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Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain
Panama Fever brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of the men and women who left their homes and loved ones to fulfill the dream of building the Panama Canal. A thrilling novel, crackling with action and adventure, it tells the story of the workers during the French attempt to build a sea level canal in the late 19th century, an effort which ended in failure.The construction is seen through the eyes of two young men, Thomas Judah, the son of a wealthy merchant, and Byron Cooper, an orphan from a sugar plantation, as they seek their destinies against the backdrop of the titanic construction of the canal and confront the catastrophes of earthquake, disease, political corruption and murderous insurrection, while finding love in unlikely places.
It is the beginning of a new century and the times are swiftly changing. The eyes of the world are on Panama where 20,000 have already died digging the Canal that will alter history and usher in the future.
Garvey's historical novel centers around William Roberson, an ambitious young railroad engineer from Jamaica who struggles to build a better life but finds himself caught between Winifred, his Jamaican wife who cannot abide life in Panama with the Jim Crow laws being imposed by the Americans, and Isabella, his Panamanian mistress, who teaches him that there is more to life than duty and his beloved machines.
White Gold tells the electrifying saga of the machinists, masons, powder-gangs, cooks and mechanics who flocked to Panama to build the Canal and how in their quest to reshape the world they risked it all for an enticing dream and the sake of love. A profoundly human story, this novel will appeal to those with a taste for romance and adventure as well as anyone who has ever dared to pursue the dream of a better life.