This novel is classified as a Romantic Thriller with Historical Roots. I’ve been asked about the roots. Let me give you a short answer first: Read the Prologue (2+ pages) at the beginning of Chapter 1. As you complete the book, be sure to read the Endnote at THE END. These two relate to the contents of the book like roots to the contents of a tree.
The long answer is just below: The actual PROLOGUE from the start of Chapter 1.
People named Sadler immigrated to America from Prussia in the ten years between the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the discovery of
the Comstock Lode of silver in northern Nevada in 1859. One of those who took the journey was a Reinhold Sadler. He made his way to Reno and adjacent Virginia City, Nevada near the Comstock mines.
At age 26 Reinhold married Louise Zadow in Hamilton, a silver boom town in central Nevada. In 1869 Hamilton reached its peak with an estimated 12,000 residents, 100 saloons, sixty general stores, theaters, dance halls, and a Miners’ Union Hall. By the mid-1870s Hamilton had declined to less than 3,000 residents and Reinhold had moved his family to nearby Eureka where he worked as a miner, merchant, and miller. Over time, he and his wife had six children. He was elected treasurer of Eureka County in 1880 and became the ninth Governor of Nevada from 1896–1903. He died in 1906.
Twenty-three years later a great-great-grandson was born and named Reinhold Sadler after the Governor. The second Reinhold Sadler is a character in the story that follows.
People named Mackenzie immigrated to America from Scotland and settled in New York City in the 1700s. In the years ahead, a number of Mackenzies became well-known American politicians and naval officers. Some of the Mackenzies from Scotland started in New York but went on to Montreal, Canada in 1778 during the American War of Independence with Britain. One was Alexander Mackenzie who became a Canadian hero at age 29 after he led a small, exploring party entirely across the raw continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans in 1793. They were the first Europeans to make the journey across North America and they preceded the more famous Lewis and Clark expedition across America that happened twelve years later in 1805. Sir Alexander Mackenzie was knighted by the British Empire and the second longest river in North America was named after him because he discovered it while searching for a way to the Pacific. He died in 1820, back in his native Scotland.
An American couple named Mackenzie living in Louisville, Kentucky had their first-born son in 1972. They had studied their ancestors and decided to name their son Alexander Mackenzie. In his late teens, Alex felt the call of the West and chose a college in Colorado where he studied geology. He continued west and achieved a Ph.D. in Geology and satellite technology at the University of California in Berkeley. It was there in 2003 he met Ms. Greta Sadler of Reno, Nevada.