Wow! Just wow! Brown has penned a masterpiece this time. I enjoyed his last book, "River of Kings", but this one....wow! His ability to describe a scene; the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even the "aura" is incredible. You cannot read this and not feel that you are there, in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950's. The character development is strong and convincing. The moonshiners, the lawmen, the church members, the healers. The suspense, the violence, the coming of age romances. The mystical, magical character of Granny is especially strong. And the plot is so believable and flows along at such a rapid rate that you cannot put the book aside, but find that you have to take breaks, otherwise you may find yourself actually swept away in the maelstrom! Super highly recommend this book!