Author Barry Jones’s historical novel describes a time of turmoil, desperation, sex and illegal abortions and of unexpected heroes.
Hendersonville, TN – Before becoming a writer, Barry Jones, spent most of his professional career in the world of science. Now he has written a debut novel that draws on memories of his native country and of the struggles of those seeking a better life for their children.
Rusted Rails, based in 1928, resurrects the now abandoned coal-mining town of Wilder, Tennessee. Life in these towns held little promise for the future. One family, that of David and Jenny Hughes, sought to keep their son out of the mines. Their plan was, however, jeopardized by David’s untimely death and by Jenny’s discovery that she was carrying her late husband’s unborn child.
With few options, Jenny chose abortion, an unfortunate choice as the procedure was botched and she was abducted by the abortionists attempting to hide their criminal enterprise. And so begins a gritty, hard-hitting story that tells of Jenny’s rescue from the dire consequences of her decision. Her rescuers include a courageous newspaper reporter and his colleagues aided by a fledgling FBI and some Great War veterans. Their efforts were complicated by the well-meaning interference by Rose, a local prostitute who had inadvertently endangered Jenny by introducing her to the abortion ring. Jenny’s rescue involves a multi-state car chase culmination in a violent shoot out.
About the book: Rusted Rails by Barry Jones ISBN: 978-1483947761 Publisher: CreateSpace Date of publish: July 2013 Pages: 320 S.R.P.: $12.95
About the author: Barry Jones was born in North Wales and received his B.Sc. and Ph.D., from Cardiff University. He attended the University of Arizona as a post-doctoral fellow before working with E. I. DuPont in R&D and Plant Technical groups for 33 years. After retiring, he became a semi-professional soccer coach at the adult and youth level. He held a National “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation and was also a coaching instructor for the Tennessee State Soccer Association. He became a writer and story teller five years ago when he joined the Explorastory group in Hendersonville, Tennessee. We has written over 50 short stories, many included in his first book, Words Upon a Tombstone (ISBN 1461009847). He has also told his stories at numerous public events including at the Tennessee State Museum, local libraries, schools and concerts in communities around the Middle Tennessee area.