Faded Giant: Harley's Odyssey from the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

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Author House, Nov 10, 2009 - Fiction - 196 pages
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In the aftermath of the worst nuclear accident at a commercial power plant in the U.S., Harley Pelletier, a young engineer, is selected to design a robotic system to inspect the damaged reactor core.  While working at Three Mile Island, he discovers that a core meltdown has occurred.  After this discovery, his boss is pushed into the highly radioactive refueling pool, which insures a slow and painful death.  Harley is fingered for the crime.  He panics and runs as he is sure he is being framed.  Harley, who has read about the path of the Underground Railroad, decides to make his escape by traveling along the banks of the Connecticut River and later on freight trains as he journeys up the river through the Vermont landscape.  His numerous adventures are both comical and telling of his inner determination as the investigation of this crime unfolds at Three Mile Island and the search for him continues.

 

Harley later takes up hiding in the attic of a condominium complex in a Northern Vermont ski area, slipping downstairs occasionally to share the absent owner's food and liquor, as well as trying to find occasional employment as a horseshoer's assistant.  Keeping Harley company during his seclusion is a small baby squirrel that he keeps in his pocket as they commence an interesting cornucopia of adventures together.

 

"Timothy H. Wentzell is a fine spirited writer with a very good story to tell." 

 

Howard Frank Mosher

                        Irasberg, Vermont

(Author of Disappearance, Where a River

Flows North, and A Stranger in the Kingdom)

 

"My husband and I couldn't put it down and, in fact, took it out of its binding so we could read it at the same time."

 

                                    Rosemary Adams

                        Professor of English

                        Eastern Connecticut State University

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
15
CHAPTER 3
21
CHAPTER 4
26
CHAPTER 5
33
CHAPTER 6
46
CHAPTER 7
52
CHAPTER 8
64
CHAPTER 14
122
CHAPTER 15
130
CHAPTER 16
135
CHAPTER 17
142
CHAPTER 18
147
CHAPTER 19
150
CHAPTER 20
155
CHAPTER 21
159

CHAPTER 9
74
CHAPTER 10
86
CHAPTER 11
99
CHAPTER 12
105
CHAPTER 13
112
CHAPTER 22
168
CHAPTER 23
177
CHAPTER 24
183
Back Cover
193
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About the author (2009)

Timothy Wentzell has been a college professor, nuclear engineer, and even a horseshoer during his career.  He worked as a nuclear engineer during the period of the Three Mile Island accident and incorporates many of the little known facts about this accident in this novel.  He has been a designer of remote robotics, an author of a college textbook, and also writes a monthly magazine column.  Mr. Wentzell grew up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and he incorporates many of these locales in his protagonist's journey through Vermont after leaving Three Mile Island.

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