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Book Review: ‘Heavy Metal’ by C.R. Willie

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HeavyMetalRarely does a book come along that makes me take an interest in the author but Heavy Metal by C.R. Willie did just that.  When I read the book, I was intrigued to learn more about the author, his background and what possessed him to write this book.

Randy Willie lives in Idaho with his wife, Lois. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Willie grew up in a small town out West.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, and then went on to get his Master degrees from Idaho State University and the University of Idaho. Mr. Willie presently teaches secondary English and history at a local school in Idaho. He not only teaches classes he also coaches high school sports and owns a driver’s education school. As a young man he was always intrigued by the local legend of an “iron door” that concealed a hidden treasure; he explored in the area of the Samaria Mountains where a treasure was supposed to be, and this is where his story begins.

Jack Crampton is a miner on a mission.  He’s in search of the “mother lode.” The mother lode is a vein of a mineral  was instrumental in the war effort which caused nations great concern over its use.  Jack Crampton has traveled a long way into the Samaria Mountains, in his quest of this precious mineral.

Randy tells the reader what hardships poor Jack has to endure and what troubles would be caused by this precious metal.  Jack has no idea of the ramifications of his find; he can’t imagine the affects it might have on the world scene. This would-be legend goes from a local tall tale to the missile talks with Cuba. Jack knows he’s getting close when he  reveals evidence of lead and silver, and an enormous deposit of a grayish, chalky mineral. With this discovery begins the legend of the Iron Door.

Burt Jones is the retired air force officer who leads the way in a race against time to control this heavy metal. Not only could this mineral decide U.S. military might, it could prevent our domination by the Russians.

I enjoyed Heavy Metal by C.R. Willie because it was a well written, very well researched and above all, entertaining literary work. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire 387 pages. The editing was high quality as well as the writing. I gave it a very strong B on my tight scale and consider it a good read for general audiences.

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