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The Settlers (The Australians #2)

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Gripped by the searing violence of their heritage, they faced an untamed continent teeming with anarchy, mutiny, and corruption; a savage world seething with human hunger; a rich wilderness that promised a radiant future of peace and hope for unborn generations yet to come.
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 15th 1982 by Dell (first published 1980)
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Sep 03, 2012 Misfit rated it liked it
The Settlers is the second book in a long series on the founding of Australia. This book continues the story of Jenny Taggert, now free from her convict status, but she (and others) bear the stigma of it and are shunned by the free settlers now arriving. The new colony struggles with the land, as well as the growing power and corruption of the military, who cares for little except making a quick buck.

I did enjoy this for the most part, especially when it focused on Jenny and her relationships w
Jul 22, 2012 Maudie rated it really liked it
Needing a break from my fascination with the medieval period, I picked up the first three books of William Stuart Long's Australian series not knowing what to expect and was "hooked" almost from the first page.

The characters who people his work are well drawn, endurable and rowdy enough to settle untamed territories. Historical figures are clearly defined, interesting and aptly researched which is always a welcomed addition to any book dealing with historical fiction. Plus,

An extra bonus is tha
Jill Holmes
Oct 18, 2012 Jill Holmes rated it liked it
This second volume in William Stuart Long's epic history of "The Australians" is another masterful presentation of history in the form of a novel. Our protagonist, wrongfully exiled Englishwoman Jennie Taggart, yearns for a lost love, finds a new one, and faces the challenges of survival near Sydney in the colony of exiled criminals that is to become Australia. Jennie works diligently at her tiny plot of land and at keeping a clean record as an outstanding citizen so she can win her freedom. She ...more
Carol Mandel
May 03, 2016 Carol Mandel rated it it was amazing
I am learning so much about the founding of Australia, and how it must have been for my convict ancestors who were sent there from England! Very readable, though must admit, there are so many historical characters, that I sometimes lose track of them...Am continuing on with the series, and have ordered all the remaining from Amazon and B&N as used paperbacks - my library doesn't carry them, nor are they available as ebooks. I just wanted to acquire them before they were no longer available.. ...more
Fred Ann
Apr 08, 2014 Fred Ann rated it liked it
The novel I have read The Setters follows the book the exiles and the leading female is Jenny Taggett as is written here about a book with the same title ,The Settlers, by William Stuart Long. This book, the story is the same I have read , however it was written by Vivian Stuart I am confused as to who realy has written this historical novel?
Aug 18, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I can see why my Mom loved this series. It is hard to put down! This book continues the life of Jenny Taggert, transported to Australia for a crime she didn't commit in the late 1700s.
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Oct 08, 2011 D.A. Cairns rated it it was amazing
Second in the series and no let up in the quality. I love Jenny Taggart. I laughed with her, I rejoiced with her and cried with her. What a woman. The cast of supporting characters are terrific and the a historical authenticity of the narrative within which the fictional characters interact is fascinating. John Macarthur is loathesome as are his bunch of cronies who are supposed to be responsible for the maintenance of good order in the colony. Governor Bligh is an enigma whom I am hoping to unr ...more
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Sep 07, 2010 Andrea Michaels rated it it was amazing
If you love history, you'll love this book. I've been reading as many of the series as I can get my hands on. I'm going to post all the others so far.
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The Australians (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Traitors (The Australians, #3)
  • The Explorers (The Australians, #4)
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