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Timber Beasts: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest (Book 1) ebook

by S. L. Stoner


I so enjoyed this historical mystery which begins with one of the most terrifying and haunting first chapters I have ever read.

A secret operator in America's 1902 labor movement, leading a double. I so enjoyed this historical mystery which begins with one of the most terrifying and haunting first chapters I have ever read. Stoner's fluid storytelling highlights life in Portland, Oregon in 1902, exposing the fraudulent timber rings that so impacted and devastated the poor and and working class. This character driven novel features, Sage Adair, a once poor, now wealthy man who leads a double life working as a secretive operative for the labor movement.

Praise for the Sage Adair Historical Mystery Series of the Pacific Northwest. Recommended Best Books on Portland: . Stoner's historical mysteries, set in 19th and early 20th century Portland. Adair is a likable and realistic anchor for this well-written, smartly plotted historical mystery series that blends real and fictional people and events. The series is still accumulating a loyal fan base, but each novel brings it closer to the wide acclaim it deserves. The hero of the series is named Sage Adair, and the titles include Timber Beasts and Land Sharks. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had London. George Simeon had Paris.

Recommended Best Books on Portland: .

Recommended Best Books on Portland: . S. L. Stoner has Portland in the early 1900's. Her detective, Sage Adair, is back in the third historical mystery set in Stumptown’s lumber mills and seedy saloons. It’s a series that’s only getting better.

Stoner says she was enticed to set one of her books in Central Oregon because of the landscape. The land was what got me here first," she said.

Stoner's four previous Sage Adair mysteries have pitted Sage and his pals against greedy timber barons, nefarious shanghai-ers, underage sex traffickers, and a plot to assassinate Teddy Roosevelt during his 1903 visit to Portland. In the Central Oregon setting of Dead Line, Sage consorts with a Shakespeare-quoting Irish shepherd, an old ragpicker named Eich, a band of gypsies, some nomadic Native Americans, and 6-foot-2 Charlie Siringo-who would definitely be played by Sam Elliott in the movie. Stoner says she was enticed to set one of her books in Central Oregon because of the landscape.

Book in the Sage Adair Mysteries Series). Dry Rot: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest. Black Drop: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest.

Adair is a likable and realistic anchor for this well-written, smartly plotted historical mystery series that blends real and fictional people and events

Adair is a likable and realistic anchor for this well-written, smartly plotted historical mystery series that blends real and fictional people and events. Tell us if something is incorrect. Electrode, App-product, Comp-283796766, DC-prod-dfw5, ENV-prod-a, PROF-PROD, VER-29.

1 like · 1 talking about this. The title is Bitter Cry: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest. Each of the seven books concludes with Historical Notes that state the actual historical facts used in the story. Bits and pieces of history that are relevant to today. This adventure mystery is crafted around the historical facts of how progressives fought and won, the battle against child labor in the early 1900s. It is their victory that the Koch Brothers and their ALEC organization are trying to undo.

Adair Historical Mysteries, by .

The Sage Adair Historical Mysteries, by . Stoner, are Historical Mystery stories set in early 20th Century Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. They follow undercover labor activist John Sagacity "Sage" Adair and his comrades as they investigate land fraud, strikebreaking, and the myriad crimes and schemes that take advantage of the powerless. Sage was born into grinding poverty in the Pennsylvania coal fields. After saving the mine owner's grandson from a collapse, the owner took him in and paid for his education before turning him out into the world.

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The U.S. economy is in shambles. The ordinary citizen is slipping in his battle for family survival. The incoming president denounces the financial shenanigans of speculators and vows to regulate the greed of those who have precipitated the disaster. Vast acres of national forest and a plethora of small businesses are in a life and death struggle against corporate powerhouses skilled at making and exploiting the law. In ballot boxes across the country, the progressive vision has been ratified, promising a counter-offensive against decades of corporate control. The year is 1902.

Within an historical context eerily reflective of the current day, John Sagacity Adair, Sage to his friends, is determined to expose the chicanery of the financial establishment. He works secretly on behalf of the growing labor movement, pursuing his mission into hobo jungles, lumber camps, seedy saloons and the drawing rooms of the rich. Fighting beside him are a parlor house madam, a leader in the local Chinese tong, an Appalachian coal-miner's daughter and an Afro-American maitre d' who shows more class than the people he serves.

On the night Sage uncovers a potential timber fraud, he is also faced with a cry for help. A brutal railroad guard has been murdered and his friend's young nephew must be cleared of the crime. Faced with the choice between pursuing the personal or the political, Sage chooses the personal only to find himself led straight back to the political. Events cause Sage to question how he will maintain his humanity and hope over the course of what promises to be a life long struggle.

