God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana

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Publisher’s Weekly: “...an excellent western with an intense moral gravity.” Amazon Vine Review: “...history is brought alive with fine description and sensory detail.” Roundup Magazine: “...the finest novel of the vigilante era ever written. ... haunting and searing.” Ruffians rule and murder is tolerated in the Alder Gulch gold fields during the winter of 1863-1864. Daniel Stark, lawyer and abolitionist, fears he will not survive to take his gold home to New York and redeem his family from the disgrace of his father's embezzlement and suicide. When a friend is murdered, Dan prosecutes the suspect, whose five lawyers are Confederates. When the trial reveals a widespread criminal conspiracy, Dan joins Union and Confederate sympathizers united in a determination to establish law and order where there is no code of law nor reliable law enforcement. Going against everything in his training and personal beliefs, Dan helps to form a Vigilance Committee and serve as its prosecutor. Then he faces the horrible prospect of hanging the husband of the woman he loves. Winner of the 2009 Spur Award for best first novel. Book 1 of The Montana Vigilante Series by Carol Buchanan.

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With great storytelling backed by solid research, Buchanan writes with precision and flair, creating vivid characters and memorable scenes. You'll love this novel. - Marshall Cook, author, the Monona Quinn mystery series
 
Ms. Buchanan has not only captured the events of the Vigilantes, but the spirit as well. I was hooked from the first page by a captivating writing style. This book will appeal to the western rancher as well as the New York literary circle. - Sam Morton, author, Where the Rivers Run North

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Descended from Montana pioneers and homesteaders, Carol Buchanan is a long-time student of Montana history who turns to historical fiction in God's Thunderbolt, The Vigilantes of  Montana. The novel was inspired by a trip to Virginia City, MT, when she stood in the Hangman's Building and heard the ropes creak. A long time nonfiction writer, Dr. Buchanan has also published books on horticulture and horticultural history. Wordsworth's Gardens (2002, Texas Tech University Press) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards for 2002, and the subject of a slide presentation and talk at the Smithsonian Institution.

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