Patrick Curran, an award-winning industrial film maker for the Coca-Cola Company, earned master’s degrees in English literature and Organizational Design. After serving four years in the US Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Diver including one year as a Team Leader in Vietnam, Pat joined The Coca-Cola Company as an internal consultant working in the US and Northern Europe. After ten years with Coca-Cola, he became a partner with Keilty, Goldsmith and Boone (KGB) an organization change consultancy in La Jolla, CA. Ten years later, he launched his own firm, the Curran Consulting Group, and continued working internationally for ten more years.
Pat’s first book based on consulting in twenty-one countries was an organizational change textbook titled: COBRA: The X Factor in Strategy Execution. The COBRA framework has been implemented widely in the International Beverage Industry. After retiring, he wrote a second book, a Cold War novel on the hazards of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau, titled: Acid Reign and the Rise of Eco-Outlaws. Both books are available on Amazon. He recently completed a second historical novel entitled: Alta’s Curse, which will be published later this year. Pat and his wife Joan purchased a home in Steamboat Spring in 2012. When in town, Pat is a regular at the Steamboat Writing Group.
Pat is currently writing an historical novel about Rico.
The Jumping of the Hawk Lode
A true story of the 1880’s Mining Boom in Rico, Colorado
When Shag Carroll, a wounded Civil War veteran from Kentucky, and Joel Erhardt, an over-dressed Yankee from New York, discover a rich vein of gold in the high San Juan’s, they never suspect they are in for a bloody, ten-year mine war.
Still a fledgling nation, America, is consumed with western expansion while it tries to heal from the Civil War. Settlers, “hell bent for leather,” head for the wild, Wild West to stake homesteads and mineral claims, and yes…to drive off anyone that gets in their way.
While the General Mining Act of 1872 granted land patents to legitimate claimants, it also created a growth industry for claim jumpers and grasping speculators. Since a properly staked mining claim on the snowcapped peaks of the San Juan’s could only be worked six months of the year, it was often a flashing green light for claim jumpers and high-graders. They say, gold fever triggers greed, or some such.
As Shag and Joel struggle to manage their own differences and defend their claim, Shag is surprised and delighted to hear he is the father of a son born to an old flame, Big Mama Louise, the Madam at the Pioneer Saloon. Shag, a cantankerous, gun slinging cowboy and a drifter at heart, is no match for Big Mama. Though orphaned and abused by Comanche Indians as a young girl in West Texas, she is forgiving enough to support the local Ute Indians who are being driven off their land; and touchy enough to “wing” Shag in a domestic shootout.
After several failed efforts, Big Mama and Shag agree to become loving parents, if not loving partners. There seems to be no picket fences in their future, as they struggle to patch together their broken lives and hold on to the Hawk Lode.