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To Swallow the Earth

A Western Thriller
Narrated by: Jack Crenshaw
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Westerns
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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(Survival/Suspense, Western) Winner: 2016 International Book Award, Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and 2016 Laramie Award Finalist.

What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage - and trying to kill you? Could a beautiful woman be behind the mystery? Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak to anyone. Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun might be the man to do it. After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must choose which killer to trust with her life.

Set in America’s historic Nevada silver rush, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength - and that of his animals - for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the territory and its creatures into an adventure that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the rarefied air of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Includes Short Story: "Ol' Blue"

©2015 Karl Beckstrand (P)2019 Karl Beckstrand

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 08-29-19

Boy meets girl, girl hates boy!

Let me say that I enjoyed the story and the characters. The tale is a western romance; man meets girl, girl doesn’t like him, girl changes her mind. We have the typical land grab plot with the bad guy Bridger Calhoun scheming to take good guy Wade Forrester’s half of the ranch while conspiring to marry the boss’s daughter Patricia Laughlin for the other half. The story is set in the rugged, if barely lawful, 1800s during the Nevada silver rush. It’s a good story. Patricia’s plight on who to believe and who to trust is the major focus of the story. It’s a quick read and I enjoyed it for what it was. Three.point.five. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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To Swallow the Earth: A Western Thriller
: Karl Beckstrand, Ransom Wilcox

A historical western fiction that has good guys and gals, bad guys and some the listener may not be sure about. There is plenty of action, drama and maybe a bit of romance. The characters are realistic and the description of the setting inviting. Holds the listener to the end with a surprise.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Jack Crenshaw's voice fits the genre nicely.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.