"The Bear: The Rising"

Book Cover


19th Century

John Kerr

  • -
  • Views


A multi-generational tale set against the backdrop of the Bear Flag Revolt and the rise of California's cattle ranching empire.


Historical Fiction,Adventure

Short Summary

Sean McGuire must flee famine ravaged Ireland. He arrives in CA on the eve of the Bear Flag Revolt. McGuire goes on to be the first cattleman to bring a herd from Texas and establish a premiere ranch in Los Angeles.

When McGuire's son, Thomas, is brutally murdered, Sean heads off the track the killer across the state and bring him to justice.


California, Los Angeles, San Diego

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Sean McGuire

Age: Starts when he is 15 ends when he is 67

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Masculine,Aggressive,Decisive,Engaging,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Confident,Heroic,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lee Sing

Age: mid-twenties.

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Honorable,Educated,Strong Moral Code,Visionary,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Falcon

Age: late twenties

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Skillful,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Falcon

Age: late twenties

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Faithful,Honorable

Development Pitch

A tale of desperate people coming to California seeking the dream of a new life. Sean McGuire must flee famine ravished Ireland. Lee Sing comes to "Gum Saan" seeking fortune and a new life. Falcon, a Native American, struggles to carve a life for his wife and people in the region that has now become known as the "Murder State." For some CA was paradise, for others a dead end. This is the story of those who dared to dream.

About The Author

John Kerr lives in Southern CA with his wife, 3 dogs and two cats. His script "Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Story" is in development with Corky Hale Productions. Mr. Kerr will never live more than fifteen minutes away from a good Mexican restaurant.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal,Male Leaning

Group Specific

residents of California, Chinese, Native Americans

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: i-Universe

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available