Appalachian Valley Mysteries in New Novel Swallow Fans into Sinkhole

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In a story that spans several generations, author Charles H. Jackson invites readers to search for answers to mysteries surrounding The Great Valley

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Inspired by the grandeur and mysteries The Great Appalachian Valley beholds, Death Hole Creek is an intriguingly-woven tale about some strange happenings taking place in a remote Appalachian valley. Written by Charles H. Jackson, the novel is set against the backdrop of one of the foremost landform features of eastern North America where a creek ends by pouring into a sinkhole.

Spanning almost four decades and three generations, stretching from the 1930s to the 1970s, Jackson’s book tells the story of young Billy “Bud” Ross, who was born with an inquisitive and brilliant mind. He gets his friends and their families involved in searching for answers to the mysteries centered on a sinking creek and the eerie disappearance and appearance of certain people in the valley. The search for answers continues for years with the plot thickening as time goes by. Finally, at the prime of his life, all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. By then, Bud has a family and world events have taken several major turns.

Brilliantly-crafted with unexpected outcomes, Death Hole Creek is a rich, multi-layered novel that entertains fiction fans with the most engaging of narratives. It keeps readers clinging to every dialogue and every new discovery of every page from beginning to end.

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About the Author
The author was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, a small town in northwest Alabama, on July 10, 1936. He graduated from Deshler High School and then Florence State College (now the University of North Alabama) in Florence, Alabama in 1958 with a duel major in Chemistry and Biology. He completed courses in advanced ROTC and entered active service in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia as a Second Lieutenant, eventually reaching the grade of Captain.

After military service he worked in private industry as a quality control supervisor for five years before going to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

He retired from NASA in 1994 having spent most of his NASA years at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama except for two years at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. as the Director of Safety, Reliability, Maintainability, and Quality Assurance for the International Space Station.

After retirement from NASA he formed a consulting company, C.J. Associates, Inc., and continued working in the aerospace field for a number of years with contracts with NASA and aerospace prime contractors.

He eventually retired from working to devote his time to family, friends and church while enjoying RV traveling around the U.S. and Canada.

Death Hole Creek * by Charles H. Jackson
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 224 pages; 978-1-4691-9114-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 224 pages; 978-1-4691-9115-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-9116-4

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