Book Review-Hangtown Creek-John Rose Putnam | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Hangtown Creek-John Rose Putnam

Monday, May 16, 2022

There are a couple of unrelated people who come together. Two really bad men are after a women who has fortunately escaped with the help of two men who are heading for the gold mines. A young boy loses his two brothers after they also lost their home. He actually saw who the killers were-bit his Dad wants him to stay out of it. When his 2nd brother is killed his Dad takes to drinking very heavily. The boy really tries to take care of him. With the help of a card sharp he is able to get a job in the saloon. When his Dad ultimately dies--he is again helped by the card sharp and lands a jpb with the two men who saved the woman.

There is a lot going on and at the end there is a very happy ending! (But not for the bad guys!!)

About the Book: (from Amazon)

The majestic landscapes of Brett Harte's California unite with Larry McMurtry's epic old west realism in an explosion of love, lust, murder and betrayal that comes to a powerful climax along a beautiful stream, home to the largest strike in the mines, where a burning barn ignites the passion of a gold rush boomtown and, in one dark night of revenge, earns that stream the name it bears to this day—HANGTOWN CREEK.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there and often gives a talk on the California gold rush to the gang at the Freight and Salvage.

He spent a lot of time digging into that gold rush too and many of his stories take place back then. John's characters are so real they'll jump right off the page and talk to you; his villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end.

He's working up quite a reputation for his knowledge of that era too. His blog, My Gold Rush Tales, attracted the interest of some TV folks and he appeared in a segment for the Travel Channel about Henry Meiggs, the man who built San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf.

While his first novel, Hangtown Creek, a story of adventure, romance, and coming of age in the early days of the gold rush, was published in 2011, his brand new book, Into the Face of the Devil, moves between Hangtown and the sawmill where James Marshall first found gold, and pits a young man in love for the first time against a killer so evil he could pass for Satan.

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