From The Shadows Of Mount Pisgah

Cripple Creek Mining District - #3

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Right along with the realization that the gold is now showing up just about anywhere a fella takes the notion to stomp the business end of a shovel into a pile of dirt, comes an influx of hopeful miners and their families.


The town of Fremont expands to overflowing and Cripple Creek Township becomes a reality right along with such other mining towns and settlements as: Victor, Gillette, Grassy, Midway, Stratton, Ironclad, and a whole passel of others. Myers Avenue quickly becomes overrun with saloons, dancehalls, brothels, one-girl cribs, and darned near any other unsavory type of enterprise that will make an unscrupulous man or woman, who is less-apt to stomp their own shovel into the ground, prey on the miners who are willing to work themselves to a frazzle in hopes of fulfilling their dreams and finally striking it rich.


One gent who is of a mind to take the easy way, is the not-so-illustrious Reverend Alexander Stapleton. The Reverend, who it turns out is not a Reverend at all, is in actuality a con man of the most heartless sort. He is, in fact, heartless to the point of not only being a wifebeater, but a ruthless murderer as well.


After Stapleton brutally murders his common law wife, Selma, Stapleton disappears from the valley. Despite a dogged effort of Chad’s part, he loses track of Stapleton, but refuses to allow the remembrances of what the man has done, fade from his memory.


As the years pass, and the town of Cripple Creek sinks ever farther into the blazing pit of hell-fire and damnation, the Lord finally decides to take a hand in it. In the space of only four days, the town twice catches fire and is purged...much in the same fashion that he used to take care of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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A Few Reader Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars: Book 3 of the Cripple Creek Gold rush series is well worth reading

By Roger L Thomas on Jan 20, 2014

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I just finished reading From the Shadows of Mount Pisgah, the third novel in the Cripple Creek mining district trilogy. Mr. Rogers picked up on the lives of the main characters, Pastor Chad and his wife Jennifer, and carried them through another well-written Western adventure, with a background of the actual events and people of the Cripple Creek gold rush of the 1890s. I will contend that historical fiction may be the best way to learn about the flavor of any historical era, and this book was no exception. Although setting the scene slowed down the pace of the novel in the early going, it ended with some classic Western action. Once you read it, I’m sure you will agree that Pastor Chad is one unique man of God! I enjoyed the book, and the two that preceded it (books I also highly recommend). I’m only sorry that the story ends after three books. Or will it? There are several possible story lines that occur to me, so, if Mr. Rogers is amenable, maybe we might someday see another book in this series!

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5.0 out of 5 stars: More to come?

By S.B. on Dec 17, 2014

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The author seems to promise a future story involving Pastor Chad Blackman a character I first met in the Arkansas Valley series. Following this young man and his adventures has given me a few hours of reading pleasure. The writer does well with historic fiction. There is quite a bit of action some may not care to read but I feel his books are enjoyable for both male and female readers. There is just a bit of Biblical teaching in each book. I again give 5 stars to r. William Rogers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: wonderful

By Linda A. on April 19, 2013

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I am almost finished with the Cripple Creek series of r. William Rogers and love them. I guess this author has a new fan. I can't get enough of his writings. LOVE THEM!!! If you like old time westerns, please don't hesitate to try one of his books! The Arkansas Valley series was very enjoyable too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: Great story!

By W.C. A. on Aug 29, 2013

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As with the previous two books in the Cripple Creek series, this one has a great story line, well-developed characters and a wholesome, Christ-centered worldview. How refreshing it is to read a story about the old west without gratuitous profanity and sexual situations! Can't wait for #4!

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5.0 out of 5 stars: Holds your interest and makes you want more of the story!

By Gail Hand on March 24, 2013

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Enjoyed the story as well as the historical facts. Characters from the Arkansas Valley Series along with others provided an interesting read.

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4.0 out of 5 stars: The end of an era.

By Dixie cowling on Oct 22, 2014

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Last book in this series. I have a feeling I'm going to need to read the next one to find out where they settled when the gold was gone.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: Cripple Creek Mining District

By Satisfied customer on Feb 21, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Excellent series about early Americe (1800'sp) life in the West. Worth reading,.

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