- File Size: 1690 KB
- Print Length: 72 pages
- Publisher: John Rose Putnam; 1 edition (December 29, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DYZAUWQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Tales from the Promised Land: Western short stories from the California gold rush Kindle Edition
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As much as I enjoyed the novel, I did not expect to enjoy a short story format as much, given that the short story is an art in its own right and I love novels. But each of these stories shows a difference strength in Putnam's imagination: from the hilarious and satirical to the moving and profound. Each story establishes its characters and plot quickly and offers a strong ending.
If I was to criticize this book, it is that any of these short stories could be the foundation for another rich Putnam Gold Rush novel. Fans of historical fiction, and the Gold Rush age in particular, will love both of John Putnam's works.
The stories are based in the California Gold Rush days of the Old West, and the author is clearly familiar with the history and areas he writes about, providing just enough colorful descriptions and depictions to set the scene and leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination without slowing down the story. The characters are well drawn, with creative names perfectly suited to the period. Any of them could be featured at greater length in a novel format. I would like to know more about how it all worked out over time for Bottomless Bartlett. The action proceeds at good pace, held my interest and I never left a story without finishing it. The stories are well prepared, cleanly and carefully presented to make for a smooth and enjoyable reading experience.
This collection was very enjoyable and highly recommended. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Putnam’s stories, and hope that he is working on more.
A quick, enjoyable read in the "old western TV" style of good clean plots and wholesome characters.
"Uncle Charley" tells the tale of a stagecoach driver "Six Gun Charley" who is dying. Again a twist at the end, worthy of Hitchcock, delights the reader.
"Payback at Murderer's Bar" shows how a mining tragedy teaches two divisive brothers to finally work together.
"Finebaugh's Ferry" melds a tale of frontier justice and burgeoning love into a revealing and satisfying story.
By far the longest story in the quintet "Stoddard's Gold" is a tale of mining, adventure, betrayal, love, and revenge that is also a coming of age experience for the main character, Micah Poole.
Delightful historical nuggets (the invention of the cash register, baseball's reserve clause, 19th century troubles in Afghanistan) and a glimpse into the people of the gold rush make "Tales From the Promised Land" a delightful and insightful read. Highly recommended.
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I highly recommend this collection to anyone who likes action and adventure, and tales of the wilderness and survival.
I found the details about the horses and tack to be accurate and well written, and give this book a high 5 stars.
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John Rose Putnam Tales from the promised land
Third short story Payback at Murderer’s Bar—Enos and Rawley. Read more
Tales From the Promised Land sinks right into the part of a man that longs for the good old days. I'm talking about when men were just that, men, rather than what passes for a man... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sheldon Bass
5 stars for 5 great stories of the old west. I loved the touches of humor mixed in with what feels like the true story of the wild west and the characters that bring it to life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by P.S. Winn
If you like western style short stories by a great writer then you will love this book. Personally I would like to read more about Bottomless Bartlett, and would read a full length... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Laura Blanksma
This is a fabulous book of short stories. I felt like he was sitting right next to me telling me these wonderful stories. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Angie Blake
Travel back in time and experience California's Gold Rush in five short stories. Entertaining, vivid and engaging characters. A great chapter in America's history.Published on March 20, 2014 by Kim Brooks
These are great little stores that transport you back in time to the Old West. Everything about them seems authentic. I enjoyed them very much.Published on December 22, 2013 by Jbee
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