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Threads West: An American Saga (Threads West #1)

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Focuses on the romance of America, her people, her spirit, and the West. This title features lives of four driven men and independent women who are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Rockin Sr Publishing (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Misfit
This is the first in a planned series of six book and billed as "An American Saga" and comes with a whopping 229 page count. 218 of those pages are story with the final ten being previews of book #2, Maps of Fate, coming out sometime later this year.

The first half of this book sets up the main characters, who for different reasons strike out for a new life in America. No matter what country or social background these folks have they all manage to end up on the same ship. Even more coincidental,
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Jared Shipley
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Stopped reading this 30 pages in. Holy shit what bad writing.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I love a good, epic saga. I enjoy those series' that span generations. What I don't like are an abundance of sex scenes, especially those that include rape. That the book opens with a scene which is the aftermath of an adulterous, intimate encounter, should have been a fair warning to me. However, I skimmed through it as the story intrigued me and I decided to read on. This book obviously sets up the rest of the series and introduces those characters whose stories will intersect, intertwine and ...more
Jules
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I started this book with high hopes as I absolutely love Larry McMurtry's stories which some have compared this series to. Unfortunately I had a couple of issues with it. First and foremost, there is a graphic rape scene that took me by surprise and pretty much colored my reading experience. While I'm not opposed to sex scenes, I don't go for those that are graphic and gratuitous, especially involving rape. While this act may have been an important point in the story, I could have done without t ...more
Annette
Threads West: An American Saga by Reid Lance Rosenthal has been compared to books like Lonesome Dove. However I don't see the comparison. The first book in what has been billed as a six-novel epic series reads like a bad romance novel. This wordy work is filled with flowery descriptions and endless analogies. The first page contains classics such as "white foam of frothy swells", "a solitary thin candle flickered," "thighs quivered and her body trembled". I felt like I was reading a descriptive ...more
Norma
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I hate giving negative reviews because I know how hard the author worked on getting their thoughts onto paper. However, not every book is going to be to everyone’s liking.

This book definitely didn’t do anything for me except lull me into a dull sleep. I had been trying to read this now for two weeks. I will pick it up and read a little then put it down because I just couldn’t stomach it. I hate not finishing books, so I trudged through despairingly.

First off, the whole first half of the book rea
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Terri
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Totally awesome book that will have you riveted from the first page! A must read!!

In an era of fast food, fast cars and even faster lifestyles, it’s nice to be able to settle down with a good book that takes us back to a simpler time and place. Once in a great while, an author emerges onto the literary scene whose work will be heralded as an instant classic. So it is with Reid Rosenthal and his Threads West series. I was entirely captivated and mesmerized with the painting of his characters’ per
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Jennifer
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a new saga to follow. This is book one of six, I can't wait for the second one to be released. It is a work of fiction that chronicles the lives of several immigrants in the 1850's. Introducing each with their reasons for leaving their homeland's. The characters come together on the boat to the US, and follows as they each travel from New York to St. Louis. Book one leaves off as they join a wagon train farther west.
Brooke
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
omg!!! this started out slow, very very slow, and then all of a sudden, just as the wagon train pulls out, to be continued... errrrr... i can not wat til book two... i must know what happens... i liked how all the characters' stories merge into one...
Lindsayleigh
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Are you kidding me? This book is decent, but in NO WAY should ever be compared to Lonesome Dove.
Jamie Barnaby
Long introduction to the rest of the series - which I will not read.
Earle Burger
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kathi
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Threads West by Reid Lance Rosenthal is an historical romantic saga of people finding a new life in a new land.
The year is 1855 as we are introduced to Johannes, a member of the Royal army of Denmark. A dalliance with the wrong woman brings him the choice of prison or leaving the country. The American west beckons. Likewise the other starring characters are searching for new lives and chances at a better life. At that time the American west offered the best hope of becoming a new person.
Seekin
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Sheila
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
My granddad used to watch movies on TV while constantly pointing out errors in their research. “They didn’t start wearing those… they didn’t call them that… no-one talked about this until… until…” It used to really frustrate me. I wanted to follow the story and didn’t mind mistakes unless they rendered the whole thing unbelievable. So why am I checking up on Reid Lance Rosenthal’s facts as I read Threads West? It’s probably just the weight of English culture catching up on me.

Threads West begins
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Hallie Gleave
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm hooked! Seriously I thought I wasn't going to like this book, but I met the author at a Barnes & Noble meet and greet. I love historical fiction and it's story is located in my hometown. Figured I'd give it a try, especially since the author took time out of his day to go and promote his books. I LOVED THIS BOOK! So much that I had to subscribe to Amazon Prime so that I get the next two books here ASAP!

