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Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge [Kindle Edition]

Scott Wyatt
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1882. Northern Pacific Railroad Camp, Idaho Territory.

The body of Sheriff Roger Langston is found beneath the Sand Creek Bridge. Chinese railroad worker Wong Hok-Ling is charged with murder days after the unexpected arrival of his fiancée, Mei-Yin, who has escaped her unscrupulous father and stowed away aboard a ship bound for America. Jason McQuade, the territory's newest lawyer, must defend the accused, but after encountering the beautiful Mei-Yin, how far is he willing to go--what sacrifices will he make--to save his client's life?


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". . . suspenseful and compelling throughout . . . captivating storytelling, well-developed characters and a moving message about equal rights. An enjoyable, informative historical drama." - Kirkus Indie Reviews

". . . seemingly insurmountable challenges and surprises unfold in this gripping, fast-moving, sometimes graphic story . . . Readers of Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge will surely come away satisfied . . ." -The Bonner County Daily Bee (Marianne Love)

". . . Readers with an interest in Pacific Northwest history and the law will enjoy this well-researched and carefully crafted novel. Wyatt's complex, nuanced characters and difficult moral questions make this a thought-provoking and suspenseful book." -The Literary Lawyer (NWLawyer)

". . . Kudos to Scott Wyatt for opening a passage of history that needs to be examined . . . Wyatt's writing is terse an eloquent. " Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon.com Reviewer

About the Author

Scott Wyatt was born in Portland, Oregon on March 3, 1951. He grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, attended Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law, and entered the practice of law in 1976. In 1999, he founded the Companion Flag Project to elevate and sustain public awareness of all that human beings have in common, their differences notwithstanding. The underpinnings of that campaign are reflected in the closing arguments of attorney Jason McQuade in 'Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge.' Scott has four children and five grandchildren. He continues to write and work from a hilltop home located sixteen miles east of Seattle--a home he shares with his wife Rochelle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Highland House Press; 1 edition (November 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADEJNFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating December 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The writer has one of my most desired qualities. He makes it so visual, you feel like you are there. Gripping and powerful from beginning to end.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard do put down December 28, 2012
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I enjoyed this book and think the author is a great story teller. I loved the end and felt he was true to the characters throughout and I really did have a hard time putting it down once I got into it. I esp. liked the description of the lake and the mountains and steam boats. Jason McQuade does a good job of honoring his values and those of others. Get busy and write another book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. November 30, 2012
By Thad
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent book. Good read, couldn't put it down! Was surprised to find this was the author's first. Looking forward to his next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a story about the west that is less told. It is not the Louis L'Amour version. (I love his books)
This book goes beyond good guy and bad guy to a more complex look at human nature and need.
Many different cultures came to the United States for a better way of life. This is a story of the Chinese making their way to America. A front seat view of another aspect of America's great melting pot. The book is an easy read with compelling characters, all finding there way thru life and the unexpected. Marie D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put down this 5 star gem August 13, 2013
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Mr. Wyatt has written an excellent book capturing an important part of history, a detail that is often left out in general education. I don't want to be too specific and give the story line away, but the attention to detail and writing style is beyond a doubt some of the best I have seen from a first time novelist. From the very beginning I was hooked, and that speaks volumes because this is not my typical read. So even if you think it isn't for you, pick it up, because I believe that everyone can find something in this book. Usually I recycle my books, pass them on to Libraries or other places, but this one has a special place on my shelf. It made me take a hard look at varying work ethics between cultures and also how we treated people differently, and gave me a new insight into our culture today. Thank you, Mr. Wyatt, for a wonderful book and I can't wait to see if there is something new on the horizon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and Vivid August 11, 2013
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I'm always astonished when an author brings to life people, times, and attitudes they could not have possibly experienced themselves. Scott Wyatt manages to occupy the minds of mid-19th century Chinese immigrants and western territorial settlers with conviction and believability. The frontier atmosphere of this richly detailed novel reflects Wyatt's Pacific Northwest upbringing. And, while a legal drama shapes the spine of "Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge," and falls into Wyatt's comfort zone as a retired attorney, the author excavates the implements and behaviors of a forgotten era with an archaeologist's passion and arranges his artifacts into a colorful and moving story. In the process, Wyatt has elevated what it means to be an independent author, demonstrating that great writing lives beyond the borders patrolled by the traditional publishing industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! July 13, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed Scott's rich writing. A true love letter to Sandpoint,Idaho despite the sadness surrounding the cruel treatment of Chinese laborers. Great story telling, history lesson and entertainment. Can't wait for the movie! And Wyatt's next book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling and Engaging Read June 30, 2013
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The author combines a great story with historical accuracy and vivid descriptions of the time. Just when you think you know where he is taking you, the story takes unexpected turns, making it a hard book to put down. I am looking forward to the penning of his next novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story. Well written and fascinating connections to this ...
Fabulous story. Well written and fascinating connections to this historic time in the Northwest. Enlightening about the Chinese immigrants' struggles in America.
Published 3 months ago by Gloria M. Navarro
4.0 out of 5 stars The closing arguments were brilliant and I loved the ending
The story, while disturbing in regards to how brutally humans treat each other both within their own cultures and outside the cultures, it kept me enthralled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MARY PAT HAUCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story of Chinese laborers in US
Scott Wyatt brings life to the hard times endured by Chinese immigrants in the western US in the 19th century. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynnda Eagle
My favorite genre is historical fiction and Scott Wyatt is masterful. Full of extensive details into this period of American history. He is truly a gifted writer and storyteller. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynnda Eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating HIstorical Visit to the Idaho Territory
As a result of extensive research, Scott Wyatt provides the reader wtih a wonderful story. The book was very well written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fistion at its finest
Mr. Wyatt did a great job of developing the characters in his book. I was not familiar with the treatment of the chinese population when living in the northwest while working on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joyce Piket
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge
A intense gripping historical fiction about the condition of 1st generation Chinese workers on Railroad in Pacific Northwest. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doreen Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical yarn
There are a number of things that captured my interest and kept me reading Scott Wyatt’s novel, Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GAB
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I enjoyed this story
It was well written, unpredictable, and had a satisfying conclusion. I will read it again someday and look forward to more from this author.
Published 7 months ago by :-/
5.0 out of 5 stars crossed that bridge
Even though I grew up in Spokane and often visit Sandpoint Idaho, I never knew the history of the building of the railroad. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1951 and grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho. I earned degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington, and became a lawyer 1976.

In 1999, years after traveling to the former Soviet Union, I founded the Companion Flag Project to elevate awareness of all that human beings have in common, their differences notwithstanding. The underpinnings of this campaign are reflected in the closing arguments of attorney Jason McQuade in Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge, and again in "The Sanori Flag Debate," the appendix to Dimension M.

I have four children and five grandchildren. My wife, Rochelle, is a talented Seattle-area actress. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful home overlooking Lake Sammamish, fifteen miles east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

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