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A "riveting...sweeping epic" of one man driven by gold fever, by the number one New York Times best-selling author of North and South. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

At the height of California's Gold Rush, men left everything behind for the chance at striking it rich. Now, some 30 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.

©1989 John Jakes (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Mulfred
  • 2020-06-23

Great story of CA history.

John Jakes wrote an interesting novel based on real events with a fictional lead character. I read the book about 5 years ago and when I listened to Shawn Compton's narration the characters came to life. Fantastic narration along with a well written story. If you want to learn about history this is the way to do it!

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  • Thomas
  • 2020-04-27

A Well Crafted Tale

An amazing fictional account of the developmental years of California.
John Jake's spins a fictional but all too true story. Masterful character creation, and genius weaving of true love characters and events
A MUST LISTEN

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  • Susan
  • 2020-04-04

BORING

After waiting two days for a successful download it was not worth the wait. Boring reader, boring story, Just boring.

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  • stellarmail
  • 2021-12-18

entertaining

great story. lively characters and wonderful plot. it is a must read for sure. get it

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  • Barbara
  • 2021-02-12

Too Long, Too Many Cameos

it was a struggle to finish reading. I had to rely on the audio to plow through to the end; however, it was annoying that the narrator mispronounced many words particularly place names. To me, it was also annoying that the protagonist crossed path with every notable Californian of this era.