Salmon River Kid by Joseph Dorris

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"This well-written story offers a rich, authentic portrayal of the Old West...Readers will not only appreciate the escapades of Samuel in this immensely entertaining novel but they’ll have new respect for the hardy souls who were determined to survive in a harsh land despite all odds."
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it is 1872 in Idaho Territory and fifteen-year old Samuel Chambers and his father struggle to survive a brutal winter along the Salmon River. While
awaiting spring to cross the snowfields into Warren’s camp and return to their gold strike, Samuel ranches at Slate Creek and falls in love. There is one
problem: Samuel cannot marry unless he and his father return to Warren’s and prove up their claim.







When father and son finally reach Warren’s, they discover their claim has been jumped. With all hopes of earning a fortune seemingly dashed, Samuel
wrestles with his desire for revenge and his drive to find gold. He reunites with his Chinese friend, Chen, and peddles merchandise in order to survive. He
is also conflicted by a dancehall lady’s renewed interest and his love for the ranch-hand girl. With their last hope, father and son turn to hardrock
mining to get the gold they need. But it is when Samuel attempts to pack gold out of the camp under the watchful eyes of road agents that Samuel
unwittingly puts everyone’s lives in jeopardy. Now only time will tell if everything is lost.







In this continuing saga based on the history of an Idaho gold camp, a young man embarks on a dangerous coming-of-age journey that reveals an unforgettable
glimpse into life in 1870s Salmon River country.

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Published March 10, 2014 by iUniverse. 380 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jan 19 2015

"This well-written story offers a rich, authentic portrayal of the Old West...Readers will not only appreciate the escapades of Samuel in this immensely entertaining novel but they’ll have new respect for the hardy souls who were determined to survive in a harsh land despite all odds."

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