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From the author's webpage:A dazzling saga crammed with history, scenes that linger, action that sets the pulse racing, and the glamour of films and fashions.In the tradition of her tempestuous novels The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter and Stars of Fire, Mary Ellen Dennis's spellbinding new saga encompasses the Cripple Creek Gold Rush, the union rebellions of Mother Jones,From the author's webpage:A dazzling saga crammed with history, scenes that linger, action that sets the pulse racing, and the glamour of films and fashions.In the tradition of her tempestuous novels The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter and Stars of Fire, Mary Ellen Dennis's spellbinding new saga encompasses the Cripple Creek Gold Rush, the union rebellions of Mother Jones, and the birth of silent movies.Fool's Gold Smith, born in the "cribs" of a mining town, raised in an elite parlor house, idolized as silent-film heroine "Flower Smith," is the central figure in this precisely detailed chronicle. Equally memorable is John "Cat" McDonald, an outlaw's offspring, a rodeo star, and silent-film hero "John Chinook." Then there is Kate Lytton, wealthy, pampered granddaughter of a Denver entrepreneur, who becomes embroiled in the 1913 Ludlow coal strike. Their interwoven stories make for a compelling novel, rich with a vibrant sense of time and place.From life on cattle ranches to the drawing rooms of the wealthy, from the bedrooms of bawdy houses to the wooden platforms of the Ludlow Tent Colony, Dennis paints not only rooms but intimate portraits of the husbands, wives, sons and daughters who walked their space. From parlor girl, pauper and prospector, to patriarch, plutocrat and profligate, the characters are very much alive. Filled with the essences of its setting, blending love, hate, passion, greed, self-sacrifice, human frailty and strength, Heaven's Thunder is an authentic tapestry of its time.
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3.5/5.0I've learned even well written "sagas" need more than one book to do them justice.For a complete review visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard cover or on-line at: affairedecoeur/ - June 2011 issue.
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of the long-awaited Colorado saga HEAVEN'S THUNDER by Mary Ellen Dennis.Mary Ellen has done her homework and then some. Startingwith page one, the historical details and galloping pace are riveting. From the Cripple Creek mining days to the birth of the motion picture, it's a captivating ride. Did I mention the spellbinding story of gorgeous, wittyFool's Gold Smith, born in the "cribs," raised in an elite parlour house for gentlemen, and finding her star rising [...]
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