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Bound for Gold

(Peter Fallon #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  51 reviews

Rare-book dealer Peter Fallon returns in a thrilling historical novel about the California Gold Rush, by New York Times bestselling author William Martin

Bound for Gold continues New York Times bestselling author William Martin’s epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. They are h

Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Forge Books
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Steven Z.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
William Martin remains one of the most accomplished purveyors of historical fiction today. In his new novel, BOUND FOR GOLD, the sixth in his Peter Fallon series, the Boston book dealer and his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington become caught up in the search for a lost journal that will transport them to the mid-nineteenth century California gold rush. Employing his traditional approach of alternating historical information from a specific period with the present Martin has written an engrossing ...more
Joseph Finder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BOUND FOR GOLD is the kind of epic saga readers can get lost in. Martin's series character, Peter Fallon, is still at the top of his game, but the book's real fun is in its history of old California.
Sharon Richards
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Bound for Gold by William Martin, and what a terrific reading experience. Part historical fiction and part modern day mystery, it spans 170 years from the discovery of gold at Sutter's fort to a modern day search for a lost manuscript. Rare book appraiser Peter Fallon is retained to locate and authenticate a seven part journal that belonged to the last surviving member of a prominent San Francisco family. The journal was written by James Spencer who left Boston for California in 18 ...more
Diane Sundstrom
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
William Martin returns with another enjoyable historical adventure—this time in San Francisco and the gold mining towns of Northern California. Martin's impeccable research shines in both a Gold Rush timeline and in a contemporary one. While it's nostalgic for those of us familiar with Martin's work to indulge in this anticipated Peter Fallon/Evangeline Carrington escapade, Bound for Gold stands on its own and would make an excellent entry point into his work. As with all of Martin's novels, Bou ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of William Martin's books in the past and after finishing this one I plan to go back and read some more.

A wonderfully written historical fiction of the California Gold Rush era, the men and women who gambled all for the elusive pull of easy wealth in a territory that was anything but easy. The past and the present co-mingle as rare book dealer, Peter Fallon journeys back to that time via journals left by a man who lived it. One question kept going through my mind as I read t
Michael Malaghan
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bill Martin at his best. The breakdown of civilized behavior among the Boston gentlemen catching the gold fever of 1848 is evocative of Lord of the Flies. A dual story a manuscript sleuth Peter Fallon searches for an old manuscript that purportedly reveals a hidden gold vein. Fallon and conflicted girl friend dives into the seamer side of SF China town who resort to stop Fallon's search. Two historical novels wrapped together with characters you will hate or love but never don't care. ...more
Christine Lussier
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Bound for Gold, in exchange for an honest review.

Once again, William Martin has started off a book that engages from the beginning. Back & forth, between the gold rush era in California to present day, the story winds around & around, until coming together full circle. I enjoyed reading the latest Peter Fallon novel & look forward to the next. I would recommend this book for readers of historical fiction.
Ray Anderson
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bound For Gold is an enjoyable well-researched novel. I loved it and learned a lot. A band of entrepreneurs decide to incorporate in Boston to take advantage of the 1849 California gold rush. They have no idea how difficult their trip will be just to arrive. After sailing around Cape Horn under a brutal captain and finally reaching San Francisco, their company has disbanded. The protagonist, James Spencer, of Boston, falls in with an Irish rogue who eventually saves his life and becomes a truste ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely does a book come along that has me as emotionally involved as Bound for Gold. William Martin opens his novel with the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed much of San Francisco. James Spencer, a wealthy merchant, is desperate to get through to his office to retrieve the seven journals that document his journey from Boston as a member of the Sagamore Mining Company to search for gold to the position that he now holds.

