Threads West: An American Saga, Book One

Threads West: An American Saga, Book One

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by Reid Lance Rosenthal
     
 
Book One - the #1 bestselling Threads West-winner of eight national awards in the categories of Historical Fiction, Romance and Western. This is the namesake novel of the sweeping Threads West, An American Saga multi-era series compared by reviewers and authors to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, and Louis L'Amour. Called by some The

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Book One - the #1 bestselling Threads West-winner of eight national awards in the categories of Historical Fiction, Romance and Western. This is the namesake novel of the sweeping Threads West, An American Saga multi-era series compared by reviewers and authors to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, and Louis L'Amour. Called by some The Gone With The Wind of the West and applauded by others as rings true and poignant, as authentic and moving as Dances with Wolves. The tale bursts with the adventure, romance and promise of historical America and the West.

You will recognize the characters who live in these pages.

They are the ancestors of your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family.

They are you. They are us.

This is not only their story. It is our story.

The epic saga of Threads West, An American Saga begins in 1854 with the first of five, richly textured, complex generations of unforgettable, multicultural characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women from Europe and America are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. Swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit, their journeys are turbulent quests intertwined with romance and adversity, passions and pathos, despair and triumph.

One thousand miles to the west of St. Louis lies the lawless untamed spine of the continent, the Rocky Mountains. Their energy draws this vanguard of generations to love and struggle in the beautifully vibrant but unforgiving landscape of the West. The personal conflicts inherent to these brave, passion-filled characters are exacerbated by a nation in transition, the budding enmity between North and South, broken treaties with Native Americans and the accelerating melting pot of diverse cultures that marks this magical moment in American history.

The touchstones of the past are the guideposts to the future. This is the first novel of this epic saga-the tale of America, set in the West-the stirring story of many threads of uncommon cultures, differing origins and competing ambitions that entwine into the American spirit. Lives and generations are woven on the loom of history, propelled by fate and freedom to form the tapestry that becomes the whole cloth of the nation. It is uniquely American, this meld of the mosaic.

In Book Two, Maps of Fate, the heroic but conflicted men and women of Threads West continue their dangerous journeys, pushing relentlessly westward, their paths intersecting with the trails of others, setting in motion generational liaisons that cannot be foreseen.

Momentous change will continue, igniting further greed and compassion, courage and treachery, rugged independence, torrid passions and fierce loyalties.

The decades of the Maps of Fate era novels of Threads West, An American Saga book series become the crucible of the souls of generations, the building of the heart of the nation, the destiny of a people, and the relentless energy and beauty of the western landscape. This is the ongoing story of us.

Set in authentic locations on three continents and in the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the life threads of the characters -- whose personalities are forged on the anvil of the land and shaped by the spirit of America -- live, love, struggle, die, fail and succeed. They have neither country nor culture in common -- but the textured, complex and conflicted lives of these independent men and women become part of the fabric of the undulating landscape of the West, and are woven into the rich and adventurous tapestry of an emerging nation and the ever evolving American spirit.

The adventure and romance of America, her people and her spirit and the West. This is not only their story. It is our story. It is Threads West, An American Saga.

Editorial Reviews

Josephine Ellershaw
Diverse characters interwoven with highly visual prose flow into a journey of gathering suspense. One senses the tightening thread that binds them will unravel with both delicious and devastating results. Rosenthal delivers!
Eve Paludan
The last time I fell madly in love with a Western historical saga, the title was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; it won a Pulitzer in 1986. The splendor and adventure of Threads West, An American Saga, Novel One, has now surpassed my long-ago love affair with McMurtry's Western saga. Reid L. Rosenthal, cowboy and rancher, has written a novel that spirited me away to the 1850s-1860s era and provided me with gripping hours of authentic Western history, action, drama, heartfelt romance...
Karen Mayfield
The book is riveting and the story line captivating. I didn't want to put the book down once I was started. I have never read Romance or Western novels and I thought this read would be a stretch for me but as I got into the story I immediately became engaged and found myself immersed in each word as the tale, the characters and their lives unfolded.
USA Book News
Threads West is a FINALIST in the Fiction & Literature: Romance category and a WINNER in the Fiction & Literature: Western category. AWESOME!!!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982157619
Publisher:
Rockin' SR Publishing
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Series:
Threads West, An American Saga Series , #1
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.68(d)

