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The Burning

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  10 reviews
George Ferris has worked hard to make a good life for himself and his family without going into the coal mines that shortened his father’s life. Now, a slow-moving catastrophe is threatening to take it all away. How far will he go to protect everything he has worked for? And will he realize what really matters before it is too late?
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Published November 8th 2017 by Annorlunda Books
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Aly
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book to me was a heart wrenching story but a interesting story to read. This story has me remembering Erin Brockovich a little bit. Another greedy company was involved in this as well and didn't want to help anymore than it had to if at all. The characters were something I can relate to which makes it better for me. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Patricia Gligor
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Burning" by J.P. Seewald is an inspiring and thought-provoking novella. The author takes us into the life and mind of George Ferris, a hard-working, self-made man whose life is suddenly disrupted in a major and completely unexpected way. The challenges he faces seem insurmountable but it's the lessons he learns and how he eventually handles those challenges that will warm your heart.
Catherine
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Burning by J. P. Seewald has an environmental disaster as the backdrop for a family drama. George Ferris has issues. He’s jealous of his ambitious lawyer brother, and convinced his father favored the successful younger brother. George can’t stand his snooty sister-in-law, who looks down on George’s blue-collar roots and lifestyle. When an underground coal fire threatens both his family’s health and safety, and everything George has worked for, he has to choose a solution. The story focuses ...more
Lelia Taylor
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The first time I heard about coal fires burning under a town, years ago, I was horrified and I still am. It seems almost like science fiction and the idea that people would either have to live with such a never-ending threat or leave the homes and neighbors they had known for so long is little short of overwhelming.

George is a man who's easy to understand because his whole way of life is undergoing a major transformation, beginning with the huge divide between him and his brother, Larry, a man
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Susan Coryell
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Burning by Jacqueline Seewald – reviewed by Susan Coryell
The Burning is a fine novella by seasoned author Jacqueline Seewald.
Based on a true event, the fictional work involves the Ferris family, George and Liz and their two school-aged children Amy and Jimmy, whose health, home and family livelihood are threatened when an underground fire wreaks havoc on their coal town.
The town, aided by George’s lawyer brother, Larry, finds itself virtually helpless against the greedy coal company and
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Susan Oleksiw
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In 1975, in Eastern Pennsylvania, hard coal country, George is living the life that is all he ever wanted--married to Liz, the beautiful woman he loves, with two children, a home, and a job that isn't in the mines. He admires his brother, an attorney, despite a lifelong competition between the two, and has learned to tolerate Larry's wife, Suzanne, who can barely control her disdain for George and his working-class world. But everything George has built up by his own hands is about to collapse.

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Zari Reede
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found, The Burning, a complex story that kept me thinking about it long after I put the book down. I had heard of similar instances of fires burning underneath the ground when I lived in Alaska. Before then I had never heard of such a thing. The story is fiction but based on true life events. It follows the life of George, a seemingly ordinary man with a wife and children. He has spent his life, building up his mechanic shop, so that he wouldn’t have to work in the coal mines like his father, ...more
Natalie Waddell-Rutter
A fine enough story, but trending a bit too far toward the literary side of fiction to really keep my attention. We see an unfolding environmental catastrophe from a working class viewpoint - a coal seam caught fire years ago, and the town couldn't afford to put it out. Now, it's threatening the whole town. The mining company will buy up the town so they can mine for metals under the coal, but only if everyone agrees to sell, even those unaffected by the fire. George can't understand why ...more
Madelyn Flammia
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Burning is a fast-paced and exciting story that I could not put down. I read it in one sitting. The characters are vividly and realistically depicted. JP Seewald is a master storyteller who grips the reader from the very first page. I was immediately drawn into the lives of the Ferris family. They are such well-rounded characters that I feel as though they are people I know. The fact that this story is based on real events adds an extra level of interest. I recommend this novel very highly. ...more
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