This book was a great reminder where our country came from! America is not one culture
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April
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THREADS WEST by Reid Lance Rosenthal is a western romance fiction set in 1855
America. It is the first in a six novel series of the romance of America. It is written with depth,details and action packed.It is fast paced and will keep you turning the pages from start to finish. It has despair,faith,spirit, heartbreak, turbulent times, romance, adversity, passion and triumph.The characters are charming, intriguing,and believable.Each character provides a thread into our past. The men and women are
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Once Upon a Twilight
I was not expecting some of the context in this novel, It caught me off guard actually. This sets the series up and we get introduced to the characters. The timeline is in the 1850's and its about several immigrants that come together on a ship to the United States. You learn as to why each of them must leave their home country and make that long journey to beginning a new life. Every chapter sets you up for the next 5 novel in this 6 part series. The book has action, spirit and passion. The cha ...more
Ann Bracken
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like most books that start a saga, this one starts slow. Quite a bit of the book is used to meet the main characters that will carry us through. If you're expecting something that will begin with balls of fire exploding from train wrecks, then this isn't for you. However, if you are interested in a read that builds to a crescendo like a symphony, with different harmonies weaving through the main melody, then get it now.

The story is a wonderful, and sometimes quite painful, portrayal of the lives
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Bob Lafary
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun book to read. But, what else am I going to do with any book, other than read it. As for comparing it, and the coming volumes, to "Lonesome Dove" and "Centennial," absolutely not. But that doesn't make it bad. From the very beginning, yes it does involve sex from page one, I loved following the characters, as they found their current lives wanting in many different ways. America, not the New World by now, was their best, and sometimes only viable option and hope. I also hated the rape scene ...more
Dawn
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Threads West" begins by following a group of charactrers from Europe to America aboard the SS Edinburgh in 1855. The travelers continue their journey westword to the Rockies.

The plot includes courage, cruelty, danger and romance. The threads come together, characters meet, relationships start, and the mystery deepens, creating a fascinating tale. Mr. Rosenthal writes about characters you can care about.

There is a sense of American values mixed with the adventure. The sensual scenes got my hea
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Sherrie
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While reading this book it so reminded me of Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It is also the first book of a six book series. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. This books starts with the characters in the book. It gives you the info on each one and their reasons for immigrating to America. Johannes, Reuben, Sarah, Zeb, Inga, Jacob, and Rebecca all travel to America on board the SS Edinburgh. They are all headed to St. Louis to join up with a wagon train. Some for gold and rich ...more
Rebecca Larsen
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book 1 in the Threads West - An American Saga 316 pages

Following the travels of several people from different economic backgrounds in Europe, this first book tells how each of these people decided to come to America and how they met to form the basis for the rest of the series.

Great character interaction will keep you on your toes, along with an exciting plot, intrigue, and some romance. The interaction between Reuben and Rebecca will keep you guessing throughout their meetings.

The detailed desc
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Harry
A fun read! This book is the first of a six book series about the trials and trbulations of a group of men and women during the great Westward expansion of the United States. I found Rosenthal's work easy, but descriptive and evocative style very enjoyable. His story is well researched and his words appear to come from first hand experiences. As I read I felt the imagery he weaved with his narrative and I must say his stories are akin to time traveling. The characters are interesting and the sto ...more
Maryann
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since we enjoyed the saga of the west in series like Lonesome Dove, Wagons West and Centennial. Reid Lance Rosenthal’s Threads West series was well worth the wait. None can compare to the literary craftsmanship of Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal writes with poetic ease creating vivid imagery that will bring the reader back to a time where our country was new, our hopes were high, and adventures waited with each new day. Rosenthal’s well developed characters bring the reader to a ...more
Tracy
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a intriguing period saga involving several characters in 1850's America. The author spent a lot of time setting up each character and the reason they were out west or heading that way. This is the first of several in the series so I'm anxious to see what happens in the next book. Overall enjoyed this story and the different characters but was disappointed at the length of the book. I thought he was just getting going when the book ended! The second book fortunately has 450 pages. This fi ...more
Sue Myers
Fast reading historical fiction about immigrants who come to the US in the 1850's. There is Reuben, Russian Jew who wants to set up a cattle ranch near Denver, Jacob, an Irish criminal, Rebecca, a previously rich 20-year old who wants to find out why her late father did business in Colorado, Johannes, a Dane who is exiled for having an affair with a high Danish official's wife and many others. We are introduced to the characters in this novel and they make their way to St. Louis for the beginnin ...more
Audra Falk
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
I really, really wanted to like this book. I read a lot of historical fiction, particularly about pioneers. I stuck with it for nearly 3/4 of the book, because based on others' reviews, I thought for sure I would end up liking it. Finally, I had to admit that I just didn't want to finish it. Maybe it was because there were so many 'main' characters and different storylines going on that it was hard for me to care deeply about any of them. Overall, this was a disappointing book to me.
Summer
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok


Too much. I started to enjoy the story but kept getting lost in the words. It was just written....."very wordy" . Too many weird and LONG descriptions/adjectives. I just kept finding myself skimming or skipping pages too often.

I really liked some characters and others not so much. The sex and violence didn't both me at all. I'm uncertain if I'll read book two...
Stephanie
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
This book came very highly recommended to me by a friend. While I didn't mind the story and the characters, I had a really hard time with all the graphic rape scenes. My friend has loaned me the whole series and although I'd like to know what happens to the characters, I'm thinking I've had enough of the rape scenes.
Sarah
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who likes history, drama, action, & yes a little romance thrown in, this is a MUST read. You will fall in love with the characters, and more importantly, you will fall in love with America! This story is one that will def live in my heart for years to come.
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