* quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, 2014 * finalist in the category of historical fiction for the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Award, 2013
The Hoover Dam is a model of American engineering and ingenuity. But, it is also a testament to the fortitude of the common man: overcoming the burdens of the Great Depression, learning to survive and thrive in an unforgiving climate. It was that story that I was compelled to write.
In Ragtown, Lance Camino must persevere in a harsh environment while working under dangerous, and at times life-threatening, conditions. He draws his energy from a young woman named Helen. She finds her strength in the magnificence of the desert: a landscape that will be forever changed by the building of the dam.
My inspiration to write comes from the personal histories of actual dam workers who endured this remarkable era in American history. It is through Lance and Helen that I tell their story.
RAGTOWN by K Stone Gamble
Hell is lined with concrete.
Such are the thoughts of Lance Camino, a young construction worker, whose survival during the Great Depression relies on laboring in the diversion tunnels of the Hoover Dam Project. Accidents, disease, politics, and the deadly wildlife of the harsh Nevada desert are only a few of the obstacles that interfere with his desire to save enough money to get back to his Texas home. But, something else is distracting him from his goal. Something that his friend Pete McGee says, “has the prettiest red hair in the state.”
Ragtown incorporates authentic dramatic events and the oral history quotes of actual dam workers into the text. It highlights a time in American history when ordinary men and women rose to the challenges thrust upon them, and triumphed.
Untitled by K Stone Gamble
Everything is changing.
As construction on what will become the Hoover Dam begins, Lance Camino comes face to face with an unsavory character from his past: Daryl "Sugar" Greggs. Although Sugar seems to have altered his ways, Lance can't help but be suspicious. Some things, and some people, never change.
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