As I mentioned in another review of Wheeler's works, Seven Miles to Sundown was the first Wheeler book I had the good fortune to read. In that book I was impressed with the fluid prose and interesting plot line. In Goldfield, Wheeler develops an even better plot line, and goes deeper into developing the characters, an effort well spent. He succeeded in doing this, and thus I found myself rooting for the characters, even those who displayed the most unfavorable of attributes. I think the reason for this was because I was able to see the humanity in them, and being a human, I relate. There were no cookie cutter characters, no clear lines between black and white, just subtle humanity.
The story itself is an interesting one, and based on the peak of Goldfield Nevada's spot on the time line of history. In the words of Hannibal Dash, (a character in the book who leaves his cush job as a professor in Madison to mine), "It's the last gasp of an era." I thought that was superb line and beautifully captured what the book is about. Goldfield was and is a real town with a real history like that depicted in the book, and this fact makes the reading all the more interesting.
Goldfield Hardcover – 1 April 1995
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- ISBN-10 : 0312857020
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312857028
- Product Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.81 x 24.77 cm
- Publisher : Forge (1 April 1995)
- Language: : English
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A terrific cast of characters set in historical Goldfield NevadaReviewed in the United States on 31 October 2010
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Goldfield is an awesome read!Reviewed in the United States on 4 July 2013
This is a book i could not put down. The author made the characters come to life. I would love to see a sequel to this book. Finished it with some sorrow,--I wanted it to go on and on! RECOMMENDED!!
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Good storyReviewed in the United States on 7 May 2014
I thought this was a historically correct story but it is a somewhat historically correct fiction. I did enjoy it though