Shadows on Iron Mountain Reviews

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A touching, tense, and original who-done-it,

By Naima Anne Haviland “Author” (Florida)

Shadows on Iron Mountain is a thriller set in the rural mountains of Tennessee. The novel is set in modern times, but modern times seem not to have reached the clannish residents of its wilderness. The novel begins with Kara and Jason, a young couple who’ve chosen the beauty of Iron Mountain and its surrounding countryside as a setting for their delayed honeymoon. We’re just getting to know these lovebirds when someone snatches Kara from the rustic rental cabin and disappears without a trace. She is the second female tourist to go missing, but she isn’t the last in this touching, tense, and original who-done-it. Author Chuck Walsh leaves to a minimum the background details of outsiders like Detective Jordan of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It is as if no one becomes real until they enter the shadow of Iron Mountain. Appalachian Tennessee is as much a deciding factor in the outcome of these multiple crimes as the unseen assailant. Its complex environment of dense woods, waterways, caves, and ominous skies thwart Jordan and local law enforcement at every twisted turn. Its people are hard, unsympathetic, and rigidly self-sufficient. They would just as soon shoot a lawman as answer any questions, even when the kidnapper proves to be a killer and the body count grows. The lifestyles and personalities of the mountain folk are empathically and finely drawn. I spent part of my childhood in rural Tennessee and can say that the characterization is authentic, right down to the meanness and the sweetness. Also authentic is the language: a “branch” is a small creek, a “holler” is a small valley, and grown men call old men “sir.” Parts of rural America are still mysterious, beautiful, and at times dangerous in a way that is unique from that of cities. As I read, I remembered the time I walked deep in the woods one night and stopped at the sight of a few shadowy figures with flash lights – I instinctively knew to disappear as silently and quickly as I could. Walsh’s novel captures this vibe well. To fans of the genre, I recommend Shadows on Iron Mountain as a refreshing turn from urban crime novels.


Shadows on Iron Mountain is a mystery novel written by Chuck Walsh. Kara and Jason are celebrating their second anniversary with a trip to the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee. They’ve rented a small cabin on Iron Mountain, and it’s almost dark by the time they get there. Unknown to them is the fact that another young couple had stayed there less than a year before, and the woman had disappeared without a trace. Jason and Kara spend their first day sightseeing and return to the cabin. When Jason wakes up after a nap, Kara is nowhere to be found. The local authorities contact the Knoxville Police Department to ask for assistance, and Thomas Jordan of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sets off for Johnson County to head the investigation.

Chuck Walsh’s mystery, Shadows on Iron Mountain, is taut and suspenseful. Iron Mountain looms overhead, dark and brooding, as Jordan travels through what is to all intents and purposes a foreign and hostile land, even for a country boy. I could see the deep woods and feel the chill of the water as Jordan crashes through the brush, dodging bullets and hidden assailants. The people who help Jordan in the hunt for the women and their abductor are finely drawn and larger-than-life, especially the guide, Emma Douglas, and Rubin Sawyer, who had been raised on Iron Mountain and has his own scores to settle. There are secrets on Iron Mountain, and people willing to die to protect them and their way of life. Shadows on Iron Mountain is a phenomenal and compelling read, and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. It’s most highly recommended.

  • Reviewed byJack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Must Read Murder Mystery

By Buckeye Gal

If you enjoy a great murder mystery with well-developed characters in a setting that draws you deeper and deeper in to the Tennessee Mountains….this is a book for you!! As you meet each character you feel like you have known them forever. As Chuck Walsh describes the Tennessee Mountains he has known and loved all his life you feel like you are there in a cabin reading the book on the front porch. If you know anything about the people who live deep in the Appalachian Mountains you know they are kind hearted people but they don’t trust “outsiders”, they live by their own rules, and they have their own set of laws. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking over your shoulder as you read to make sure no one is watching you. Chuck Walsh’s words paint such a vivid picture that you will find yourself totally immersed in the setting and the characters.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Chuck Walsh over the past couple of years. Our friendship started when I had the opportunity to read his first book A Month of Tomorrows. I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to read the manuscript of Shadows on Iron Mountain and I could not stop reading. I have waited patiently for the edited version of this book to be released. I can’t wait to go back to Iron Mountain!!

I hope you take a chance on this author and enjoy his work as much as I have!! I can’t wait for the sequel to Shadows on Iron Mountain!!


I loved Emma, the mountain guide who combined grit and…

By scheartbeat

A Must read!. The writer draws you in quickly with his descriptions of the characters and their surroundings. This book is full of suspense. Intrigue and twist and turns that will keep you turning page after page guessing until the very end. . The writer introduces colorful characters to keep readers on their edge of their seats anticipating what will happen next. I loved Emma, the mountain guide who combined grit and a wisecracking sense of humor, and how she was the perfect complement to hardnosed detective Thomas Jordan. Rubin Sawyers chivalry and heroism made him someone to love and admire. I can’t wait for the sequel, Backwoods Justice, I read his first book, A Month of Tomorrows, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to reading many more books by this author.


Definitely a must read!

By pgbs@sc

Captured my attention and kept it from beginning to end! Terrific book!