In the present Peter Fallon, a rare books dealer from Boston, is asked
Gregory Barison
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More than once, I’ve missed my train stop because I was engrossed in a William Martin novel. By chance, I had the extra pleasure of being in San Francisco, where much of the action takes place, while reading Bound for Gold, and could stand near the buildings, the streets and the locales being described. The truth is, though, that I could have been anywhere and been totally absorbed in this terrific tale of the Gold Rush. The plot is seamlessly crafted, the characters finely drawn and the action ...more
Laura Isaeff
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book as I do all of Wm Martin’s books about the East Coast. Historical fiction is finally brought to the West about a lost Gold Rush journal and a current day chase for the lost River of Gold that the journals would reveal. A treasure hunt seems to be a theme of all Martin’s stories with Peter Fallon chasing after lost treasures and the perils he suffers to find them. As a San Francisco history buff I find the details in the story to be spot on. A few little things seemed quest ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Binge-worthy Reading -- They used to call them page-turners, but in the era of Netflix and HBO TV shows that have people watching an entire season over a long weekend, a book like Bound for Gold is one you're going to want to binge read in the same fashion. Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are back, and this time their treasure hunting takes them west. A new city to explore, a new past to dig into, and a new genre for William Martin to show his mastery in: the Western. Martin interleaves t ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author is coming to NPL on December 12th. Good read.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author for a great story with realistic characters. Mr.Martin is the king of historical fiction and this was the best yet!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book in a good reads giveaway. It is an awesome read! Two stories from different times intertwined; both of which are captivating! Definitely worth the read, even had a tear at one point.
Kim McGee
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kim McGee
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in a series where a Rare Book Collector and his girlfriend track down a set of mysterious journals and get caught up in trouble.
Think of Clive Cussler without the boats or Steve Berry and you will have some idea of who will appreciate these books. This time they are searching for some lost journals of a gold prospector in the early days of the California Gold Rush and solving the mystery could just mean finding the second Gold Rush. William Martin gives you a modern-day thriller with a s
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads. This book was awesome. I could hardly put it down. A must read.
Chad Irish
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
William Martin does it again with his latest in the thrilling Peter Fallon series. Martin’s impeccable research and masterful story telling come together to give the reader a full fledged journey into the history of the California gold rush. Like so many of Martin’s books, I couldn’t put this one down. It’s truly brilliant, and I can not recommend it enough.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bound for Gold is historical adventure that takes the reader on a sea voyage, through multiple time periods, an earthquake, and to the California Gold Rush. Thrills, suspense, non stop adventures, gold fields, San Francisco, China Town, sex slaves, told by journals from the 1850‘s California. My only criticism was some of the characters language and behavior was perhaps a little too realistic at times. William Martin has long been one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed and recommend every ...more
Matt Bryenton
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Bound for Gold and of the 6 novels starring Boston rare book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington, this was my favorite and really showed off the best of William’s writing, this is the book all of his will be compared to from here on out, it’s just that amazing!
Like all of the books in the Peter Fallon series, there’s 2 stories happening, 1 involving a treasure from history usually about 200 years ago and how it ends up to be in the present day w
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, Bill's done it again! He said I'd like it, and he was right! Lot of research went into it, and on a subject I knew little or nothing about, so it was pretty interesting. I loved Cletis the most. I'm thinking lawlessness was almost preferable to the laws they did come up with.....! As much as I'd like to talk about it, I don't want to give anything away! The big question, is there still gold in them thar hills?
Mary Beth
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Martin speak at a bookstore in Massachusetts. He talked about his research, well done, while writing this book. I have read all the others in this series and was surprised about the time period and event he chose for this book. A must read for anyone who loves reading books by this author.
Harry Keefe
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and well written story.
Joe Berman
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bill Martin has an uncanny ability to transport his readers back in time so that they feel they are really living in the historical moment. In this latest novel, he brings to life the California gold rush. A thoroughly researched page turner.
Paul Smith
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Great story and great characters. Highly recommended.
Kathleen Amirault
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner

Couldn’t put this book down. Great story within a story. Thorough descriptions re life and times during the California Gold Rush. Love able and hateful characters. Author draws you in, building suspense, twists you heart back and forth, then ends with a heartwarming, emotional climax! A wonderful book. It is no surprise that Bill Martin is the author!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of those books you can't put down

This era of history has never been very appealing to me, but I love the format of William Martin's books, telling two parallel stories from different time periods. I was not disappointed.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, a great story based on loads of historical research.
Peter de Puy
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! What a great read! There's plenty of tension, suspense, and surprises. Martin weaves a tale around pillars of historical fact. As the reader, we get (whether we like it or not) an up-close look at what it was like in mid 19th century Gold Rush California. This tale is so believable it's hard to accept it as fiction.

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William Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. He is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis. He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary, magazine articles, book reviews, and a cult-classic horror movie, ...more

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