Misery Mountain

Murder, suicide, rape, witnessed through the eyes of an angry teenager. Follow Vance Remke as he discovers shocking family secrets and befriends a bootlegger, who teaches him humanity and coal mining. But the bootlegger's daughter hates Vance and threatens his life. He fights to keep his girlfriend and kills a child to stay alive. Vance brings justice to his enemies but at what price?

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About Victor Merkel

Many years prior to earning a reputation for writing serious novels and non-fiction, Victor Merkel worked as field sales engineer for a Chicago firm; however, his evenings filled with dire passion for writing articles, short stories and novels.
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Born to a bricklayer and home-maker in rural East Pennsylvania, Victor attended Tamaqua High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he majored in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
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During the peak of his career as a sales executive, he secured multi-million dollar contracts with international companies to produce and distribute industrial electronics.
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Merkel's life as a struggling teen inspired him to write his first published novel – Misery Mountain. His success caught the attention of Joseph Baca, activist, who commissioned him to write Constant Reminder, a biography.
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Tailgunner fulfills a long-time dream to honor Victor’s eldest brother, Walter C. Merkel, Jr., for service to his country during World War Two.
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Victor Merkel and his wife Fran Merkel, reside in Arizona. They are parents of a daughter, Deb Merkel Wanamaker, who lives with her family in Pennsylvania.

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Review by: shirley ernst on Aug. 12, 2009 : (no rating)
a five star book. highly recommend, great reading. a real page turner
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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