New Historical Novel Explores the Human Desire for Adventure in the Unknown

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History professor Arnie Zimbelman taps into the curiosity and determination of early settlers

Arnie Zimbelman has studied and taught about early American settlers for nearly four decades. Often, he centers on a fascinating question: What made individuals leave behind the comforts of the Old World and endeavor to build a new life in an unknown land? Zimbelman attempts to answer this question with his fictional novel, “Exile from Jamestown.”

“Exile from Jamestown” chronicles the adventures of Geoffry Payne as he joins a group of hopefuls aboard the “Susan Constant” in search of gold, silver and pearls in the New World. Their ideals and hope for the new home “James’ Towne” are quickly dashed when the regime of Captain John Smith ends.

Payne is eventually forced to flee “James’ Towne” for his life, finding safety in a distant Native American village. He also finds love and mystery in the local chief’s “daughter”, Priscilla. Together, the two attempt to build a home and explore the world.

“After 38 years of teaching on this time period, I felt that I was beginning to understand the human motivations that influenced people to venture into the unknown,” Zimbelman said. “It is the sense of adventure, curiosity and wonder that I have tried to capture with Exile from Jamestown.”

“Exile from Jamestown”
By Arnie P. Zimbelman
ISBN: 9780595809110 (hardcover) 9780595348985 (softcover) 9780595796151 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Dr. Arnie P. Zimbelman spent 38 years teaching history, primarily at the college level, specializing in America’s early beginnings. Now retired, Dr. Zimbelman continues to reflect his love of the past through his historical novels. He is also the author of Recompense: Return to Oberammergau, a novel depicting how the Black Plague swept through Europe in the 17th Century, and Betrayal at Popham: “The Lost Colony” of Maine, a novel that characterizes the British effort to establish a 1607 colony in Maine. He currently lives in Elk Grove, California.
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