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Iron House by John Hart
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Mar 11, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from March 11 to 19, 2011

Time heals all wounds - or does it? For Michael and Julian, time is an enemy, that rips the past into the present, and places the future in uncertain jeopardy...

Michael and Julian begin as orphans at Iron House - a decrepit boys home in the North Carolina mountains. Facing down bullies and inept caretakers, Iron House is more of a prison than a home to the young boys. When Michael apparently kills one of the bullies who torments his younger, weaker brother Julian, he runs to protect Julian and disappears into the night.

Julian's life is irrevocably changed - by Michael's disappearance and by his adoption into a wealthy, privileged family. However, Julian is tormented by that night, and years pass without Michael, until the past comes back to life.

Michael, on the other hand, survives on the street, until he is "adopted" by a family - with nefarious connections to the Mob. Michael becomes a killer, but finds unconditional love from his "father." However, Michael wants out - he wants a life away from violence, with a family, and with Elena, his pregnant girlfriend.

Michael believes he is out of the family, with the old man's blessing - until he finds out his "family" has threatened the one thing he holds dear, other than Elena - his brother. Time is quickly running out, and not only is he in deep trouble with the Mob, his brother has other problems that lead directly back to the past - to Iron House.

An intricate story of loss, courage, redemption, and love, juxtaposed against a story of violence, greed, and cruelty, Iron House is a must read - an absolutely stunning story of family, the ties that bind, and the power of the past.
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Michael Excellent review, Valerie, I enjoyed the book too.

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