Reviews - What do customers think about Copperhead Road?
A First Round Winner! Jun 17, 2002
Rod Thompson may live in California, but the South gave him this first story to tell - and he tells very well. If you're looking for sublety or a leisurely pace, then I suggest you look elsewhere. But if you are drawn to and enjoy head on prose that walks straight through a story, pulling no punches, then you have to read this one. Mr. Thompson's ear for the language of today's world is as on target as a triple X rapper and there's no apology for reality. The story is told with sentences as crisp as a solid jab and stays on target from start to finish. Getting between the Pettimore and Delancey family and their search for closure and satisfaction is a bad idea for anyone; and, there are a lot of would-be problems who get solved the old fashioned way. As each moment is detailed the reader becomes more and more anxious to learn what happens next and to whom. This book is very hard to put down and at the end I felt like I had gone 15 rounds with Dempsey. The sum of the parts results in a very solid story line that would translate very well to the screen. After meeting and speaking with Mr. Thompson one also has to suspect that there is more than a little of Cleve Delancy in Rod Thompson as their shared passions for family and action are obvious. Copperhead Road is an excellent first effort and this reviewer is ready for the next.
Couldn't Put it Down ! Apr 24, 2002
Great Read! If you enjoy shoot em up, rough and tumble guy type books...buy this one!
You Won't Put This Book Down Until You're Done! Apr 10, 2002
Put on your flax jacket and get ready to rumble. Rod Thompson takes readers on an unrelentingly wild ride through crack houses, shoot-outs and sizzling bedroom scenes in his riveting thriller "Copperhead Road". Set in the deep South, the book follows the lives of two renegade cousins who decide that ordinary life is no match for the fast-paced world of drug-dealing and its promises of easy money and forbidden danger.
First-time novelist Thompson says his work was strongly influenced by his meetings with noir-author James Ellroy. Indeed, Thompson displays much of the same talent for writing blunt and gritty prose. But it is during the tense and action-charged scenes of the book when human nature is laid bare that Thompson is at his best. Imagine infusing the stylistically rich novel "Rich Man, Poor Man" with the pulsating energy of Steven Segal's movie "Exit Wounds" and you'll have a good idea of how this brisk novel reads.
With his quick and lean narrative style, Thompson deftly draws the reader into a sordid world of crime, drugs and bone-crunching violence.
Copperhead Road cuts a wide swath across the South and into California and South America as it follows the lives of protagonists Cleveland Delancey and Jack Pettimore, young men who move effortlessly and guiltlessly between civilized society and lawlessness.
Delancey is a strapping man with an appetite for expensive clothes and racy women. His skill as a street fighter and boxer comes in handy when his older cousin, Pettimore, recruits him out of college for a job that promises a lot of money and even more danger. Pettimore, reserved but calculating, comes for a family whoe past in bootlegging is nearly shrouded by its present-day business ventures. While waiting to take over his father's vast farm holdings, he decides to fire-up a side-job brokering drugs.
As the story unfolds, we watch as the young men attempt to walk a tightrope between crime and legitimate entrepreneurial endeavors. But danger quickly becomes their lifeblood, sending Delancey and Pettimore into a downward spiral from which they seem helpless to pull out.
Copperhead Road begins at the mideway point in Delancey and Pettimore's lives. They have long since closed the door on their punishing past and are now involved in legitimate businesses in Tennessee and California. But the killng of Pettimore's son by drug dealers throws them back into the world they thought they'd left behind for good. Only this time, their motivation is retribution as they set out to avenge the death of a son and nephew.
Readers will not soon forget Thompson's stark prose nor the gritty, stripped-down characters he has created. And they may be curious to learn more about the author when they flip to the book's back cover and read that he, like Delancy, was raised in a military Southern family and has more than a passing knowledge of boxing and firearms.
In the end, this white-knuckle thriller that makes you sit up straight in your seat will leave readers screaming for a sequel!
Copperhead Road - Can't wait for the sequel! Apr 8, 2002
Very fast read, a real page-turner. Will make a great movie and the sequel (if and when it's written) could be better than this novel. As a woman, this would not necessarily be a book I'd have picked up, I'm grateful someone suggested this read. Men will love this novel! The story gets you to the point where you can't wait to read on and see where this adventure takes you. The author, Rod Thompson,takes an edgy approach to a story that is very intelligently written. I would compare Mr. Thompson's style of writing to that of James Ellroy. Once you are in the middle of this adventure, you'll find the book exceptional.