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To Swallow the Earth by [Wilcox, Ransom, Beckstrand, Karl]
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Editorial Reviews


"This was a book different in genre than what you have usually seen me review on my blog or elsewhere. It's western, thereby historical in nature, and enjoyable. ...  you will want to grab this book. There is a lot of action ... a page turner [that will] keep you guessing. And the conflicts with Wade and Patricia might surprise you, as well. Never a dull moment in this read. ... so well written you can completely see what he is describing. You will enjoy this book. 5 stars!" - Sonja Nishimoto, blogger

"A lot of action, hair breadth escapes ... Well done western novel." - Randy Johnson, Vine Voice (Amazon)
"The action starts with the first page and doesn't stop ... from start to finish. The dialogue was done well. ... The characterization was good. ... the authors did it very well. A good read." - Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

From the Back Cover

A western 108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage--and trying to kill you?
            Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won't speak a word to anyone. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it.
        After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia's heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life.
            Set in Nevada's silver rush, and reminiscent of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength--and that of his animals--for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into a mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the "rarefied air" of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Comes with additional short story. Family friendly (ages 14 & up, diverse characters), 54,000 words, 200 pages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1382 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (May 25, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YB8PA20
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read this twice, a jam packed and ingenious story with accurate and knowledgeable descriptions of the old west, specifically the Sierra Nevadas. The body count was the book's main drawback for me--hey, I'm a girl--but it is an old fashioned western fight for land against avaricious land grabbing wicked men, so that's what you get. Think Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. There are some pretty awesome "special effects" for a book, with amazing escapes based on local area and time period, including cliffs, trees, and even wild horses! A subtle, sweet and completely clean love story in the background...just right!
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the plot was not odd and this turned out to be an interesting western adventure that involved the good guys, the bad guys and those who fall in love. Many men (and horses) die in the conflicts involving land titles and the money to be made by the elimination of heirs. Some surprises here and there too.
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Wade Foster has returned home after a long absence only to find his ranch has been taken over, his sister is catatonic, and it would appear everyone in town is out to get him. When he meets a young lady who is new to town the two get off to a rough start, but eventually they become cohorts and come to rely on each other for their ultimate survival.

To Swallow the Earth is a western mystery turned love story. This intensely thrilling novel boasts a healthy dose of action interspersed throughout. With great skill and finesse, author Karl Beckstrand has brought completion to this book which was a partial manuscript inherited from the late Ransom Wilcox.

Beckstrand’s mastery of the written word provides such tangible moments you can nearly feel blood splashing in the fight scenes in this dramatic novel which is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. The story transports readers to the magnificent landscapes of Nevada, California, and Montana. Extreme shoot-outs, brawls, and challenges of strength and endurance are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. While the book does have some strong graphic scenes, for the most part this is a book which we wholeheartedly recommend for mature young readers.
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It's a western. That means you can guess the ending after about 3 sentences, so the fun comes in how they, our heroes, get there. When the book starts with an aborted gunfight, it's a pretty safe bet that this story won't be a cliche-ridden hack job. The tale does have a lot of "classic" elements: The would-be land baron, the fish-out-of-water ingenue, the crusty sidekick – I swear that was Gabby Hayes' reading those lines. But Wilcox, with Beckstrand's assistance, has woven an adventure that Louie Lamour would approve.
I've always liked westerns – more often movies than books – and I read this with buying the film rights in mind. If I had the spare cash, the check would be in the mail and I'd be thinking about casting my leads. (Get Wes Studi's agent on the phone, I want him for "The Chief".) The writers tell the tale with good characters (real people, not 1950s Hollywood cowboys), fabulous scenery that cries out for "filmed entirely on location" and a plot line with as many switchbacks as a high-mountain sheep track.
A short, easy read that will brighten up any evening.
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To Swallow the Earth
By Karl Beckstrand & Ransom Wilcox
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
“Before Reno – before the riches of Las Vegas – there was Carson City and the surrounding outposts that serviced the gold and silver mines that sprang up in Nevada’s silver rush of the latter 1800s. The Comstock Lode and Ophir Mine brought people of all kinds to the territory – soon after called the Silver State. This land was rugged, as were the people.”

The authors immediately set the time and place.

Chapter one begins the introduction of three of the key people in this fast gripping story: Patricia Laughlin, Wade Forester, and Bridger Calhoun.

With attention to detail, exceptional characterization, and realistic dialogue, the writing compels readers back in time to experience the interactions of these three people, as well as with the multitude of others of the time that their actions impact.

Author Ransom “Doc” Wilcox, born in 1907, and having lived off the land himself, brings an authenticity that readers will appreciate. After Wilcox died in 1992, author Karl Beckstrand “inherited A Sky So Big as an incomplete manuscript and carefully honed the characters while preserving the original story’s action and earthy vernacular.”

Readers benefit from the combined creativity in a story that not only quickly will grip them, but which additionally will keep them involved as if contemporaries until the satisfying conclusion.
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To Swallow the Earth by Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox is indeed a fascinating tale that readers won't want to miss. There's adventure, intrigue, and danger ahead for readers everywhere. The characters are realistic and their actions are believable. The scenes pop, to life, with such vivid descriptions. I could feel the intensity as the story built up with every flick of the pages. Someone was going to die...

Inside To Swallow the Earth, both Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox, introduce to readers a young woman who lost her father. A father who got tangled up with a dangerous man and now, that same man is trying his way through to get to the daughter. His plans are to marry take what he wanted from her father. But there's another man who she meets that also catches her attention first. He is the man that she likes. But with the evil man's easy smiles and charm he causes her to believe the other man is evil...

Who is indeed to be trusted and who will win her heart is something that I highly recommend to readers to read. The journey will be one that stays with readers forever. It's easy to get lost, into the land and animals, and something else that stirs up the course of two comes hard and fast but recognizing it is harder than we can imagine...Overall, I loved reading To Swallow the Earth. Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox are talented writers whose stories will never be forgotten.
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