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Comstock Lode

by Louis L'Amour

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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vulturesā??they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the futu… (more)
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  jimbeal | May 16, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Not sure I'd consider this a "lost treasure", but it was an enjoyable read with a bit more depth than many of L'Amour's westerns.

The underlying plot thread of "You killed my family and I'm going to hunt you down and take revenge" has accounted for barrels of ink and forests of pulp paper, particularly in the Western genre. L'Amour softens it a bit here by having the protagonist realize, after 20 years or so, that the crusade had lost much of its urgency and that basically all he wanted was to be left alone. The appearance of a young woman from his past, and circumstances beyond his control, heated up the quest once again.

This is all set against the background of the gold and silver boom in what became Virginia City, Nevada, as the Civil War broke out. There are politics involved here, interesting insights into hardrock mineral mining of the day, sneaky villains, plucky young women, and boom-or-bust mentality.

The subplot also pads out the length quite a bit, but overall the story maintains a good pace and holds the reader's interest. There's a low-key romance and considerable derring-do as it all wraps itself up. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Aug 11, 2021 |
Outstanding. Lots of action and detail by "America's Favorite Storyteller". ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vulturesā??they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the futu

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    TREVALLION

Why was he here?
the answer was plain. He had come to find a man ... or men. He had come to kill.
Four of the men who had killed his father and mother were dead. The others still lived, unpunished for their crimes, but they would come here, lured to the honeypot of gold and silver.
They were not miners, they were wolves, and they would flock to his place.
And he would be waiting.

The trouble was, he no longer wanted to kill.
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