“On Sept. 11, 2001, Mike Dobbs’ life was forever changed. Reeling from his nightmare experience in New York’s subway as the twin towers collapsed, he retreats from his high-power Wall Street life to his run-down country house. Coping with PTSD he resorts to single malt Scotch to dull the memories of death and destruction. Soon he is embroiled in the life of Eileen Benoit and her 7-year old daughter Megan as they flee Eileen’s abusive ex-husband. Suddenly Mike is thrown into a world he knows nothing about, and he is forced to answer the question, how far would you go for someone you love?”
Author Neil Douglas Newton was trapped in the subway beneath the streets of New York City when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. He’d been evacuated with others from his office in lower Manhattan and was persuaded by a nervous co-worker to board the northbound subway. In retrospect, this was a life-changing decision. Had he opted to follow his instincts and walk uptown to his apartment he might have been on the streets when that ominous cloud of dust ad debris spread across the landscape, joining the other New Yorkers who tried to flee what appeared as a storm of death.
Whether his experience in that subway car with terrified commuters who prayed and cried was more nightmarish than what he might have seen above ground is debatable. It is unlikely he could even answer that question.
Taking that experience and incorporating it into a thriller that chastises the legal system for its lack of responsibility in returning children to abusive parents, Newton has penned a book that examines such touchy subjects as PTSD, alcoholism, and of course, child sexual abuse.
On the anniversary of the attacks, Newton recalls the day it happened. It is not a day he will ever forget. His health was negatively impacted by the debris he inhaled that day as he hurried through darkened streets in a cloud of death. But more damaging was the memory imprinted in his mind.
When you read his book, “The Railroad”, keep in mind that the descriptions of Mike Dobbs’ experience in the subway are based on Newton’s reality. It has been re-released with a new cover by designer Rachel Bostwick who has captured the soul of the tale.
Ask yourself, what would you do if were in Mike Dobbs’ place in that subway car? How do you think your life would be changed? And lastly, how was your life changed on that clear and beautiful September day in New York City?
Every summer, lists come out recommending great books for summer reading. We’ve put together links to some of the sites with these lists. What’s the number one book on your summer reading list? What will you take to the beach or lounge by the pool reading?
We’d love to know what book you would recommend for a summer read. Romance? Fantasy? Thriller? Non-fiction? Add your suggestion in the comments and be entered into our Summer Reading Giveaway. Your name will be entered into a random drawing and if you win we’ll let you choose one of Dragonfly Books collection of E-books for your summer reading. Contest ends July 15th, 2019.
Of course we will start off with the New York Times. Have you read any of these? Do you plan to?
“There are thousands of stories in Central City. Here are just a few of them from the mind of Adam C Mitchell, three hardboiled noir novellas and a gripping short, all following private eyes, detectives and crooks all set against the backdrop of the 1940’s…”
Dragonfly Books is happy to announce this exciting noir adventure by Adam C. Mitchell will be FREE on Amazon Kindle and various online booksellers through March 29th. Adam is best known for his crime noir thrillers and reviewers have praised him saying, “One of the things I enjoy most about Mr. Mitchell’s novels is he is consistently authentic to the time period, whether it’s in dialog, character’s behaviors or society’s rules for the 30s and 40s time period.” This carries through in his new book “Eye of the Fire”.
“They expected adventure. The island didn’t disappoint.
When seasoned treasure hunter, Mike Gordon, and his party of unconventional adventurers travel to a breathtaking island hoping to discover a primitive tribe, their journey couldn’t have gone any smoother.
But the day after landing their seaplane, they are overrun by violent savages whose god is in need of a fresh sacrifice.
Can Mike’s team escape the treacherous island unharmed, or will this trip be their last adventure together?
If you’re a fan of Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, and rip-roaring adventure novels, then one-click this riveting book today!”
Adam is the writer of The Lost Angel, Central City Tales & Chloe’s Justice. He is also a contributor to several Independent Anthologies, all of which are available on Amazon. Adam has been a fan of golden age Pulp and crime from the 1930’s and 1940’s era. It’s because of his love of this genre, his novels follow the exploits of Jack Malone Private Investigator In 2015 Adam overcame a crippling case of Dyslexia as he was writing his first novel. He now uses it as a platform to bring awareness about this learning disability. His aim is to deliver the message that it can be overcome, and it doesn’t have to become an obstacle. He has proven that if you set yourself a goal, and you want it bad enough, you can overcome and succeed.