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Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) Paperback – June 27, 2016
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From the Author
Into the Americas is the end result of 13 years of research and writing. We first came across the centuries-old diary entries of young English seaman John Jewitt in early 2002 and immediately became enamored with this intriguing slice of North American history.
However, it took untold drafts and careful study of the region - including consultation with the tribal peoples of the Pacific Northwest - before we finally felt confident we had developed the original bare bones historical account into the epic adventure novel it deserved to be in literary format.
As with writing any novel based on or inspired by a true story, we had a million agonizing decisions to make along the way. Decisions like what aspects of the historical events needed to be added to, fictionalized or given more layers, and what could be kept exactly as occurred but expanded upon or "dramatized".
Our writing/storytelling process continues as we have since adapted Into the Americas to a feature film screenplay and are currently working toward getting a period movie produced.
Even after all these years of focusing on the history we still feel John Jewitt's story is one of the great true wilderness survival tales of all time.
Lance Morcan & James Morcan
About the Author
Lance & James Morcan are a father-and-son writing team based Down Under. Lance is a novelist/screenwriter/film producer living in New Zealand, while James is an actor/novelist/screenwriter/producer based in Sydney, Australia. Their other novels include the historical adventure series THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) and the international thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY. They also have a non-fiction series of books titled THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES.
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What I enjoyed most is that it is based on the true story of John Jewitt, the son of an English blacksmith who sailed on The Boston and was captured by the Indians and later escaped. Of all the Morcan novels, this is by far my favourite. It is understandable why this was chosen to be made into film! An awesome tale!
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Based on a true story (by the diary) of English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard The Boston and during his time at Nootka Sound, on North America's Western seaboard (from 1802 to 1805).
Nineteen year old John Jewitt is one of only two survivors after his crew mates clash with the Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest. They are held as slaves by Maquina, the Mowachat Chief. They make several attempts to escape.
John falls in love with Eu-Stochee, a beautiful Indian. When John learns Eu-Stochee is pregnant he must choose between returning to civilization or staying with her and their newborn son.
A fascinating story of one young mans courageous voyage. Well written with attention to detail, we really get the feel of what young John went through. The characters are based on real people, which adds to the intense drama. The dialog and events are true to that era.
Overall I greatly enjoyed Into the Americas and highly recommend to readers of all genres, especially those who like history. I feel Young Adults will enjoy this read as well. A true five star read. I also like the cover, it is beautiful and represents the story with flare.
Dream becomes a nightmare
5:30 AM Sunday Apr 15, 2012
Precious Mckenzie. Photo / Martin Sykes
A sporting great has fallen out with film-makers over the time it has taken to make a movie of his inspirational life and achievements.
Weightlifting Hall of Famer and five times world champion Precious McKenzie says the New Zealanders behind the project have bound him to a watertight contract and then taken too long to make the film.
"To me, it's like they're spitting in my face," he says.
Kiwi film-makers Lance and James Morcan say they're optimistic they can resolve McKenzie's concerns and that he will eventually support the $10 million movie, starring Kim Basinger and Nick Nolte.
American actor and stand-up comic Kevin Hart, 31, has been cast to play the weightlifter.
McKenzie was a promising weightlifter in his native South Africa. Fleeing the repressive apartheid regime, he won honours for Britain and then New Zealand.
After more than a decade in development, The Impossible Dream should begin filming in South Africa at the end of the year, Morcan says. But McKenzie says the same promises have been made before. He regrets signing a contract with the Morcans, because it prevents him telling his story to anyone else for the next decade.
"I'm 75 years old now. I can't wait for a film to be made when I'm 86 years old."
He said the contract was presented to him while his lawyer, Alex Witten-Hannah, was on holiday. "It is a contract that is binding despite it being very one-sided against Precious," Witten-Hannah says.
"Precious would be happy if they were to come up with the money and the stars because they haven't been able to do it."
McKenzie says his latest chat with Morcan ended with the film-maker hanging up on him.
"He said to me ... he'd go on with this movie with me or without me. The way he snubbed me, the way he cut off the phone, that was an insult." .
Despite continual promises Precious' story never came to the screen.