Escape to the past with 31 extraordinary stories about the wild west era by author Raymond Cook.
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My name’s Raymond Cook. If you’re not familiar with my books, I write historical fiction novels about Colorado in the 1890’s. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you 31 eBooks I’ve written since 2011. With that many books written, you know the ‘Spirit of the west’ lives within me. I’ve been an independent author for 9 years. I hope visitors to my website will enjoy reading the eBook they select. Every author who has multiple eBooks has a favorite he likes the most. My 2 favorite eBooks are An Orphan With A Destiny and The Railway Children Chronicles, both orphan stories.
My goal as a fiction writer is to breathe life into the characters of each book. Most of my eBooks can be read as a stand alone novel. If you haven’t read one of my books yet, click on the Books Tab at the top of this page. Then, click on the book cover of your choice. For those of you who have read my eBooks, thank you for your support. If you haven’t become a fan yet I hope you will.
An Orphan With A Destiny, A Journey To Colorado and The Railway Children Chronicles are my three 2018 eBooks.
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“Mr. Cook is a very promising up & coming writer of westerns & his story line is always extremely interesting.” Mary Jane Kail on July 29, 2015.
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Throughout history, wars, poverty, or famine caused millions of children to become orphans. Readers won’t find this novel a sugar-coated orphan story portraying their day to day struggles to survive easy. It’s my pleasure to share with you, The Railway Children Chronicles. It’s a 260-page story about two dozen orphans trying to survive in an unruly Colorado mining town called Silver Plume in 1880.
It’s filled with the emotions and struggles orphans faced to survive. Through my imagination and words, I strive to portray a real-life, action-packed novel, that will bring to life, the children who faced challenges few of us have ever had to overcome. Food, water, shelter and a safe place to sleep, we all take for granted. But back in Silver Plume, nothing was taken for granted. The eerie sounds of someone playing the violin high up on a mountain will cast a shadow of nervousness over the children, as they wonder who’s playing the violin and why.
For an orphan, they felt all alone in the world. This story will follow the lives of orphans fighting to survive by their courage and wits, to eat, find shelter or see the sunrise the next morning. Orphans went hungry, were preyed upon and fell ill to diseases. The town had no church or no orphanage, so the orphans were on their own. Businessmen who put orphans to work for 50 cents a day, made them work long hours under dangerous conditions.
Children too young to work held out tin cans to passerby’s, begging for enough money to eat, buy shoes or clothes. An older sibling stood nearby to protect them. The yardmaster at the freight yard shows several orphans a large workshop no longer being used with a stove in it. It becomes their home. He and the men working for him buy blankets and mattresses for them. Soon, more and more orphans take refuge there. Read what happens next.
~5-Star Reader’s Favorite Book Review!~
The Railway Children Chronicles eBook #31
Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Book Review: By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite. The Railway Children Chronicles is a work of western frontier historical fiction by author Raymond Cook. Though the title conjures up illusions of another classic novel, the railway children of this novel grow up in a time of extreme poverty, violence, war and starvation in Silver Plume, Colorado, 1880. Their story is one of gritty hardship and difficulty in a merciless period of history, where even the smallest kindness can be the difference between life and death. In a western frontier town driven mad by the discovery and mining of silver, crime is rife and people are not what they seem. The orphans of the freight yard form the center of a story about a town transformed by sudden wealth.
Raymond Cook writes with true authenticity about Colorado in the late 1800s, and it’s clear this is a topic which is close to his heart. Something I enjoyed immensely about this relatively short novel was the level of detail going into the poverty stricken way of life of most of the people, and the contrast between those who had money and those who didn’t. The children themselves were simplistic but authentic to their time, and the story of their struggle came across as far more valuable than any individual character. Some of the things which happened to them were quite upsetting, but necessary in the overall plot. I would recommend The Railway Children Chronicles as a well-written historical work for readers looking to immerse themselves in a vividly fictionalized slice of American history.
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I won’t replace Louis L’Amour or Zane Grey, but I’m very happy to write each eBook and offer it to you.
From a traditional western romance story to bounty hunters, wagon train journeys, Native American wars, mountain men, grizzly bears, lawmen, cattle rustling to tough women hell bent on having justice, you’re sure to make one of my eBooks your favorite.
These authors have influenced what and how I write: Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Larry McMurtry, Laura Ingalls Wilder and James Fenimore Cooper.
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