What People are saying about this

Eve Paludan
The last time I fell madly in love with a Western historical saga, the title was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; it won a Pulitzer in 1986. The splendor and adventure of Threads West, An American Saga, Novel One, has now surpassed my long-ago love affair with McMurtry's Western saga. Reid L. Rosenthal, cowboy and rancher, has written a novel that spirited me away to the 1850s-1860s era and provided me with gripping hours of authentic Western history, action, drama, heartfelt romance and something extra special and seldom seen in literature of this caliber: well-written, sizzling sensuality. What separates a good novel from a great one? I close a good novel and feel satisfied. When I close a great novel, like this one, I feel sad that there are no more pages to read. From the first time each character appears in the book to the last time they fade from the pages, I was immersed in the personal stories of the heroes, the heroines, the bad guys, the powerful, the vulnerable, and the brave. I cared about their lives and loves, strengths and weaknesses, and their strife and successes. As they head for their compelling shared and undiscovered destinies, their paths unfurl like a Western sunrise in this new saga of the American West. The Threads West series opens with a bang and closes with a promise of more excitement to come. The story of these enduring characters is destined to stamp its imprint on the spirit and heritage of readers' hearts. The writing is incredible. I'll leave you with this small taste from Reid L. Rosenthal's pen: Dawn on the day of departure was a brilliant palette of indigo in retreat to the west and blossoming fire orange to the east. The Mississippi had a slight chop from the morning wind, the surface ripples reflecting the burgeoning day in a shimmer of color. Five stars are not enough. One book is not enough. Let there be more Threads West. Soon! --(Eve Paludan, Twice #1 Bestselling author, Romance Writer's Pink Page, Writers Digest, Editor, Publisher)

Meet the Author

Reid is fourth generation land and cattle, a rancher, and a multiple #1 bestselling author whose works have been honored with fifteen national awards. His cowboy heart and poet's pen capture the spirit of the western landscape and its influence on generations of its settlers. His long-standing devotion to wild, remote places and the people--past and present--who leave their legend and footprint upon America and the American West, are the inspiration and descriptive underpinning of all of his writ

