Friday, April 18, 2014

Canyon of Danger and River of Peril by Susan K. Marlow (Goldtown Adventures #3 & #4)

About the books: 

Canyon of Danger (Goldtown Adventures #3) by Susan K. Marlow:  Canyon of Danger (Goldtown Adventure)

Jem Coulter's pa, the sheriff of Goldtown, is away on a trip to deliver a prisoner to Sacramento, and he has left Jem in charge of the ranch-along with Aunt Rose, that is.

No sooner is the sheriff gone then trouble starts-a dead calf, a mysterious stranger, and then Pa's horse, Copper, and his prize rifle are stolen. And Pa's deputies seem unconcerned. Jem and his cousin Nathan find Copper's tracks end at a dark canyon up in the hills.

Jem remembers an old Indian legend Strike-it-rich Sam is fond 

of retelling about people disappearing and no one ever seeing them again. What is the real story of the canyon of danger? Have thieves found the perfect hideout?

Readers ages 8 to 12 will be entertained by the adventurous spirit and historical lure in this fast-moving series that teaches about life in the post-Gold Rush days of 1860s California. Quick-paced plots and unforgettable characters make these books fun for the whole family.

River of Peril (Goldtown Adventures #4) by Susan K. Marlow  River of Peril

Jem Coulter thinks his family is just on a sightseeing trip to the big city of Sacramento. Then armed bandits hold up the stagecoach for the secret stash they're carrying: gold for the Union Army fighting the distant Civil War! Suddenly war isn't nso far away; it's right there on the road to Sacramento, with Jem's father, the sheriff of Goldtown, fighting against the rebel army's Knights of the Golden Circle.

When the family finally reaches the city, they think they're safe at last. Setting out to see the sights, Jem, his sister Ellie, and their cousin Nathan make a new friend. But is Henry the pal they think he is? With a father who is a die-hard Confederate, could Henry be in cahoots with the thieves?

River of Peril gives readers ages 8 to 12 the fast-moving, exciting adventure they've come to expect in this series, as well as a glimpse into the history of post--Gold Rush and Civil War life in 1860s California, with stagecoaches, steamboats, stowaways--and lots of gold!

My Take:  If you are looking for a series that will get your youngster excited for reading especially boys this may just be the one for you.  these books start at a break neck speed and don't slow down until the very end so the young reader doesn't have time to get bored with the story.  They will be turning the pages as fast as they can read them so that they can find out what happens next.  I wish this series had been around when my son was young.  As it is I will be getting the first two in this se ries and saving them for when my grandkids are older.  Girls will enjoy this series also.

I received review copies of these books in exchange for my honest review from Kregel. 


  1. Thanks, Mindy, for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the books. They were a lot of fun to write, but a lot of work too!
    Susan Marlow

  2. Sounds interesting, I'll have to look it up in the library for my boys.

    Hope the readathon is going well!

    Jill from Team Butler.


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