Monday, May 23, 2016

Hangtown Creek - A Tale of the #California Gold Rush - First Paragraph / First Chapter / Tuesday Intros and #TeaserTuesday

    In this epic saga, John Rose Putnam paints a real and gritty picture of life in the Gold Rush era through the stories of each of his characters. A red-haired woman, her husband and son dead from cholera; two army veterans; a widowed man and three sons; three ruthless killers - all of them heading for California. Their quests make for a gripping tale.
    My reading tastes are eclectic, and a good book will keep me up late at night, reading when I should be asleep. That was definitely the case with Hangtown Creek. Putnam drew me into the world of gold panning, saloons, traveling by horseback, and much more with his excellent storytelling, filled with memorable characters, vivid description, and historical detail. I'll be reading more books by this talented author.   

Genre: Historical Fiction / Western
Length: 288 Pages
Amazon Link: Hangtown Creek
Author Website: John Rose Putnam

First Paragraph:
Fall 1846
    The earth, rutted deep from hundreds of wheels, churned raw by thousands of hooves, bore witness to the recent passing of a large immigrant party - all save one battered wagon that sat alone and untended, a loose pot clanking in the cold north wind. Here the trail followed the Truckee River, strangled by a long, dry summer into a trickle of shallow pools, and looking as pitiable as the forlorn wagon.
[Read the rest of Chapter One on John Putnam's website: HERE]

Teaser from 13% on my Kindle:
    All week she had watched them as they mined along the creek. The older one, gray showing in his hair and beard, reminded her of her father, but it was the other one, the tall one with the broad shoulders, who had brought her hope, the same slim hope she carried week after week.

Synopsis:
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.


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn of Books and A Beat. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you're reading. No spoilers, please!

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you're reading or thinking about reading soon.



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25 comments:

Margot said...

I also like stories with great characters. I'd give this one a try.

Jacqueline Gum said...

Sounds very intriguing and if it kept you up at night, well that's really something:)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm glad you are enjoying this one but, don't think it's for me.

JoAnn said...

The great characters and setting make this sound very appealing. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but would give this a chance. Hope you enjoy it.

Beth F said...

I like the setting and time period, so I might give this a chance.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The era is one I've always been drawn to...back in the day, we called this kind of story a "Western." The author has vividly described the settings, making me feel as though I'm there.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Literary Feline said...

Growing up, the Gold Rush was a huge part of my California history lessons, but I haven't really gotten into reading much fiction set in and around it. This sounds quite intriguing!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I enjoy epics set in historical times--I'll have to take a further look at this one.

grammajudyb said...

I like historical fiction. Especially stories set in the West. I would definitely read this one. Thanks for sharing!

Paulita said...

It's definitely a good sign that this book kept you awake to keep reading. Here's Mine

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

There's something about this time period and the teaser that has my imagination running wild with where this one is going. I saw another blog is reading this book, too. I say, keep reading. I think there's going to be plenty of grit here.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoy books set in the "Old West," especially when the author includes good description of the landscape. I'm a fan of Larry McMurtry and Tony Hillerman... and now, John Putnam too.

Debbie Rodgers said...

"A Tale of the California Gold Rush" is not something I would normally pick up, but I love a good family saga so I may give this a try.

Donna H said...

I don't usually read books set during that time period, but it does sound good. Girl Who Reads

Alice Audrey said...

That's a pretty ominous name for the river.

Great teaser. Mine is here: http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=13600

Heather Fineisen said...

It sounds like there is a lot t pull you into this book! Happy Reading!

Laura Thomas said...

I'm in the mood for another epic saga and this sounds great. Such a wonderful cover for the book too. I too often stay up way past my bedtime while reading, but even though I'm dragging at work the next day, it's always worth it:)

My TT from Sister Dear

Yvonne said...

Not my usual genre but both the cover and intro intrigued me.

Catherine said...

Sounds good, I should read more westerns!

sjhigbee said...

It was an extraordinary time and the goldrush was an extraordinary event. The teasers definitely gave a real sense of the upheaval and chaos it caused. Thank you for sharing and have a great reading week:)

Kym Thorpe said...

This looks like a great book! I love historical fiction, and the gold rush is a great time period and setting. Thanks for visiting my teaser this week!

Eustacia Tan said...

Interesting! I'm not normally a historical fiction fan, but this sounds good!

Nise' said...

Sounds like it would make a great movie too.

sherry fundin said...

This sounds fascinating. Do you watch the Gold shows on TV? I love them and marvel at the lengths they go to and the risks they take searching for their pot at the end of the rainbow. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

This is such an interesting era and setting for a novel. I don't think that I have read anything about the gold rush. I am sure this one is fast paced and full of western dialect! <3