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Welcome to New York City, 1609.
When a Native American (Lenape) boy joins Henry Hudson's expedition up the river that now bears his name, the fearless and visionary--and misunderstood--Dancing Fish doesn't realize his entire world and way of life are in peril. Enthralled at first by these strangers, he begins to discover their dark and dangerous side, touching off a decades
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Kindle Edition, 579 pages
Published May 13th 2018 by Phoozl, LLC
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Peter
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New York 1609: A Historical Novel (Omnibus Edition) is a collection of 4 novellas, each covering the following 4 time periods i) 1609 ii) 1612-13 iii) 1625-26 iv) 1640-44, and each chronicling the stages of European colonisation of Mannahatta Island and its surrounding area. As a complete set of novels, they form an incredibly visual and epic story of a changing native culture. The novel is about family, friends, society and our coexistence with nature and how different people value
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Winifred Morris
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Johnson’s writing is smooth, and this book is filled with well-developed characters and page-turning action. It tells the story of the European settlement of Manhattan from Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River to when the native population, depleted by disease and failed attempts to defend themselves, were forced to leave. I especially enjoyed the description of the Dutch settlement, a crude and miserable attempt in Johnson’s portrayal, with many of the Dutch more interested in making ...more
Terry Tyler
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this via an ARC from the author, for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected the honesty of this review.

A terrific novel, telling of the 'discovery' of Manhattan Island by Henry Hudson, and the beginning of the callous and careless ruination of the Native American way of life.

The main character is the part-white Dancing Fish, who believes he is gifted with insight into the ways of the 'visitors' from the east. The story starts in 1609 and moves, thr
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This novel tells the story of the birth of New York, from its early days in 1609 and the arrival of Henry Hudson on the river that now bears his name, to the emergence and consolidation of the Dutch in the late 1640’s.

It is told, in the third person, primarily from the point of view of Dancing Fish, a young native in 1609 whose grandfather was white.

This is an omnibus edition, with the different stages being 1609, 1612-13, 1625-2
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Gerry Petencin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started 1609 nearly a year ago, enjoyed it from the beginning, but (as seems to be habit with me, A.D.D.?) set it down unfinished. Anyhow I wanted a Kindle read for a plane trip this past week and fired up Harald's 1609 again. And found it to be an enjoyable, easy read from beginning (again) to end. I'm impressed by the amount of hard work - research the author has put into his effort, which he documents in an equally well written postscript, So here we are : 400 hundred years after Hudson "di ...more
JD Jarvis
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would think an author would feel hemmed-in by history, you can’t change the ending and (talk about a spoiler-alert) everyone knows it already. But, with “New York 1609” author Harald Johnson proves its not the destination, but the journey that counts. History has already provided an amazing story, so what Harald does is to people the story with characters and situations that allow readers to feel that they know and have, to a degree, experienced that history. In particular, after reading 1609 ...more
Andrew
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've thoroughly enjoyed the four books (or parts) that make up this Omnibus Edition of New York 1609. I always feel instantly transported to the magical island of "Mannahatta" when I read the fictional, yet very believable, accounts of the many characters in the stories. I've compiled comments for the first three books below, and I am still reading Book 4 (1640).

Book/Part 1: 1609: As someone who loves history (and to a lesser extent, historical fiction) I found this book to be both educational a
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Abigail Marks
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical Fiction at its Best!

The expanded omnibus edition of this amazing work of historical fiction portrays the collision of two worlds from Henry Hudson’s “discovery of Manhattan” and the river that bears his name in 1609 through the decades that follow. With almost a half century scope, Mr. Johnson brings to life characters and events leading to the foundation of New York City on the ruins of the Native American tribes who called it home before first contact. Notwithstanding that arc, the
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Thomas A. Simmons
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A powerful story of the. Indigenous people of Manhattan!

This is a rich work of historical indigenous people. It invoked thoughts of another, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. They are very different but just as powerful in the telling of how ruthlessly the original dwellers of America were killed and dispossessed. Johnson takes great care to give an accurate depiction of true characters and events. The reader identifies with the Indians but also the motives of the Europeans. In other words , we hav
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John M.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I initially was concerned that the book’s 555-pages would be overwritten and boring, I am pleased to report that I was right to crack it open and read! Harald Johnson has written a gripping and exciting tale of early to mid-17th century history. Like any historical fiction work, New York 1609 is comprised of real and fictitious characters and events and all are presented in an even-handed way, warts and all. I especially appreciated the sympathetic way in which Johnson presented his Nat ...more
Janet Stack
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of the Native American Manahate band and its relationship with the first white European explorers, traders, and settlers over a period of 35 years in what is now Manhattan. The two main characters are fictional young natives learning to deal with the encroaching white men in different ways. As the story progresses, the relationship between the natives and the Europeans goes from welcoming to warring. The author clearly did a great deal of careful research into the histo ...more
Jann Grimes
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this and learning more about the Native Americans

Enjoyed reading this account of the beginning of what is now New York City. Was also surprised to find one of my very distant grandfathers with in the storyline. I am going to have to try to read more about Everardus Bogardus.
Eric Z.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super RICH stories and very very interesting!
These stories tell in great detail and SUSPENSE, not only the highs and lows of the characters, but the development of UR-New-York and the indigenous American tribes.

A review cannot go into the depth necessary, but suffice to say, this series is like "THE TRILOGY" of Historic Fiction -- good stuff all around!
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Gilles Biscos
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and well documented epic story! ….. Immense source of food for thoughts and inspiration as the immigration debate is gaining momentum around the world …. Impossible to look at New York City the same after reading this amazing book
Helen Hollick
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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"The characters are well drawn, and interesting, as is the entire novel, while the author does not shy away from tackling various ‘political’ issues with a fair-minded balanced approach."
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Kim molinaro
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deeply interesting and balanced read

I enjoyed the book so much. Finding the subject interesting, the authors balanced views well written and leading me also, to wonder how?
Martine
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved these novellas! They are so well written and I instantly connected with all the characters. I was sad to see the story come to an end. Well done!
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Harald Johnson is an author of both fiction and nonfiction, a publisher, and a lifelong swimmer—who actually swam nonstop around New York’s Manhattan island. His debut novel (New York 1609, 2018) was the first-ever to explore the birth of New York City (and Manhattan) from its earliest beginnings. His most recent novel series is a science-fiction, time-travel adventure (NEANDER, 2019, 2020) that p ...more

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