The Gold Hunter

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18th Century

Philip Atlas Clausen

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A boy in Gold Rush California finds the entrance beneath a lake to a vast motherlode of gold followed by the devastating results of sudden wealth.


Historical Fiction, War, Action, Adventure, Epic,

Short Summary

Petr Valory's dream of doing good--building his father a steam-powered lumber mill, a beautiful white house with shutters for his mother and a fine, speedy horse for his sister--all are shattered when the king of the mountains comes after him demanding a king's share of the gold.

Petr loses everything that has meaning--mother, father, sister--because of Dain King's greed. Petr will lure King into volcanic chamber beneath Gold Lake where King will be destroyed. But the chamber holds hidden mysteries far more valuable than gold.


Gold Rush era, Sierra Nevada, Calfornia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Petr Valory

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Dain King

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Annabel Rochele Valory

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: John Valory

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring, Adventurous

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Balboa Press

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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