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Bull Mountain

by Brian Panowich

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For under 200 pages, Bull Mountain is a powerhouse of a book. The breadth of this book felt more like an epic rather than a short novel.

The main plot focuses upon a mountain family in Georgia. The history of the Burroughs family is based in earning a living through providing illegal products during the different generations of their family and their kin.

It is a violent book with memorable characters, most of which are not pure in character.

The book is written in a manner where the story unfolds by flipping back and forth in time. At first, one may have trouble keeping the family members straight, but soon, they become well enough known to tell them apart.

More could be written, however, that may reveal too much for future readers.

This book is strongly encourage to those that enjoy books by Daniel Woodrell, William Gay and Larry Brown.

The writing is tight and the characters believable and some quite troubling.

There was one plot development I felt to be contrived, however, this book is very strongly recommended and one of the best books I've read in a time. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
Bull Mountain is the Burroughs family. The Burroughs family is Bull Mountain. Even if you leave Bull Mountain, such as the novel's protagonist, Sheriff Clayton Burroughs, Bull Mountain is still in your blood. For generations, the Burroughs, have lived on Bull Mountain engaging in a variety of criminal activity trafficking in moonshine, pot, and meth. Clayton is the only one of the family to abandon the criminal activity by moving off Bull Mountain; however, Bull Mountain is not through with him. Recently, an ATF agent has approached Clayton with a proposal. If he can convince Halforth, his older brother to give up a business partner in Jacksonville, Harforth will not be prosecuted. Clayton will now need to re-enter the world of Bull Mountain and, somehow, try to convince his brother, a task which will, more than likely, fail.

Unfortunately, I can't give you additional detail without spoiling the book for new readers. The author described the characters and setting well. In fact, these literary elements were so well developed that I knew this was one place I wanted to avoid. Several chapters were back stories but read easily, especially since each chapter began with the date and the character on deck. The violence can be very descriptive; however, what would you expect from a book described as the "Hillbilly Godfather." Brain Panowich is a new favorite author which is more meaningful since he is from my home town--for now. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 22, 2017 |
Recommended by KMT. Surprisingly mature first novel. Portrayal of rural south and its people seemed flawless throughout. Recommended reading from the author following the book was appreciated. ( )
  rwt42 | Oct 30, 2016 |
wish I could give it a better rating I just could not get in to it ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 7, 2016 |
wish I could give it a better rating I just could not get in to it ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
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The way of the world is to bloom and to flower and die but
in the affairs of men there is no waning and the noon of his expression signals the onsite of night.  His spirit is exhausted at the peak of his achievement.  His meridian is at once his darkening and the evening of his day.
    -Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
When the swords flash, let no idea of love, piety, or even the face of your father's move you.
     -Julius Caesar
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039917396X, Hardcover)

The Godfather meets Daniel Woodrell in this Southern debut, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance.
 
Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made their home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:29 -0400)

"A multigenerational saga set in the mountains of north Georgia, where the Burroughs family has been running shine, pot, and meth for decades. Rogue son Clayton Burroughs has become a local sheriff to keep what peace he can, until an ATF agent who's not quite what he seems throws a wrench into the works"--… (more)

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