Old Number Seven by John Breeden II

When Hurricane Katrina smashes New Orleans, the hopes of the Ninth Ward fall on an old man, his dog and an antiquated steam-powered pumping station.

John Bailey is an old southern man dying of cancer. He’s never taken any risks in life, and even worked the same job for the New Orleans water department for over fifty years. When he hears about Hurricane Katrina, he suspects it might be bad, possibly overloading the intricate protections the city has built over the years.

But nobody wants to listen.

So he hatches a scheme to secretly transform Old Number Seven, a coal-fired pumping station built along the Industrial Canal in 1925, from a museum back into a fully working facility. Sitting in the middle of the city’s neglected Lower Ninth Ward, Old Number Seven could become the only protection people living there will have during the storm.

The novel is complete but only the first few chapters have been left on the site. Interested people can contact me to see more, especially agents or publishers. johnbreeden (at) Comcast.net

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Aug. 10, 2010
  • Last updated Aug. 10, 2010
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Plot Summary ‘Old Number Seven’ tells the story of John and William Bailey and their lives in New Orleans immediately before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. John (William’s father) is dying of cancer and has had the same job at the water department (now mothballed and being turned into a museum) for fifty years. His son chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps but as John’s condition has deteriorated William has had to care for his father increasingly. When ...
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    JimSiebert wrote 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I was interested in your book simply because I'm a meteorologist. I agree with what the other reviewers have said about the great details you've included in your story. It makes sense after reading about your experience with Katrina. You've done an excellent job of bringing to life the terrible circumstances from the storm and I can see why Amazon has been considering your book.

  • Stark Silvercoin's avatar
    Stark Silvercoin Author wrote 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi there. Anyone interested in Old Number Seven, I have a little news. Amazon is considering it for their new ebook publishing wing. It's being presented to the public for 30 days and if it gets enough nominations, it may get picked to be one of the first novels out that new gate. Here is the page if anyone would like to support it. Thanks in advance if you do: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3M873V4VI2EPN

  • emoo125's avatar
    emoo125 wrote 7 months ago
    John - I've started reading your book (about three chapters in at this point), and I have to say I'm truly impressed. There's a great deal of authenticity here, which I can see having read your preface is based in real-life experience. I'm finding this incredibly believable. You have a real gift for capturing the setting, and your characters are immediately identifiable. I actually found myself gripped in the first few chapters. I've placed this on my shelf, and am ...
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    • Stark Silvercoin's avatar
      Stark Silvercoin Author wrote 7 months ago

      Thank you Emoo125. I have received many kind words of praise from people like yourself. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a publisher or even an agent. I may self-publish this at some point. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    • emoo125's avatar
      emoo125 wrote 7 months ago
      John, I just completed it. I enjoyed it very much, and I agree with many of the others here that there is a great deal of potential in this! I think your work shines most where you are able to really dig into the authenticity of the situation that you chronicle here...the workings of the old pumps, the proper ways of building a sandbag shelter, etc. This lends the entire book a real feeling of "having been there", and I ...
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  • Drachma's avatar
    Drachma wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    Congratulations! You finally made it to the Editor's Desk! I always knew that your book had great potential.

  • Baobab's avatar
    Baobab wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    Dear John,

    I want you to know that I will be removing my book, "Africa's Embrace" from this site because it was published on September 10, and is now available at the US' Amazon.com. It will be available shortly on all Amazon.com websites in the world. I hope you and all your friends will be able to obtain a copy of my book and enjoy reading it. I hope your book is now selling well. All the Best, Mark Wentling

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    Daniel Escurel Occeno wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Congratulations! I do not know what it really entails [Stark Silvercoin has made the HarperCollins review for Old Number Seven public], but good luck. – Daniel Escurel Occeno

  • Angietee's avatar
    Angietee wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Congratulations!!!

  • Christopher D. Abbott's avatar
    Christopher D. Abbott wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Where is the HC review???

  • Stark Silvercoin's avatar
    Stark Silvercoin Author wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    As an update to fans or editors from HarperCollins who may be considering working with Old Number Seven, it was entered into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year. It made it to the quarterfinals. Although it did not advance into the final round, it was reviewed by Publisher's Weekly. That review follows: Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Publishers Weekly Review Set just before and after Hurricane Katrina, this manuscript may remind many readers of Dave Eggar’s "Zeitoun," in which good people ...
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    Mrs.Warren wrote 2 years ago

    Powerful...this is a story well told.

    Mrs. Warren

  • Retired user
    stearn37 wrote 2 years ago

    Hi
    Congratulations for getting to the Editors desk.
    I am sure the review will a positive one.
    Cheers
    John Stearn
    Author of Derilium

  • Christopher D. Abbott's avatar
    Christopher D. Abbott wrote 2 years ago

    Well done, John!
    I'm so pleased to see this!
    All your hard work paid off!
    Congratulations!
    Best wishes,
    Chris

  • Retired user
    ibholdvictory [Retired] wrote 2 years ago

    Dear John
    Congratulations. Well done!!! I know you will get there. I thank God for you and the hard work you have put into this. The book deserve recognition and it is all powerful, amazing and touching story. Good luck for the future. May God continue to pour blessing on you.

    Catherine.

  • DCHedlin's avatar
    DCHedlin wrote 2 years ago
    This is an interesting story. I like that the prologue's there. The reader is dropped into the midst of humans reduced to depravity. When the first chapter begins, he sees that he will be brought by degrees to those desperate conditions. It will give him the chance to reflect on the human condition. After all, that was one of the fascinating aspects of New Orleans after Katrina. I want to ask about two things: the prologue creates a sense of ...
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  • Retired user
    Ceri Fielder wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    This is the first book that I've read on here, starting it just out of curiosity but became immediately engrossed. I haven't read anything for a long time that wasn't work related as my time is short, but I will definitely be making time to read this. Excellent.

  • Retired user
    stearn37 wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi
    I enjoyed this very much and look forward to the print version.
    I have backed it and given a full six stars.
    Cheers
    John Stearn
    Author of Derilium

  • Retired user
    stearn37 wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi
    I enjoyed this very much and look forward to the print version.
    I have backed it and given a full six stars.
    Cheers
    John Stearn
    Author of Derilium

  • Retired user
    T M Robinson [Retired] wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    The writing is solid and the story is compelling. I feel like the prose needs to convey more grit. There are references to liquid expelling down his face - a crimson liquid; far too much blood? (way too restrained) Blood seeps in thick,crusty flows with a coppery stench. Make the reader feel the pain. How much blood is far too much? Give the reader a hint. Perhaps blood clotted his shirt and pooled on the floor as his vision blurred. ...
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  • Baobab's avatar
    Baobab wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    John,

    I can't tell you how happy I am to see your book holding so strongly on the the number 1 ranking. It is encouraging to see another work of literary fiction advance to the top. Your book remains firmly on my bookshelf and I hope someday that I will have the honor of seeing my book, "Africa's Embrace," on your bookshelf.

    All the Best from Ouagadougou, Mark Wentling (aka Chief Baobab)