In 1860, beautiful Estella Colombo flees arrest in her homeland Mexico and finds refuge at a small village in New Mexico Territory. But, when agents of Mexico seek her employer over a decades-old heist of church treasures, she soon becomes embroiled in a life and death struggle. Estella runs farther north to the village of Arroyo Seco, where a Priest, a blacksmith, a Texas Ranger and a boy join forces to help her evade the deadly pursuit. Yet, in the midst of her troubles, Estella discovers her heart's desires in one man's devotion and cunning, and the mystery of a mountain.
Follow the action as Estella fights to stay one step ahead of Capitán Vicente and his ruthless federales, all in this thrilling chase for vengeance, fortune and love.
The Vengeance of Gold
In January of 1848, gold was discovered in Alta California. In February of that year, the Mexican American War ended, and the land was ceded to the United States. Soon afterwards, the Devil came to California.
The Godless Times is Amazon bestselling author Matt Cutugno's masterful third novel in his fast-paced Tarnished Star series. Following on the heels of The Godless Men and The Godless Land, Cutugno steps back in time to the beginning of the California Gold Rush to tell a story of greed, raw power and ambitious women.
Matt Cutugno is the author of five novels and eleven plays that have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and across the country. He has been a frequent contributor to Stay Thirsty Magazine for the past ten years. He is from New York and currently lives in California.