The Deadly Five
Five unlikely partners undertake an epic adventure searching for gold. With danger at every turn, the men rely on one another for survival. Together they find more than gold, the greater treasurer of true friendship and brotherhood…
The story begins with Mean Mike, Nothing Brown, and Jacque traveling on the same steamer heading for Victoria and the Fraser River Gold Rush in 1859. On the steamer, Mean Mike finds Nothing Brown may be small but cannot be bullied. Not only will Nothing Brown not be bullied, but he looks to the safety of Mean Mike as a passed out drunk. Jacque, a former Hudson Bay fur trapper, knows of Nothing Brown from Oregon and respects him for his attitude towards breeds like himself. These three men form the core of a group of gold seekers, eventually known as the Deadly Five.
Their adventure in gold hunting is by canoe from Victoria across the Straits of Georgia to the British Columbia mainland and the Fraser River at New Westminster. There Seph, a former bartender, becomes a partner with the men. As the men travel up the Fraser searching for gold Old Man Magee joins them at Fort Langley. It is between Fort Hope and Fort Yale that the men are in the thick of gold panning and using a rocker to find gold. Even as they find gold, it is with the willingness to split what is found equally between the five. Their gold search is a good success but not without an unwanted charge of being, ‘The Deadly Five.’
What Readers Say:
Maher’s extensive research gives his readers a compelling look at this fascinating time period and the rugged individuals who made the isolated BC wilderness come alive with dreams of untold riches. His colorful characters are both deeply flawed and delightfully amusing at times. Each one struggles with past failures, and perhaps unrealistic dreams, and each one rises to the occasion when the going gets tough – and it gets plenty tough at times! Readers will easily find a character they can relate to as they journey along with them into the 19th century BC wilderness. Watch out for the moose!"