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E with Samantha and Jeff Gray behaving like spies as people are Eavesdropping On Their Conversations on their conversations following them around Jeff is hiding a cache of documents that will blow the lid off a case against a coal company and a big law firm eco terrorists are shooting out tires at coal mining companies an evil company might have committed murder Samantha is weighing her future go back to New York and get back on the career track or stay in rural Virginia and help impoverished people who can t afford lawyers And all of it felt silly I don t understand the book description promoting Samantha Kofer as a new hero at least not in any legalthrillermystery genres because this book isn t any of those things GRAY MOUNTAIN is really about a city lawyer realizing that rich real estate developers aren t the only people in the world that need lawyers The fact she didn t now that already makes her heroic once she figures it out Uh no I just don t get it at all I am unable to finish this book I guess Grisham has decided to follow the lead of most best selling authors today and write a book that will ensure him high praise from the wacko left wing media He certainly didn t write the book to tell a good story that would pull in his readers and eep them hooked for 400 pages If you want to read boring page after boring page about the coal industry then this is the book for you I read because to enjoy a good story and escape for a little while There is no story here just an author wanting to seem like he really really cares about those poor poor people in Appalachia that those big bad coal companies take advantage We get it Grishamyou really care Samantha Kofer thought she would be on the fast track to making partner at her law firm in manhattan with at her law firm in Manhattan with long hours and dedication What she didn t expect was to walk into her job as an associate at the firm and find out that she d been laid off due to the current recessionWith jobs scarce to come by in the legal field Samantha takes the firm up on the offer of finding work in legal aid for the next year with the possibility to return to her job Heading to Brady Virginia Samantha never expected to find the tough cases and the people that she didI m a huge fan of legal thrillers and don t read them often enough and being a long time fan of Grisham s work I thought I would grab one of his books and immerse myself into some legal excitement Gray Mountain however seemed to lack that exciting spark that I was searching for when picking this one upThe book has all the basics of a Grisham novel that one would expect with a determined and gritty young lawyer and an interesting setting filled with legal potential Being in the backwoods certainly led to some creative characters to fill the pages too and there was some uite unexpected moments What I found lacking though was those courtroom brawls and excitement Still a solid read in the end though while it wasn t my favorite of his catalogFor reviews please visit. ??t so thrilled to have a big city lawyer in town And she learns that Brady like most small towns harbors some big secretsHer new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining where laws are often broken rules are ignored regulations are flouted communities are divided and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal Violence is always just around the corner and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly. I think John Grisham forgot to write a story The entire book was simply a way to preach about the injustice of strip mining and poor old down home mountainfolk in Appalachia Interesting stuff Worthy of Investigation Boring Presentation The Whole Book Felt Boring presentation The whole book felt nothing had any depth to it shallow characters uickly resolved legal issues shady bad guys annoying protagonist The only true observation working in Big Law can be mind numbingly exhausting and cutthroat Skip this one Disappointingdidn t read like Grisham Characters dialogue plot all were not up to even the worst Grisham novel Seemed like someone else wrote this or he just phoned it in Hope the next one gets him back on track I don t now if I can come up with the words to describe how much I disliked this book While described by other characters as a brilliant lawyer the lead character Samantha was a cowardly idiot Or at least all the dialog attributed to her made her seem like she should never have graduated from high school I think the premise of the story gave us the idea this would be similar to The Pelican Brief but in reality it was just a jumble of unrealistic characters and evil employees of large coal companies Do yourself a favor and re read The Pelican Brief and throw this drivel into a fire somewhere Then you won t be contributing Brief and throw this drivel into a fire somewhere Then you won t be contributing the profits of big coal and maybe Grisham can leave this whole part of the country behind Samantha Grisham s new heroine was a complete bore She was a fence sitter in every aspect of her personal life friendships career love and family Even if she were a young impetuous lawyer who grew and matured during the book that would be fine but she wasn tI think her personality took any fun out of any suspense that was being created She didn t really care so I didn t care I did enjoy reading about coal mining flat top mining and black lung disease I have to write a review of Gray Mountain to balance the ones on GoodReads which persuaded me to spend money on this book It s terrible In fact I managed about a uarter of it and had to stop It s a long time since I ve given up on a book like that but The prose is amateurish the characters barely make it to wooden the dialogue is embarrassing consistently implausible with non seuiturs everywhere there are barely make it to wooden the dialogue is embarrassing consistently implausible with non seuiturs everywhere there are passages of exposition where a conversation turns into a local history lecture honestly I used to teach adolescents and got better writing from plenty of themAnd as for the issue well if you re going to tackle something as important as corporations using financial muscle to sidestep the law and wreak havoc on delicate ecosystems you really have a duty to do it with intelligence I read enough of this to feel like I was being harangued by one of those adolescents I used to teach just around the time they d just discovered their social conscience You encourage it in a twelve year old but you hope it ll one day grow into something a bit consideredJohn Grisham may have been born a John Grisham has a new hero and she’s full of surprises The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized furloughed escorted out of the building Samantha though is one of the “lucky” associates She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job backIn a .
Gray MountainOuntry boy but his world view now feels like off the shelf affluent metropolitan sentimentality If you want a book about man s complex sometimes destructive relationship with the natural world maybe try some CJ Box especially his first Joe Pickett novel Open Season Box actually gets the country understands the conflicts which arise from mankind s need to exploit the natural worldI feel a bit guilty rubbishing a book this extent and if it was by some first time unknown author I would just say nothing and move on But I really do have a bee in my bonnet now about publishers churning out junk under the banner of big name writers Living Doll knowing that the brand alone will guarantee big returns We deserve better And yes Inow I could just shun all big new releases that there s plenty of great work out there still to be read But for those of us who love books a new novel from an author who has delivered in the past is an event It s something we look forward to picking up our copy like a child lifting a present from under the Christmas tree And that makes the disappointment all the greater when it turns out to be something that would never have seen the light of day without the big name on the manuscript Big Pharma Big Coal Big Oil yeah we now all about them But maybe we ought to talk a little about Big PublishingEvery author has his not so great books the ones that didn t uite work out and readers understand that But Gray Mountain is so shoddily done it just doesn t deserve anyone s forgiveness Report card on all concerned must try harder F This is one of Gresham s best I grew up in the area this book is about and saw what he is talking about first hand It is very accurate and though he does talk about some of the stereotypes of uneducated people in the area he does not belabor the issue and he does show there are also educated people and THAT THE GENERAL PERSONALITY OF THE AREA IS ONE the general personality of the area is one love and caring about each other He also shows how absentee owners are raping the land to get and sell coal for the biggest profits for them but at the expense of the health of the people and environment of the region So sad that many of the people need the coal jobs to live but to do that they are being forced to destroy their own health and their environment neither of which will ever recover Great book I enjoyed writing this book very much in spite of nowing how it would end This is by far the least enjoyable John Grisham book I ve read The book starts fine with heroine Samantha Kofer being furloughed in New York but when she relocates to Virginia to work for a legal aid clinic the story is at turns silly boring and contrived but definitely not exciting Samantha is a real lawyer for the first time and the problems she solves for her clients are certainly emotional but the first half time and the problems she solves for her clients are certainly emotional but "THE FIRST HALF THE BOOK FELT LIKE A COLLECTION "first half the book felt like a collection random short stories about impoverished families getting shafted by big coal companiesThe second half of the book is supposed to be tens. Atter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady Virginia population 2200 in the heart of Appalachia a part of the world she has only read about Mattie Wyatt lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems” For the first time in her career Samantha prepares a lawsuit sees the inside of an actual courtroom gets scolded by a judge and receives threats from locals who aren?.

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