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West of the Big River: The Forty-niners: Volume 5 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Texto grande, 26 sep 2013

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The discovery of gold in California launched a stampede of fortune-seekers across the continent in search of wealth. Willing to face any hardship – outlaws, hostile Indians, bad weather, thirst, starvation, and the horrors of disease – they battled fiercely to overcome these challenges and seize their destiny. But sometimes the treasures they found were not the ones they were expecting . . . THE FORTY-NINERS is the fifth novel in the exciting West of the Big River series from the Western Fictioneers. Charlie Steel's story of courage, romance, and danger is based on historical incidents and vividly illustrates a compelling chapter in American history, recreating a lawless era that exemplifies both the best and the worst in a vital young nation!

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Charlie Steel, Tale-Weaver Extraordinaire, is a novelist and internationally published author of short stories. Steel credits the catalyst for his numerous books and hundreds of short stories to be the result of being a voracious reader, along with having worked at many varied and assorted occupations. Some of his experiences include service in the Army, labor in the oil fields, in construction, in a foundry, and as a salvage diver. Early in his life he was recruited by the US Government and spent five years behind the Iron Curtain. Steel’s work has been recognized and reviewed by various publications and organizations including Publisher’s Weekly, Western Fictioneers, and Western Writers of America. Steel holds five degrees including a PhD. He continues to read, research, and collect western literature. He is the author of Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West. Charlie Steel lives on an isolated ranch at the base of Greenhorn Mountain, in Southern Colorado.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas You feel as if you are there! 21 de mayo de 2014
Por Keith Souter - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel in the West of the Big River series. It is meticulously researched and beautifully written, so you are drawn into the story. I really loved the ending.

I can't wait to get started on Charlie Steel's collection of short stories.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas All the Gold in California... 11 de febrero de 2014
Por Disorderly Words - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
The California gold rush in the mid-1800s probably killed more people than it enriched. For a brief but intense few years, though, claims of easy wealth spurred America’s great western migration. Charlie Steel’s WEST OF THE BIG RIVER: THE FORTY-NINERS brings to vivid life the horrors, hardships, and little blessings faced by three groups of California-bound pioneers.

Each group has its own reason for heading west. One man’s obsession with escaping the drudgery of subsistence farming dooms his extended family. A St. Louis merchant cartel’s reckless greed breeds a myopic dash that proves unwise. For the third group, an escaped slave and the drifter he befriends during his run for freedom, the trip provides hard lessons that leave the ex-slave scarred but wiser.

Even at only 128 pages, the book is something of a slow read because many characters must be tracked and a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge must be digested. As usual, Steel’s research appears to have been exhaustive. Should readers ever find themselves in the thick of a bare-knuckles boxing contest, possessed of a desire to skin buffalo, or faced with the need to treat cholera victims, they’ll be well prepared. Fair warning to the squeamish: Some of the lessons, particularly about killing and skinning buffalo, are quite detailed. Steele doesn’t sugarcoat sights, sounds, or smells.

Vaguely reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH in tone, THE FORTY-NINERS pits characters — and readers — against a series of misfortunes that seems destined never to end. Independently, the three groups struggle through inclement weather, attacks by opportunistic outsiders, and internal strife before converging in the middle of the vast Great Plains and confronting even bigger problems. Death stalks the travelers at every turn, and sometimes the bad guys win a round, but the pioneers’ hope for the future remains undaunted — perhaps only because they have little choice but to sojourn onward. For some, their pot of gold is mere survival.

At its heart, THE FORTY-NINERS presents a tale about the relentless perseverance of the human spirit despite all odds. The journey is neither pretty nor easy for characters or readers, but once begun, it’s inescapable.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Real old west drama 15 de diciembre de 2013
Por Jerry Guin - Publicado en
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Lots of tense moments for big Lance and fast Eddy on their westward journey but the two are fast learners and up to any situation that stands in their way. Charlie Steel has done a magnificent job of showing how the greed for gold drives men; some to their deaths. The Forty-Niners is a good read, well researched and realistic.
Jerry Guin
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A spellbinding tale of the California gold rush days 31 de octubre de 2013
Por Westy - Publicado en
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Charlie Steel always writes an excellent, well-researched book, and The Forty-Niners is no exception. Great charaters and plotting, a fine Western.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas From and by Barbara 17 de septiembre de 2014
Por Leland Freeze - Publicado en
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I only gave this four stars because of the way it ended! Sorry!! I swear. I've never seen a book end so sorry! I can't begin to count the many ends this author left hanging! I will really hesitant to pick up another of his books. And it's too bad, as his story was really good!