• by Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by Charles Leggett
  • 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During one monumental month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, rebellion erupts throughout Europe, and an eager English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles plunges into love with the strong-minded New York actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs - journalist, daguerrotypist, mischief maker, stargazer.As they set out on a wild, extraordinary transcontinental race west, lured by the prospect of easy wealth and new beginnings, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.


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I'm surprised we haven't heard more about this book. It's chock full of interesting characters doing interesting things at one of our country's most interesting time periods. It's really an epic novel and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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- Julie


Great, detailed, well written historical fiction. Loved it.
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- Mark D. James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.