Gold Mountain Burns by Plane Williams

A Chinatown missionary must lead a group of 50 former prostitute slave girls to safety through the wrecked and burning city of 1906 San Francisco.

In 1906 San Francisco, with a population of 400,000, is California’s largest city. It’s also one of the most corrupt cities in America; The Barbary Coast section of the city is the West Coast’s adult playground. It’s known as “Sin City” and it offers every pleasure and pastime including gambling, alcohol, drugs, and prostitution

A small band of church folk and other do-gooders wage relentless war against the Chinese prostitute slave traders. They garner public support, they battle in the courts, and when corrupt officials refuse to help the prostitute slaves- many who are mere children, they resort to covert and daring rescues

Now, amidst one of the worst natural disasters in US history and pursued by vengeful assassins, a Chinatown missionary assisted by her nephew and several close friends must lead a group of 50 former slave girls to safety through the wrecked and burning city. It's three days of terror, tragedy, and triumph- when
Gold Mountain Burns.

(Book Two of the Gold Mountain Series)

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted May 3, 2010
  • Last updated May 3, 2010
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  • ccb1's avatar
    ccb1 wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Backed Gold Mountain Burns! Great historical read. Question: To keep with the language and time period the book is set in, would Samuel be referred to as African-American. I think that is a moderan day term?
    CC Brown
    Dark Side

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    Andy M. Potter [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Plane, great pace out of the blocks. you start us off with an engaging action scene and keep us hooked with clean, direct prose.
    on my shelf.
    here's a minor thought re "chapter packaging" - maybe start a new chapter where Major TR enters the novel?
    best wishes, andy

  • M. A. McRae.  's avatar
    M. A. McRae. wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    You have a great story here, but I think the narrative jumps around too much. I wonder if it could be improved by trying to stick to the same characters more. Terrific opening, instantly involving the reader. Lots of action, well written. I noticed no errors of grammar or spelling.
    Only a short sample unfortunately, but I've backed it anyway. This one has real potential.

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  • JD Revene's avatar
    JD Revene wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Fast moving with constant tension and interesting setting. Good stuff. Only quibble was at the beginning of the fight, where the two tong draw long knives that become hatchets. Otherwise nothing to comment on. Backed.

  • Ron Mitchell's avatar
    Ron Mitchell wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    I've had this book on my bookshelf for awhile while I read your book. I was taken by the storyline, the characters, and the development of the plot.
    -author of December Gold (a Christian historical fiction novel)

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    Famlavan wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Thought you short pitch was great!
    Very much liked the start I could almost feel the tension with Ben and Katherine and then I was hooked.
    I’m up to Katherine holding her bible and praying for Ben and this is a great story developing! – Good luck with this.

  • A Knight's avatar
    A Knight wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    This is an excellent premise, and the richly detailed research adds realism to your descriptions as we proceed. The dialogue is wonderfully realistic, and the pace is exceptionally balanced.

    Do watch out for commas prior to direct address "Come on[,] Lin." Other than this, brilliant work.

    Backed with pleasure.
    Abi xxx

  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 4 years, 12 months ago

    Plane, it's obvious you invested some time and research in your work. Good job. I also like the true-to-life dialogue in that first chapter.

    Backed with pleasure.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

  • Su Dan's avatar
    Su Dan wrote 5 years ago

    A GREAT story supported by great dialogue and effective narrative...
    su dan...read SEASONS...

  • zan's avatar
    zan wrote 5 years ago

    Gold Mountain Burns
    Plane Williams

    This is an impressive plot. I enjoyed what I read so far - intriguing, dramatic, fascinating. Happy to have given it a spin on my shelf and all the best in finding a publisher.

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    Plane Williams Author wrote 5 years ago
    Great suggestions, thank you. I'll certainly take a look at your work. thanks again [QUOTE] Plane, a cinematic piece if ever I saw one! A fascinating time and place, and you've set the scene so well, both with that scene and with your characters. If you don't mind a tiny observation or two... Near the beginning, you explain the game of fan-tan - very interesting, but I'd like to see you weave it in a little more, rather than a ...
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    DP Walker [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    Hi Plane
    A great beginning - loads of action and pace. I was dying to find out how things turned out for Ben. You have believable characters within an imaginiative and thrilling plot - a great mix
    DP Walker
    Five Dares

  • Kaychristina's avatar
    Kaychristina wrote 5 years ago
    Plane, a cinematic piece if ever I saw one! A fascinating time and place, and you've set the scene so well, both with that scene and with your characters. If you don't mind a tiny observation or two... Near the beginning, you explain the game of fan-tan - very interesting, but I'd like to see you weave it in a little more, rather than a kind of info-dump. Maybe as Katherine listens, so we see that game with her. It's ...
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  • wespollet's avatar
    wespollet wrote 5 years ago

    Hi Plane, A Sad time and yet a good time for the missionary work. Did anyone pay the ransom? Did Ben survive the terrible beating? An intriguing novel. I like i t and I BACK the book. Harold Alvin(ICON)Wesley

  • eloraine's avatar
    eloraine wrote 5 years ago

    I loved this, backed with pleasure. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

  • mvw888's avatar
    mvw888 wrote 5 years ago
    A very intriguing and original story. You do a fabulous job of beginning right in the thick of things, with a rescue scene where we have little choice but to come along for the ride. This has a great pace, almost like a thriller, and I think your short inserts of background information work well. You have some slight punctuation issues, especially when you're dealing with dialogue. Of course, some of this can be dismissed as stylistic choices but you ...
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    wvjazz56 [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is truly a wonderful MS. I would buy this if I found it in a bookstore. I have no doubt that will be soon. Backed with pleasure. J.B. Reed - Deadly Shamrocks

  • writingwildly's avatar
    writingwildly wrote 5 years ago

    This is terrific. Your writing is compelling and your characters accessible. I'm dying to know what happened to Ben!
    backed
    Genevieve

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    Winney wrote 5 years ago

    This was really exciting. The description is rich, the story takes off immediately, the peril and the rescues, all real and all needed. You've got some great heroes here, and a gripping and mind- holding story. Thanks for the read and good luck!