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The Survivor (Alford Saga #2)

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The second volume in a multi-generational saga of a pioneering family.
Paperback, 259 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by McArthur & Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Erin
May 13, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
The second book in "The Alford Saga" continues the story of Thomas Manning(now known as James Alford) as he continues to make a life for himself in Lower Canada in the 19th century. Paul Almond provides rich historical detail and paints an accurate picture of pioneer life along the Gaspesie. I guess I'll have to let the library know that I'd like to read the rest of the series.
Sheila
Nov 30, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it
A continuation of the first book, The Deserter. Thomas Manning was a British naval officer aboard a ship in the early 1800's near Gaspe Bay Peninsula. He slipped off the ship, swimming to shore. In the first book, he stayed with a MicMac tribe learning the ways of the natives and how to survive the harsh climate. In the first book, his desertion, was exonerated and he was a 'free man'. He had married a young MicMac woman who had died during childbirth. In this second book, he is back on his home ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
This is the second book in the Alford Saga, the first being The Deserter. The series is loosely based on Almond's own ancestors. We rejoin Thomas Manning/James Alford as he overcomes his grief and returns to the small English community of New Carlisle in hopes of work to earn money for supplies, both food and building materials. He ends up in a sawmill, soon proving his value as a hard worker. He teaches an orphan boy working at the mill to read and write and comes through for the boy at a cruci ...more
Sverre
Apr 24, 2013 Sverre rated it really liked it
This, the second book in the Alford historical saga, continues the narrative by Thomas Manning (now James Alford) from 1813-16 as he settles on the south shore of the Gaspe and grows his new family. This volume is as good as the first, and maybe better, in that it involves great hardship, courageous determination, vicious villainy and interpersonal conflicts. In two or three spots I found myself getting emotionally involved, which for me is always a good indication of an author's excellent writi ...more
McArthur and Company
Aug 29, 2011 McArthur and Company rated it it was amazing
Highly anticipated by readers of The Deserter, the second book in the Alford Saga continues the fast-paced story of Canadian settler James Alford as he struggles to build a homestead in the wilderness of the Gaspé peninsula.
Terri
Jan 25, 2013 Terri rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book. Book 2 in the Alford Saga series. Historical fiction about settlers in the Gaspe Coast of Canada. A little amatuerish but still enjoyable. Appropriate for young adults as well. Clean.
Veronica
Feb 07, 2012 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read yet the characters are great and the historical information is fascinating. A unique way of presenting one's family's past and the history of the Gaspe and frontier life.
Carrie Marcotte
A quick read. The novel is an account of life as a pioneer family carving a homestead out of the virgin Gaspe peninsula.
Peter Mcash
Apr 20, 2013 Peter Mcash rated it liked it
The second of 2 in a series. Interesting insight into life on Gaspe in early 1800's
Pat
Feb 20, 2012 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Predictable plot. Not planning on finishing the trilogy.
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Paul Almond, OC is a Canadian former television and motion picture screenwriter, director and producer, and since 1990 has been a novelist.
For the past decade he has devoted himself to writing The Alford Saga, a series of novels based on his own pioneering family saga, of which The Deserter is the first part.
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Other Books in the Series

Alford Saga (6 books)
  • The Gunner (Alford Saga, #6)
  • The Deserter (Alford Saga, #1)
  • The Chaplain (Alford Saga, #5)
  • The Pilgrim (Alford Saga, #4)
  • The Pioneer (Alford Saga, #3)

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