Into the Americas

Into the Americas

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Kindle Edition, Pages: 542

Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Young Adult Romance

Language: English

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INTO THE AMERICAS (A novel based on a true story) is a gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history’s greatest survival stories. It was inspired by the diary entries of young English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard the brigantine The Boston and also during his sojourn at Nootka Sound, on North Americas western seaboard, from 1802 to 1805.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The World Duology and The Orphan Trilogy), INTO THE AMERICAS is a tale of two vastly different cultures – Indigenous North American and European civilization – colliding head on. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

Nineteen year-old blacksmith John Jewitt is one of only two survivors after his crewmates clash with the fierce Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest. A life of slavery awaits John and his fellow survivor, a belligerent American sailmaker, in a village ruled by the iron fist of Maquina, the all-powerful chief. Desperate to taste freedom again, they make several doomed escape attempts over mountains and sea. Only their value to the tribe and John’s relationship with Maquina prevents their captors from killing them.

As the seasons pass, John ‘goes Indian’ after falling in love with Eu-stochee, a beautiful maiden. This further alienates him from his fellow captive whose defiance leads to violent consequences. In the bloodshed that follows, John discovers another side to himself – a side he never knew existed and a side he detests. His desire to be reunited with the family and friends he left behind returns even stronger than before.

The stakes rise when John learns Eu-stochee is pregnant. When a final opportunity to escape arises, he must choose between returning to civilization or staying with Eu-stochee and their newborn son.

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  •    Kajibei Izaijs
    2020
    Into The Americas: A Novel Based on A True Story was written by Lance and James Morcan. It is a really good book and easy to read. It is based on the diary of John Jewitt from the 1780’s. Based on other research, the characters were filled out and the customs followed as best as possible. Lance and James Morcan do their research meticulously and in great depth. This makes their books so interesting.
    John Jewitt went to sea on board The Boston with the reluctant permission of his family. They had other plans for him which were definitely not going to sea. They wanted him to stay home and take over the family blacksmith business. John, however, wanted to go to sea and was given the opportunity to be the assistant to the blacksmith on board the ship. John was quite excited and got along well with most of his shipmates. The one sailor he really didn’t get along with and neither did anyone else was Jonathan Thompson, the sailmaker. He was a difficult man; but beneath his rough exterior he was a good man.
    While trading with the Mowachahts, one of the men raped one of the Indian maidens. The Mowachahts reacted harshly and murdered all the men on The Boston except John and Jonathan. The chief, Maquina, wanted John to fix the muskets and to make other weapons. Jonathan was alive only because he was confined to below decks at the time and was drunk. John saved Jonathan’s life by saying Jonathan was his Father. Reluctantly Maquina allowed them to live and they became slaves.
    The book tells of their lives as slaves and how John Jewitt helped the Indians and Jonathan Thompson. John is married to an Indian maiden to make him have more roots in the company so he wouldn’t try to run away.
    The book is excellent reading.

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