The Peril Finders

George Manville FENN (1831 - 1909)


In California settlers are trying to make a living working as fruit-growers. Problems with blights and insects mean that the crops are failing. A prospector arrives and tells stories of ancient cities where there is a lot of gold. He then dies. Some of the settlers decide to go and search for the gold. They have long distances to travel and meet many challenges along the way. They eventually reach one of these cities and find evidence that it has been abandoned by invaders hundreds or thousands of years ago. They then get attacked by Apaches but manage to beat them off and carry on. After spending several years travelling they decide to go back to California where they find that all the other settlers have left, but the fruit farms are blossoming. (Summary by Michele Eaton)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter 1 The Western Paradise Elaine Webb
00:12:41
Play 02 02 - Chapter 2 Our Yankee Neighbou Elaine Webb
00:07:15
Play 03 03 - Chapter 3 The Man From the Wilderness Elaine Webb
00:19:27
Play 04 04 - Chapter 4 Went off to Sleep Elaine Webb
00:08:46
Play 05 05 - Chapter 5 A Piece of Skin Elaine Webb
00:26:46
Play 06 06 - Chapter 6 A Wild Goose Chase Elaine Webb
00:22:17
Play 07 07 - Chapter 7 All For Gold Elaine Webb
00:21:42
Play 08 08 - Chapter 8 Shutting Up Shop Elaine Webb
00:19:29
Play 09 09 - Chapter 9 A Night Scare Elaine Webb
00:22:26
Play 10 10 - Chapter 10 On the Way Elaine Webb
00:13:54
Play 11 11 - Chapter 11 Ned Sees Something Elaine Webb
00:29:21
Play 12 12 - Chapter 12 Chris Has a Fit Elaine Webb
00:11:45
Play 13 13 - Chapter 13 In a Strange Nest Elaine Webb
00:08:25
Play 14 14 - Chapter 14 A Fight with the Enemy Elaine Webb
00:17:48
Play 15 15 - Chapter 15 Dry Fishing Elaine Webb
00:24:04
Play 16 16 - Chapter 16 Saddle Naps Elaine Webb
00:26:32
Play 17 17 - Chapter 17 Water Water Everywhere but- Elaine Webb
00:16:00
Play 18 18 - Chapter 18 Peace and Plenty Elaine Webb
00:24:41
Play 19 19 - Chapter 19 Dismount!-Quick! Elaine Webb
00:22:01
Play 20 20 - Chapter 20 Dangerous Neighbours Elaine Webb
00:13:43
Play 21 21 - Chapter 21 On the Trail Elaine Webb
00:12:10
Play 22 22 - Chapter 22 Bear and Buffalo Bellona Times
00:25:52
Play 23 23 - Chapter 23 A Bivouac Lynne Thompson
00:12:30
Play 24 24 - Chapter 24 A Night Visitor Lynne Thompson
00:19:49
Play 25 25 - Chapter 25 Thinking of Supper Lynne Thompson
00:10:12
Play 26 26 - Chapter 26 A Victim Bellona Times
00:25:57
Play 27 27 - Chapter 27 Won't You Say Goodbye Bellona Times
00:19:04
Play 28 28 - Chapter 28 A Mule's Scent Bellona Times
00:13:35
Play 29 29 - Chapter 29 Desperate Straits Bellona Times
00:20:14
Play 30 30 - Chapter 30 Waking Up Bellona Times
00:19:21
Play 31 31 - Chapter 31 Off Again Lynne Thompson
00:12:01
Play 32 32 - Chapter 32 Petra the Second Lynne Thompson
00:14:54
Play 33 33 - Chapter 33 The Water Search Anna Simon
00:25:27
Play 34 34 - Chapter 34 The Olden Folk Sarah Hannah
00:08:38
Play 35 35 - Chapter 35 In the Stone Age Bellona Times
00:28:14
Play 36 36 - Chapter 36 It was all a Dream rookieblue
00:16:20
Play 37 37 - Chapter 37 In the Old Stronghold Anna Simon
00:24:39
Play 38 38 - Chapter 38 Besieged TriciaG
00:26:11
Play 39 39 - Chapter 39 Among the Hornets Anna Simon
00:05:00
Play 40 40 - Chapter 40 An Unconscious Double rookieblue
00:20:13
Play 41 41 - Chapter 41 Playing Frog Mike Pelton
00:24:27
Play 42 42 - Chapter 42 How to Turn Round Mike Pelton
00:18:03
Play 43 43 - Chapter 43 A Welcome World Mike Pelton
00:10:33
Play 44 44 - Chapter 44 Open Air Surgery Sarah Hannah
00:16:07
Play 45 45 - Chapter 45 A Welcome Stranger Lynne Thompson
00:16:48
Play 46 46 - Chapter 46 A Patient Patient RLC
00:11:11
Play 47 47 - Chapter 47 Councils of War RLC
00:20:48
Play 48 48 - Chapter 48 The Other Side TriciaG
00:28:33
Play 49 49 - Chapter 49 Griggs is Stubborn Jeana Wei
00:10:41
Play 50 50 - Chapter 50 Working the Oracle Sarah Hannah
00:13:25
Play 51 51 - Chapter 51 Loosening the Stones RLC
00:15:37
Play 52 52 - Chapter 52 The Progress of the Plan Sarah Hannah
00:23:08
Play 53 53 - Chapter 53 A Bit of Blue Sky Mike Pelton
00:11:55
Play 54 54 - Chapter 54 Onward Mike Pelton
00:07:47
Play 55 55 - Chapter 55 The Old House at Home Mike Pelton
00:17:50
Play 56 56 - Chapter 56 Like to Go Again? Mike Pelton
00:05:21