At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a "half-breed." At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.
Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother's death.
Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.
|Publisher:||Red Adept Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
About the Author
In his high school and university years, Harvey spent his summers guiding whitewater raft trips on the Thompson and Fraser rivers.
He works as a program manager for an Information Technology consulting firm. Harvey also created the web's largest independent Kindle user forum, KindleBoards.com, which is popular with both readers and authors.
Harvey lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, three daughters, a lovable golden retriever, and a stern cat. He enjoys walking mountain trails, learning blues guitar, and being surrounded by great books.
Harvey's previously published works include five technical guides in the "For Dummies" series by Wiley Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stone & Silt I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. Nikaia is a "half-breed" (every time this was mentioned, I could hear Cher singing all about it) and there are a couple of bullies at school that remind her of this fact. She comes from a happy home and is really enjoying her time spent with the boy next door. But things change when a dead body is found. I must admit, it took me forever to get into this book. An hour in, I put down my Kindle and walked away - went and did some grocery shopping, watched a British Mystery on Acorn TV, had a long conversation with my neighbor - then came back in and started it over again. I think it's because my last couple of books have been action-packed, horror-strewn, where this one starts out sugary sweet. My second read, through, I really got into it and liked the story I was reading. (I say this above because I have been reading lots of reviews lately where people have been unable to get into a book and immediately gave up. This is their choice and I understand where they are coming from, but it is almost impossible for me to DNF a book. One of my favorite books was one that I could not get into the first time I tried, but one of the times we had to evacuate for a hurricane, it was one of the books my niece grabbed off the shelf for me and it must have been the right time and place because I absolutely loved it. I don't easily give up and I'm glad that I didn't because this book was definitely worth it.) Nikaia is a great character - she's protective of her sister and stands up for things she thinks are wrong, even if it means putting herself in danger. She is very caring and understanding - especially when it comes to helping someone that is close to her. The friendship between her and Yee Sim and the relationship she has with her sister, Klima, were especially beautiful to read about. Harvey did a great job writing his characters - even the ones that I didn't care for, I wanted to know more about. I enjoyed the mystery of the story quite a bit and you could tell that he really did his research. Favorite quote: "Half plus half makes neither!" (You really feel her emotions on this when she's talking about it, even want to cry with her.) Favorite character: Nikaia, Klima and Yee Sim
An excellent YA Historical Mystery 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to Red Adept for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Nikaia Wales is a 16-yr-old girl living in the 1860s during the gold rush of British Columbia. She is half white and half native Indian and it’s not easy growing up a ‘mixed breed.’ But she has her family and her friends. Especially her friend next door, the quiet Chinese boy Yee Sim. She and Yee Sim go off into the woods every chance they get to play the Hunt game. That’s where Nikaia tracks animals and shows Yee Sim how to do the same. But one day when out tracking they find a satchel of gold nuggets and Nikaia overhears a disturbing conversation between two men about it. When one of the men comes up dead and her father is accused of the murder, Nikaia needs to do everything she can to clear her father’s name. Though he doesn’t blame her for the ensuing problems, Nikaia feels it’s all her fault because he would never have been accused if she hadn’t been getting into Mischief, if she had stayed where she was supposed to be. With the judge soon to arrive on the sternwheel, time is running out. Nikaia needs to solve the mystery before it’s too late. I’ve always been up front about how I dislike the subject of History. Put a History book in front of me and I’m bored out of my skull. However, you wrap History up in an excellently told fictional tale and I’m enthralled. This book has a lot of history about the Gold Rush, how people lived in the 1860s, British Columbia and different cultures. Was I enthralled? Hell, yes! Why? Because it has what I so need to make History an exciting and readable subject, historical facts weaved expertly into a fictional tale. The beginning was a little bit slow (though still fascinating) as I learned about Nikaia and her family (dad, mom, 14-yr-old sister Klima) and her day-to-day life, but as soon as she and Yee Sim stumbled across the gold it picked right up and galloped to the end. All-in-all an excellent YA Historical Mystery.