Isaac Beard ... a giant who works hard and honestly for every small blessing, including his frail but loving wife. Now comes another spring in the bustling riverfront town of St. Louis where Isaac stands behind a merchant's counter wearing an apron and suffering the insults of his father-in-law. Isaac dreams of the high mountains where a man can make his fortune trapping beaver in a single season. He means to buy Mr. Wilke's mercantile store for his family's future.
Jim Savage ... he offers Isaac a chance to learn to trap beaver in the Shining Mountains. But Savage is filled with demons...enough to get Isaac and himself scalped.
Nathan Beard ... he grew up hearing of his father's legends as the best of the mountain men...but blames Isaac for the death of his mother. Nathan tracks Isaac to the Rocky Mountains intending to kill him.
Matthew Beard ... the youngest and fiercest of the Beard men, he is determined to make his fortune buying ships to supply the Forty-Niners. A gambler, fearless fighter and rogue, Matthew will discover peace on the high seas and on the great Colorado River paddlewheel steamers. And one day he will find his brother and finally learn the truths about his famed mountain man father.
From the wild waterfront of St. Louis...to the Shining Mountains, home of the Ute People...across the blistering deserts to the famed Forty-Niner Gold Rush...and finally to the dangers of navigating the mighty and untamed Colorado River, this is an epic saga of a mountain man named Isaac Beard and his two adventurous sons.
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About the Author
The author is well suited to writing about the American West; he grew up riding horses and received a B.S. degree in Animal Science and an M.S. in Economics from the University of Nevada. Before becoming a full time novelist, McCarthy was employed as an economist. He has a keen interest in Native American cultures, especially the Navajo, Hopi, and Hualapai who live in his beloved Arizona. His RIVER THUNDER is set against the harsh background of Arizona's rugged northern mountains and the magnificent Grand Canyon and is the winner of the Western Writers of America's 2009 Spur Award for Best Historical Audio Book. MADDIE O'BRIEN'S CHRISTMAS DONKEYS is the heartwarming story for all ages of a how a small band of donkeys arrive one snowy winter night and transform the lives of the entire O'Brien family in ways that Maddie could never have dared to dream.
Gary McCarthy has over three million books in print and resides in Williams, Arizona. McCarthy enjoys hiking and horseback riding in the Grand Canyon Rim Country when he is not traveling the southwest in search of new stories upon which to base his next novel.