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Iron House | [John Hart]

Iron House

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 won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

John Hart has written three New York Times best sellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. His books have been called “masterful” (Jeffery Deaver) and “gripping” (People) with “Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding” (The New York Times). Now he delivers his fourth novel—a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no listener will soon forget.

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 won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

To keep her safe....

For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy.

Go to Hell and come back burning....

The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he’s laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House.

©2011 John Hart (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Deborah SHALLOTTE, NC, United States 07-14-11
    Deborah SHALLOTTE, NC, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2005

    Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.

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    "Half-Harted"

    I was so looking forward to the next Hart book. I loved King of Lies, The Last Child, and Down River. Just loved them. I almost gave up on this book, however, because the first half is excruciatingly slow and the Elena character is so whiny and insipid. The narrator slips between an Italian and Spanish accent and reads her half-speed like she's loaded all the time. The relationship between her and Michael is about as interesting as dust. HOWEVER, everything is kicked up to high gear in the second half of the book where Elena is a minor character. Hart doesn't do violence as well as Adrian McKinty but it's still horrific. There are a lot of threads to the story which can be confusing and leaves the reader wondering why they are part of the story, but it all comes together in the end. This book is nowhere near as good as the others and there are a few stereotypes, as a southerner, I get tired of reading, but I guess I'd have to say I'd recommend this book...the second half did keep me up til two a.m.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Ren Southfield, MI, United States 07-25-11
    Ren Southfield, MI, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow! What a Listen!"

    I have listened to John Hart and Scott Sowers in the past and enjoyed the collaboration. This time my expectations were truly surpassed with the performance of them both. I didn't want it to end and I would welcome the return of any characters that made it out of this book alive to return for the sequel. This story was so exciting and the characters so complex...that I didn't know who to like or who to despise. Nothing is clear cut in this one. And it works!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 07-19-11
    Ann United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2010

    Seeking the Truth

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    "Stilted and Clichéd"

    While the plot is just okay -- not great but okay -- most of the characters in this novel, including the "hero", are quite stilted and very clichéd. It difficult to truly care what happens to anyone in this story, including those for whom we are to feel much sympathy or empathy. Do not use your credits on this book; wait until it's included in one of Audible's "paperback sales". Even then, you may not feel you got your money's worth..

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 07-24-11
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 07-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator and Author a Good Team"

    Although the plot has some rough spots, this book is a good example of how putting the right narrator with the right author can help compensate for weak points. Scott Sowers has an incredible range of voices that makes the characters come alive. Hart does a nice job of creating the backstories for the characters so that their actions are credible. Some plot points are a stretch, but the story works in the end. Overall, a good audio book that moves along smoothly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Columbus, OH, United States 07-21-11
    Sean Columbus, OH, United States 07-21-11
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    "Great "Read""

    This book was very exciting and I found myself up at all hours listening to it. Thank God for the mobile app! I don't read a lot of books in this genre (I'm all over the place), but thought it had excellent character development and it really kept me guessing throughout. I look forward to more work from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 07-16-11
    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 07-16-11 Member Since 2009

    I used to carry around stacks of audiobooks on casette, then on cd. Audible is the best thing since sliced bread!

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    "Great Book!"

    This is the first book by John Hart that I have listened to and I loved it! I was invested in the characters and really cared what happened to them. I dont feel that the book was slow in any part- I was riveted from begining to end, and the action sequences really had my heart pounding. The short author interview at the end is a great touch. After finishing, I immediately put his other titles on my wish list. You won't regret spending a credit for this one!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Loveland, OH, United States 07-26-11
    John Loveland, OH, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "That was good."

    No book is perfect but when I was finished listening, I said, "That was good".
    Enough said.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 12-01-12
    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "extremely dark harted"
    What did you like best about Iron House? What did you like least?

    John Hart is an excellent and often poetic writer with a beautiful turn of phrase.The story itself was very dark and covered topics such as extreme bullying, child abuse, and torture.The tory held together but the darkness of the characters particularly the lead one, Michael made this an extreme departure from his other books.Michael is a mob enforcer an hit man who has killed many people. In the beginning of the book he tries to retire. This sets off a whole series of events involving Michael, his pregnant girl friend, and his brother.Mr Hart has tried to make Michael a likeable and sympathetic character and has only partially suceeded. He explains the things that made michael what he is.It was Michael's lack of remorse for the deaths that he casued of any ill gotten gains that ultimately ruined him as a character for me. It was hard to be too sympathetic toward him. I thought had he shown remorse it would have been much better.Abigail is also a comples and ultimately strange character


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Changed the ending. There were at least two lead characters who should not have been free at the end. Michael as I have said needed to show remorse.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    everything. He is excellent.


    Was Iron House worth the listening time?

    yes, but very unlike John Hart's other books, For all of its faults it was impossible to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for anyone who likes a tidy ending and ultimate justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Decatur, GA, United States 11-13-12
    Ryan Decatur, GA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Iron House again? Why?

    Very well written book. You could tell the writer had authentic knowledge of the fictional settings. I also liked the multiple plots that tie in to one another. If John Hart is reading this, Your Friend Clint Robins, referred me to the book and it far exceeded expectations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-23-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Exciting and Suspenseful - just what you want!"

    John Hart scores again with another terrific literary fiction mystery. His well drawn characters and creative story kept me listening as much as possible. Parts of the book are very violent, more so than his previous novels. BUT, I must say those scenes kept me riveted and drew such a picture in my mind that brought the story alive. This book definitely requires some willing suspension of disbelief, but, hey, don't they all? If you are looking for a high quality, suspenseful book to listen to while driving, Iron House is a good choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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