Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Gods of Howl Mountain

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a...

Details Gods of Howl Mountain

TitleGods of Howl Mountain
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, American, Southern

Reviews Gods of Howl Mountain

  • Elyse
    This is the third book I’ve read by Taylor Brown. MY APPRECIATION- RESPECT - ADMIRATION- and ENJOYMENT has increased with each book! My first go-around with Taylor Brown’s writing was with “Fallen Land”....which I struggled with. I appreciated the novel—and could see how many readers found itremarkable- yet I had difficulties ‘feeling’ much emotional connection with the writing.In “The River of Kings”....I was exhilarated with a...
  • Angela M
    Taylor Brown invites the reader to this place and time with such fantastic descriptive writing and in a page you are there . To this mountain in 1950’s North Carolina, to the land of moonshine and makeshift churches where snakes rule, where evil deeds of the past still haunt, to a place of healing herbs and potions, violence, deceit and greed - all so gritty and dark and so beautifully written with a sad love story at the center of it . Brown h...
  • Diane S ☔
    1950's, South Carolina, the place Rory returns to after his service in Korea cost him the part of one leg. He returns to the mountain home of his granny, the women who raised him after his mother was committed to an asylum. Violence visited her, harm irrevocaly changed her life, and she was never able to raise her own son, never spoke again to tell who was responsible.To read a Taylor Brown novel is to be drawn into the world he creates. His use ...
  • Paromjit
    This was my first read of Taylor Brown and I was simply bowled over by this multilayered historical southern, character driven, family drama. Brown beautifully and atmospherically evokes the mountainous Appalachians of North Carolina and its quirky, eccentric people and their secrets. Rory Docherty is back from the Korean War, with his troubled memories and pictures of death that haunt him. After losing his leg, he now makes his way with a wooden...
  • Linda
    Spokes in the wheel......Rory Docherty finds himself, returning once again, as part of the irregular circle of that familiar wheel. People are "born hard" in Howl Mountain in North Carolina. It's the 1950's and Rory treads the backroads leaving one definitive footprint and the other a bit misshapened. Rory lost his foot in a bloody battle in the Korean War. Funny how one's identity gathers in a multitude of places.Granny May Docherty listens to t...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 gritty, vivid, whiskey-running stars to Gods of Howl Mountain 🥃 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Have you ever heard of the Carolina parakeet, a now extinct colorful bird native to North Carolina? It plays a role in this book, and I have an interesting, but sad, connection to that beautiful bird. I had a beloved parakeet named Freddy as a child. We used to let Freddy out of his cage to fly around the house (I know! 👀 Recipe for disaster, right?!)...
  • Norma
    Wow!  This was my first book by Taylor Brown and I was totally blown away with how vividly descriptive and enjoyable this novel was!  This book quickly went into my favourite reads shelf for 2018!Update: Oh, and I forgot to mention that I LOVE that cover!!GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by TAYLOR BROWN is a gritty, dark, intense, and compelling historical fiction novel that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout the whole book.  ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    After reading two other books by this author and not connecting with them I had said I wasn't going to try him again.I lied.Or more likely I forgot I said it. BUT look at that cover! *drools*And that blurb had me from hello. And I didn't hate it! It is the story of a former Korean War vet named Rory who has come home to his mountains and is running whiskey through those mountains. He lives at home with his Granny May. Granny May I love you! Grann...
  • Carol
    If you like prominent descriptive prose, you're going to love Taylor Brown and his new offering....GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN!Set in the high country of 1950's North Carolina amidst bootleggers and folk healers, there are secrets to discover, battles to be won and a mystery to solve.Combined with engrossing characters like the pipe-smoking Granny May with her potions and fearless ways....Rory, her disabled grandson with his nightmares of war torn bodi...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down) It was a time of whiskey runs, bootlegging and herbal medicines and potions used to aid those in need. On Howl Mountain, the living was hard. Granny May Docherty all but lost her daughter years ago in a horrible incident. Now her daughter lives is in a hospital, mute and unresponsive. Granny May has done what she had to do to survive and though most everyone judges her for it - most use her services for something or othe...
  • Berit☀️✨
    4 sassy southern stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was true southern grit lit (I didn’t even know that was a thing, but it sure does describe this book perfectly)... I really do enjoy southern Fiction.... the south seems to be very rich with fascinating history.....This was a character driven novel and I absolutely adored the characters in this book.... Granny May was the best! if I lived in the appellations in the 50s I’d want to be just like ...
  • Cheri
    ”When you can't find the lightThat got you through the cloudy daysWhen the stars ain't shinin' brightYou feel like you've lost you're wayWhen the candlelight of homeBurns so very far awayWell, you got to let your soul shineJust like my daddy used to say“He used to say soulshineIt's better than sunshineIt's better than moonshineDamn sure better than rain“I grew up thinkin' I had it madeGonna make it on my ownLife can take the strongest manMa...
  • Esil
    Gods of Howl Mountain was the first book I've read by Taylor Brown. He has a very distinctive style and sensibility. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950s, Brown portrays an insular world with its own rules and sense of justice. This is a gritty story full of moonshine, home remedies, corruption, car racing, dark religion and rough justice. The story is focused on Rory and his Granny. Rory is a recent Korean War veteran, who lost pa...
  • JanB
    4.5 stars**I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. Publication date is March 20, 2018This is Southern Grit Lit at its best. Atmospheric and full of intrigue and action, there’s the cut-throat business of whiskey running, secrets galore, vengeance, herbal folk healing, snake-handling preachers, brothels, lawless lawmen, violence, and mountain justice, all delivered with a prose that makes you feel as if you are rig...
  • Debra
