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Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush

by Steve Boggan

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This was a very interesting and entertaining read. Steve Boggan arrives from the UK to trace the history of the Gold Rush in modern day California. Not only to trace the history, but he sets out to become a prospector himself and immerse himself in the experience.
This made me want to visit the places he talked about in Northern California and Oregon. It came close to making me want to try my hand at prospecting, but I would settle for just visiting the areas.
He meets a cast of characters each and every one special people that help him on his way.
The book starts with alternating chapters from his modern day travels and adventures to a historic point of view of several prospectors who made the journey across the country themselves. By the end the stories blend almost effortlessly into one and in ultimately I feel that we learn that maybe the most important thing isn't the gold but the adventure along the way. Read it!! ( )
  hredwards | Aug 30, 2017 |
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This is a fabulous adventure of a journey to explore a modern day Gold Rush intertwined with California's famous Gold Rush of 1849. Great reading. Well written. I took my time reading this book outloud, sharing the adventure--savoring the details of familiar places. ( )
  mnchkyn | Jan 27, 2017 |
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I didn't know much about the Gold Rush going into this book, but since I love travelogues I was still excited to read this book.

It was interesting to read about the current day rules and regulations associated with panning for gold. I also enjoyed the characters Boggan met along the way. I did feel that the historical aspects he brought in dragged a bit. ( )
  Jillian_Kay | Jul 23, 2016 |
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In this book the author, Steve Boggan, chronicles his adventures in his search for Gold. Steve is a British Journalist who makes his way to America to cover a modern day gold rush. During the recession of the late 2000s a small number of Americans took to the streams and rivers of Califronia in hopes of finding a little "color" in the bottom of their gold pans.

Steve is a self-admitted neophyte when it comes to finding gold. He partners up with a number of characters along the way. These characters become his mentors and friends. The book oscillates between tales of his own adventure and tales of those that braved the original Gold Rush in the 1840s and 1850s. The interjection of his own story keeps the history from becoming dull and boring.

Throughout the course of his adventure Steve finds for himself what I'm sure every other gold seeker finds. The addiction of the hunt is strong and keeps him craving more and more regardless of the outcome.

This was a fun read for me. I enjoy tales of outdoor adventure and esoteric hobbies. This book had plenty of both. ( )
  monkeywrench | Jun 28, 2016 |
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One of the best travelogues I've read! For the adventure seeker in my fellow travelers. when you catch yourself thinking about a novel during the day, you know you're reading something good. ( )
  Karen.Helfrick | Jun 26, 2016 |
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One Thursday in 2008 the price of gold went above a thousand dollars an ounce for the first time in history. All over the world, at least in countries with gold-bearing soil, people with no experience of prospecting began shopping for shovels and pickaxes, gold pans, tents, generators and all manner of equipment they had no idea how to use. And off they went mining. In 2013, Steve Boggan followed them, packing his bags and flying to San Francisco to join the 21st century's gold rush in a quest to understand the allure of the metal - and maybe find a bit for himself, too. Meeting a selection of colourful characters, he gets a crash course in small-scale prospecting while learning about the history and economics of gold.… (more)

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