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Robbing the Pillars By Kalen Vaughan Johnson Robbing the Pillars Gold Rush California s notorious Legislature of a Thousand Drinks launches a secret consortium of frontier barons triggering the collapse of independent mines throughout Sierra Nevada James MacLaren

  • Title: Robbing the Pillars
  • Author: Kalen Vaughan Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781432833008
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Robbing the Pillars By Kalen Vaughan Johnson Gold Rush California s notorious Legislature of a Thousand Drinks launches a secret consortium of frontier barons, triggering the collapse of independent mines throughout Sierra Nevada.James MacLaren, a fugitive from Scotland, embarks on a new life in California, escaping his secrets but not his hatred for the upper class He is a man always on his guard, leery of the entiGold Rush California s notorious Legislature of a Thousand Drinks launches a secret consortium of frontier barons, triggering the collapse of independent mines throughout Sierra Nevada.James MacLaren, a fugitive from Scotland, embarks on a new life in California, escaping his secrets but not his hatred for the upper class He is a man always on his guard, leery of the entitled and wary of his own temper While raising a beautiful, headstrong daughter, and denying his love for a woman he cannot have, he champions miners in their fight against the Coleridge Sierra speculators seeking to maneuver a mining industry monopoly.San Francisco s Judge Dandridge sees himself as a man of vision But when retributions fail in his courtroom, reparations are administered in the back rooms of vigilante justice His venal and mercenary machinations tie him to the powerful Sam Brannan, the Chinese Tong and a shadowy control of the governorship of California.Robbing the Pillars is a story of the working class fighting for legitimacy against a legacy of gold and all it seduces a tale of hidden pasts, love and betrayal, and the fulfillment of dreams against incredible odds.Robbing the Pillars is the first book in The Empire Barons series.
    Robbing the Pillars By Kalen Vaughan Johnson

    Robbing the Pillars Breslin Jan , Robbing the Pillars is a tale of rich and poor, and the incredible power wealth can wield in a small town It is a tale of revenge and of injustice, following the Job like odyssey of a coal miner s son, Jack Dugan, as he attempts to overcome every misfortune in his path. Robbing the Pillars by Kalen Vaughan Johnson Robbing the Pillars is a story of the working class fighting for legitimacy against a legacy of gold and all it seduces a tale of hidden pasts, love and betrayal, and the fulfillment of dreams against incredible odds Robbing the Pillars is the first book in The Empire Barons series . Robbing The Pillars The Empire Barons Johnson, Kalen Feb , ROBBING THE PILLARS walks us hand in hand with generations of men and women hoping to leave behind lives tainted by injustice and despair They settle the Sierra Nevada Range in the s, enticed by dreams of gold These are times of struggle. Pillar Robbing Definition of Pillar Robbing by Merriam Definition of pillar robbing the mining and removal of pillars after the main coal or ore body has been removed called also pillar drawing. Robbing the Pillars TINY SEED LITERARY JOURNAL May , Michael Garrigan, a Tiny Seed Journal contributor, recently published his first full length poetry collection, Robbing the Pillars Description The headwaters of Robbing the Pillars begin deep in the anthracite country of Pennsylvania and wind their way through mountain tributaries before reaching the Susquehanna River These poems venture out west through smeared Nebraskan skies, up wild Robbing the Pillars by Mike Breslin Nov , Robbing the Pillars book Read reviews from world s largest community for readers From the moment I spotted him I stood at the porch railing rigid as Robbing the Pillars Frugal, Poor, or Sustainable in Sep , They called it robbing the pillars The act required a kind of recklessness that was a mix of fearlessness and foolish and bravery It surely has a great name As a result of all this mining, robbing, depleting sometimes whole cars would disappear when roads above the mines caved in. Robbing Pillars by Sheryl Monks Rkvry Quarterly Today they are coming back up the middle, robbing all the pillars Number Six will chase them tunnel by tunnel as they pull timbers and wait for the roof to collapse one room at a time so they can mine the fall That s money standing there, supporting the roof, and the company wants every square inch. Coal Region History Chronicles Robbing Pillars A Very Nov , Suddenly Cut off From Escape by A ninety Foot chasm Were Robbing the Pillars Shamokin, Pa Sept For eight hours sixteen men were imprisoned in an old chamber in the Hickory Ridge coal mine, not knowing what second they would be crushed to death. MICHAEL GARRIGAN Hello In the early coal mines of Pennsylvania, miners crawled into the deepest parts of the mines, set dynamite, and blew joists holding up walls in hopes of getting the last valuable rock before the mountain collapsed robbing the pillars The poems in Robbing the Pillars are the dynamite, the pillars, the rock, the mountain, and the miners They embrace terrains familiar and forgotten those which have been

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    1. Dee Arr on said:

      I found Robbing the Pillars to be an entrancing read Here s why, without spoilers The author s writing is unhurried and to the point, choosing clear descriptions over a flowery tone This is evidenced by the following passage describing the periodic flooding the farmers endured Spring rains and melting snows from the nearby Sierra Nevada hurtled violent quantities of water down the mountainside, saturating the valley below Once the valley floor consumed it fill, ponding and spreading, it began it [...]

    2. Debbie Fox on said:

      This book reminds me of why I love historical fiction Kalen Vaughan Johnson artistically illustrates life in California and Nevada City during the mid 1800s informing the reader about the nuances of gold mining, land grants and early statehood in the Wild West while introducing us to substantial characters involved in timeless struggles with power, politics, morality and friendship Finishing the book was bittersweet as I didn t want to say goodbye to these families and can only hope it will not [...]

