Gods of Howl Mountain

Gods of Howl Mountain

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and da...

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Title:Gods of Howl Mountain
Author:Taylor Brown
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1250111773
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Gods of Howl Mountain Reviews

  • karen
    Nov 25, 2017
    NOW AVAILABLE!! sitting here, trying to figure out how to describe this book, what keeps running through my mind are some of the lyrics from warren zevon?s Indifference of Heaven: I had a girl Now she's gone She left town Town burned down which is the quintessence of zevo...
  • Cheri
    Jan 22, 2018
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?When you can't find the light That got you through the cloudy days When the stars ain't shinin' bright You feel like you've lost you're way When the candlelight of home Burns so very far away Well, you got to let your soul shine Just like my daddy used...
  • JanB
    Jan 27, 2018
    4.5 stars **I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. Publication date is March 20, 2018 This is Southern Grit Lit at its best. Atmospheric and full of intrigue and action, there?s the cut-throat business of whiskey running, secrets galore, vengeance,...
  • Elyse
    Nov 13, 2017
    This is the third book I?ve read by Taylor Brown. MY APPRECIATION- RESPECT - ADMIRATION- and ENJOYMENT has increased with each book! My first go-around with Taylor Brown?s writing was with ?Fallen Land?....which I struggled with. I appreciated the novel?and could see ho...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jan 30, 2018
    After reading two other books by this author and not connecting with them I had said I wasn't going to try him again. I lied. Or more likely I forgot I said it. BUT look at that cover! *drools* And that blurb had me from hello. And I didn't hate it! It is the story o...
  • Marialyce
    Jan 28, 2018
    4.5 wonderfully written stars Life in the fifties in this mountain community was vividly portrayed by Taylor Brown. Coming back from war is always difficult. To return to the normalcy of life is a task many face, witnessing the horribleness of war, time, the smell of death, the tol...
  • Esil
    Oct 12, 2017
    Gods of Howl Mountain was the first book I've read by Taylor Brown. He has a very distinctive style and sensibility. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950s, Brown portrays an insular world with its own rules and sense of justice. This is a gritty story full of moonshine, h...
  • Liz
    Mar 14, 2018
    4.5 stars Wow!! Talk about being able to set a scene and paint a picture. I?ve never read anything by Taylor Brown before. But we are talking some serious wordsmithing here. The North Carolina Mountains of the 1950s are their own world. It?s a world of bootleggers, snake handl...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 12, 2017
    1950's, South Carolina, the place Rory returns to after his service in Korea cost him the part of one leg. He returns to the mountain home of his granny, the women who raised him after his mother was committed to an asylum. Violence visited her, harm irrevocaly changed her life, and sh...
  • Susanne Strong
    Feb 03, 2018
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down) It was a time of whiskey runs, bootlegging and herbal medicines and potions used to aid those in need. On Howl Mountain, the living was hard. Granny May Docherty all but lost her daughter years ago in a horrible incident. Now her daughter lives is in a hos...
  • Angela M
    Oct 11, 2017
    Taylor Brown invites the reader to this place and time with such fantastic descriptive writing and in a page you are there . To this mountain in 1950?s North Carolina, to the land of moonshine and makeshift churches where snakes rule, where evil deeds of the past still haunt, to a pl...
  • Debra
    Nov 27, 2017
    ?Because dying?s better than wishing you had.? It's the 1950's and Rory Docherty has returned home from the Korean War with a wooden leg. It's hard to find good-paying legitimate work with a wooden leg, so Rory has become a whisky-runner. He makes deliveries to brothels, roadh...
  • Judy
    Mar 11, 2018
    Taylor Brown is a new author for me, but I've read some reviews of his two earlier books that make me want to read those as well. This book has beautifully descriptive writing, some memorable characters, and an absorbing plot. I loved the characters Granny Mae and Rorie, especially. Th...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Feb 10, 2018
    BOOM! And just like that Taylor Brown knocks it out of the park. The machine started at dusk, headlights slashing their way down the old switchbacks that ribbed the mountain?s slopes, thunder and echo of thunder vaulting through the ridges and hollers on every side. The road ...
  • Bam
    Jan 22, 2018
    One of my favorite books of 2017 was If The Creek Don't Rise, set in the remote hills of North Carolina in 1970. Now here I am again, absolutely loving another work of historical fiction set in the hills of NC, this time in the fall of 1952. Ex-Marine Rory Docherty has returned fro...
