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Carol's obsessive research allowed her to bring that period of time to life in a direct and visceral way. You feel like you are walking up and down the muddy streets of the old gold towns. You feel the bone weariness of coach travel while having to remain vigilant over your belongings. I felt the thrill of the gold exchange and Dan's all encompassing need to clear his family's debts along with their name. Shocks abound in this tale and some threads from the previous story get tied up, while the tale itself, though extremely satisfying, left me hungering for more of the adventures and danger that the frontier held for our ancestors.
Carol's ability to tell a tale is well evidenced by the competition she had to beat out for her award from the Western Writer's Association. I have read more than one of the books from that group of writer's and all of them please the avid reader in me. Get this story and it's companion and then prepare to have some time from you life filled with extra good writing.
While this compelling book entertained me, it also educated me about gold trading on the commodities market. Yet the writer's style and deft pacing technique kept the story moving briskly, even during those times when heavy exposition was needed to orient the reader to the world of Wall Street in the 1860s. The various subplots peopled with well drawn, believable characters moving purposefully through the story with nary a wasted word or scene, made for a rich reading experience.
I highly recommend this book.
Dan has come to the wilds of Montana Territory to work the gold mines in order to help his New York family, his widowed mother and his siblings, recover from a devastating and humiliating financial setback. A lawyer, he leaves his New York practice, but finds his knowledge of the law an asset in Alder Gulch, a rough, lawless town with few comforts. Life is hard, not only contending with harsh weather, but dealing with the insanity of gold fever.
Dan's autocratic grandfather dictates Dan must return to New York with his accumulated gold and resume the family law practice. He hasn't enough gold to both repay the bank and reinstate his New York family's financial situation. Dan is torn between his New York family who is relying on him, and his Alder Gulch family and their safety in his absence. He promises to return to Alder Gulch, but they all know any number of things could prevent that from happening.
In order to secure his own future, he returns to New York, a trip that takes several weeks by stage coach and train, carrying the gold he has accumulated.
On the surface, the difference between Montana Territory and New York in the 1860's is stark. Dan is determined to retain custody of his gold, denying the bank control of it. Instead, he meets with an old friend who tutors him in the ways of Wall Street and gold trading. He finds life in New York as threatening as in the wilds of Montana Territory and fights for his life on many levels.
Gold Under Ice, available both in print and ebook format, is a compelling novel. Buchanan's impeccable research not only entertains, but educates. Her characters breathe life into the story as it carries the reader along with Dan's compelling need to make things right for both families. It kept me pressing the "page turn" on my Kindle long into the night.
Gold Under Ice is a sequel to God's Thunderbolt:The Vigilantes of Montana, winner of Western Writers of America's SPUR award. Each book is a satisfying read and stands alone. Recently released, The Devil in the Bottle, is the next in the series. For more information about the author, visit [ ... ]
The book follows one man after he settles in the area we know today as Montana. A lawyer from NY, we learn of how he and other men are trying to bring order and justice to the area while he falls for a woman. We learn of the tragedies that brought him west and the conflicts he has in the area and those festering with his family back in NY.
I particularly liked the descriptive narrative of life in the West - I could almost feel my feet slogging through the mud. I loved the characters the author drew. There are a couple of parts of the book that I found to be slow and wanted to get through to know if the main character succeeded or not. I also had a little issue with a physical condition the main character experienced while out west but don't recall how this was resolved because it isn't referred to later in the book. A minor thing that I might have missed.
I enjoyed the book.
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