and Endorsement Highlights:
[for A FURNACE
"A gripping tale of
the high seas so well written you feel as if you're actually
experiencing the terrible ordeal. A true stunner you'll never
AFLOAT is so skillfully written I felt as if I were adrift with the
ill-fated sailors of the Hornet as they faced starvation, madness,
sharks, and the biggest threat of all -- each other -- in their epic
struggle to survive. Much like The Perfect Storm, this is a compelling
account of rugged men fighting to endure in a life-and-death battle with
a most unforgiving opponent -- the open sea. Read it and you won't be
Author of The Hot House:
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
"An extraordinary story,
beautifully told. Jackson wears his research lightly but he has an
unerring eye for the telling phrase and the significant detail, while
his mastery of the historical context and the undercurrents of class and
race bubbling below the surface, illuminates a narrative of
ever-mounting drama and tension."
author of The Custom of the Sea
"Joe Jackson has
written a spellbinding castaway saga that vividly recaptures the 1866
disaster of an American clipper ship swallowed up by a fire at sea. A
Furnace Afloat--in the nautical tradition of Herman Melville, Jack
London, and Herman Wouk--is a hair-raising narrative that is impossible
to put down. A true triumph in historical recreation."
Director, The Eisenhower Center for American Studies, and Professor
of History, University of New Orleans
(for DEAD RUN)
fascinating and honest portrayal"
Times Book Review
"Burke and Jackson offer a gripping inside look at the
life usually hidden behind prison walls and a frightening indictment of
the criminal justice system."
"..[they] produce a dark epic chronicling the only
multiple escape from death row, and the redemption of a man condemned
for a murder likely not his own doing, in that rare volume that is at
once a taut, gripping true-crime tide and a disturbing indictment of the
nether regions of criminal justice."
"A remarkable prison narrative."
is quite likely to become famous posthumously as a result of this superb
--The Christian Science Monitor
than enough intrigue, action, and disturbing comedy to fill several
thrillers, but Dead Run is a true story of a man who refused to sit
still and wait for the hour of his death."
"Dead Run, unlike
other books by inmates, employees or outsiders, provides an authentic,
verified, objective view of the prison world."
--The Angolite: The Prison News Magazine
for a true-crime story that reaches for broader themes... will find one
in Dead Run."
depressing in equal measures I was moved by this book to once again
protest against the Death Penalty. If there is to be any sense in
Stockton's death maybe this is it."
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