Secrets of the Gold
by Baer Charlton
November 7 - December 2, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
A young girl running from an abusive foster home kidnaps the older biker with a mystery for a past.
Leaving the mining town in Colorado and crossing state lines, anything can happen.
What neither is looking for or expecting is friendship.
But in the cold of the desert night, life lessons can go both ways—even if they are not about a million dollars in gold.
Growing up is hard enough, even without the shooting.
Praise for Secrets of the Gold:
"kept me spellbound"
"you will have a very hard time putting this book down!"
I enjoyed this novel. Charlton has crafted a good coming of age story. We get a realistic idea of what some young people have experienced in the foster care system.
His writing style is a bit different from what I am used to. The sentence structure and dialogue sometimes left me wondering what was being discussed. That may be partly due to so much being unknown for over half the novel. Duff is a mystery with his amnesia. We don't know why he has gold and I really did not understand his work until the information revealed near the end of the novel. With respect to Bean's character, we see a great personality development in her. Her becoming adult was so fast and complete it was almost unbelievable. And I am not sure I understand who Kaminski actually was.
The pace of the novel was methodical for the first half. It seemed like we readers were being given a detailed foundation for the action that did come about two thirds of the way in. Except for one suspenseful situation, it seemed like everything worked out for Duff and Bean, safety wise and financially. I had expected more danger, especially considering the end revelation and the stakes involved.
This is a novel for readers who like a well presented coming of age story involving both a teen and an adult and who are not looking for much danger and suspense.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Coming of Age, Female Sleuth
Published by: Mordant Media
Publication Date: March 2022
Number of Pages: 374
ISBN: 1949316203 (ISBN-13 9781949316209)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Books2Read
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As an internationally recognized Photo Journalist, he has tracked mountain gorillas, been a podium for a Barbary Ape, communicated in sign language with an Orangutan named Boolon, kissed a kangaroo, and had many other wild experiences in between. Or he was just monkeying around.
His love for sailing has led him to file assignments from various countries, as well as from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean aboard a five-mast sailing ship. Baer has spoken on five continents, plus lecturing at sea.
His copyrighted logo is “WR1T3R”. Within every person, there is a story. But inside that story, even a more memorable story. Those are the stories he likes to tell.
There is no more complex and incredible story than those coming from the human experience. Whether it is a Marine finding his way home as a civilian or a girl who's just trying to grow up, Mr. Charlton’s stories are all driven by the characters you come to think of as friends.
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