California Gold: A Novel

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Open Road Media, Jul 10, 2012 - Fiction - 762 pages
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A “riveting . . . sweeping epic” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) of one man driven by gold fever, by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of North and South.
At the height of California’s Gold Rush, men left everything behind for the chance at striking it rich. Now, some thirty years after its peak, gold fever still entices adventurous Easterners like James Macklin Chance, a poor Pennsylvanian who is drawn to California by the dream of lasting wealth—a dream so powerful he’ll stop at nothing to see it through. Along the way he’ll encounter grand passion, ruthless enemies, and larger-than-life titans like Leland Stanford, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Randolph Hearst, who helped shape a country’s destiny.
“The best historical novelist of our time” (Patricia Cornwell) once again spins a sweeping tale of power and passion, as he did so masterfully in the Crown Family Saga, the Kent Family Chronicles, and the North and South trilogy.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

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James Macklin Chance, eager to fulfill his father’s dream of California Gold, sets off from Pennsylvania traveling across the country to pursue his own ambitious dreams of making it rich in California ... Read full review

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California Gold begins thirty years after the Gold Rush as James Macklin (Mack) Chance leaves the Pennsylvania mining town where he grew up and heads for The Golden State to make his fortune. After ... Read full review


California Dreams
A Thirsty Man 18861887
Chapter 1
El Dorado 1921
Roughnecks 18891895
Ruins 19061908
Chapter 24
A Biography of John Jakes

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John Jakes (b. 1932), the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.   

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