California Gold

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Signet, 2001 - Fiction - 768 pages
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The Number One New York Times bestseller is back in print. Thirty years after the Gold Rush, California continues to beckon Americans westward. James Macklin Chance, a penniless wanderer, descends from the Sierras with the dream of conquering California, like the Spanish before him, and seizing his share of its wealth, no matter the price.

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

I like the theme of the American dream and more specifically the California dream. But it was too real. Sometimes you just want to have a story with happy endings, not a theme of broken morals and loss of faith in humanity. Read full review

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User Review  - Bearcatgary - Goodreads

This was a decent book of historical fiction about California in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I was never really captivated by the book, which is why it took me several months to read. I think I ... Read full review


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John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today's most distinguished authors of historical fiction.

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