    “Because dying’s better than wishing you had.”It's the 1950's and Rory Docherty has returned home from the Korean War with a wooden leg. It's hard to find good-paying legitimate work with a wooden leg, so Rory has become a whisky-runner. He makes deliveries to brothels, roadhouses, and private clients. Haunted by horrific dreams of the war, he lives with his grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty. She is known for many things on ...
  • Arah-Lynda
    BOOM! And just like that Taylor Brown knocks it out of the park.The machine started at dusk, headlights slashing their way down the old switchbacks that ribbed the mountain’s slopes, thunder and echo of thunder vaulting through the ridges and hollers on every side. The road sawed down out of high country, angling against valleys welled with darkness, past ridges hewn by dynamite, at times following the pale sinews of logging roads that lashed t...
  • Bam
    One of my favorite books of 2017 was If The Creek Don't Rise, set in the remote hills of North Carolina in 1970. Now here I am again, absolutely loving another work of historical fiction set in the hills of NC, this time in the fall of 1952. Ex-Marine Rory Docherty has returned from the Korean conflict missing his left leg below the knee, but that hasn't stopped him from running moonshine down into the valley below in his souped-up car for the bi...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 wonderfully written stars Life in the fifties in this mountain community was vividly portrayed by Taylor Brown. Coming back from war is always difficult. To return to the normalcy of life is a task many face, witnessing the horribleness of war, time, the smell of death, the toll it takes on your mind, heart and soul.For Rory Docherty, coming back home also meant coming back to the rural mountains of his birth. He has lost a leg to war, and re...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    4✚ 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃sAppalachian Rhapsody.Taylor Brown had me wrapped around his writing pinkie from the get-go. Vivid characters, addictive storytelling, and white lightening prose went down in straight shots ricocheting up to my brain triggering all the reading reward circuits.Is there a slamming-the-shot-glass-down emoji? Can I get a chaser!I’m also bestowing a best character award for Granny May Docherty, a woman after my own heart. Can...
  • Brenda
    I read Gods of Howl Mountain with six of my Traveling Sisters and this one turned out to be a very interesting sister read as we were split into two very different coulees with very different views on this one. At times I was wondering if we were even reading the same book. For five of the Traveling Sisters including Norma they were lost in the dewy meadows of the lush coulee while one other TS and I were lost in the looming darkness of the rocky...
  • Tammy
    Brown’s writing is nothing short of cinematic. This is my first experience with Brown and I am impressed. Rory returns from the Korean War (minus a leg) to his potion-concocting Granny May and Appalachian mountain home. He runs whiskey, races stock cars and falls in love. Buried secrets of the past inform the present. Of course, nothing remains buried forever. This is a gritty Southern novel that I mostly enjoyed. The stock car racing scenes, w...
  • karen
    review to come, but yesssssssssssssss!
  • Diane Barnes
    Another brilliant book from Taylor Brown, although "Fallen Land", his first novel, remains my favorite. One thing you can say about him, he's not afraid to veer off into different territories and time periods.In this one it's 1950's in the NC mountains, an area near Boone, which factors heavily in the story. My father was from Boone, so I'm familiar with the area, which added to my enjoyment. He describes a car trip that Rory and his Grandmother ...
  • Paul
    This ARC was was received complements of NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Gratitude sent to St. Martin's Press for allowing this pre-release to be made available.I have a soft spot reserved for history served up Americana style, especially, the early to mid part of the 20th century. This novel stood boldly defiant in the face of bootleggers, thieves and scoundrels scattered throughout the mountains of North Carolina. So grab your sca...
  • Jeannie
    This was excellent, I really enjoyed it! I was sad when it ended. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was there in the mountains of North Carolina. Life in Howl Mountain is dark and intense. I could feel the cold air and the tension between the characters. Rory was my favorite character in this book, my heart ached for him. I liked Granny Mae too. This book reminded me of Winter's Bone, which I loved. I can see this being made into a movi...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the Advanced copy of of this book. Publication date is in March 2018.Taylor Brown is the male equivalent of Rene Denfeld. No one tells a story better. Their mastery of words is beyond the average author. The descriptions they use are unparalleled. They can take 5 pages to describe how a leaf hangs from a tree - and you are so involved that you want to read every word. The minute I saw tha...
  • Tracey
    When I first came across this book back in September I knew I had to read it. So, Thank You St. Martin’s Press, Netgalley, and Taylor Brown for an advanced ebook copy.Historical fiction is my first love and this book reminded me of why that is. Gods of Howl Mountain takes you to 1952 in Appalachian North Carolina. Home to Rory who is just returning from the Korean War, with part of a leg missing. He lives in an old shack with his Granny May (ca...
    This story involves whisky-running, folk healers, sex, guns and cars... set into the landscape of the mountainous high country of North Carolina. It's 1950, and Rory Docherty has returned from the war with a wooden leg. He lives in a cabin with his Granny May, who is my favorite character in the book. She used to work in a whorehouse, makes a living selling herbal remedies, smokes a corncob pipe (of likely "medicinal" substance) and is skilled wi...
  • Randal White
    Out of the park home run! Wow! Just wow!  Brown has penned a masterpiece this time. I enjoyed his last book, "River of Kings", but this one....wow!  His ability to describe a scene; the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even the "aura" is incredible.  You cannot read this and not feel that you are there, in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950's. The character development is strong and convincing. The moonshiners, the lawmen, the chur...
  • Karen
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home after losing a leg fighting in Korea. Interesting story and lots of action especially the car races but I found the book lagged and was *over-wordy* in some parts. Overall, a good read and I would recommend the book.3.25☆