Ernie Bowling’s New Book “Coal Blooded” is a Gripping Novel about a Typical Teenager who Worked in a Coal Mine During the 1970s in Appalachia

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Recent release “Coal Blooded” from Page Publishing author Ernie Bowling is a captivating story about Mike Thomas’s experiences in Appalachia as a worker who learns his craft in an underground coal mine ran by JT Theodore—a strict disciplinarian—and the events that make him question his decisions in life.

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Ernie Bowling, a former coal miner is a prolific author, international speaker, multi-awarded optometrist, and the past chief optometric editor of Optometry Times, one of the field’s leading trade journals. He has completed his new novel “Coal Blooded”: a fascinating story of a young man’s plight while working in an underground coal mine and the decision he made to become a section foreman, causing a rift in his family.

Author Bowling describes the skills the main character learns in the coal mine and the details of his workload: “He learns how to set timbers and build cribs. He learns how to install track, how to set a pump, how to lay block—all skills he’d never be exposed to topside, skills unique to the mine that have no real use above ground. He was growing in confidence and no longer worried about the mountain of rock over his head. He quit worrying if the mountain was going to fall on him as he did incessantly the first few weeks on the job. But mainly he shovels. A lot. Eight hours a day, five days a week, for months. Initially, he was so tired he would fall asleep at the dinner table. He developed muscles he didn’t know he had, and he had been a dedicated weightlifter in high school. He didn’t spend much time hanging out with his buddies, as his evenings were spent in bed, utterly exhausted from the day’s work and resting for the day to come.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Ernie Bowling’s absorbing work shows the evident poverty and the exploitation people who are working in underground coal mines suffer. This is truly a must-read story about a change in the course of a miner’s life.

Readers who wish to experience this evocative work can purchase “Coal Blooded” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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