New Book Explores Trouble that Accompanies Unexpected Fortune

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Philip Clausen shatters the illusion of happiness created by wealth

Many people believe money is the solution to all of life’s problems, but people fail to realize the potential complications that abound from such luck. Author Philip Clausen explores this concept with the first book in his Goldfinder Series, “The Gold Hunter: Book One.”

“The Gold Hunter” tells a California Gold Rush tale of Petr Valory who discovers a hidden underground lake filled with heaps of gold beyond imagination. Petr returns from the lake with a gold disk but also find much of his memory of the lake are now missing. Greedy and villainous Dain King, obsessed with making his own kingdom of California will stop at nothing to scare Petr into revealing the location of the fortune. hidden within the lake, but in retrieving this buried treasure, loses his memories. Local miners learn of Petr’s discovery and attempt to scare him into revealing the location of the fortune.

“I became fascinated by the legend of the lost Gold Lake in the Sierra Nevada when I explored the backcountry myself, hunting for gold,” Clausen said. “One thing I learned in my time there, and what I share in The Gold Hunter, is that sudden wealth is not as wonderful as it seems. More often than not, gold, money and greed is the catalyst to paranoia, fear and insecurity.”

The beginning of a gripping adventure for Petr, “The Gold Hunter” will have readers digging for the truth. For more information on Clausen and his book, please visit

“The Gold Hunter: Book One (The Goldfinder)”
By Philip Clausen
ISBN: 9781504371605 (hardcover) 9781504371582 (softcover) 9781504371599 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Balboa Press

About the author
Philip Clausen graduated from San Jose State in 1971, with one previous novel, The Black Butterfly Woman. He is an experienced gold hunter in the Sierra Nevada of California. He is currently retired and writing in Ames, Iowa.

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