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Danny Dean was born and raised in the coal fields of Southern West Virginia. He was graduated from Williamson High School. After serving in the Air Force, he studied Mine Technology and Mine Management at the local college and worked in underground mines in Mingo and Boone Counties in West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky.He holds a Mine Foreman's certificate and was a member of a mine rescue and first aid team. He is now living a lifelong dream, traveling the country in an RV with his wife, Kat.
J. C. Allen
on July 19, 2012 :
This is a story of grit and determination – the story of a child growing up in one of the poorest pockets of a poor state. Rusty not only is the runt of the litter who gets picked on at school, he has an abusive father who beats him at home. But Rusty has a sharp mind and uses it to outwit the bullies at school. He also manages to impress a local coal mine owner who takes him under his wing and leaves him the business. Through hard work and perseverance Rusty turns the operation into a powerful world-wide conglomeration.
Mr. Dean is a great storyteller. His descriptions and character development are excellent. You can tell he has first-hand knowledge of the coal mining industry and has ‘walked the walk.’ He has an ear for the local jargon and nails the accent as only a native can.
As a fellow West Virginian, I’m always on the lookout for local talent to support, and was delighted to be gifted a copy of this book, and even more thrilled to read and discover a real gem. Well done, Mr. Dean!
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)