Title: Axe of Iron: The Settlers
Website of Author: http://www.vinlandpublishing.com/
Publisher: Vinland Publishers, LLC
Website of Publisher: http://www.vinlandpublishing.com/
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: May 2008
Length: 400 pages
Reviewer: Lucille P. Robinson
Halfdan Ingolfsson and the shipmates accompanying him left Greenland with their minds filled with the stories told by other Northmen—Northmen who had been successful in helping to build two settlements on the eastern coast of North America long before Columbus was born. Halfdan understood the hardships of carving a living space out of virgin territory. He knew about the fights with the area’s inhabitants known as Skraelings (thought to have been Indians). As a result, Halfdan wants to go to a different place, hoping to make contact with different Skraelings and try to live peaceably amongst them.
The story ends with a premonition of a future battle with the Naskapi Indians. Look for its sequel—Axe of Iron: Confrontation. The student of history and the reader who loves historical romances and accounts of explorations of new lands will love this book. Good descriptions, although a little slow reading at first, gives the reader a fair idea of the Northmen’s way of life, their tools, their dreams and their labors. The thrill of facing the unknown and the courage of these pioneer men and women make this book a good read. I recommend this book to them and to those who have been attracted to the stories of the Vikings of old.
J.A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife Phyllis. He has been associated with commercial aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. As an engineering technical writer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems Group, of Phoenix, AZ, he authored two comprehensive pilots’ manuals on aircraft computer guidance systems and several supplemental aircraft radar manuals. His manuals are published and distributed worldwide to airline operators by Honeywell Engineering.
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