New Ebook Release Blown Away By Wide Acceptance From Teens, Adults And Seniors

Author Victor Merkel shares his thoughts regarding the strong connection readers have made between their own lives and the struggles of teen, Vance Remke, in the ebook version of his novel “Misery Mountain”.
Feb. 10, 2010 - PRLog -- Tamaqua, PA
Tamaqua author, Victor Merkel, looks out over the snow covered hills of New England Valley and remembers a time, long ago, when teenagers celebrated rock and roll, fast cars and Marilyn Monroe. A simple time, yes. No iPod, PC or BlackBerry. An innocent time, yes and no. Except for a privileged few, its people lived in cultural isolation from the world outside. But the emotions which drive us today - ambition, greed, fear, hate, revenge also permeated the landscape of the late 1950s. Merkel believes the hero of Misery Mountain, Vance Remke, represents every young adult’s fight for justice, understanding and a place in the world.

For a limited time (Wednesday, February 10 through Wednesday, March 10) an electronic book version of “Misery Mountain”, normally priced at $12.99 will be available to the public for 30% off (coupon code GC59K) as a download from Smashwords at

When Earl Hamner’s, “The Waltons” launched as a television series in 1972, he didn’t know how many lives it would touch. And we cheered John-Boy Walton with every adversity he conquered during those bleak years of 1930s and 1940s. Misery Mountain’s teen, Vance Remke, also faced his own challenges from 1957 to 1960. The Cold War with Russia seemed like a vague threat compared to Tamaqua‘s high unemployment and a major exodus of workers to places like New Jersey and Virginia. Tamaqua seemed a grim place indeed for a high schooler soon to enter the world as an adult.

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Victor Merkel

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Misery Mountain, an intense thriller, set in the mountains of Schuylkill County near Tamaqua, PA, follows teen, Vance Remke, on a journey from bootlegging illegal coal to coping with a dysfunctional family. And amid the chaos, an enemy plots his death.
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