- Series: Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765384213
- ISBN-13: 978-0765384218
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bound for Gold: A Peter Fallon Novel of the California Gold Rush (Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington) Hardcover – July 3, 2018
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“Boston meets San Francisco, again, and the echoes of the first collision rumble down the decades to shape the rematch in this rollicking epic tale of the California Gold Rush, modern mayhem, and the mysteries that haunt families for generations. History brought to life, and the keen Martin eye to both.” ―H.W. Brands, author of The Age of Gold and the Pulitzer-nominated Franklin
“Plenty of skullduggery and labyrinths of mystery lace this gem about the California gold rush. The prose and plot are as sharp as a broken piece of glass. Another masterpiece from the master of historical fiction.” ―Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“In the tradition of James Michener, this epic about the California gold rush (and a parallel modern one) is wonderfully engrossing and addictive. William Martin made me believe I was on the banks of those rugged mountain streams, panning for the dust that dreams are made of and lives are lost to. Ambitious, exciting, and vividly researched. A twenty-four karat read.” ―David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art
“Epic in scale, eloquent in execution, Bound for Gold is a pure delight. The great Forty-Niner gold rush comes to vivid life in William Martin’s skillful, suspenseful, and original retelling, and its resonance into the present is nothing short of mesmerizing.” ―John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“The purest gold for readers! William Martin has always been a fine craftsman and a marvelous storyteller, and this tale of the “Golden West” when the gold was real in the hand is fiction at its most enthralling. Framed by a sharply drawn portrait of today, this saga of men struggling over fortunes almost two centuries ago in a rugged and raw America―and their long shadows―is just plain great.” ―Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment at Appomattox
“Fans of rare book dealer Peter Fallon, rejoice―he’s back (with lady friend Evangeline Carrington, of course), unearthing family skeletons from the Gold Rush. Historic fact intertwines with vibrant fiction in this timely and relevant novel.” ―Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope novels
“Bound for Gold is grand adventure, an epic saga of American gold fever in both history and the present day. Peter Fallon is still at the top of his game. Bravo.” ―Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and The Switch
About the Author
WILLIAM MARTIN is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels. He tells the American story, from the Pilgrims to 9/11, in novels including Back Bay, City of Dreams, The Lost Constitution, and The Lincoln Letter. He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary on the life of George Washington, and a cult-classic horror film, and was the 2005 recipient of the New England Book Award and the 2015 recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.
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We as Americans labor under the fantasy that at Sutter's Mill in 1848 some Walter Brennan type shouted: "There's gold in them thar' hills!" People traveled overland in their Conestoga wagons or sailed around Cape Horn to arrive at the San Franciscocoast to prospect and mine for the riches of gold. We do not consider the many difficulties of that arduous journey: the ever-present human foibles of avarice, envy, ego, racism, wrath, bullying, and lust. The author's narrative therefore takes us on two adventures in two different centuries.
What is masterful in William Martin's writing is his ability to turn a phrase, inject a subtle literary reference, make his point without clubbing anyone over the head. This author is a terrific story teller and an artistic craftsman. His use of language often reads like music.
The only quibble I might have is the lack of illustrative maps of the geographic mining area and of San Francisco and its growth over time. Other than that, WilliamMartin's "Bound for Gold" is the perfect summer read and defines the term "page turner".