Vit
This story opens with the murder of a young boy. A murder for whom no one will be held accountable. He was, after all, stealing a ride beneath the train along with his older brother, Matthew. Arriving in Portland, Oregon, Matthew is in the wrong place at the wrong time when two more murders occur. And so, the victim becomes the accused. Enter Sage Adair. Sage is the proprietor of an elegant restaurant that caters to Portland's "best" citizens. He is rich, educated and elegant with friends in all the right places. And, he is a secret operative in the labor movement. Stoner’s characterizations and personalities are original and believable; each one is carefully crafted to step out of the pages and into your imagination, where they run down Old Town's dark alleys, ride the rails with hobos, haunt Portland's infamous brothels and opium dens, or risk it all in the hell-bent-for-leather timber camps. The story is a great historical mystery with some superb details regarding the history and details of the city of Portland. If you are a historical mystery fan, I would definitely recommend this book to you. I cant wait to read the second installment in this series.
Preve
The historical references, time period depiction, and events all could have happened; however, I could not warm up to the characters. Sage Adair tells the tale, but only occasionally do I feel any real emotion as a result of his actions, the events he encounters and endures, or from the other characters in the story. It could have been an excellent book, but I personally found it in the mediocre range. However, in all fairness this title was referred to me by a friend who liked the Sage Adair stories immensely.
Beranyle
If, like me, you despise greedy rich people, always look for the union label, and live in Portland, Oregon, I can't imagine a book you would enjoy more. Like the protagonist, I experienced a significant reversal of fortune from a combination of hard work and good luck, but my loyalties remain with the working class. This well-written, lively story delighted me and I'm going to read all the books in the series. (I'm deep into the next one right now.) Fun reading perfect for my summer break!
Karg
This is the first book of a series and I'm looking forward to the others. The author captures a fascinating time in the history of Portland, Oregon. The research that has gone in to this book is amazing but what's even better is the writing. I have had a tough time putting it down and getting other work done. S.L.Stoner is a truly gifted writer who takes you there and keeps you on your toes with a fast moving plot and a lot of twists that all make sense. I highly recommend this book.
CrazyDemon
Portland, a placid little city under the shadow of Mount Hood has a turbulent and often violent history. S.L. Stoner does an
excellent job of dropping us into the middle of an era where Oregon's largest city was crime-ridden, corrupt and filled with colorful and often disreputable characters. Sage Adair is a capable hero, a self-made rich man from a hard background who despises the timber bosses and politicians-for-rent. His role, as a spy for the nascent labor movement allows the author to keep him in constant peril and at odds with the rich and powerful of Stumptown.

The book's strengths are the vivid descriptions and period details that bring Portland at the turn of the 20th century to life. My favorite involved a tradition among the sizable Chinese population involving their recently departed relatives. I won't spoil it for you, read the book.

I have only one negative observation about Timber Beasts. I thought the author's conviction that the obscenely wealthy men who ran America at the time and their toadies were purely evil, was too often evoked in the POV character's (Sage Adair's) inner dialogue. My own study of history confirms Stoner's convictions in many cases, but we're better off, as readers, making our own judgements, based on the evildoer's actions. It became repetitive and I found myself muttering, "Okay, Okay, I get it." Conversely the working class people whose lives were so hard are depicted as being uniformly virtuous, honest and hard-working. Many were, some weren't. Some poor people were treacherous and preyed on their own kind. Again, we're better off viewing the actions of these characters and hearing their dialogue and making up our own minds. Not that Adair and others can't express opinions about the people they're fighting against, but it became excessive, in my opinion.

Overall, a good read and certain worth several sunny spring or some afternoons of your time.
Xanzay
I so enjoyed this historical mystery which begins with one of the most terrifying and haunting first chapters I have ever read. S.L. Stoner's fluid storytelling highlights life in Portland, Oregon in 1902, exposing the fraudulent timber rings that so impacted and devastated the poor and and working class. This character driven novel features, Sage Adair, a once poor, now wealthy man who leads a double life working as a secretive operative for the labor movement. As a wealthy restaurant owner by night hobnobbing with the "Timber Beasts", he mingles and is trusted by the working poor by day. You will be moved by his altruistic heart. He ultimately risks his life for a young transient accused of murder. Sage's Chinese butler and protégée Fong, is a delightfully, mysterious character who imparts wisdom to his boss and friend through inadvertent spiritual koans. The well written dialogue is true to the era and the insights into the lives of hobos is authentic and moving. An altogether wonderful and entertaining journey into another time, sadly much like our present in its exposé of a society ruled by the corrupt rich and the negative effect their dominance has on good people. Timber Beasts, the first in a series of three, is a great adventure.

~Melinda
Timber Beasts: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest (Book 1) ebook
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S. L. Stoner
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Yamhill Press; First Edition edition (October 15, 2009)
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