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From the author of the #1 New York Times best-seller October Sky, comes the exciting story of a woman who must work in a deep mine where danger, and possibly murder, awaits her in the darkness.
Song Hawkins is a young, beautiful, and tough New York businesswoman who thinks she's found the man of her dreams in Cable Jordan, the manager of a West Virginia coal mine. But when they marry and travel to Highcoal, Cable's Appalachian home town, Song is troubled by a people who love coal mining and mountains, can't imagine a Sunday without church, and cling to the rough ways of their ancestors.
Since she can't live in Highcoal and he can't live in New York, their marriage seems doomed.
Then, in an astonishing turn of events, she is required to descend into Cable's mine and wear the red helmet of a new coal miner.
In the deep darkness, Song has to use everything she's learned to save herself and the man she loves.
Red Helmet is a stirring and unforgettable story of a proud people lost in the cracks of American society, told by the author born to write it.
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Publisher's Weekly October 2007 Red Helmet by Homer Hickam. Thomas Nelson, $24.99 (352p) ISBN
The latest from Rocket Boys author Hickam takes an inside look at coal mining, from shoveling gob to negotiating international trade deals, through the lens of modern romance.
A half-Korean New York rich girl turned takeover specialist for Daddy's company, Song Hawkins falls for Cable Jordan, a macho West Virginia mining manager.
After a whirlwind wedding, she lasts four days in Cable's town of Highcoal, W.Va. (pop.
624), unable to rough it without her brand of cosmetics or low-fat meals.
She likes Cable's house and artisan furniture, though, and she still loves Cable.
After learning that her father has acquired the company that owns the Highcoal mine, Song returns to see for herself why the company isn't meeting quotas and signs on for beginner miner's training.
As she encounters the camaraderies, rivalries, satisfactions and dangers of mining, Song works on solving a murder along with saving her marriage.
Hickam's secondary characters—including a folksy wisdom-spouting preacher, a busty Botoxed ex-girlfriend, and a meticulous MSHA safety inspector—narrowly escape caricature by showing their human side during the climactic scene.
Love may conquer all, Hickam suggests, but in a coal mine you also need good engineering.
- Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder