Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Axe Of Iron: The Settlers


If you stopped by yesterday, you read a great guest post by J.A. Hunsinger. J.A. Hunsinger is the author of a new historical fiction book about Northmen or Vikings called Axe of Iron:The Settlers. If you have not read the guest post yet check it out I think that you will find it very interesting. Axe of Iron:The Settlers is the first book in a series based on this group of Northmen. Also I put up a little information about the book on yesterday's post. Today is my review on this very intriguing, interesting book.

Halfdan Ingolfsson and his second-in-command Gudbjartur Einarsson with a group of people from Iceland and Greenland journey to Vinland (North America) to make a better life for themselves. On their journey they experience hardship and fun times together. The purpose of this expedition is to establish a permanent settlement. They must develop a peaceful relationship with the Skraelings (native people of North America). This is paramount to their survival.

You can tell that Hunsinger put a lot of time and effort into his research. Hunsinger explains the daily lives of the Northmen in great detail. As you read this book you get the feel that you are actually there. You can see, hear, feel what the Northmen had to endure to survive. I am just glad that I don't have to do all they did just to have food.

When you think of Northmen or Vikings, you think of the stereotypical ones who rape and pillage. (Well at least I do.) This books gives you a different perspective on what Vikings are, just typical people who care about their family and friends. These Northmen just want to explore Vinland and live peacefully in their new land.

The characters are well written and believable. I enjoyed the characters interactions with each other.

Axe of Iron: The Settlers is an accurate glimpse into the lives of the Northmen. You get to see how brutal and savage and how ordinary and gentle the Northmen were. It is about a time period that one does not normally read about. Overall, I found this book to be a fantastic read. I give it 4.5 Stars. I look forward to the other books in this continuing saga. I can't wait to see what happens to this group of first settlers in North America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife Phyllis. The first novel of his character-driven, historical fiction series, Axe of Iron: The Settlers, 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, Phoenix, AZ, 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, Phoenix, AZ. He also published an article, Flight Into Danger, in Flying Magazine, (August 2002).

Historical Novel Society, American Institute of Archaeology, Canadian Archaeology Association, and IBPA-Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the fraternal and trade organizations in which he holds membership.



Happy Reading

11 comments:

Beth F said...

You've totally sold me on this novel. Sounds great!

Tracee said...

This review is excellent!

schultpe said...

Mr. Hunsinger's novel sounds excellent; I look forward to reading it. As a History teacher, I find it refreshing to see someone provide a more fully-rounded exploration of Norse culture, which was truly sophisticated on so many levels. I am also an author of historical fiction. My new novel is entitled The Fuhrer Virus. It is a WWII spy/conspiracy/thriller for adolescent/adult readers and can be found at www.eloquentbooks.com/TheFuhrerVirus.html, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com.

Thanks!

Paul Schultz

Dorothy Thompson said...

Wow, excellent review, April. Thank you!

J. A. Hunsinger said...

Good Morning, All,
I apologize for not knowing whose site this is, but Dorothy has me featured on so many during March and April that I confess to a certain amount of name confusion. Anyway, thank you for your great review of my novel Axe of Iron: The Settlers. Your review is very valuable because historical fiction, especially about a medieval people such as the Greenland Vikings, is not really your bag, so your opinion is doubly important to me.
To Beth, Tracee, and Paul, thank you all for your comments and the time spent to make them. I appreciate your efforts very much.
I will visit from time to time so as to respond to visitor's comments. Until then, have a great day everyone.
Jerry

J. A. Hunsinger said...

Hi Again,
I did some more research into this site's owner: I think this is Shawn. I hope so. If I have it wrong, sorry. As I have said I am suffering from name confusion. So, thanks Shawn for your terrific review, I really appreciate your effort and expertise.
Jerry

J. A. Hunsinger said...

Well, I guess that's it for today, Shawn. I've posted your review on my website and blog, take a look if you'd like. Thanks for everything. Stay in touch.
Best,
Jerry

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Hi :)

I was just passing by to tell you that you have an award waiting for you here :)

http://desertrosebooklogue.blogspot.com/2009/03/sisterhood-award.html

Please come and pick it up ;)

Yvonne said...

I just gave you an award too.

http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2009/03/sisterhood-award.html

Pabast said...

Beth F.- It was great. I can't wait for book 2 in this series. I want to know what happens to this group of Northmen.

Tracee-Thank You

Schultpe-I think that you will find the details in this book historical accurate from what we know about Norse culture. When you read this book you can tell that Jerry did a lot of research. You book looks interesting. I will have to check it out.

Dorothy-Thank you but this is Lissa or as Jerry knows me as Shawn. Lissa family nickname Shawn birth name. The short version.

Jerry-Thanks for visiting. I am honored. I am glad you liked my review and you posted it on your website and blog.

DesertRose and Yvonne-Thanks for the sisterhood award. I will have my chosen ones up soon.

I think that covers everyone.

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