Iron House

Iron House

Book - 2011
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At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn't won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him. For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York's world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he's fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy... The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena- who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he's laid at her door- back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he's been running from his whole life: Iron House.--From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312380342
0312380348
Characteristics: viii, 421 p. ; 25 cm

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Eil_1
Jun 10, 2016

Not for the faint of heart. There is a great deal of violence throughout. It is centered on Michael's discovery of his brother who was lost to him many years ago. As a result, he is drawn into the lives of a powerful senator, his wife Abigail, and her faithful bodyguard. Murder, revenge and family are all intermingled to create a suspenseful and fast-moving thriller.

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Docsdaughter45
Jun 23, 2015

Loved this book! A great mystery, keeping you interested and guessing. Lots of intrigue and mystery. There is some violence to wade through, some very descriptive and gory but if you can make it through those sections, the book is really a great page turned. Very well written. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend. Intend to read more of John Hart's books.

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Savannah33
Mar 01, 2015

I am happy to have discovered a new crime thriller type of author. I had never come across John Hart before and this book was really good, with a convoluted plot line that kept you guessing. The story of the two orphaned brothers was very good, and I like the setting in the North Carolina area. I am going to read all of Hart's other books!

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zaire189
Jun 27, 2014

Very thrilling indeed! John Hart captured my attention from the beginning. This was a great read!

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Twenty years ago, brothers Michael and Julian lived, unhappily, in a grim North Carolina orphanage. When another orphan was killed, Michael, the strong one, fled to New York City and eventually ended up as a hitman for the Mob. Sensitive, vulnerable Julian was adopted and took to exorcising his demons through his writing. They haven't seen each other since the night Michael ran away, but that's about to change as Julian comes under threat by one of Michael's rivals. With themes of loyalty and love laid against the violence and brutality of men and boys alike, their reconnection makes for compelling, if blood-soaked, reading." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

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lucyreviews
Dec 03, 2012

Brutal but suspense-filled plot; brilliantly written

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sasie
Nov 15, 2012

It's a little cliche at times, but still a pretty good story that kept my attention. I enjoyed reading it despite a bit of eye rolling.

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melvynl123
Aug 17, 2012

This is a "Great Read"
I enjoyed every chapter from star to finish.
The story has lots of little twists to it which keeps you on edge at all times.
This is my first John Hart novel, but it will not by my last.
Highly recomended.

kelleypoole Mar 22, 2012

I was unfamiliar with this author and picked it up as "filler" between receiving books I had on hold. I gave up half way through. I thought the story line was interesting but at halfway I got fed up with the absolutely gory details of torture and murder. It was unnecessary I thought, unbelievable and drew away from an interesting plot.

nanajoe Oct 31, 2011

Plenty of twists and turns - enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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