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Threads West: An American Saga, Book One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
NancyK-Colorado More than 1 year ago
After reading a few chapters of Threads West, you'll discover a "favorite new author." Once you've read the book, you'll agree this saga will be considered one of the great literary works of our time! This author writes in full technicolor-a true artist with nouns and verbs, painting a story with a pen.incredibly gifted. His style of writing captures a reader's attention and won't let go! It stimulates the physical senses so we can feel, taste, smell, hear and see vivid pictures of the characters and setting which he so meticulously describes. Characters that are interesting and diverse with complex lives become artfully merged with one another to create this really remarkable and unforgettable story. And yes, I do believe I'm beginning to display signs of mild obsessive behavior for this author's work and the Threads West book series! So please Reid, have some mercy on us who are now unsuccessfully fumbling through other books searching for that magical place you've taken us to, and get the second book to the printer-pronto!
-TESSA- More than 1 year ago
There is the perfect mix of adventure, interesting history, a forgotten sense of American values and romance to warm your heart in this wonderful settling of our America saga. This book may be enough to recharge America and to pave the way that may be our future. It leaves you wiping your forehead and saying, "Whew!" Would we be capable of doing that again? True grit, wit, courage and strength were necessary to bring hope to our America and look where we are now. It looks like we might be needing some of those attributes soon again to put the heart and soul back into our lives. Excellent job all around!
D_ROGERS More than 1 year ago
After reading the book THREADS WEST, I felt vested in the characters. Who they are and why they uprooted their lives abroad and ventured to America. The characters already established, how they have mastered the Western Frontier and will interweave with the newly arriving adventurers. If you are a reader that loves to hate the Villain, this book has the ultimate villain. I personally wanted to jump through the book, back to 1855 and take care of Jacob myself! I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the series..
tedever More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I'm not a western reader generally but after reading this book I must say that I will be reading the rest of the books in this series as soon as they come out. I could not put the book down. I finished it in three days and now I'm dying for the author to finish the next book so I can find out what happens to these characters. The author does a wonderful job interweaving the story lines together throughout the book and providing scene descriptions that make the reader feel like they are right there with the characters. Bravo!
Samuel_G More than 1 year ago
I started this book, but had to put it down a few times to doctor two lame horses every few hours. It took three eveings, but I got it read. Each time I had to put on the carhart and head out to the barn my mind was filled with the story and the characters. It has been a long time since that happend. The last time maybe was Lonesome Dove which I read about ten years ago. The other might be Jeremiah Johnson. I see the type of scenes this author describes outside my living room and kitchen windows and work in them every day. He writes like he is looking at the weather, the land, the sunset as he puts the words down. I can close my eyes and see it. As much as I like my other favorite books, I don't think they do as good a job. The characters are very real. I can almost recognize each one as someone I have known or know now. My wife is reading it now. She can post her own review if she is of the mind to. I do know that last night I had to warm up leftovers myself because she would not put the book down. I can see a fight brewing in the future. We might have to get two copies of the next book so there is no argument about who gets to read it first. It's a western, but it is different than any other western I have read and I have read a passel of them. The excepts from the next book at the end of this one are as good as the book. Now I keep wondering what is going to happen to which character, and how. I really like the story. If you have not read it, I think you should. But get ready to be thinking about it for a long time after you are done.
Hands-and-Hands More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I could not put it down and cannot wait until the second book is out...people will have to push me out of the way to get it before me, because I will be waiting in line for the first copy! My husband also read the book...and for someone who I personally have never seen read a book...he never put it down...even when we were camping!
Kimberly-Marie More than 1 year ago
"I have been completely captivated by your master of the art of storytelling. Your wondrous world of Threads West is a new adventure in which I want to continue further, learn more about the loves and lives of the characters who are becoming friend and foe and part of my own. This is your passion, painting a visual that is a must read, and leaving the reader longing for more and the next."
mhamilton_or More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this book... I have read it several times to some wonderful elderly people, men and woman alike that can no longer read themselves... they love the story, the characters and they are having a tough time waiting for the next book... I too love the book... When I read the last page I found myself wanting book two NOW... A must have if you love this country and appreciate all that those who made it a great nation... No matter how small their plan it was one of greatness... Did I say I love this book? You will too... Yep, its a must have...
ds1 More than 1 year ago
I approach this review from the discipline of my profession, engineering, and summarize my more subliminal standpoint at the end of this post. This review is written by someone who has studiously avoided romance novels completely, and read very few Westerns. I enjoyed Lonesome Dove and class it one of the better books I've read but not one of the best. I liked Centennial. It was a bit long but the historical foundation was superb. When this six book series is completed it may well surpass both of them if the overall story line is maintained and the author remains true to this book's mix of writing style, in depth character development, environment description, plot driven sensuality, and writing quality. However this book is currently a stand alone novel. The rating system here is five stars. Five-stars equals 100%. Each star threfore is worth 20 points on a grading scale, or two points per tenth of a star. First, my negative thoughts. I wish it were longer. However, the ending is perfect in the context of an ongoing multi book saga of continuing generations of characters which the write ups on the book indicate will be the final result. My disappointment on reflection stems from being highly satisfied with the read and disappointed it was over. I will deduct two points from the grading scale. My opinion is that the author would be better