Disturbed is set in the Coal Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, a grimly haunted region with a bloody history of conflict between oppressed miners and wealthy coal barons. Many believe that even today the ghosts of the Molly Maguires – a secret Irish organization that waged war against oppressive labor practices in the 19th Century – still roam the landscape.
Into this setting arrives Jonah Frost, a young man with a history of mental illness. Little does he know his new home is inhabited by its former resident, hell-bent on continuing her life’s vendetta. Even as Jonah attempts to forge a new life and friendships, he must battle both his own demons and those from beyond the grave.
About Joseph J. Swope (Reading, Pennsylvania Author)
Joseph J. Swope is an award-winning author, public relations professional and adjunct university faculty member. He has spent more than 30 years as a communications professional, working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Swope has published two books: Pleasant Valley Lost, which chronicles the loss of his family farm to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Blue Marsh Dam project; and The Gift, a children's book focused on diabetes awareness. His third book, Disturbed, a novel set in Northeast Pennsylvania is scheduled to be published in May 2018.
Swope is a lifelong resident of Berks County. He lives in Jefferson Township, just outside of Bernville, and is the father of six children.