Gold, a tale of the California Gold Rush

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1850: Dana is hungry and cold in New York City. He needs to leave town, fast, before his past catches up with him. He gets his chance when he lands a berth as stoker in a side wheel steamer bound for the gold fields of California. He doesn’t actually know what a stoker is, but he’s soon to find out. So begins an epic journey that will change his life and sustain him through death and rebirth.

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Words: 65,780
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781301044993
About Steve Bartholomew

The author was born a long time ago. He spent three years in the US Army where he learned a lot of vital skills, such as how to use a soldering iron and screwdriver, as well as how to make the bed, mop the floor, and wash dishes. He grew up and spent most of his life in San Francisco. After obtaining a useless liberal arts degree, he became a social worker and did more than 20 years in the mean streets of New York City, San Francisco, and rural California. He is now devoted to writing books, which he should have been doing in the first place. He has written some science fiction and fantasy, but is now mainly interested in tales of the Old West. Some previous publications:
• JOURNEY TO RHYOLITE, © 2009, Norlights Press
• CHAPEL PERILOUS, © 2009, Norlights Press.
• THE IMAGINARY EMPEROR, ® 2011, Untreed Reads

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Review by: Shaun J. McLaughlin on May 19, 2013 :
Gold is a tale about people traveling by ship from New York to San Francisco bound for the new gold fields of California. The main character leaves behind a down-and-out life and grows into his full stature as a common sailor. The story is embellished by an odd assortment of well-defined characters, intrigues, plots, and adventures as the long voyage south down the Atlantic, around Cape Horn and up the Pacific unfolds.

Steve Bartholomew has done a professional job researching the history in which this book travels. As a historical fiction writer, I appreciate the work time and effort he spent learning details of the early steam ships and the customs of the time.
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)

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