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I proudly announce Homer Hickam, Jr.’s endorsement of my book, Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy. I regard Mr. Hickam, a West Virginia native, as one of Appalachia’s most accomplished living writers. Best known for his beloved Rocket Boys (1998), a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller that inspired the movie October Sky, Hickam has authored at least twelve books, beginning with his military history best seller, Torpedo Junction (1989). While a bit partial to Mr. Hickam’s reflective Coalwood series, I can enthusiastically recommend any of his books. Receiving praise from such a fine writer and fellow West Virginian means a great deal to me.

Here is Mr. Hickam’s endorsement of Blood in West Virginia:

“When two proud families collide in the hills of West Virginia, there will be blood. Brandon Kirk’s marvelous tale of one of the bloodiest Appalachian feuds is a rip-roaring page-turner! The mountaineers in this book may at times be funny, mysterious, romantic, and deadly but they are always interesting. In Kirk’s sure hands, the reader will be transported back to the hills in an era when no judge and jury was required, just fists, knives, and gun powder. Highly recommended for anyone craving a good spirited read.”