A strong narrative, andinteresting unique plot. The characters are well written as are the descriptivepassages. The writing is very effective at pulling you into the story andmaking you want to read more.
--Amazon Expert Reviewer
The larger conflicts mirror Dan's internal struggles, over his attractionto a married woman and his discomfort over the questionable justificationsfor vigilante action. It's an excellent western with an intense moral gravity. --Publishers Weekly
"I read God's Thunderbolt. Loved it. It is cited in my book in a footnote as an example of gripping fiction pertaining to the Montana events of the 1860s. ...while your published books are fictional, you have very credible historical underpinnings to your works. I enjoyed ... especially the portion involving Sanders' cross-examination of George Ives' alibi witness over the details of their card game." Hon. Mark C. Dillon, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, currently serving in its Appellate Division in the Second Judicial Department.
From the Author
I began to write God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana
when I was 13. On a family vacation, my parents and I went to Virginia City, Montana. One evening after supper, I walked up the hill to the Hangman's Building, where Vigilantes hanged five outlaws on the same beam. As I stood looking at the beam amid the dust of a hundred years, I heard the ropes creak.
That moment stayed in my mind until decades later, when my husband and I returned to Montana to live. Then I set to work and read everything I could find about the Vigilante era of Montana history.
Once I got going on it, God's Thunderbolt
took seven years to write. For the first five I thought about the characters and researched the Vigilantes mostly in Virginia City and in the Montana Historical Society archives in Helena, our state capital.
Research has never stopped, and one novel has led to four in The Vigilante Quartet.
Beginning with God's Thunderbolt
, the second novel is The Devil in the Bottle
. The third book is Gold Under Ice
. The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock
, the fourth novel, is under way now. Hopefully, I'll have it out sometime in 2014, in time for the 150th anniversary of the creation of Montana Territory.
The Vigilante Quartet takes place during 1862-1865.
They tell the stories of people who made the toughest choices with courage, faith, and hope, to survive.