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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463719272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463719272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,101,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Charles Miller (floridamiller@verizon.net) is a groundwater geologist and writer of speculative fiction and other strange little stories. Residing in Tampa, Florida with his wife Mary, he has been a part-time resident of Citrus County, Florida since 1981, on Lake Tsala Apopka, near the town of Hernando. During his almost 40 years as a geologist he focused on groundwater supplies and contamination assessments, monitoring, and cleanup. He is a licensed Florida Professional Geologist. He is fluent in Spanish, having served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1962-64 under John F. Kennedy’s presidency, and has 8 years professional experience in Latin America. His writing website is quarkspacetravel.com, where his short stories can be downloaded free as pdf documents for your reading pleasure. A number of his stories have been award winners in annual contests of the Tampa Writers Alliance. The Quark Space Travel website name was derived from his short story, Scammed, in which a random Google search comes across an obscure website: quarkspacetravel.com. The story took 1st Place in Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2009 Tampa Writers Alliance annual writing contest, and is published in Wordsmith 2010. His short story You Can’t Pick Up Raindrops was published in the online magazine, LOST, as the lead November 2008 story. http://www.lostmag.com/issue28/raindrops.php

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Very informative and well researched.
Muriel T. Eden-Paul
This is a great yarn from a talented storyteller, John Miller.
James J. Birkenseer
I am enjoying reading this alternative history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JimL on May 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am both a history buff and work in the geosciences in the Great State of Florida. What I like about this book is that it captures the spirit of the history of the area, the industry, and the people in a believable way, and works this strange time-warp twist into the historical reality. Not only a good read, but a great reference for those interested in the cultural aspects of life in north-central Florida in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I am really hoping the Mr. Miller will come out with a second book that follows a couple of the unresolved characters in this book. Good work John!! A very enjoyable read.
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The United States is still not a very old country, but it is big. It is hard to wrap it all in one story, so we break it up by major wars -- the Revolution, the Civil War, the Second World War -- and mostly leave it at that. Countless alternate histories have been written of these events, but Citrus White Gold is an alternate history of a place and time that for us has little significance at all except in the interesting vision of author John Charles Miller. The story centers around Mannfield, Citrus County, Florida. No, you haven't heard of it, but Mr. Miller has, and writes like he knows every square yard of its soil. If the most engaging writing is like the three rules of real estate -- location, location, location -- then Citrus White Gold fills the bill. And don't worry, by the time accidental time traveller Jim Harkins, who literally tumbles back to 1891, gets done, you will have heard of Mannfield, which is just another nondescript chunk of Florida in our timeline, but will become an important place in the alternate history of our country. What Citrus White Gold serves to remind us is how many places that we know of like Vegas and LA -- which have no natural ports or are not situated along trade routes -- have no reason to continue to exist, except by the rich characters and quirks of history which brought them to life in the first place. In Miller's characters are a cross-section of America in its first century of existence and his work looms larger than the small section of Florida soil where it takes place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muriel T. Eden-Paul on December 27, 2012
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A lot of history and a little science fiction make this book an enjoyable read. Very informative and well researched. I especially enjoyed getting to know the characters, and learning history from their point of view.
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By Lucy on September 21, 2011
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It's always interesting to consider "What if history had taken another 'fork?'" Miller has created an imaginative, yet very real, account of what "might have happened" if "things had been different." He weaves a marvelous adventure with a thoroughly researched understanding of regional history. I read the story and "saw" the phosphate mine before I ever saw his cover . . . a tribute to the quality of his writing and his ability to communicate historical detail. Miller's "twists" are a delight -- especially the novel's conclusion! A highly entertaining and satisfying read.
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By D. Burry on May 17, 2014
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I just have purchased a home in Citrus County Florida and really found the novel really interesting and well written.
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A most interesting take on the history of Citrus County. FL. I couldn't get the dialect at first but once I became attuned to the time (century) change it became as natural as breathing. Very interesting perspective on what might have been, what was, and the results of what might be. Very enjoyable.
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By ItsWindy on April 23, 2013
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Fascinating subject. A man's very real struggle to find his place in time. Time is something we all experience. Discovering where we come from is a natural compulsion. Ore compelling is the when. This is a rich tale of life.
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More About the Author

John Charles Miller is a groundwater geologist and writer of speculative fiction and strange little stories. He has resided in Tampa, Florida with his wife Mary, since 1975, making him a semi-native Floridian.

During almost 40 years as a geologist, he focused on groundwater supplies and contamination assessments, monitoring, and cleanup. He is a licensed Florida Professional Geologist. Fluent in Spanish, he served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1962-64 under John F. Kennedy's presidency, and has eight years professional hydrogeological work experience in Latin America.

His first novel, CITRUS WHITE GOLD, an alternate history of Citrus County, Florida, was self-published in August 2011. This was followed in January 2012 by YOU CAN'T PICK UP RAINDROPS, a collection of unique and weird short stories. In July 2013 he published a novella, DEAD NOT DEAD, a story that leads you from a quiet retirement in the Mexican mountain torn of 16th century colonial Guanajuato to an abrupt and mind-boggling trip to elsewhere and elsewhen.

A number of his short stories have been award winners in annual contests of the Tampa Writers Alliance. The Quark Space Travel website name was derived from his short story, Scammed, in which a random Google search comes across an obscure website: quarkspacetravel.com. The story took 1st Place in Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2009 Tampa Writers Alliance annual writing contest, and is published in Wordsmith 2010.

His short story YOU CAN'T PICK UP RAINDROPS was published in the online magazine, LOST, as the lead November 2008 story. http://www.lostmag.com/issue28/raindrops.php

LAS RUEDAS, a short story set in rural Dominican Republic, was selected as #2 out of almost 250 entries for the Florida Writers Association annual collection of short stories. The collection, My Wheels, containing 59 other short stories in the collection, is available from Amazon.

His writing website is quarkspacetravel.com.

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