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Does the gold exist? Are the bizarre events really happening to Charlie or has his mind finally collapsed under the pressures of mental illness, alcohol abuse and a failed business? Those questions linger in the reader's mind until the final page as Charlie battles internal demons and external monsters to discover the truth about himself, and the legend of the Cherokee Gold.
Posted June 13, 2012
Charlie Parker's life, to him, is a complete lie. Sure he is successful in his business and has a wonderful family. Now, it seems, he needs time to himself and talks his wife into letting him go and spend a week up at the generations old family mountain home neart Rutherford, North Carolina.
Charlie becomes somewhat paranoid as he seems to be seeing things or people and hearing strange sounds outside the home. He investigates some of the happenings to no avail and even has called in the local sheriff to check out a possible mutilation by some indians of an animal and the indians, after seeing Charlie, took off towards him. Sheriff and deputy seemed to think he came upon some poachers and brushed it off to that. Not Charlie. Something wasn't right.
A strange man comes to his door looking for a diary his father had given Charlie's father and now wanted it back. Charlie is unaware of such a book, but would look for it. After finding said diary, Charlie is convinced that there are clues to the missing Bechtler gold stolen in 1853 by some Cherokee Indians. He was set upon finding it.
Charlie endures nightmares and is terrorized by the Cherokee spirits known as the Nunnehi. Charlie is sent into an alcoholic frenzy and sprials out of control. Does the gold really exist? How does Charlie handle the pressures; is he mentally unstable?