What would you do if your country church was hit by a rogue tornado during services? What if the shrieking winds unearthed the bones of a missing parishioner in anearby wheat field? Now add the discovery of heroin in your elderly minister's bloodstream. When Gus LeGarde is thrown into the middle of the mess, he knows life's finally gone berserk in East Goodland, New York.
The Genesee Valley is in chaos. Strangers drive panel vans through the countryside at weird hours of the night. A new batch of drugs is on the street, endangering local students. The salt mine collapses due to illegal mining practices. Gas fires burn in wells. Watering holes turn to brine. Crops are dying. Tempers are short. To top it off, the new salt mine lies directly over ancient Indian burial grounds, bringing anguish to local tribes.
While Gus faces ordeals delivered by nature and man, his wife, Camille, discovers a hidden room in their house. She digs through historical archives to learn that the 1811 original homeowner, Mary Hill, may have had connections with the Underground Railroad. When local grave robbers begin to loot historic coffins, they find an empty coffin. Who killed Mary? How did she die? Where is her body? And where will this 200-year-old mystery lead?
Join Gus as he's lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels to expose the most shocking discovery ever to rock the Genesee Valley.
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History Lesson Becomes A Fight For Life
Once again I am totally hooked on another story by Aaron Paul Lazar. This particular one ended up with literal "twists and turns" that had my heart pumping and my mind racing trying to predict what was going to happen next !
The plot started out with my enjoying that "peaceful easy feeling" one gets when enjoying a really calm and pleasant story. That feeling didn't last long though. Things started heating up in more ways than one and soon I was frantically listening at pace that kept my mind spinning. Just when I thought I had figured out what was going to happen next, I was hit with another chapter that was even more intense.
John's voice is somewhat monotone and can lull one into drifting along at an easy pace. His voice subtly changes and all of a sudden I realized that my ears had pricked up with total attention. I could always tell when a good part was coming up !!
Oh how I wish I could sit still long enough to listen all at once because it is pure torture to have to set the story aside for life's interruptions. I get back to listening as soon as I can and even listen at times when I really should be busy with other things.
I can't say enough wonderful words to describe the fantastic stories in these Gus stories.
I received this book in exchange for a review and I want to thank Aaron Paul Lazar for this gift. Once you listen to one of the Gus stories there's no way to forget it. The stories stay in your mind because the characters become your friends and are forever a part of your family. I want to hear more and more about Gus and his life !!
- Joyce K. Retherford