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North Country Books has released “Adirondack Trail of Gold” by Rochester resident Larry Weill.

The book mixes historical fact with fiction. It is loosely based on the saga of Robert Gordon, a British loyalist who fled the violence of the American Revolution and moved to Canada, where he died in a hunting accident after the Revolution.

“Legend tells us that somewhere en route, he hid a massive cache of gold worth more than six million dollars,” according to the novel’s synopsis. “Over a century later, the famous woodsman known as Adirondack French Louie was thrown into the middle of a search for Gordon’s treasure.”

French Louie Seymour was a Canadian who went to the Adirondacks and spent about 30 years as a hunter and trapper until his death in 1915.

The novel notes that French Louie found the gold, “only for it to be lost again.”

Mr. Weill’s story concerns two fictional friends who go on a quest to find the lost gold.

The book sells for $24.95 and is available at online bookstores and the publisher’s website,

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M. James Daily, Watertown, has self-published, through CreateSpace, the collection of stories “Tales From the Campfire.”

“The stories are steeped in drama, nostalgia, humor and romance,” according to Mr. Daily’s book synopsis. “These are stories of lawmen, preachers, rangers, Indians and even a modern-day hermit. They tell about heroines and heroes in that land of yesteryear.”

Mr. Dailey has published two other books: “Pea Soup for Seniors” and “The Brighter Side.”

“Tales From the Campfire” sells for $13.95 and is available at online bookstores. The author said copies also are available at the Popcorn N More store at Salmon Run Mall.

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The History Press has released “Wicked Adirondacks” by Dennis Webster, Utica.

The book highlights some “insidious crimes and nasty escapades of notorious lawbreakers.” For example, members of the infamous “Windfall Gang,” led by Charles Wadsworth, terrorized towns and hid out in the mountains until their capture in 1899. The book also tells of serial killer Robert Francis Garrow and the creative methods crooks have tried to sidestep forestry laws.

Mr. Webster also wrote “Wicked Mohawk Valley” and “Haunted Mohawk Valley.” He is a paranormal investigator with Ghost Seekers of Central New York.

His new book sells for $19.99 and is available at and other online bookstores.

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North Country books, Utica, has released “The Puck Hog: Volume 2” by Christie Casciano, illustrated by Rose Mary Casciano Moziak.

The author, a television news anchor in Syracuse, is the mother of two youth hockey players.

The first volume of “The Puck Hog” was released in 2010. The subtitle of the sequel is “Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid.” It concerns main character Sophia’s team needing a miracle against the “mighty Canadian team.”

The books sells for $11.95 and is available at online bookstores and on the publishers’s website at

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock.

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