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Citrus White Gold: An Alternate History of Citrus county, Florida Paperback – August 15, 2011

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Great novel for anyone who enjoys Florida history. And many of the sites are accessible today. Paddled down the Orange State Canal by kayak and could almost hear the sounds of the steam driven river boat among the tall cypress.
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This is a great yarn from a talented storyteller, John Miller. The time traveling story was filled with great characters, and a very evocative descriptor of early Florida. I truly recommend putting on some comfy slippers, settling in by the fire, and losing yourself in this story.
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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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