    3. Cindy on said:

      Robbing the Pillars by Kalen Vaughan Johnson is an excellent must read The Gold Rush years are so detailed, and her accuracy of detail lends the reader a great history lesson all wrapped up in characters that will captivate you The story does not end in this 1st novel I am looking forward to action packed turns and twists as the characters past and future unfolds Thanks for a great read, Kalen

    4. Chanticleer EditorialBook Reviews on said:

      When James MacLaren flees his native Scotland, he leaves a body behind but not his hatred of the upper class In England, he meets and weds Emma, but will the skeletons in their shared past remain silent Robbing the Pillars crosses the Atlantic and lands in Nevada City, California at the beginning of the Gold Rush, amidst the discovery of seemingly endless supplies of the precious mineral James and Emma, now with their young daughter Charlotte, come out to California by wagon train accompanied by [...]

    5. Dede Massaro Gruenberg on said:

      This is a MUST if you love historical fiction Great summer or anytime read

    6. Susan Bissell on said:

      If you are looking for a wonderful and descriptive book to read you have found it here in Robbing the Pillars if you don t mind waiting for the other books to come out later This is the first book in this well written elaborate and fascinating saga that is rich in history and in true facts of the California Gold Rush The main character, James MacLaren who has left Scotland to save his life or face prison goes to America to start a new life While keeping his secret James starts his new life in Am [...]

    7. L. Eira on said:

      Author Kalen V Johnson takes us on an adventure as she recounts the tale of an immigrant family who came to America to find a better life The historical background is superbly described leaving the reader to truly feel the hardships of this nineteenth century family as well as their well deserved triumphs The story is engaging and enlightening and very much worth the read.

    8. Robert on said:

      Loved it Nicely written way to learn history wrapped in a good story Waiting anxiously for the next installment.

    9. Matt on said:

      Robbing the Pillars was an excellent read I enjoy historical fiction but it is not the primary genre I m drawn to Even so this book was informative without being dry, the characters were interesting and well written, and the story left me eagerly awaiting the next book in the series Between secrets kept by a close group of companions, rival cities trying to prosper at each other s expense, the business and political maneuvering of the Coleridge Sierra mining company, and the abuse of social stat [...]

    10. Tammy on said:

      A cozy historical fiction that takes place shortly after the California gold rush years I enjoyed how it showed the interplay between the lives of farmers, merchants and miners I look forward to reading the next book in this new series I would like to thank and Karen Vaughan Johnson for this free autographed book, I enjoyed reading it and will look forward to rereading it in the future.

    11. Bob Lafary on said:

      I like this book very much I like the author, Kalen Vaughan Johnson, even Her photograph on the inside of the back cover page shows that she is a very lovely lady Therefor, she must have written a very beautiful book I liked it, but I didn t love it Three stars for me It is book number one in a new series by Kalen called The Empire Barons I don t know it just seemed to me to bog down in too many parts Too much detail in too many meetings of these new empire barons to be I can t decide if I shal [...]

    12. Gary Johnson on said:

      Author Kalen Vaughan Johnson has crafted a wonderful novel that combines her extensive knowledge of a historic time period in the mid 19th century America with her gift for delivering characters that we come to both love and despise This emotional roller coaster of fictional life is also eerily reminiscent of personality traits we see exhibited in our world in present day Clearly a reminder that history is want to repeat itself.James MacLaren is a man that I would dearly love to call my friend W [...]

    13. John Kelley on said:

      A Promising Start to an Epic Tale Robbing the Pillars, the first installment of a new series set in the California Gold Rush, explores a lot of territory, from family relationships to political intrigue to historical primer Fortunately, author Kalen Johnson is up to the task, breathing life into the wide cast of characters which occupy her world, giving them both honorable drives and all too real foibles Headstrong James MacLaren occupies the moral center of the story, having weathered a series [...]

    14. Gail Flynn on said:

      A book of exquisite humanity and breathtaking vision ROBBING THE PILLARS walks us hand in hand with generations of men and women hoping to leave behind lives tainted by injustice and despair They settle the Sierra Nevada Range in the 1850s, enticed by dreams of gold These are times of struggle These are times of hope, when sailors abandon ships to strike out on their own with pick axes and mules to battle rock and grime, determined to find their fortunes in gold veins deep in the earth.Kalen Vau [...]

    15. Shayna on said:

      I really love historical fiction I like to be taken to another place in time, and live it out through the characters Who doesn t like the Wild West and Gold rushes I thought there was a lot of potential in this book However, I thought the flow of the book was off the transitions were lacking You felt like you were jumping around in the story a bit, which made it hard to follow the timeline The story opens up with a mining collapse and then jumps back in time with the rest of the story leading up [...]

    16. Kelly Bryson on said:

      My new favorite book This story will captivate you from the very beginning The author creates such vivid images of the setting and characters through the incredible amount of descriptive detail she offers It s very apparent a lot of research went into capturing this time period Looking forward to reading the sequel in this series Highly recommend

    17. Cyrus on said:

      Full Disclosure 1 I don t usually read historical fiction But I m glad this is the first in a series The narrative and characters of Robbing the Pillars drew me in Johnson s development of the characters is delightful I soon came to know each figure as a person, as a three dimensional individual The relationships between characters are believable, shaped by their backstories and the narrative of present events Conflicts and attachments beset the characters without veering to melodrama, and serv [...]

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