served by slightly larger font and an equally slight increase in line spacing in future books of the series. I will deduct one point. There were some typos here and there in the paper back edition I read. It appears there are subsequent printings. There were not many of them, but the proofreading could've been better. I did match the several errors to the NOOK version that a friend downloaded. The NOOK seems- to my admittedly unprofessional but very well read eye - to be close to mechanically perfect. Choosing the publisher format on NOOK allows the fine unusual graphics not often found in digital copy. Without that simple election, some words will look combined. I will deduct two points for the several errors I found in whatever paper printing of the book I received. The writing style is unique. This author's style seems a most pleasant blend of many of the better styles I've enjoyed over the years. His descriptions of places and landscapes are perhaps the best I have ever read. That is high compliment. Each time I finished a descriptive portion of the book,I was there. All five senses were fully in tune with the moment on the page and the upcoming action. Development of the characters and his show rather than tell reveal of their personalities is also among the best I have encountered. It is a novel that consists of many life stories, which I believe he combined through character action, interaction, and the flow of story in a completely believable manner. I think the passion scenes are written with utmost realism. They seem to be very important parts of the development of these characters, the interactions between certain characters, and (I surmise) what's to come in the next books. On some deeper level the story resonated with me. Two generations ago my ancestors came from Europe. The book opens in Europe. That surprised me. It was a very different approach to a Western than I was used to--given my limited experience with Westerns. I give this book a 95%. It is one of the best novels I have read in the last ten or more years.
DonaldS More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine who is an airline pilot heard about this book at a party. He got the NOOK version, read it, and when he and I connected for a drink spent most of the time raving about it, and told me I HAD to read it. I generally don't even pick up a romance, and am not an avid devotee of westerns, though I have read a few like Lonesome Dove and Centennial and liked them, particularly Centennial for it's wonderful historical reference. I was hesitant, but this buddy is macho all the way, former military fighter pilot, football star, and a big hulk of a guy. I bought the paperback. All I can say is that it may be one of the best books of any class I have read. This novel made me remember why I am proud to be an American, got the juices flowing with well crafted love scenes that are skillfully integrated as important parts of the characters and the story, kept me on edge with action and foreshadow, and gave me a real feel for what it was like to be headed toward the frontier way back when with all sorts of very interesting historical details from weaponry, dress, and travel to intriguing European attitude and background of the day. The descriptive scenes of various locations, landscapes, and even rooms literally created rich images in my mind. I felt I was right there watching the chapters unfold trying to warn the characters of danger, cheering them on on their journeys, or feeling the heat of their passion. I am converted and addicted! I am buying a number to give to friends, and one for my girl friend. Bring on the next book!
janicech More than 1 year ago
I read at least a book a week, mostly nonfiction and historical novels. There's nothing better than getting lost in a long, rich story with historical details. Rosenthal's book fits the bill, and I can't wait to read Book 2 through 6! If you like history, westerns, romance or all of the above this series is for you. Men and women will love the deep characters.
Murry More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read and very interesting and I cannot wait now for the next book. The way the characters were built and will lead up to the Maps of Fate Book two makes it highly anticipated for me. Bound to be a T.V. Series!! Loved it and am going to pass it on.. Will be looking for greater things from this author....He has a way with making the words so visual that you feel like you are there.
carolefiore54 More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 3 times and everytime I finish it, I find myself that I want more. Reid writes with such passion and describes each passage like your actually there. He does the same with is characters like you know them and they are your best friends.The book got me thinking about my own family that came over on the boat as they say, the old country, which both my grandparents are Italian, and they started a new life in America, I know my grandmother Rosa settled in missouri and worked in the coal mines,(husband)anyways thats what Reids characters came to settled in the U.S. to make a better life for themself. I feel that everyone that reads this book will walk away wanting more, so I'm patiently waiting for book 2. My history teacher wants have this book as part of a lesson next year, and i'm hoping that it will be passed for it would make a good discussion group.
evepaludan More than 1 year ago
The last time I fell madly in love with a Western historical saga, the title was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; it won a Pulitzer in 1986. The splendor and adventure of Threads West, An American Saga, Novel One, has now surpassed my long-ago love affair with McMurtry's Western saga. Reid L. Rosenthal, fourth-generation land and cattle, has written a novel that spirited me away to the 1850s-1860s era and provided me with gripping hours of authentic Western history, action, drama, heartfelt romance and something extra special and seldom seen in literature of this caliber: well-written, sizzling sensuality. What separates a good novel from a great one? I close a good novel and feel satisfied. When I close a great novel, like this one, I feel sad that there are no more pages to read. From the first time each character appears in the book to the last time they fade from the pages, I was immersed in the personal stories of the heroes, the heroines, the bad guys, the powerful, the vulnerable, and the brave. I cared about their lives and loves, strengths and weaknesses, and their strife and successes. As they head for their compelling shared and undiscovered destinies, their paths unfurl like a Western sunrise in this new saga of the American West. The Threads West series opens with a bang and the first novel closes with a promise of more excitement to come. The story of these enduring characters is destined to stamp its imprint on the spirit and heritage of readers' hearts, and of America. The writing is incredible. I'll leave you with this small taste from Reid L. Rosenthal's pen: "Dawn on the day of departure was a brilliant palette of indigo in retreat to the west and blossoming fire orange to the east. The Mississippi had a slight chop from the morning wind, the surface ripples reflecting the burgeoning day in a shimmer of color." Five stars are not enough. One book is not enough. Let there be more Threads West. Soon! Eve Paludan was twice a #1 Writer's Digest Book Club national bestselling author of The Romance Writer's Pink Pages, a three-book series from Prima. Paludan is also an editor of scholarly work at a state university, as well as a freelance fiction editor, publisher, and a book reviewer. She is also the author of the novel, Letters from David.