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Golden Pioneers

Cripple's Golden Pioneers

Cripple Creek Mining District - #2

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A Brief Description:

With small amounts of gold now beginning to show around Fremont, it is just a matter of time before the unsavory types will begin showing up as well. What with the town being without an official lawmen of its own, Pastor Chad Blackman agrees to fill the empty slot until a permanent sheriff can be brought in.


After a killing upsets the usually peaceful applecart around town, Chad takes the two culprits into custody to wait for the District Marshal to make his rounds.


Without a bona fide jail to hold them in, they are hog-tied and tossed into the storeroom at the back of the feed store. But they manage to effect their escape while killing the feed store owner in the process. During the escape, Chad seriously wounds one of the fleeing killers.


The duo of escaped undesirables had been in town awaiting the arrival of two of their pards who had just recently busted out of Territorial Prison down in Cañon City. After the wounded murderer dies from his wound, and with his remains having been devoured by the thousand-pound grizzly, Old Mose, the sworn revenge against the gun-toting preacher is one that quickly escalates to a feverish pitch after the kidnapping of Chad’s beloved wife, Jennifer.


With Chad himself having been critically wounded during the taking of his wife, and with her now being used as bait to draw him out, he does his best to undertake a painstaking rescue despite the severity of his injuries.


But Old Mose is still out there somewhere, and what with him having recently tasted blood, he’s by far the biggest worry for everyone concerned.

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A Few Reader Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars: A Great Read for Western Fans

By Roger L Thomas on Dec 14, 2013

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Cripple’s Golden Pioneers is the second book of the Cripple Creek Mining District series. Having read the first book, Poverty Gulch, I had to see what Pastor Chad was up to this time around. I discovered that Mr. Rogers spun another fine Western yarn. Seems that Chad, who is much more than your everyday pastor, was given some new responsibilities that brought with them new challenges and deadly peril.

I appreciated the fact that, first, this book could be read and enjoyed on its own, without having to read Book 1- Poverty Gulch- to make sense of the story. (However, I recommend that you do, anyway!) Second, since this was the second book in the series, Chad interacted with more characters, making for richer and more diverse story lines. Once again, the story was rich with accurate historical places and people. This by no means meant the novel was dry as the Western prairie. James Patterson coined the term “unputdownable.” Let me tell, ya, pardner, this here book came plumb close!


4.0 out of 5 stars: Settling Cripple Creek

By Dixie cowling on Oct 22, 2014

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Chad Blackman married and established the "Whosoever will" church. He also had to keep the peace in the settlement. Became deputy marshal. The area grew by leaps an bounds as more small towns settled .millions of dollars were made by many.


5.0 out of 5 stars: Another winner.

By akhawk on June 2, 2013

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Mr Rogers just keeps writing winner after winner. I like the way he includes the characters from the last book into the new books he writes. This book is good from beginning to end.


5.0 out of 5 stars: The birth of the gold mines.

By Deb Menzie on June 16, 2013

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Started out slow but once it got started it was an enjoyable read. The cowboy "drawl" is hard to get out of yer head if'n you'd been taken a gander at it for any mount of time.


5.0 out of 5 stars: Love the action!

By Angel Chapman on April 30, 2013

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Loved how the Grizzly kept showing up at the right time! Chad seems to always have his hands full. Really enjoyed the story and the content too!


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