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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In any other circumstance but shipwreck, rape and murder, a man like Michiel van Texel would never have met a fine lady such as Cornelia Noorstrandt.

He was just a soldier, a sergeant in the Dutch East India company’s army, on his way from Amsterdam to the Indies to fight the Mataram. Such a woman was far above the likes of him.

But both their destinies intertwine far away f
Published July 8th 2014 by Cool Gus Publishing
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Голямо разочарование. Очаквах историческа романтика, а получих брутална история, изпълнена с насилие и издевателства. Дори главните герои не бяха толкова главни, колкото би трябвало. Със сигурност това ще е последната ми среща с авторката, макар да беше и първата.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to historical fiction readers and people who love to read. The author's writing mechanics are, as always, very good. I have read several of his books, and he has never disappointed me in his written word.

I am somewhat confused about the route the Dutch East India fleet took in traveling by ship from Holland to the East Indies. It just seems like they took the long way around, but what do I know about such distances by sea? This book is based on a true story that occurred in
Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
To me, few things are better than a great stand alone historical novel. I knew that the author had a talent for the historical fiction craft way back when I read, When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra, (in my pre-blogging days). And he does not disappoint with East India.

What the author does best in this novel is to really bring out the true grit of what travel by sea must have been like in the 17th century. I certainly can't imagine being on board a ship, in cramped and less than hygienic con
Danito R.Partalska
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Изключително много ми хареса тази книга!Автора се нарежда до любимите ми след ,като съм чела и Харем.Тази книга е толкова реалистична,че накрая се оказа,че е написана от факти от най—шокиращото корабокрушение в историята.Книгата не е лека и не е подходяща за дами търсещи леки четива с романтика.От книгата има всичко,но основата му е да покаже различните среди как изострят нравите на хората.Как от добър можеш да станеш лош и обратното.Поставят се темите за честа,морала ,първичното в хората.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
"East India" is a historical fiction that starts out during a archaeology dig in the present day before flashing back to the 17th century. Right from the very beginning, there is a mystery as to who exactly the bodies are that the archaeologists find in the present day. When we are swept back to the 17th century during the time of high seas adventures in the Dutch East India Company, we uncover those people. This book is billed as a love story and yes, a love story is present; however, there is ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Colin Falconer's East India was an interesting read for me. Past experience being what it is, I was immediately skeptical of the piece, but the praise of my fellow reviewers roused a curiosity I couldn't well ignore.

To get right to the point, I liked East India a lot more than I'd expected. The shipwreck was a perfect platform for Falconer to weave a gritty tale of doubt, danger and desperation. I enjoyed the romantic aspec
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adventure on the historical high seas. The Company owns everyone, their property is held above all else. The East India's premier boat becomes shipwrecked on a reef, where society turns to the primeval. It shows how quickly society can breakdown. Each of the characters show the different directions a personality can go when under severe circumstances. Will good ultimately win over evil? Will the overrated commander be able to find the ship and island in time to save the stranded. A wonderful his ...more
Leonide Martin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of the Dutch ship Batavia, shipwrecked off the coast of Australia in 1629, has been told many times. It is a tale of unrelenting brutality and horror, a testimony to the worst possible of human behavior. In East India, Falconer relates the essential parts of the Batavia shipwreck, the plot following actual events quite closely, but enriches it with a love story that transcends class and wealth and shows the heroic potential of men and women. Readers are quickly drawn into the intrigues ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Based on the true historical event of the Batavia drowning, this novel takes the reader into a bottomless pit of despair and horror experienced by the survivors of a Dutch ship headed to the East Indies. The problems on the ship start as soon as it leaves the dock. The admiral is weak and sickly. Other men on the ship, ambitious and blood-thirsty, get more and more difficult to master and control as time goes by. They are lustful for the goods, money and women on board, and plan to take the ship ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

copy received from: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review

I’ve never read Collin Falconer before so I had no idea what to expect! Wow! This was an unexpected adventure with twists and turns.

On its maiden voyage from Holland to Batavia, the East India Company sends Utrecht on a five month journey. Cornelia Noorstrandt is one of the passengers on the ship. She is on her way to meet her husband that is already in Batavia. It’s obvious from the first couple of pages that she is
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the novel, EAST INDIA, internationally bestselling author, Colin Falconer, has written a fictionalized accounting of a terrible tale of depravity and barbarity that is known the world over – that of the shipwreck Batavia in 1629 that became one of the most incredible stories of shipwreck ever recorded and one of the bloodiest chapters in Australia's history.

The plight of the women is especially tragic and horrendous.

Some survivors of the shipwreck made it to some tiny islands that lacked wat
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Colin Falconer is fast becoming a favorite of mine. Isabella: Braveheart was what introduced me to Colin Falconer.

The first chapter is enough to grab ones attention, as it takes place in present day, then jumps back to 1629 where the story unfolds. I have never heard of the shipwreck of the Utrecht which took place off the coast of Australia. But as soon as I was finished reading I googled what I could to learn more.

Here is a story of total depravity and inhumanity that I could not turn away fro
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction on the high seas! The living conditions on an ill-fated trade ship during the early 1600s were horrendous, and the descriptive realism often made me nauseous. Yes, it is technically a love story, but there is much more mayhem, misfortune and murder than mushiness. In my opinion, it was interesting and obviously thoroughly researched yet just an okay read.

*I received this free copy in return for an honest review, and opinions are mine alone.

