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Death At Willow Creek Mine, The Ultimate Cover-Up Written By J. D. Savid

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

A short book containing a fairly good story that takes place at an old gold mine in northwestern Nevada that had ceased any major production in 1942. There were a few seams of ore scattered throughout the mine but no major mining had taken place since it was closed during WWII. Three brothers, Aaron, the oldest, Nathan, the middle aged brother, and Hector, the youngest, had survived the years since other family members owned the mine, most of which had passed away. None of the brothers were well educated but they knew the area they lived in and also the mine even though they rarely went into it. Hector was the exception going into the now very dangerous mine six days a week to bring out any ore, gold, or anything he might think was worth mining that would bring them some money.

The book starts by telling about their families and what happened to them. Some deaths might have been a bit suspicious but the boys weren't that smart to push that issue. One day Hector found a vein of interest so he planted some dynamite in the holes he had drilled. He then set the blasting caps to set off the dynamite, lit the fuses, and left the area. He heard the blast go off and thought they had all worked successfully. He figured he would find out the next day. Unlike the other two brothers, Hector worked hard. He also had a far-thinking brain that he used in dreams and sometimes while awake. He would see things and was not sure if they were real or imaginative. Aaron was deeply religious being a regular bible reader and the meal prayer recited. Hector was the cook. He would plan his meals while working in the mines then go home and cook them.

Everything the boys did and where they did it were old backwoods style. They knew little if any about the outside world. Their home was crude, clothes old, their truck was old, even to the small cabin that Hector lived in. Nathan loved to visit the dump where he found many different things he would bring home including some naughty pictures. The boys were not ignorant when it came to wishing they had a girl to be around and enjoy even if it was just talking and they looked at them all they could. The mine inspectors made a visit and the mine was not ready for inspection so they finagled a way to make them come back later for the inspection. And so life went on with what some would think as a monotonous life but to the boys, every day was an adventure.

As I said, the book is small but gives a decent story about mountain boys and others in the area, some in very small communities, and some living by themselves hidden in the mountains.

Reader review by Cy Hilterman of a book supplied by the author

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