"...Whitehead's principal characters are slack. They're as unable to convince a reader that their adventures amount to anything as they are unconvinced by themselves. The story hiding inside this one is Whitehead's portrait of a real John Henry and of the odyssey of the ballad that made him immortal. This story...is made of bits and pieces, fictional vignettes rooted in lifetimes of research You never know when to expect these breaks....When they do arrive, it's as if you've been pitched headlong into another book altogether."Whitehead, Colson is the author of 'John Henry Days', published 2002 under ISBN 9780385498203 and ISBN 0385498209.