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Isle Royale [Kindle Edition]

John Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Shipwrecks, gangsters, and the mother of all storms. Living in a lighthouse can be murder.

SYNOPSIS:

The year is 1924. The place: Isle Royale, a remote island on Lake Superior. Clarence MacDougal, keeper of Wolf Point Lighthouse, stands ready to guide sailors through treacherous waters.

One storm-tossed night, French-Canadian bootleggers arrive. The gang’s leader is Sean LeBeck, former lover of Collene MacDougal—the lightkeeper’s wife. LeBeck is determined to rescue Collene from her dreary life and rekindle their old passion, even if it means taking her off the island by force.

The lightkeeper’s son, Ian, escapes during the storm, only to stumble upon a hidden cove, home of the last remaining members of the Coast Guard cutter "Chippewa." A dark secret forced the crew to banish themselves. Given one last chance at redemption, the ancient mariners set out on stormy Lake Superior in a desperate attempt to save the day.

Isle Royale is approximately 72,000 words.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John Hamilton's work includes bestselling books about fantasy & folklore, science fiction, the national parks, and pirates. "Lewis & Clark: Adventures West" (Sparrow Media Group) was a finalist at the 17th Annual Minnesota Book Awards in 2005. He is a two-time Golden Duck Award winner for excellence in children’s science fiction literature. John can be found most summers hiking along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.


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About the Author

John Hamilton's work includes bestselling books about fantasy & folklore, science fiction, the national parks, and pirates. "Lewis & Clark: Adventures West" (Sparrow Media Group) was a finalist at the 17th Annual Minnesota Book Awards in 2005. He is a two-time Golden Duck Award winner for excellence in children’s science fiction literature. John can be found most summers hiking along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RavenFire Media, Inc. (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZTMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read March 23, 2011
By Laurie
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up "Isle Royale" because I enjoy historical fiction, and I sure wasn't disappointed. The story is about how a lighthouse on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, and the two families who live there and operate it. Trouble comes when a ruthless gang invades the island. The leader of the gang, who was driven mad in World War I, comes back seeking the woman he loved, now the wife of the lighthouse keeper. Two teenagers have to save the day. Very picturesque language, lots of action and drama, and historically accurate.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Wolves and Moose on Isle Royal January 7, 2011
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Author John Hamilton is a man of many talents who brings his imagination to the creation of a good action adventure centered on Isle Royal rising above the chilling waters of Lake Superior. Hamilton blends the lake's history with a plot full of twists and turns. It is certainly a story of two teenagers coming of age but it is a story of redemption as well. Every action-adventure must have an evil character and this villain is most disagreeable. This story makes North Shore history come alive.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Isle Royale June 18, 2011
By BigAl
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Although "Isle Royale" is a historical thriller, it could also be considered action/adventure and would be an appropriate book for teens as well as adults. Ian, the protagonist, is a teenage boy, stuck on "Isle Royale" with no one his own age except Sally, the daughter of the assistant lighthouse keeper. Between school work and helping his dad, Ian is bored. He doesn't relate well to his father who seems too serious. Ian will sometimes sneak away for fun and exploration, both alone and with Sally, but not nearly as often as he'd like.

A conflict with someone from his parent's past forces Ian to mature quickly. Before the story reaches its resolution, Ian understands his father's motivations and receives a lesson in responsibility. He also experiences the adventure of a lifetime. "Isle Royale" was a fun read with an unexpected supernatural twist.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction Thriller March 12, 2012
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"Isle Royale," by John Hamilton is historical fiction - my favorite type of book. So I was delighted when I picked it up. The story is about two families who man a lighthouse on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. They live a quiet, some may say boring, life in this desolate area. I learned a great deal of history and detail about the area as I read. The setting is 1924 and the adventure begins when a gang of bootleggers pounce on the lighthouse keeper and his family. LeBeck, the bootlegger, is the former friend of Clarence and Collene MacDougal. He's also Collene's former lover. He wants to take her away from this boring life on the island. Between love letters and flashbacks, the author gives much detail about the horrors of World War I.
Despite all the history, the story itself is one of adventure complete with murder and gore. The unlikely heroes of the story are two teenagers and a bunch of old men. This thriller is a bit hard to believe but the historical facts seem to be accurate. If you're a World War I buff or want to learn more about "Isle Royale," this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid story, multiple elements March 8, 2012
By Jean
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Not for the faint of heart. It's an enjoyable read as it takes many elements of storytelling together and combines them into one book. I always approach sea-related stories with caution because some do tend to be really boring, but I think this one struck a nice balance for most of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop excitement + lots of atmosphere August 31, 2011
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I loved this book! I am particularly fond of books with Great Lakes backgrounds so this was an extra treat. Isle Royale is an island in Lake Superior and the book is just full of wonderful information on the dangers and beauties there. Set in the 1920s, Ian is the son of Clarence and Collene, the island's lightkeeper and his wife. He is a typical teenager, bored, restless, yet filled with life and enthusiasm -- especially for rock-climbing, jazz and Sally, the assistant lightkeeper's daughter.