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Threads West takes you on an unforgettable journey as we follow the lives of seven individuals who embark on a new life, traveling to the "New World", during the mid-1800's. The story is rich, the imagery colourful and the characters are strong and believable. The pages are filled with passion, murder, mystery, sadness and humour. You will be drawn to the American frontier while unveiling the secrets that each of the characters hold. With each introduction, we learn each person has their own agenda for heading to the wild lands of St. Louis and beyond...Johannes, a lady's man, exiled from his home country; Reuben, 2nd son of a well-to-do rancher, on a quest to fulfill his dying fathers last wishes; Rebecca, head-strong, pampered, she will let no man love her; Inge, tall, blonde, beautiful, she'll stop at nothing to better her life; gentle, naive, Sarah who wants to be a successful seamstress and finds herself trapped, with no where to go; Zeb, a straight-forward, frontiersman, who just wants to be left alone and Jacob, a loud, obnoxious, vile man who would lie, cheat, steal, even murder to get what he believes is his. Follow their saga as they head West, in this, Book 1 of a 6 book saga.
nookinginfl More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best light reading books I have read in a long time. The characters were well developed, the plot very well developed. I had a hard time putting the book down. I highly recommend this book!
gldm More than 1 year ago
What a breath of fresh air with this new book. I couldn't put it down. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine as well. I can't wait for the next book to come out! Enthralling, entertaining, just the right amount of romance to make you want more, very well written, and the story line was fabulous! Great Job Reid! Now just hurry up with your next book, dying to find out what happens next. :) gael d. meyer (QL)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just inhaled this book on my nook in two days & it grabbed me from the beginning to the end. I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series! Must read!
TerriZ More than 1 year ago
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' persona and his brush strokes describing the American West in the 1800's. As an avid reader of books written about this time in history, I was drawn into the lives of his characters from the very first page. A truly wonderful book will take you out of your own reality and transport you to a world where anything is possible and where, if given a choice, you would remain to live and love amongst the characters. Threads West is such a book! I will recommend this book to everyone I know and cannot wait until the second book in the series is released. For anyone who loves epics set in the 1800's and tales of the American West, kick back, settle in and enjoy because you have reached your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
midwestwoman More than 1 year ago
Started the book one cozy morning and didn't stop til I reached the end.. I was captivated by the characters and the imagines that they brought to my head...so now the book sits on my nightstand and will certainly reread it several times before the next arrives...
dyanalucretia More than 1 year ago
Reid L. Rosenthal has poetically penned a beautifully written and richly authentic saga of the American West. The unforgettable characters and intellectually-challenging plots and subplots stimulate the senses and allows the reader to experience authentic western history, sizzling romance and the action, adventure and drama that defines the American wilderness of the 1850's. Kickback and enjoy the fiercely independent and driven characters as the "threads of time" bind their shared and yet-to-be-discovered destinies. Book one is not enough! First in a series of six novels, I can hardly wait for book two!
Poison640 More than 1 year ago
I could not book this book down. The characters in this book really come to life. I could also relate to the character' personalities and apply them to people that I know in my life. I found myself "cheering on" certain characters and hoping nothing bad would happen to them. I can not wait for book two. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure with a little romance mixed in.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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 by following a group of disparate characters, from Prussia fields, to Colorado mountains, to Ireland, London and Liverpool. The SS Edinburgh will sail to New York in 1855, and the travelers will take the train on their Western trek. Poetic language describes the scenery beautifully, though the wealth of adjectives slows the reading sometimes. The author's research is evident in the depth of detail-how long a voyage will take, how new the ship, even its name. But I'm thrown by a twenty pound coin tossed on a gambling table in Ireland, and by Aborigines recently freed in a London household. Fish and chips in the pub by the harbor feels such a modern reference I want to know when they were invented, and when pubs stopped being called beer-houses and inns. Perhaps if the characters had known less and showed more surprise I wouldn't have felt that awkward urge to check. By the middle of the book the many threads are beginning to come together. Characters meet. Mystery deepens. Relationships start to change. Love and violence, attraction acknowledged and denied, danger and folly, ship and train all combine to create the beginning of a fascinating tale. Unfortunately, to know more you'll have to wait till more books come out, and the story doesn't so much close as reach a convenient destination. We'll go on by wagon train another day to continue a fascinating tale. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the Cadence group in exchange for an honest review.
Kayterz More than 1 year ago
This book was slow at the beginning, but after a few pages it captured my interest and I couldn't put it down. I always enjoy reading about the American West and this book so far has kept my interest. Looking forward to books 2-6.
AAR More than 1 year ago
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 strong, have courage, find adventure and danger. They have come together but have no country nor culture in common,but they are forged together by the land and the promise of a future in America. If you enjoyed "Lonesome Dove" or "Little House on the Prairie" you will definite enjoy this one. This author has written a keeper with his vivid detail into the lives and landscape of times of old in America, he will take you back. This is An American Saga. I would recommend this book for it is a look into the past of America,its people, its story and its making of a great country.I will be looking forward to the next installment. This book was received for the purpose of review from The Cadence Group and details can be found at Rockin' SR Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.