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John C. Hamilton Author

tales of adventure, real and otherwise.



Ghost Marshal

Jessie Parker is a woman on a mission: to avenge her father’s brutal murder. But in Deadwood 1876, she has about as much chance as a wax cat in hell—until she partners with the cantankerous ghost of Wild Bill Hickok. Together they face sinister outlaws, a supernatural conspiracy—and forbidden romance. Ghost Marshal is a rip-snortin’ Weird West tale packed with balls-out, page-turning thrills.

"As if the story alone wasn’t fabulous enough, Hamilton uses all the old Western tropes like a master." — Bestselling author David Bruns

Isle Royale

Shipwrecks, gangsters, and the mother of all storms. Living in a lighthouse can be murder. How far would you go to be a hero?

“I loved this book! … [It] is a fun, fast read full of phantoms, mysteries, old pirates and young adventure with a delicious feel for life. Suitable for young adults but lots of fun for grown-ups, too.” — Bestselling Author Kathleen Valentine

Lewis & Clark: Adventures West

Lewis & Clark: Adventures West brings to life the Corps of Discovery's epic journey. Excerpts from Lewis & Clark's journals add depth to the book's riveting narrative. Richly illustrated with rare historical photos, maps, paintings, journal sketches, and breathtaking photography, it's an exciting tale for anyone—young or old—with a thirst for adventure.

“Well researched and beautifully illustrated.” — Ron Laycock, Past-President, Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation


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John C. Hamilton is a bestselling novelist and author of more than 277 nonfiction books for young adults. His work has received critical acclaim from School Library JournalChildren’s LiteratureWe Proceeded On (the official journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation), and many others.

John’s young adult book Battle of the Little Bighorn earned 2015 Spur Award Finalist honors from the Western Writers of America. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction Literature, and his epic retelling of the Lewis & Clark expedition, Lewis & Clark: Adventures West, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist for Young Adult Nonfiction. School Library Journal said “(Hamilton’s) books present a remarkable amount of information and provide readers with a clear understanding of complicated issues.”

John holds black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. He enjoys target shooting, baking bread, and playing with Finn, his trusty schnauzer. He can be found most summers with his family either exploring the American West or hiking along Minnesota’s rugged North Shore.


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