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Sudbury’s union war – book review by Ron Verzuh

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News reporter turned novelist Mick Lowe has produced the first of a promised trilogy of labour history novels set in Northern Ontario that might be closer to truth than to fiction.

As a long-time reporter in the union town of Sudbury, Ont., the Nebraska-born Lowe got close to the local labour movement and the union that represented thousands of mine workers at the giant nickel mines in the region.

That relationship and careful readings of a book co-written by once local union president Mike Solski that Lowe calls his bible, provided a mother lode of information from which to create his main character Jake McCool, a young miner.

Ron Verzuh
Canadian writer, historian, photographer and videographer

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Review of Mick Lowe’s “The Raids” by Jeremy Hespeler-Boultbee

By Jeremy Hespeler-Boultbee*

Asked to review Mick Lowe’s new book, The Raids, I have taken the time out to go over it a second time. I have known Mick as a friend since the days in 1975/76 when the two of us were reporting on the so-called “Carnation Revolution” in Lisbon, Portugal; he was a meticulous journalist then, and he is a meticulous writer now.

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More critical praise for Mick Lowe’s “The Raids”

“The Raids” is a fascinating excursion into unexplored realms in the Canadian past. What if the US CIA’s operations that saw the covert overthrow of governments worldwide, assassination of political opponents, and macabre experiments using mind-altering drugs on human subjects had also included intervention into the strategic nickel deposits in Sudbury? What if the CIA viewed the communist-led Mine Mill and Smelter Workers’ Union that represented Sudbury’s miners as a Cold War threat? Might the CIA kill people, secretly conspire against a legitimate union, and distort the political fabric of an entire community?
Mick Lowe launches “The Raids” with an emphatic yes to that premise, then proceeds to weave an intriguing tale based on intense political passions, memorable characters and dramatic conflicts. From the depths of the nickel mines to the fierce union hall confrontations to the beer-fueled conspiracies hatched in Sudbury’s raucous bars, Lowe guides us through a tangled story that never fails to entertain. Lowe leaves the reader convinced that what is presented as fiction closely fits historical fact.
Larry Hannant
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Victoria
Instructor, Camosun College, Victoria