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  1. Erin Erin says:

    The Deserter is loosely based on the author s own ancestors and takes place on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec in the early 19th century I enjoyed the characters and the historical detail Paul Almond really makes Thomas Manning a character that readers can root for I recognized a lot of the character names as they are still names we hear today in the Port Daniel and New Carlisle area Garrett, Beebe etc I would recommend this book especially to people interested in local Gaspesie history I m The Deserter is loosely based on the author s own ancestors and takes place on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec in the early 19th century I enjoyed the characters and the historical detail Paul Almond really makes Thomas Manning a character that readers can root for I recognized a lot of the character names as they are still names we hear today in the Port Daniel and New Carlisle area Garrett, Beebe etc I would recommend this book especially to people interested in local Gaspesie history I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series


  2. Louise Louise says:

    Interesting subject,especially the Micmac traditions however, the story is contrived and weakly constructedThe concept of the story of a young Englishman struggling to survive with help of the MicMacs is good and provided the opportunity to discuss Native American skills and rituals and contrast with someprimitive Western European culture While the historical detail was interesting,the fictional writing did not support a believable story.


  3. M Harris M Harris says:

    I read this book ahead of a trip to Gasp sie for some historical context The plot was fast moving and it was an easy read, and I did learn some history of the area, but I didn t find there to be that much substance to it It was an okay story, but I didn t like it enough to read the second book.


  4. Martha Martha says:

    not a very exciting novel, but an interesting way to read Canadian history


  5. Jana Jana says:

    Great book set on the Gaspe peninsula Douglastown is named checked


  6. Andrea Robinson Andrea Robinson says:

    I have been waiting quite a while to read this Picked it up in Nova Scotia Great first book Can t wait for number 2.


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Synopsis Thomas Manning, a young, British Naval officer wanted to take a leap of faith and begin a new life in the New World Spending months of a navy ship left oneself to imagine, and beyond Thomas ship was a world to be discovered Thomas recognized the potential, vast unchartered territory, new settlements and a new beginning The only way to get to dry land was to jump ship and land in the freezing St Lawrence water The risk increases, if he s caught and branded a deserter, he will be su Synopsis Thomas Manning, a young, British Naval officer wanted to take a leap of faith and begin a new life in the New World Spending months of a navy ship left oneself to imagine, and beyond Thomas ship was a world to be discovered Thomas recognized the potential, vast unchartered territory, new settlements and a new beginning The only way to get to dry land was to jump ship and land in the freezing St Lawrence water The risk increases, if he s caught and branded a deserter, he will be subjected to death by one thousands thrashings Thomas decides to take the risk and jump After the initial jump, within minutes Thomas is disoriented the frigid water leads to stiffening of his limbs, and Thomas is not sure he can get to shore His new life beginsAfter fighting the water, he makes it, only to be seized by the Mik maq Thomas is immediately petrified, he s heard many harrowing, brutal stories concerning Europeans being held captive and killed by the savage Indians Instead of being tortured and mistreated, the Mik maq assist Thomas Life in the New World is much different than expected While he is initially able to obtain part time employment with the French settlers, winter is very gruelling and Thomas is left on his own Living conditions are drastic, winters long, and food scarce Thomas wonders what his outcome will be Will he survive his first Canadian winter Fortunately, the Mik maq take him under their wing once again and show him the way Survival is still not guaranteed, but much less perilous than being on your own in the bush Overall Impression I believe this one should be placed into the hands of every young student learning the history of Canada This saga will cover 200 years of invigorating Canadian history, hidden by the colorless classrooms in most Canadian high schools Often Canadian history is referred to as boring but a few pages into The Deserter and you will change your mind First and Foremost, I will declare that I am Mik maq from the Gaspe region Paul Almond s research is impeccable, and I read his Acknowledgments before starting the novel When I saw the research he undertook, I was very pleased and decided to see what this book was about What I quickly learned was this was a book written by a very skilled writer The language is simple, the tale action packed Every little task in Thomas Manning s life is life threatening Every man for himself, rewards are very tempting, and threats are exceedingly substantial Paul Almond s portrayal of the Mik maq is very accurate, he embraces the true circumstances and includes the significant legends of the people I will be passing this book around, or possibly buying others copies and holding tight to my copy This is the first in a six book saga, I will placing all the others on my wish list originally posted at Mrs Q Book Addict


