I’d like to share a review of “Joaquin’s Gold” by Canadian author and poet Mary Daurio:
“Joaquin’s Gold, by Robert Walton, is historical fiction wrapped up in an action-adventure envelope. A 19th-century historical character, Joaquin Murrieta, the famous bandit, is the central character in these eight stories that incorporate many legends of old California.
Joaquin is a bit of a conundrum. In one of the stories, a Mr. William Randolph Hearst said about him, “Wild, savage tales swirl about you, yet you are a gentleman.”*
Reading the stories, I felt this way as well.
The prose flows smoothly, and the author’s poetic bent shows up to the reader’s delight in some places. Here is an example from the story. The Wreck of the Annabelle Lee: “Gaslight burst bright from crystal chandeliers and turned linen tablecloths to fields of snow.” *
While as an adult, I enjoyed these stories; middle school children could read and appreciate them. Robert Walton wrote them to enhance his teaching at that level, and their warm reception prompted him to compile the tales together in this volume.
Any story can be read and understood on its own, but they form a cohesive unit that will open up the history of California and make it vibrant and very much alive. Something readers of any age can appreciate!”