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"What a story! The book actually contains 'advice' for how to make a million dollars by your own efforts and perseverance. This is a must read for western-action readers."
               -Steve Riley, author of Little Ty Cooney and the Big Yosemite Race

"Fans of westerns and HBO's hit series "Deadwood" will love this book!"
               -Pat Moffett, author of Fortunate Soldier

"Move over Larry McMurtry! Brush off your prospecting tins and rush out to buy this rip-roaring tale of the Old West."
               -Brenton Butler, author of They Said It Was Murder


       From the prolific pen of author Frank W. Lewis comes a tale as rough and tumultuous as the Wild West. Drawing on extensive research to breathe life into one of the richest periods of American history, Lewis's second book in his series about the Mexican territory takes the reader along on Caleb's adventures from Santa Fé to California during the years 1835-1836.
       Brilliantly researched and beautifully written, the journey of Caleb and María through the Valley of Yellow Stone and the vast Sierra Nevada Mountains brims with adventure and a tough, gritty realism... Lewis has recreated a time and a place that resonates with authenticity, right down to the language, the customs and rituals. ... and peopled by larger-than-life characters as real as the actual men and women whose enduring spirit founded this great land.
               -New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh


       Being a history buff I truly enjoyed this book. The fact that Frank W. Lewis mingled the history of the Gold Rush with a story with elements of love, passion, and interesting characters just made it that much better. At times I almost felt as though I was watching a well made documentary on the History Channel.
       The relationships between his characters were colorful, well-written and interesting. What was perhaps one of the most refreshing elements is the fact he was not afraid to show the in depth relationship between two women that genuinely seemed to care for one another. The addition of questioning one's sexuality was something that added an element of surprise and difference in the story especially since it was about the Old West. I would recommend this book for those not afraid to embark on something different and exciting when it comes to reading novels pertaining to history.
                              -Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

       Frank W. Lewis, knows how to tell a very entertaining story. The Gold Rush: 1847-1849 is the seventh in this western historical fiction series tracking the adventures of frontiersman and entrepreneur, Caleb Landers, and his eclectic band of frontier associates.
The Gold Rush: 1847-1849, Caleb Landers, now a successful entrepreneur whose various enterprises are based out of Texas, accidentally gets in on the ground floor of the California Gold Rush in 1847.
       The Gold Rush: 1847-1849 gives an interesting picture of what it was like in the California gold fields when the first discoveries of gold were being made. He also gives us a very graphic picture of what San Francisco was like in the earliest days of the gold rush. In 1847, San Francisco, with would-be miners arriving daily, was an amazingly dangerous place filled with a growing assortment of gamblers, prostitutes and killers. Add to this mix a total lack of government and law enforcement and you have a pretty good idea of how The Gold Rush: 1847-1849 begins.
       It is important to note that Frank W. Lewis is actually a successful gold miner in real life. In
The Gold Rush: 1847-1849, Lewis shares his knowledge as to how claims were staked as well as the various methods used by the miners for locating gold during the early days of the California Gold Rush. This book is just about as close as you can get to participating in the California Gold Rush yourself.
                              -K.K. Searle - Texas History Page.


       The continuing saga of Caleb Landers and company takes place in old California during the early days of the Gold Rush. This book is peopled with characters of all stripe - hucksters, shucksters, con men (and women), gamblers, pistoleers of both genders, prostitutes, and settlers of varying degrees of naivete. For those who like their westerns steamy and full of action of all sorts, this book is for you.

                               -David L. Poremba, Windemere, FL


     Journey to a time when the quest for Gold burned in every breast. This successful prospector turned Author, has a way of "spewing forth" from experiences and knowledge 'absorbed' from the shifting sands to towering peaks of Nevada. No smooth rounded rocks on this journey!
                              -Alan H. Minster

Bents Fort to Galveston 1837

Small Press Bookwatch: February 2012
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
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The Fiction Shelf
All Across Texas
Frank W. Lewis

Survival was a day to day struggle in the time of the Texas Republic. All Across Texas: Bents Fort to Galveston 1837 is a novel of the era, as Frank Lewis tells of Caleb Landers, a man who is wanted in the United States and is fleeing the Mexican army. Struggling to get by, he joins the Texas Republic in revolution against Mexico, working with American Indians and finding much to make him regret his decision. All Across Texas is a fine pick for those seeking a riveting work of historical fiction.