  8. Sverre Sverre says:

    Paul Almond has based his story on an actual Royal Navy warship s arrival in Chaleur Bay, Lower Canada Quebec early in the 19th century The narrator is Thomas Manning alias James Alford , a midshipman on the ship who escapes by swimming to the Gaspe shore through the chilly waters Ashore he encounters members of the Micmac tribe and he finds refuge in their village Being a deserter, he has to be constantly vigilant not to be found and caught by the Royal Marines His ambition is to settle Paul Almond has based his story on an actual Royal Navy warship s arrival in Chaleur Bay, Lower Canada Quebec early in the 19th century The narrator is Thomas Manning alias James Alford , a midshipman on the ship who escapes by swimming to the Gaspe shore through the chilly waters Ashore he encounters members of the Micmac tribe and he finds refuge in their village Being a deserter, he has to be constantly vigilant not to be found and caught by the Royal Marines His ambition is to settle down and wrestle the untamed wilderness to establish his family on a farm of his own But, whenever he thinks he can see his futureclearly he encounters unexpected perils and great hardships Falling in love with an Indian maiden feeds his callow emotions and makes his decisionsdifficult The book concludes with tragic anguish but also happy expectations The next five books hold promise of further adventures as Thomas settles and his progeny will become woven into the Canadian fabric.This book is good because Almond writes about what he knows Not only is he familiar with the locations in the story which became communities that still exist and the weather, flora and fauna but he also has a good grasp of the language and culture of the Micmac and the French settlers His research has been exhaustive and he has sought advice from many for authentication This is not great literature but it deserves to be read by anyone hungry for Canadian history It is very suitable for young people


  9. Shonna Froebel Shonna Froebel says:

    This is the first book in a new series called the Alford Saga Loosely based on Almond s own ancestors, this book includes a good deal of historical research as well as some artistic license.The book begins around 1800, when a young man named Thomas Manning is on a British man o war moored in a small bay of the Gulf of St Lawrence riding out a spring storm Thomas knows the price to be paid if he gets caught deserting, but he has planned in advance for just such an opportunity and knows he may This is the first book in a new series called the Alford Saga Loosely based on Almond s own ancestors, this book includes a good deal of historical research as well as some artistic license.The book begins around 1800, when a young man named Thomas Manning is on a British man o war moored in a small bay of the Gulf of St Lawrence riding out a spring storm Thomas knows the price to be paid if he gets caught deserting, but he has planned in advance for just such an opportunity and knows he may not get another chance before his ship heads back to join the fight against Napoleon.He makes his way ashore and begins the trek inland, encountering a tribe of Micmac natives They assist his endeavors and he becomes close to them He begins to make a home for himself, but also works at a French village building ships He also encounters some English settlers, using an assumed name, James Alford, to hide his identity in case they are looking for him for desertion.As he learns skills from his employer, and from the natives, Thomas begins to make a life and start his own family This book ends with him at that point, opening the opportunities for furthering the story in later books The story flows well and Thomas comes across as a believable characters The natives are also portrayed well and with respect This is an interesting story and I look forward to future installments


  10. Jan Jan says:

    The Deserter by Paul Almond is a very enjoyable historical novel about a young man who jumps overboard from a British Navy ship while it lies just off the coast of Canada in the early 1800 s He d been waiting a long time for his chance to start over in the New World, and he had only one chance as a deserter Now running from the British Navy and facing a completely unknown future, Thomas Manning had only the clothes on his back and a few tools to try to stay alive and start his life over.The The Deserter by Paul Almond is a very enjoyable historical novel about a young man who jumps overboard from a British Navy ship while it lies just off the coast of Canada in the early 1800 s He d been waiting a long time for his chance to start over in the New World, and he had only one chance as a deserter Now running from the British Navy and facing a completely unknown future, Thomas Manning had only the clothes on his back and a few tools to try to stay alive and start his life over.The opening of the book drew me in, as I immediately wanted to see if Thomas was able to make it off the ship The settings were very vivid, and I felt the writing was quite authentic to time and place The story moves along at a good pace and I didn t feel that it bogged down at any spot The chapters were fine reading lengths and ended at suitable break points few cliffhangers that I remember I liked the story and will definitely consider the next book in the trilogy.NOTE I was impressed by the editing and the layout of the Kindle version formatting Unlike many e books, this one was exemplary Congratulations to the editor


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The Deserter ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ The Deserter By Paul Almond ❅ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Imagine you re on a British man o war, anchored in an estuary of the Gulf of St Lawrence, around Behind the high red cliffs lie hundreds of miles of uncharted wilderness If you jump ship and are caug Imagine you re on a British man o war, anchored in an estuary of the Gulf of St Lawrence, aroundBehind the high red cliffs lie hundreds of miles of uncharted wilderness If you jump ship and are caught, you will be branded a deserter subject to death by one hundred lashes If you jump, the icy waters could freeze your body and claim your soul This is your one chance for a life in the New World Do you jump Thomas Manning did, and his leap into uncertainty begins the epic tale of a pioneer family The Deserter is Book One of the Alford saga, a series chronicling two hundred years of North American history.