will be able to find someone to edit and proof before they publish.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thriller/suspense books.
Angela
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have received this as part of the Goodreads giveaway & I have just started to read, the 9/11 tragedy has just started.....
Traci Sanders
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story pulled me in from the beginning, jumping into the action—and main theme—right away. From there it maintained a steady pattern of speeding up and then calming down, which I appreciated because several scenes in this story are intense. Of course the last few chapters are full speed ahead and worth every page!

The characters are well developed and believable. The writing was intelligent and engaging, and provided plot twists which kept me turning page after page. But the best part was th
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Anita Kovacevic
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Makes you think. Seriously.

This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows I like to read serious books. And this is not a fun, beach, snack book. This is a serious meal you need to sink your teeth into and think. The author has decided to tackle plenty of important, real life situations, and it's far easier to dig our heads into reality shows than deal with reality.

As you follow the developments in the life of Mike Dobbs, his transformations and turbulence, cleverly told in first person,
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Anita Kovacevic
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows I like to read serious books. And this is not a fun, beach, snack book. This is a serious meal you need to sink your teeth into and think. The author has decided to tackle plenty of important, real life situations, and it's far easier to dig our heads into reality shows than deal with reality.

As you follow the developments in the life of Mike Dobbs, his transformations and turbulence, cleverly told in first person, you will question his decis
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Michelle Medhat
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Explosive and emotionally-charged. An incredible book and an amazing ending!
A story of a man emerging from the wreckage that 9/11 made of his life, may not sound the most enticing premise for a story. Indeed, it may appear quite self-indulgent and depressing, but The Railroad is not such a book. Mr Newton has written an explosive and emotionally-charged tome that tugged with continuous regularity at my heart strings.

Mike Dobbs, the lead character is a survivor of the catastrophic tragedy of 9/11
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C.A. Sanders
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot: In a nutshell, The Railroad is a deeply emotional story about a man traumatized by his experiences on 9/11, and his journey back from that darkness. But the story is far more than that. Mike Dobbs, the main character, sinks into alcoholism and obvious PTSD, and at times he's insufferable (in a good way). He's a incredibly detailed character of both virtues and flaws, and you can't help but root for him as he finds his way to redemption by helping an abused mother and child on the run, assi ...more
Jessica Wren-Wilson
If you are my age, then you probably remember exactly what you were doing when the Twin Towers came down. I was at my part-time job at my college campus. Fortunately, I was not, like the protagonist of Neil Newton’s fast-paced thriller The Railroad, anywhere near a New York metro. As claustrophobic as I am, I would had a massive panic attack. And like the out-of-service metro, Newton’s novel entrapped me to where I was unable to escape until I reached the end of the line.

Mike Dobbs is a top Wall
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Karen Mossman
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting story, although I felt the main character was a little confusing at times. I did enjoy the book and I liked the ending even if I didn't quite understand it!
Susan Kotch
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Dobbs was stuck in a rut, in both his job on Wall Street and in his love life. He knew he needed something to get himself out of it, and it came in the form of 9/11. Stuck in the subway as the event unfolded, he emerged to find that his neighborhood and the New York City that he knew so well was forever changed. He decided to leave that disaster behind to find himself again, but instead of finding peace, he found himself in the middle of his own nightmare in upstate New York.
The author p
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Claire Stibbe
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Dobbs, the hero of this novel, is a flawed but eminently likeable man. Having narrowly escaped the devastation of the Twin Towers, he is instantly thrown into a turmoil of his own. No longer the practical, fast-paced New Yorker with the celebrated devil-may-care attitude, Dobbs spirals into an alcohol induced existence while those around him are locked in goggle-eyed confusion. The natural band aid to a near-death experience, but a transformation he neither wants nor cares to repair. As he ...more
Mistral Dawn
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story actually starts out as two, seemingly unrelated, stories, but as it progresses, the two tales are woven together so skillfully you almost forget that they were once separate. First, there are hints about some abductions of women and children that are taking place, but you can't quite figure out what's going on. But there's enough given that you're immediately hooked from the first page. Then there's the story of Mike Dobbs, a man who is wrestling with PTSD and the big question of what ...more
Glen Barrera
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A well written, intriguing story.

This book came as a surprise. Sure, I saw the cover, read the blurb, but didn’t expect the quality of the writing or the clever storyline. When an old girlfriend calls Mike Dobbs, a successful Wall Street mover and shaker, and asks for money to get her and her daughter away from an abusive husband, he agrees. And so begins The Railroad. What works in this story is the effective way the author uses the tragedy of 9/11, and the trauma of Mike Dobbs, who finds himse
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Benedict Martin
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I really enjoyed this book. The characters come across as real people. Watching Mike Dobbs struggle to reclaim his own life after experiencing first-hand the horrors of 9-11 made me want to reach inside and give the guy a hug. There were also times I wanted to shake some sense into him. Yet Mike soldiered on, a flawed yet genuinely good person who will stop at nothing to help the people he loves.

And that's where The Railroad really shines. The mystery behind the whereabouts o
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Lavern Winters
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I found this debut novel exceptionally well written. The story takes place in the wake of 9/11 and a Wallstreet socialite loses his interest in the high life, sinking into the despair of depression after his experience on that tragic day. The plot was well done leading me down rabbit trails of speculation about what was happening. Parents and children using an underground network to run away from abusive spouses are mysteriously disappearing from their cars or homes. One man intent upon pro ...more
Teresa Derrick
A broken man and a cause.

Mike has survived the attack in New York on 9/11. He cannot shake the destruction and wrecked emotions he feels. Mike quits his Wall Street job and moves out of the city. He is asked by an old friend to help her friend and daughter escape an abusive husband and father. What Mike doesn't realize is that he will lose his heart and maybe his mind by helping the pair. Eileen and Meghan are going to be helped by the " Underground". When they do disappear Mike believes they ma
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Penny
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to win this book from Goodreads.
This is Neil Newton’s first book and he had my interest from the first page.
It took me a few days to read as other things like family required my attention (lol)
There are editing errors, but they do not detract from the story. I enjoyed the character of Mike Dobbs, although I wondered how he could function as he did with so much time spent drinking. This is an intriguing book with lots of twists. Just when you think you might see where the story is
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Lillie
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book because of my interest in domestic violence, and I appreciate the way the author portrayed the horrors of domestic violence in a compelling story. While I really enjoyed the book, two things kept me from giving it five stars: more grammar and spelling errors than expected and the depiction of the crimes as "chapter and verse killings" even though there was no physical evidence at the time that the victims were dead.
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Neil Newton is transplanted New Yorker who is living in Tennessee. While growing up his values and passions were forged in the crucible of New York City. Shortly before moving to Tennessee, Neil was caught in the subway as the Twin Towers collapsed.

This life changing event strengthened his conviction that abuse of any kind is not acceptable. The result is is first Novel, The Railroad.

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