Journey to Duncans Mills

Journey to Duncans Mills is a work of historical fiction, following the adventures of Alexander Duncan from his birthplace in Strabane, Ireland to the rural environs of west Sonoma County, California. During the second half of the 19th century, he built a lumber industry with his brother while experiencing many pitfalls along the way. It was a time when Indigenous people were enslaved, when Sonoma County sided with Confederates, when the Anti-Chinese League ran wild. Alex Duncan rose up against the racist writings of Thomas Thompson, editor of Santa Rosa’s Democrat, in an epic battle of good versus evil with guest appearances by mysterious men in white masks.


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Praise & Reviews


The author was the 2022 national winner for best historical fiction!
San Francisco Book Festival
He was a notable winner for best indie novel in 2018
Shelf Unbound National Competition
“John’s works are something out of the world of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row with all the colorful characters and lively situations!”
                         Dave Pelzer, #1 International Bestselling Author, National Jefferson Award Recipient
“Familiar folks and home-grown scenery will put you happily in the middle of all the action.  Tasty well-paced reads.”
                       The Press Democrat
John McCarty’s novels capture the flavor of our past through his vivid characters.  As John Dryden said of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, ‘Here is God’s aplenty.'”
Fulbright Association