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The Floor of Heaven - A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

Howard Blum

New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum expertly weaves together three narratives to tell the true story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures--gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen--are now victims of their own success. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms: an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency's shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who's adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, and makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush; and Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, a sly and inventive conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio's lives, we're led inexorably into a perplexing mystery: a fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska. Charlie Siringo discovers that to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness to face down "Soapy" Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack's fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America's history, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.

New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum expertly weaves together three narratives to tell the true story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures--gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen--are now victims of their own success. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms: an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency's shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who's adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, and makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush; and Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, a sly and inventive conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio's lives, we're led inexorably into a perplexing mystery: a fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska. Charlie Siringo discovers that to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness to face down "Soapy" Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack's fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America's history, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.
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New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum expertly weaves together three narratives to tell the true story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures--gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen--are now victims of their own success. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms: an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency's shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who's adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, and makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush; and Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, a sly and inventive conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio's lives, we're led inexorably into a perplexing mystery: a fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska. Charlie Siringo discovers that to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness to face down "Soapy" Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack's fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America's history, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John H. Mayer

Length:

16h 7m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:45


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:58


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:38


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:33


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:45


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:12


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:38


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:55


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:12


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:52


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:53


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:53


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:02


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:21


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:54


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:34


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:38


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:33


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:38


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:11


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:09


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:52


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:28


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:40


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:31


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:40


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:14


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:07


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:11


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:47


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:46


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:28


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:02


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:49


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:46


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:03


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:50


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:28


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:37


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:06


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:15


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:03


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:19


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:53


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:25


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:27


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:03


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:21


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:57


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:38


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:20


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:10


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:12


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:06


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:37


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

08:08


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:07


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:37