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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 Paperback – September 20, 2007
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I have just finished Elisa Carbone's superb Blood on the River.
NOW I get it.
Other books have accurately and factually recounted the history of the James Town settlement but Carbone has brought it to life. Using real characters from the colony's registers, she has recreated a story that is an absolute page turner. We smell the stench of the ships and see the frost on the ground. The distrust between the English and the Wampanoag is palpable. The gnawing hunger, the "summer sickness" and the scent of wood fires is so strong, I felt like I was within the palisade walls.
Young Samuel Collier is bound as a page to Captain John Smith on the eve of his departure for Virginia. Sam's fierce temper and survival sense will be his undoing and his salvation in the new land. The perils of the voyage at sea and the political turmoil that plagued the expedition from the onset are vividly described. The useless "gentlemen" resent the common sense of John Smith and his lack of respect for his "betters." Before they even arrive on Virginia's shores, the "gentlemen" have clapped Smith in irons and plan to hang him.
Sam clearly sees the issues confronting the colony but as a servant he is powerless. His loyalty to Smith serves him well. Smith teaches him to fight with a sword and how to use a musket.Read more ›
Blood on the River is my favorite book I've ever read that I remember. I never liked any realistic-fiction or history type books. Blood on the River is not just a good book it's the best. The book could have no story to it and I would still read because the author's language is absolutely amazing.
Samuel Collier is the main character in the book Blood on the River. Samuel Collier is a very mischievous boy in the beginning. Throughout the book you get to see Samuel starts his life on the streets of England and go to being a fine gentleman at Jamestown in the New World. The message in the book is realistic to me, because of seeing, and hearing things in the world about it. The message in the book is how anyone can change with a little encouragement and if they are willing to try. When you start to read this book you will never put it down because no matter what kind of books you like to read, fantasy, nonfiction or whatever this is a great book.
Blood on the River has not only great voice and language the authors put a wonderful story with it. The setting in this book takes place in England and Jamestown in the New World. The few main characters are Samuel Collier, he is a young boy who has lost his mom and learns how to be a well civilized gentleman. One person that has acted like a father to Samuel is Reverend Hunt he is a Reverend who went to the New World and he assisted Samuel becomes the man he became in the end. Someone else who I believe to aided Samuel the most is Captain John Smith he was a great leader and had a great sense of judgment and was not greedy which I think set a good example for everyone in Jamestown.
Blood on the River isn't just a must read because it's a great book and you will want to read it over and over again. The literature she uses in the book is absolutely amazing. I hope that you do choose to read the book because you are in for a great time if you do.
Samuel Collier is on a one-way street to nowhere. He's a thief, a fighter, and he doesn't trust anyone or anything. As it happens, however, this is an ideal resume for a kid who's about to be sent to the New World as the personal assistant to Captain John Smith. Samuel is cunning and ready to knock someone's teeth out should the need arise. Yet as Smith himself points up, there's no place for people of a solitary nature in Virginia. With the danger of Indian raids ever present and harsh winters ahead, Samuel must learn to trust people and, what's more, trust himself. Along the way he observes John Smith's deft hand with dealing with both Native people and frightened settlers. This is the story of James Town, Smith, Pocahontas, and Samuel Collier backed up by historical references and a whole heaping lot of written records, such as they are.Read more ›
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This is a great book! I read it over the summer and have assigned it for my middle school history students this year. I think they’ll enjoy it!Published 1 day ago by Lynn
Used by mentor in 5th grade American History as 'primary source' reading. Gave the students a 'real-life' view of of how we got to where we are in US.Published 2 days ago by Douglas Mumm
My daughter loves this book. She has read it numerous timesPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book! It was recommended to our homeschooling family during a visit to Jamestown Settlement. Our kids (3rd and 4th grade) were riveted by it. Highly recommend!Published 23 days ago by CarolinaMama
came in perfect condition and arrived a day early and is still an amazing book 10/10Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful story! Ms. Carbone makes history come alive! Tells the story like no history book could possibly do, and therefore, the student walks away --- having used her/his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dearborn firefly