Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (04/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Heavy Metal’ by C.R. Willie on Blogcritics.
Rarely 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 was a miner on a mission. He was in search of the “mother lode”. The mother lode was a vein of a mineral that was instrumental in the war effort and caused nations great concerns over its use. Jack Crampton had traveled a long way into the Samaria Mountains, in his quest of this precious mineral.
Randy tells the reader what hardships poor Jack had to endure and what troubles would be caused by this precious metal. Jack had no idea of the ramifications of his find; he could not imagine the affects it had on the world scene. This would-be legend went from a local tall tale to the missile talks with Cuba. Jack knew he was getting close when he had revealed evidence of lead and silver, and an enormous deposit of a grayish, chalky mineral. With this discovery began the legend of the Iron Door.
Burt Jones was the retired air force officer that led the way in a race against time to control this heavy metal. Not only would this mineral decide U.S. military might, it would 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 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.