Sawdust Empire

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Early 20th Century

JD Howard

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Based on true events, Sawdust Empire is the story of a city on the brink β€” a mill town on the frontier run by imperious capitalists, overseen by a brutal sheriff, and alive with striking workers, struggling against a system that's sure to kill them if they don't strike back. Weaving together the stories of brutalized loggers, poor immigrants, union activists, and over and above it all, the law and their hired guns, Sawdust Empire relates the true events of the Everett Massacre of 1916 with a verve and style that's sure to please.


Biographical, Adventure, Action, Drama, Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Set in a sawmill town in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century, this historical novel dramatically charts the rising tensions of union workers that can only lead to disaster.


Everett, Washington and logging camps in the nearby forest

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Sheriff Donald McRae

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Badass, Decisive, Villainous, Aggressive, Clumsy, Greedy, Unapologetic, Manipulative, Outspoken, Power-hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: James Thompson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Aggressive, Educated, Faithful, Outspoken, Perseverance, Selfless, Aspiring, Complex, Engaging, Strong Moral Code, Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Harry Dolson

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Engaging, Lone Wolf, Uneducated

Additional Character Details

Name: Helen Pomeroy

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Confident, Empathetic, Funny, Honorable, Selfless, Blunt, Charming, Outspoken, Patriotic, Religious

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



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