Grand Junction, CO (PRWEB) January 6, 2009
In his newly released book, Axe of Iron: The Settlers, author J.A. Hunsinger takes readers back to the year 1008 and tells a Viking tale of exploration and adventure. The story centers on two Northmen explorers, Halfdan Ingolfsson and his second in command, Gudbjartur Einarsson, who lead an expedition to explore and establish a settlement along the coast of North America. Their journey takes them from Greenland to what is now known as Baffin Island, Canada, and then entering Hudson Bay, via the Hudson Strait. Their voyage terminated on the east coast of James Bay, at the extreme south end of Hudson Bay, where the settlement, Halfdansfjord, was built.
The plot of the story concentrates on the trials and tribulations facing the settlers as they try to make a life in the new world. The journey is filled with many deadly challenges such as the brutal force of nature, encounters with the native peoples of North America, as well as social struggles among the settlers. Themes that develop include: the role of family and women, loyalty, betrayal, slavery, religious practices, as well as learning to work with the Native peoples instead of fighting them
As historical fiction, the Hunsinger successfully captures a glimpse of the life of the Norsemen. He also provides a detailed historical perspective of the time period, a glossary, and a map to assist readers in following the journey. The author clearly shows his knowledge and expertise on the subject.
"Axe of Iron is populated with strong, vivid personalities, which mitigates some of the choppiness of the stilted dialogue. The novel avoids the trap of some historical fiction by limiting dry facts--depictions of the Norse people's penchant for fighting and healthy sexual appetites also keep the tale from becoming too staid. While the scarcity of extant Norse artifacts in North America makes it impossible to know for certain how the early Norse settlers lived, this book offers a plausible account. A descriptive and intriguing, if sometimes plodding, narrative."
"Once you read this book, you will no longer consider Norse to be marauding barbarians. Their skills at sustaining life and community are detailed, many, and practicable. Chieftain Halfdan Ingolfsson is faced with the volatility of his own people's tempers as well as the support or opposition of their Native American neighbors. The author's writing reminds me of the great Mika Waltari, who produced so many detailed historical novels and clearly defined the genre. I found this to be a fascinating read and rated it five hearts."
"Hunsinger not only weaves a fascinating tale of adventure a thousand years past, but he also shows readers the daily lives of the settlers in vivid detail, answering those questions that nag at the back of the mind when one reads historical fiction: How did they preserve their food? How did they deal with sanitation? How would their customs translate to a new land? By the end of the book, readers feel like they've taken part in the hardships and joys of colonization."
Axe of Iron: The Settlers is published by Vinland Publishing Llc, ISBN: 0980160103, and can be purchased online at http://www.vinlandpublishing.com/. The novel is also available on all major online bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters.
About the Author:
J. A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, with his wife Phyllis. His Axe of Iron series represents his first serious effort to craft the story of a lifelong interest in the Viking Age, especially as it pertains to Norse exploration west of Iceland and extensive research and archaeological site visitations as an amateur historian. He has tied the discovery of many of the Norse artifacts found on this continent to places and events portrayed in his novels. Much of his adult life has been associated with commercial aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. As an engineering technical writer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems Group in Phoenix, Arizona, he authored two comprehensive pilots' manuals on aircraft computer guidance systems and several supplemental aircraft radar manuals. His manuals were published and distributed worldwide to airline operators by Honeywell Engineering. He also published an article, "Flight Into Danger," in Flying Magazine, (August 2002) Hunsinger is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Canadian Archaeology Association.
If you are interested in reviewing Axe of Iron: The Settlers, or arranging for a talk and book signing, or interview, please contact:
J. A. Hunsinger
Vinland Publishing, LLC
northmantales (at) gmail (dot) com