As a native of Virginia I found this to be a well written and researched book. While the train wreck near Thaxton, Virginia has been largely forgotten, the writer brings the night to life with a wealth of information. That he was able to do so without weighing the book down with trivia speaks well to both his skill a writer and his clear fascination with the subject.
The author has a very clear writing style, easy to follow and understand. He has done an excellent job in his research, as well. The author puts a human face on the tragedy, neither embellishing nor minimalizing the event. I recommend the book and commend the author for bringing to light a little known historical incident and its effects on those involved. Railroad buffs or those just interested in a fascinating true story would find this book an excellent read.
I thought this book was very interesting. I live not far from Thaxton and didn't even know about this accident until I saw the book advertised. I learned a lot about the area in the pass history. I think this is a great book and would recommend it to others to read. Matter of fact I have 3 other family members reading it and I will donate it to the Bedford Co library. I checked with them and they didn't even know about the book either. Wonderful book!
The writer did an outstanding job of researching names, ages occupations, marriages, occupations and deaths of the passengers on the train. This is a story about evolution of the railroad systems in America.
Riveting account of a tragic incident in the 1890's. The author presents a vivid portrayal of the era, the heroism of ordinary people and the frailty of the human spirit in others. Well done, indeed, Mr. Jones!
A good narrative of a 19th century train wreck most people have never heard of. A lot of research done to not only get the story of the accident, but also of the people involved. Accident site is on my "must see" list the next time I'm in that area.