Sequel Casts Protagonist into Vicious Dispute over Canal

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William Wardlaw’s “Standing Tall” explores historical establishment of Panama Canal

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William Wardlaw’s new historical novel     “Standing Tall” (published by AuthorHouse), a sequel to his 2008 “O’Reilly’s Island,” offers readers a glimpse of life in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains. The tracking, hunting and supernatural powers of an Indian shaman and the emotional tightrope of a man caught between two loves punctuate this story of human conflicts and moral values.

Wardlaw returns to his protagonist Thomas O’Reilly, placing him squarely into a politicized conflict about where America will support the creation of a canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Two factions – one, a cartel of wealthy men, favor a route through Nicaragua, the other, led by President Theodore Roosevelt, prefer the narrower Panama – are moving quickly toward violence to solve their dispute.

“Standing Tall” takes place in turn-of-the-century California when the railroads, horseback and carriage were the primary means of transportation and the telegraph system the basic means of communication between widely-separated towns and cities. San Francisco was an emerging seaport saturated with vigor and growth. The Sierra Nevada Mountains were still a vast unexplored setting of remote and beautiful and often deadly nature.

“In many ways,” Wardlaw writes, “nothing has changed except the names. History is evolving, the United States still struggles with its place in the world, distrust of government still exists, great projects are still attempted, greed and violence are still in our daily headlines. Against this background, the beauty and peacefulness of nature still provides a respite, love endures.”

About the Author
William Wardlaw lived in California for the first 40 years of his life. He is the author of “O’Reiley’s Island,” published in 2008, the precursor to “Standing Tall.” Wardlaw now writes and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Susan.

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