One night a stranger arrives at the lighthouse and the adventure begins. Jean LeBeck was once a great friend of both of Ian's parents, and was once in love with Collene, but now, embittered by his experiences in World War I, he has turned to rum-running.

The book is a fun, fast, read full of phantoms, mysteries, old pirates and young adventure with a delicious feel for life on a Great Lake island and the life of lightkeepers. As I was reading the book it reminded me of my youth and some of the wonderful Disney-type adventure stories. Suitable for Young Adults but lots of fun for grown-ups, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, enjoyable story May 30, 2012
By Erin
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Right off the bat this book gets high marks for having better than average editing for a kindle book. Many kindle books suffer from terrible editing but I only ran into one noticeable error - <SPOILER> When the old sailor dies the line says something about him closing his eyes and never re-opening them, and then on what was the next kindle page Ben was reaching over and closing the guy's eyes. So not huge by any means. <END SPOILER>

I'm not sure "Living in a lighthouse can be murder" really quite fits, that seems like a tagline for more of a mystery book rather than an adventure, but the story is interesting and I liked the characters. The plot is slow at first but picks up fairly quickly with the real action coming at the very very end. I wasn't sure I was going to like Sally, but she turned out to be okay. I really enjoyed the fact that the setting was Lake Superior, that definitely made the story more interesting.

I'd say this book could be good for teenagers and adults alike.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
It was not what I expected, and though it started out slow, but it turned out to be pretty gripping.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca A. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good simple adventure story with Isle Royale geography added.
Published 6 months ago by Raymond E. Hoff
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Book was overly long, seemed action was repetitious, did not hold my interest.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This story was a good read. It has everything
Being a Michiganian, I have always been intrigued with Isle Royale. This story was a good read. It has everything.
Published 8 months ago by Denise Fortner
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome villain, fun setting
This book has the best villain I've read in a long time. He's got a hook for a hand and a backstory that makes him a three-dimensional character, not just a bad guy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kartik Srinivasan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The heroics were a little unbelievable but then they made the story. This would make an entertaining fast paced movie.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I didn't finish this one as the story line was confusing and silly ghosts appearing occasionally .wish author would rewrite as setting and parts of the story were good.
Published 15 months ago by Meedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Mchigan Thriller
Good storyline with interesting twists. Characters somewhat predictable in nature, but a fun read. It was nice to read a local story about the Great Lakes.
Published 16 months ago by Judith L. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable
This is a terrific story about commitment, duty, and honor set in an unusual location. The author did a terrific job with his characters, especially The Lady!
Published 19 months ago by David Kirkey
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I live in Mi and have travelled to the UP and hiked along L Superior. It was fun reading a story with places I am familiar with. Very good book.
Published 20 months ago by c kelley
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More About the Author

John Hamilton is a best-selling novelist and author of more than 200 nonfiction books for young adults. An Active Member of the Western Writers of America and the Wild West History Association, his work has received critical acclaim from School Library Journal, Children's Literature, The Sioux City Journal, We Proceeded On (the official journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation), and many others.

The Western Writers of America selected John's book "Battle of the Little Bighorn" as a Finalist for a 2015 Spur Award for Best Western Junvenile Nonfiction. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature, and his epic retelling of the Lewis & Clark expedition, "Lewis & Clark: Adventures West," was a Minnesota Book Award finalist for Young Adult Nonfiction. School Library Journal said "(Hamilton's) books present a remarkable amount of information and provide readers with a clear understanding of complicated issues."

John is also an award-winning photojournalist and landscape photographer. His rodeo photography won an Editor's Choice Award from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

John holds black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. He loves target shooting, baking bread, and playing with Finn, his trusty schnauzer. He can be found most summers with his family either exploring the American West or hiking along Minnesota's rugged North Shore.

Connect with John at: www.johnchamilton.com

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