Book One of the Alford SagaImagine you?re in a swaying hammock on a British man-o?war around 1800, riding out a harsh spring storm in a deserted estuary. Behind those high red cliffs lie a hundred mil
Book One of the Alford Saga
Imagine you?re in a swaying hammock on a British man-o?war around 1800, riding out a harsh spring storm in a deserted estuary. Behind those high red cliffs lie a hundred miles of uncharted wilderness, populated only by ferocious indigenous peoples. If you jump ship and are caught, you will be branded a deserter - subject to death by one thousand lashes. What can you bring to help you survive? Within minutes, the ice-strewn waters will freeze your body and claim your soul. Even if this were your one chance for a life in the New World, would you jump?
Thomas Manning did, and his leap into uncertainty begins the epic tale of a pioneer family, one of the many who built our great nation. Through his and his descendants' eyes, we watch one small community?s impact on the great events, which swirl about them and bring conflicts they must face in their struggles to create homes and families.
Absorbing, touching and full of adventure, The Deserter is Book One of the Alford Saga, a series chronicling two hundred years of Canadian history, as seen through the eyes of a settler's family.
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"The Alford Saga
may well go on to become one of our more important literary oeuvres, considering both the epic and historical nature of the subject matter, as well as the easily accessible prose style employed by its nationally prominent author."
-- The Westmount Examiner
"Can you talk about thrill-a-minute Canadian history? You can now. Paul Almond has worked for many years as a TV and film director, and his skill shows in the drama and pacing of this first-rate read."
-- (Carole's BookTalk)
"I believe this one should be placed into the hands of every young student learning the history of Canada... Paul Almond's portrayal of the Mik'maq is very accurate, he embraces the true circumstances and includes the significant legends of the people."
-- (Mrs. Q Book Addict)
Paul Almond, O.C., is one of Canada?s pre-eminent film and television directors. He directed and produced more than 130 television dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and for the BBC and others in the UK, as well as motion pictures for Paramount and Universal in Hollywood. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada and received a lifetime achievement award from the Director?s Guild of Canada. A storyteller at heart, Almond has now turned his talents to writing. He lives in Malibu, California, and on the Gaspé Peninsula in Shigawake, Quebec.
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