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Iron House
Iron House
Author: John Hart
An old man is dying. When the old man is dead they will come for him. And they will come for her, to make him hurt. HE WOULD GO TO HELL — At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t wo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312380342
ISBN-10: 0312380348
Publication Date: 7/12/2011
Pages: 352
Edition: First Edition
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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After reading Downriver by John Hart last year, I began reading all of his works. Iron House, by leaps and bounds, is my favorite. When I picked up this book, I read in the acknowledgements that he almost didn't write this book because he couldn't get into it. After finishing it, that comment took me by surprise. I feel like he put his heart and soul into it. This book is full of conspiracy, loneliness, desperation, survival, and the kind of love that you kill for. There were so many twists and turns in the book, that Im sure I couldn't name them all. They also came at the perfect time in the book as well. Some authors spring twists on you that you've already figured out on your own, or they just don't make sense. Not in Iron House. Everything is timed perfectly. I cant wait to read this book again in a couple years. Its one that I would love to keep coming back to.
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One of the best books I've read in a long time, characters come to life and make you feel like you want to get involved. Great read!
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John Hart has become one of my favorite authors and he does not disappoint with Iron House. The intensity of his writing makes it hard to put down, and I read this almost in one day. Great read.
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Iron House was a run down orphanage with forgotten boys. Two brothers Michael and Julian reside there. Michael is protective of Julian, then one day a boy is killed, Michael flees and takes the blame.
Iron House (John Hart)

Julian is adopted and Michael is raised on the streets. Julian has the good life, while Michael becomes part of a (Mob) crime family. As the years pass, Michael wants out of the "family" and to settle down with his pregnant girlfriend, and have a "real Family". But when the Mob boss dies it is a fight for power.

Soon Michael finds himself back in North Carolina, where he must come to terms with his past, help his brother and uncover truths that may be better off unknown. Danger, murder, deceit, lies, and secrets surface in this fast paced, page turner.
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I really enjoy listening to audiobooks on my way to and from work. Usually I can stop, go about my day and pick up where I left off. This was not the case with Iron House! I craved to go back to my car during the work day so I could pick up with the story. It is that good!!

Scott Sowers reads the book and his voice is compelling and demands to be heard. His southern drawl and the inflection in his voice draws you into the story from the very beginning. Michael and Julian are brothers who reside at the Iron Mountain Home for Boys. Michael, the older brother, is very protective and fights not only for himself, but for his brother too. Julian finally learns to fight back, but the cost is high. Michael takes the blame unto himself and flees the orphanage with nothing but the clothes on his back.

Julian ends up being adopted by a wealthy couple but Michael lives on the streets until he is taken in by Otto, a crime boss. Otto sees himself in Michael and teaches him the ropes of organized crime, leading to Michael becoming his enforcer. Later, Michael meets and falls in love with Elena. She knows nothing of Michael's position in the mob and he would rather keep it that way. However, he wants out of the crime beat and wants to lead a normal life.

But, no one leaves the mob. He's either in or he and everyone he loves is dead. Michael leads his pregnant wife, Elena across the country to a brother he hasn't seen in over twenty years, with the mob fast on his trail. There, the stakes are life and death and buried secrets are revealed.

This is a thrilling and exciting book and Scott Sowers does a remarkable job. His voice leads the rollercoaster as you ride along with him on this unforgettable story. You'll find yourself throwing your hands in the air in excitement and wailing out at the horrors. John Hart is a gripping storyteller and Scott Sowers' voice enhances it perfectly.
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This thriller is as good as anything you'll read from the genre's bestselling authors. However, it just didn't measure up to his previous novels. Not until the final pages did I feel the depth of character I have become used to from Hart. His previous thrillers were good literature, "Iron House" is a good novel.
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It's rare that you root for such a conflicted hero, who has pure motives but has been a killer. I couldn't put it down, finished it at 2 am, which is rare as I usually fall asleep. CAn we control the forces that act on us? on our minds? Read and find out. Each Hart book is better than the last, and more compelling!

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