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“Equal and Alike” by J. Michael Kirkland Takes Readers on a Wild Journey to the California Gold Rush

The author shows excellent historical knowledge and story-making capabilities through his well-written book.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

“If Tom Clancy wrote a Western this is what is would read like. Good detail, as if he was alive in the late 1800’s, maybe he was! My wife loved it also.” – Designer/reader/traveler, Amazon Customer.

J. Michael Kirkland’s historical Western and cultural heritage fiction, “Equal and Alike,” is the first book in the “McBride” series and promises to be a riveting read for fans of historical fiction.

The book follows the journey of Joshua McBride, a young man who leaves his father’s farm in search of a better life in Independence, Missouri, during the mid-19th century.

Joshua’s life takes an unexpected turn when he stumbles upon a meeting of gold seekers headed for the California wilderness. The meeting is led by Luther Chambers, a retired Army captain, who takes Joshua under his wing and provides him safe passage on the treacherous journey.

As Joshua navigates the challenges of life on the road, he learns valuable lessons from Chambers and becomes skilled in the art of gambling. Despite Chambers’ disapproval of his attraction to the tables, Joshua’s success in making substantial money in Portsmouth Square draws him deeper into a lifestyle he could never have imagined.

“Equal and Alike” is a thrilling tale of adventure, self-discovery, and the pursuit of riches in the Wild West. Author J. Michael Kirkland’s vivid storytelling and attention to historical detail will transport readers back in time to the era of the California Gold Rush. His book is partially based on his great-grandfather’s experiences in California.

Join Joshua on his journey to find fortune and happiness in the face of adversity. Get a copy of “Equal and Alike” by J. Michael Kirkland on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Equal and Alike
Author | J. Michael Kirkland
Genre | Historical Western, Cultural Heritage Fiction
Publisher | BookBaby
Published date | March 31, 2020

Mike can call himself a Native Californian. He was born in Taft, a small agricultural town near the center of the state. The family quickly moved after his father was discharged from the Air Force at the end of World War II. They settled in Monterrey Park, California, for a time. Ultimately, they moved to Temple City and then to Arcadia, both in California. He enjoyed sports and relished his classroom experience, always interested in creative writing. Michael graduated from California State College, Los Angeles, with a degree in accounting. He operated his own Certified Public Accounting Practice for more than 40 years.

His heart was in the annals of history, however, so he gathered family stories and stories of others over the decades as a hobby. Thirty years ago, Michael drafted his first book. The working “title” was Joshua. It seemed he never had time to complete the manuscript. Once he retired, he was compelled to complete the task. He enjoyed the process immensely. His first book, “Equal and Alike,” is very loosely fashioned after his great-grandfather’s experiences in California.

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