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Publisher's Summary

Author of Sutter's Cross, a Booklist Top Pick, W. Dale Cramer evokes the ambiance of a small Southern town in this inspiring novel. Jeremy's mother has passed away, leaving him with an odd request. He is to find his Uncle Aiden, a hardrock miner, and stay with him, regardless of Aiden's wishes. Jeremy's faith in God gives him the courage to find the humanity behind this tough-as-steel man.
©2004 Dale W. Cramer; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Cramer has a delicious way with a pen, whether he's crafting a lush Southern backdrop or offering glimpses of [his character's] interior lives....With its notes of hope, humor and redemption, this delightful book exemplifies what good Christian fiction should aspire to." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bobby on 01-17-08


Never have I enjoyed a book more than I did Bad Ground. The author manages to capture the innocence of youth mixed with the hard life of someone who has lost everything in the world that he knows and along the way has to deal with a dark and bitter relative. The narrative of the mines was a perfect backdrop for this story. It shows the hard work that is involved all the while being a perfect allusion to the inner workings of the character. I myself a coal miner by trade could relate to the character and it brought back many memories for me. The author has done something extraordinary with this work. It took me on a journey of emotions. Sometimes, I laughed out loud while other times I cried. All readers will enjoy this coming-of-age tale and the only negative thing I have to say about this book is that it ended! Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-30-05

Clever, Engaging, Believable

This is an excellent story and the reading / performance by Pete Bradbury is very good. Bad Ground is filled with folksy wisdom (my favorite one-liner is ?There?s nothing common about sense?) and the plot is a well crafted reminder of the heroic nature of life well lived. My only regret upon listening to this book is that I hadn?t discovered it earlier and I?m looking forward to additional Audible content by author Dale Cramer.

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