Gold Under Ice (The Vigilante Quartet Book 3)

Gold Under Ice (The Vigilante Quartet Book 3)

Gold Under Ice (The Vigilante Quartet Book 3)

Money. Greenbacks vs. gold. Set in the Montana Territory and New york city at the time of the Civil War, Gold Under Ice is a sweeping story of family commitment, civil discord, the magnetic pull of the frontier and one man, Dan Stark, caught in the middle. This follow up to Carol Buchanan’s award-winning “God’s Thunderbolt” is an elegantly written, sweeping historical drama.

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3 thoughts on “Gold Under Ice (The Vigilante Quartet Book 3)

  1. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    An enjoyable addiction to the Carol Buchanan franchise of books., October 27, 2010
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    Montana Marty (Kalispell, Montana) –

    This review is from: Gold Under Ice (Paperback)
    Ms. Buchanan has written the second novel (Gold under Ice) in her signature franchise of historical novels. Her first novel in the series was “God’s Thunderbolt”. In this award winning story she introduces the reader to the history of the early Montana gold mining in Alder Gulch; and, the nightmare of the absence of law. She writes with a prose that incorporates the hard dirty life in the edge of civilization of 1863 Montana during the civil war and the gold rush. Vigilante! Vigilante is a hard violent word. It invokes a negative visceral reaction. And yet; the time and location can place an unexpected decidedly different perspective on it. The first book in Ms. Buchanan’s franchise succeeds in informing the reader about the roots and unfair historical initial reaction to that word.

    “Gold Under Ice” is the second novel in the series. It is complete unto itself. While the reader can start with this book, I believe it will enhance the experience to read “God’s Thunderbolt” first. This book picks up where the last ended. It is a journey of redemption. The character and lives of the principle people introduced in the first book are brought to the forefront. Motives and self reflection of the characters are explored. Conflict and resolution confronted. Clearly leaving the reader with an affection for the characters and their future. Not hard to imagine another sequel in the franchise to look forward to.

    Ms. Buchanan’s love of Montana history comes to her by birth. Her desire to explore and share that history with the reader is her pleasure. Her choice to explore the Vigilante history and expose the truth behind the scourge is an eye opening exploration of crime and punishment. Her second book explores the character of the people introduced in the first, and of one in particular! The story moves along at a fast clip. Enjoy!

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  2. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Wardog likes this!, October 29, 2010
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    This review is from: Gold Under Ice (Paperback)
    I have the distinct pleasure of knowing the authoress and have watched give her all to both of her stories regarding the Vigilantes of the gold fields. With her first story “God’s Thunderbolt” I found myself hooked into the story about a man caught in trying circumstances who makes the best judgements he can according to his own moral code. In this new volume about Dan Stark, and his quest for familial redemption while making his way in the world, I found myself hooked once again. The protagonist and his situation pulled me in and didn’t let me go no matter my need for sleep. I finished it off in the wee hours of the day because I found it very difficult to pull myself away from the book so I could get some rest before I headed off to work.

    Carol’s obsessive research allowed her to bring that period of time to life in a direct and visceral way. You feel like you are walking up and down the muddy streets of the old gold towns. You feel the bone weariness of coach travel while having to remain vigilant over your belongings. I felt the thrill of the gold exchange and Dan’s all encompassing need to clear his family’s debts along with their name. Shocks abound in this tale and some threads from the previous story get tied up, while the tale itself, though extremely satisfying, left me hungering for more of the adventures and danger that the frontier held for our ancestors.

    Carol’s ability to tell a tale is well evidenced by the competition she had to beat out for her award from the Western Writer’s Association. I have read more than one of the books from that group of writer’s and all of them please the avid reader in me. Get this story and it’s companion and then prepare to have some time from you life filled with extra good writing.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Gold Under Ice is a Riveting Read, October 27, 2010
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    Heidi Thomas (Mount Vernon, WA, USA) –
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    This review is from: Gold Under Ice (Paperback)
    Gold Under Ice is Carol Buchanan’s second novel based on the Vigilantes of Montana. Descended from Montana pioneers and homesteaders, Carol is a nonfiction writer and student of Montana history who turned to historical fiction in God’s Thunderbolt, The Vigilantes of Montana, which won the 2009 Western Writers of America Spur award for Best First Novel.

    Gold Under Ice continues the story of frontier attorney Daniel Stark, who rescues a man from drowning only to learn that his autocratic grandfather sent the man to bring him back to New York with gold to pay his family’s debt. But Dan does not have enough gold to rescue the family from their financial burden. If he joins the gold traders, he could make enough to pay the debt and secure his family’s future. Or he could lose everything and be branded a traitor to the Union.

    This story grabbed me on the first page and kept my nose between its pages until I devoured the last word. It is a quality book–from the cover photo to Carol’s excellent writing. It is obviously well-researched and well-written. Carol weaves in Civil War history, how gold is traded and its parallels to gambling in an interesting and captivating way.

    Her characters are well-developed, with distinct, clear voices, and relationships are strongly drawn. Dan’s dilemma–his duty to his family back home in New York versus his new family on the frontier–catches at the reader’s heartstrings and raises the stakes for our hero. Carol builds the conflict with Dan’s strong, patriarch grandfather as well as the elements, the lawless frontier and basic survival.

    Gold Under Ice, published by Missouri Breaks Press, is an excellent read, one I highly recommend.

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