By Naima Anne Haviland

Shadows on Iron Mountain is a thriller set in the rural mountains of Tennessee. The novel is set in modern times, but modern times seem not to have reached the clannish residents of its wilderness. The novel begins with Kara and Jason, a young couple who’ve chosen the beauty of Iron Mountain and its surrounding countryside as a setting for their delayed honeymoon. We’re just getting to know these lovebirds when someone snatches Kara from the rustic rental cabin and disappears without a trace. She is the second female tourist to go missing, but she isn’t the last in this touching, tense, and original who-done-it. Author Chuck Walsh leaves to a minimum the background details of outsiders like Detective Jordan of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It is as if no one becomes real until they enter the shadow of Iron Mountain. Appalachian Tennessee is as much a deciding factor in the outcome of these multiple crimes as the unseen assailant. Its complex environment of dense woods, waterways, caves, and ominous skies thwart Jordan and local law enforcement at every twisted turn. Its people are hard, unsympathetic, and rigidly self-sufficient. They would just as soon shoot a lawman as answer any questions, even when the kidnapper proves to be a killer and the body count grows. The lifestyles and personalities of the mountain folk are empathically and finely drawn. I spent part of my childhood in rural Tennessee and can say that the characterization is authentic, right down to the meanness and the sweetness. Also authentic is the language: a “branch” is a small creek, a “holler” is a small valley, and grown men call old men “sir”. Parts of rural America are still mysterious, beautiful, and at times dangerous in a way that is unique from that of cities. As I read, I remembered the time I walked deep in the woods one night and stopped at the sight of a few shadowy figures with flash lights – I instinctively knew to disappear as silently and quickly as I could. Walsh’s novel captures this vibe well. To fans of the genre, I recommend Shadows on Iron Mountain as a refreshing turn from urban crime novels.


The backwoods of East Tennessee makes a perfect backdrop for a murder/suspense

By C Walsh

The backwoods of East Tennessee makes a perfect backdrop for a murder/suspense. As women are being snatched away from cabins and hiking trails, and bodies found floating in the rushing waters of Doe Creek, Detective Thomas Jordan realizes that the battle to find the killer is as much about battling the rugged land and those who live in the hollows and backwoods of Iron Mountain. The story is deep in prose and character development. Rubin Sawyer and Emma Douglas are very interesting and colorful characters, and Det. Jordan’s hard nose demeanor in not resting until the killer’s reign terror ends, make for a page turning novel. Knowing that they will all reassemble again in the soon to be released sequel, Backwoods Justice, makes us anxious to see read what lies ahead for them.


Great story and thriller

By Jane R. Martin

If you like “sitting on the edge of your seat” intriguing suspense this is the book you need to read. I like a good mystery but this one is above and beyond anything I have read in some time. At times I did not know if I wanted to turn the next page for fear of what was going to happen next. It is unpredictable and challenging as to the characters and what is going to happen to them. And yet, the descriptive details of the mountains and scenery made me feel like I was right in the middle of this “adventure”.

Mr. Walsh is definitely one of the best story tellers I have encountered for some time. I would (and already have) recommend this book to anyone who love a good thriller. I look forward to his next book.

— Jane Martin



What happens on Iron Mountain, stays on the mountain….

Jeanie

Chuck Walsh ha me hooked when Kara went to the frig and did not come back. I have been to Tennessee and I know how clannish mountain people can be—good for their relatives, not so good for outsiders. I could not get anything done. The dog did not get walked and the clothes sat in the dryer till I read the last word and put the book down. It is that good. I am now going to by A Month of Tomorrows!


EXCELLENT READ

RONALD MARK HOLLIER (CHAPIN, SC, US)

This is a great book and storyline. Chuck jumps around a little bit more in this book creating that “I don’t want to put it down” feeling and “I can’t wait to pick it up again and finish reading it” effect. His prose is such that you can visualize in your head what is being read in his book.
Can you say Pulitzer Prize

RON HOLLIER


Great book!!!

becky callahan

This was a well written book that kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. I strongly recommend this book and this author, Chuck Walsh, to everyone! This is my second novel by him..the first one A Month of Tomorrows. His ability to pull the stories together shows a real talent. I am looking forward to the next one in February!


CHUCK WALSH is the BEST!

CW Smith

This is the second book I have ready by Chuck Walsh. My ONLY disappointment is the unavailability to purchase it in hard or soft cover to keep in my book cases. It’s nice to have handy on a phone or I-pad, but nothing replaces real print. Other than that, what a fabulous story teller, Chuck Walsh. Look forward to reading more!


WOW!

Fields

Well written great mystery. It is a page turner you won’t want to put down but may have to when it gets dark! The characters are well developed and well written. I could picture every person and scene throughout the book. Looking forward to many more books from Chuck Walsh.


Jessica Hoffman

This is a great easy read! I’m not a typical mystery lover but the mix of reality hits home. This reminds me of a Criminal minds episode vs Kiss the Girls with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.


Excellent storyline and plot

Big Al (North Carolina)

Excellent storyline and plot!! Enjoyed reading the novel and felt like I was there among the shadows! Well written Chuck, kudos!!


great read, especially if you enjoy the mountains

Tim Bostick

Story grabs your attention and moves quickly? My second book by the author, looking forward to the next his next book.


Definitely a must read!

pgbs@sc

Captured my attention and kept it from beginning to end! Terrific book!


A great read!!

Louis F. Fisher “hank” (chapin, sc)

A great read! A real page turner. Can’t wait for the sequel.


Squished Grapes

Great book. Talented author. Must read!