Toishan a Ballad of the Gum Shan Men and Women Who Built the American Railroads

Toishan a Ballad of the Gum Shan Men and Women Who Built the American Railroads : Book Two: Ship of Thieves 1800-1849

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Toishan is the 6-book, breathtaking, Epic Poem that spans 1,300 years and 44 generations, from the discovery of America by a 5th Century Buddhist priest to the eventual return of the Chinese to California, along with the arrival of the Irish, in 1849. Highly imaginative yet rooted in historical plausibility, Toishan tells the whole story behind the tribulations of Chinese immigrants who came to America during the late 1840s in search of quick wealth and power in the California gold fields but ended up toiling on the railroads under life-threatening conditions. Book Two: "Ship of Thieves 1800-1849" provides a brief-window history of the mid-19th century Irish immigrants who left behind political defeat and famine for the gold fields of California. Herein the descendants of Antonio Zeppi Evangelista and Sir Quentin Gnarr Roberts are two "time travelers" aboard the alternate history of the US Pacific Mail Ship California during its maiden voyage from New York harbor to the hard docks of San Francisco, California. Like other skylarks and prostitutes of the period, Roman Quentin Roberts and Mary Madonna Evangelista are seeking a better time, a better place and a better life. Drawn to the "fields of gold and might" of 1849 California they become companions, lovers and finally soloists, as they take strikingly different paths to their equally compelling goals of wealth and power. Smart and filled with the characteristically fine historical perspectives of the author, Toishan: Book Two makes for informative and gripping more

Product details

  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 227g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1514348616
  • 9781514348611

About John E Cashwell

John E. Cashwell, Sr. is the author of the highly acclaimed six-book epic poem Toishan, and a most recent collection of 40 poems, Where Purple Shadows Fall. Set in the future, 2020-2022, his new novels The Justice Compulsion, New Unabridged Edition and the sequel Sail On Silver Girl explore the catastrophic consequences of the current growing divisiveness in the American sociopolitical experiment followed on by the evils of the emergence of the Socialist International Society within a New World Order. John has over forty years advertising, marketing and copy writing experience, most notably responsible for helping to launch the Panasonic brand to consumers in North America. A former US Marine, a graduated of Duke University, and a former Executive Vice president with Grey Advertising, John lives on Long Island where he enjoys writing, fitness training and golf with his wife of fifty years, Ann M. more