  • Diane Barnes
    Oct 18, 2017
    Another brilliant book from Taylor Brown, although "Fallen Land", his first novel, remains my favorite. One thing you can say about him, he's not afraid to veer off into different territories and time periods. In this one it's 1950's in the NC mountains, an area near Boone, which fact...
  • Carol
    Nov 27, 2017
    If you like prominent descriptive prose, you're going to love Taylor Brown and his new offering....GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN!Set in the high country of 1950's North Carolina amidst bootleggers and folk healers, there are secrets to discover, battles to be won and a mystery to solve.Combine...
  • Linda
    Nov 10, 2017
    Spokes in the wheel...... Rory Docherty finds himself, returning once again, as part of the irregular circle of that familiar wheel. People are "born hard" in Howl Mountain in North Carolina. It's the 1950's and Rory treads the backroads leaving one definitive footprint and the othe...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Feb 18, 2018
    I read Gods of Howl Mountain with six of my Traveling Sisters and this one turned out to be a very interesting sister read as we were split into two very different coulees with very different views on this one. At times I was wondering if we were even reading the same book. For fiv...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 18, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 3.5 Stars ?To compete in these mountains, you have to be strong and tall. Otherwise, you won?t be able to reach the light.? The year is 1952. The place is Howl Mountain, North Carolina. Allow me to introduce...
  • Mary Beth
    Mar 28, 2018
    I love the bookcover! Rory was in the Korean War and he was a Korean War Vet. He comes back home to Howl Mountain with a wooden leg. The time is 1952. The story takes place in the mountains of North Carolina. Rory is now living with his Granny May. His Mom had something terrible ...
  • Jeannie
    Nov 12, 2017
    This was excellent, I really enjoyed it! I was sad when it ended. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was there in the mountains of North Carolina. Life in Howl Mountain is dark and intense. I could feel the cold air and the tension between the characters. Rory was my favorite ...
  • Carolyn
    Mar 12, 2018
    I've never really enjoyed novels set in the bootlegging mountains of Southern USA before with the often hard nosed, amoral types of characters they depict. However, the writing in this novel is so good and the characters lives and motives so well laid out that it's hard not to engage w...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Nov 13, 2017
    4? ? ? ? ?s Appalachian Rhapsody. Taylor Brown had me wrapped around his writing pinkie from the get-go. Vivid characters, addictive storytelling, and white lightening prose went down in straight shots ricocheting up to my brain triggering all the reading reward circu...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 28, 2018
    5 gritty, vivid, whiskey-running stars to Gods of Howl Mountain ? ? ? ? ? ? Have you ever heard of the Carolina parakeet, a now extinct colorful bird native to North Carolina? It plays a role in this book, and I have an interesting, but sad, connection to that bea...
  • Paromjit
    Dec 27, 2017
    This was my first read of Taylor Brown and I was simply bowled over by this multilayered historical southern, character driven, family drama. Brown beautifully and atmospherically evokes the mountainous Appalachians of North Carolina and its quirky, eccentric people and their secrets. ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Jan 27, 2018
    4 sassy southern stars ???? This book was true southern grit lit (I didn?t even know that was a thing, but it sure does describe this book perfectly)... I really do enjoy southern Fiction.... the south seems to be very rich with fascinating history..... This was a c...
  • Norma
    Jan 26, 2018
    Just because I loved this one so much thought I would update with..... Happy Publication Date to Taylor Brown! Wow! This was my first book by Taylor Brown and I was totally blown away with how vividly descriptive and enjoyable this novel was! This book quickly went into my favo...
  • Tammy
    Nov 07, 2017
    Brown?s writing is nothing short of cinematic. This is my first experience with Brown and I am impressed. Rory returns from the Korean War (minus a leg) to his potion-concocting Granny May and Appalachian mountain home. He runs whiskey, races stock cars and falls in love. Buried secr...
  • Paul Falk
    Oct 26, 2017
    This ARC was was received complements of NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Gratitude sent to St. Martin's Press for allowing this pre-release to be made available. I have a soft spot reserved for history served up Americana style, especially, the early to mid part of the...