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The Adventures of Captain Edward L. O'Malley and Friends by Michael Neis Paperback – 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fidlar- Doubleday Inc. (2011)
  • ASIN: 0983398771
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,220,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ellie Day on January 2, 2012
I suspected, from the title and the square-rigger on the cover, that there would be a journey, but didn't anticipate going to the other side of the world and back. Hang on to your chair! Well, of course, England was at the height of its power and glory and its colonies spanned the world. I think that Neis does a good job of tying history (but not what you ever read in high school or 101 texts) with unbridled adventure. He ties brotherhood together throughout...at its best, well, depending on being part of a brotherhood, or coming up against it, where they've "got your back". That isn't always a good thing and sometimes one can get away with murder. . .but then, it was a brutal time in many ways. It also was a time where white men were supreme. Women were inferior, and their possessions, slavery was a well-established part of England's economy, and non-whites were treated as sub-human, and the Me'tis or mixed-bloods, were used and abused. The author does use terms that wouldn't pass political correctness standards of today, but you need to keep in mind that terms used in the book do reflect the times. Actually, Neis uses some constraint. Adventures begin before leaving the London dock and just when you think you are finally off to sea and things that happened are left behind, there is another crisis/adventure. . . and another. . . and another. You have little time to catch your breath to relax and enjoy the journey. Of course, this will not be just an enjoyable cruise for Captain Edward, with a restless crew and a cargo that defines British cruelty of that time. Neis is protective of women, allows for the mores and roughness of the time, and conveys well the sincere wishes of Captain Edward to push the boundaries of Christian kindness of the day as much as he can under the circumstances.
Read and get ready for the journey. The adventures (throw in a blood-sucking Count and pirates into the mix) leave you wondering, "What Next?"
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"The Adventures of Captain Edward L. O'Malley & Friends" (2011) by Michael J. Neis is the remarkable adventure of a young British naval officer & some of his descendants in the 19th century world of Australia & America, where they married & mixed with the women of various Native American tribes so as to be among those who produced what is known as the half-breeds or Metis of Canada & the US. This is an example of fictionalized genealogy at its best & is well worth a read. The book is an enjoyable change of pace that gives both the heartless & hopeful sides of the 19th century.
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