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Janice Alter
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I did not finish this book
Irene Adam
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free advance e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no personal affiliation with the author. Wow! Another amazing piece of historical fiction by Colin Falconer. This book is based on the actual shipwreck of the Batavia. We see horror, murder, madness, survival and all sides of human behavior in those who are shipwrecked. There is a complete personality turnaround in some of the survivors of the shipwrecked. Finding water and surviving the ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my new favorite writers!

I read the Silk Road by Falconer and I couldn't put it down. The minute it was done I wanted more and that is when I found Easy India. Again, I devoured it and again, I want more!
Beth Brooks
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best historical fiction I've read in a long time!

Thrillingly written historical fiction! A page-turner of the first order. Can't believe I'm actually going to say, "I couldn't put it down!"
Sekhar N Banerjee
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I do not know how these books get published. It was a nightmare - the plot is banal and to a great extent amateurish. My caution to would be readers - do not make the same mistake as I did, do not buy the book
Veselina Bakalova-Mihaylovska
Определено не ми допадна толкова, колкото предишните книги на автора. Все пак фен съм на преплитането на исторически факти и художествена измислица. Не се учудвам на описанията и жестокостите, които са представени и малко ми напомня обстановката на "Ужас" на Дан Симънс. Бързо се чете и увлича.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of East India from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. When I accepted this book, I was not familiar with the author. And while I hoped the book would be good, I did not expect the story to be so fascinating. From page one, this historical fiction romance novel begins at an excavation in the present day with the mystery of one man's bones.

The story then plummets into the past aboard the Utrecht in 1628. Here we meet Cornelia Noorstrandt,
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I feel by far this book's strongest point is its story. It's incredible the amount of emotion and drama Colin has been able to plug into this work. There's betrayal, murder, horror, survival, heroism, insanity, the extremes of human behavior, and a dash of romance for flavor. The author chose the shipwreck of the Batavia well as a backdrop for his dramatization. He's able to bring to life the extremes these people experienced as they tried to survive being wrecked on rocky, barren islands, all w ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Colin Falconer's story was inspired by a real shipwreck. East India is the tale of men revealing the true extent of their wickedness and degeneracy when faced with the challenge of surviving in conditions they were not prepared to face.

Mr. Falconer's portrayal of life on board a ship is gritty and uncomfortable. On a ship crewed by malcontents and would be mutineers, the passengers are blissfully unaware of their precarious situation. But they are one shipwreck away from becoming enlightened.

Hallie Szott
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Colin Falconer’s East India fictionalizes the history of the Batavia shipwreck in 1629, a piece of history I had never known before this novel, and brings it to life in fascinating, horrifying and vivid detail. With all his well-crafted and distinct characters, Falconer believably and authentically explores the whole gamut of human depravity. Manipulation, greed, lust, rape, murder, betrayal… It’s all right there. Appalled yet captivated, I couldn’t seem t
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A bloody stain on Australian history is interpreted through the keen eye, and creativity only Colin Falconer possesses. The shipwreck of Batavia in 1629 is factionalized in all its savagery creating one riveting page turner.

East India is not only a story of survival, it contains mutiny, rape, murder, madness, utter mayhem and rescue amongst superb characterization and a firm, gripping narrative. No surprise women during this time and event suffered the unimaginable. Alliances are formed as inter
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was my first book by the author and I have to say that I was impressed enough that I would certainly read his future releases.

I am probably in the minority but I did not actually like Cornelia. She was, frankly, a nasty, horrible woman who reminded me of a certain hotel heiress and I was actually a little bit disappointed when she did not suffer the same fate as many of her shipmates. Alas, she survived long enough to fall in love with a lowly soldier (who could have done much better for hi
Cindy Woods
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure evil

Colin Falconer is exceptional at writing historical fiction. This book is a case in point. The story is based on an actual shipwreck of an East Indies company ship out of Holland in the 17th century. The site of the wreck is in what is now known as Australia. This is told from every aspect of the voyage, ship running aground on the reefs, survival and eventual rescue of those aboard the fated ship. Falconer gives us insight into varying characters' thinking processes, opinions, ideation
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”

I enjoyed this book way more than I expected too. It isn't a part of my typically enjoyed genre and as I started it, I wasn't really sure where it was going to take me and if I would even like it enough to keep going. But I did get it free for an honest review so I tried sticking it out.

I couldn't put the book down. While the storyline kept me kind of wondering where we could possibly going with all this. Before I realized it, I r
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I received East India as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Shipwrecked on remote islands off the coast of Australia, the passengers and crew of the Utrecht find themselves fighting for their physical and mental well-being. Among the survivors are the wealthy Cornelia Noorstrandt and the common soldier Michiel van Texel who loves her. However, the couple and their ill-fated relationship faces increasing obstacles as they and their fellow survivals find themselves in ever-increasing danger from the ele
Victoria Brinius
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading "East India ". From the moment they meet Cornelia Noorstrat and Michiel van Texel meet they believe they cannot have a future because they are not of equal standing. She is a lady and he is a soldier, so that makes her above him. While on a ship they are met with tons of hardships to endure. Throughout horrible events they realize that they are in love. But, will they survive to be together when the odds are that they will not. This is a novel of sacrifice, love and betra ...more
Danielle Bonam
The Stuff of Nightmares

Falconer brings the horror and brutality of man to life in this novel. Although there is the twist of romance, I found this book to give me the most vivid of nightmares.

Being trapped on an island with men driven crazy by greed and power. Is utterly frightening. Falconer does a great job bringing an unknown story to light. I'm go into read about the events of the Batavia. Wow, great story.
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