STOWAWAY by Jerry Beller
Historical Fiction - Mystery - Suspense
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STOWAWAY: Mystery & Suspense
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Stowaway is book two of the Golden Age that follows the Dutch dominance of shipping, commerce, banking, and every aspect of finance during the 17th century. The great adventure, Stowaway, is a historical fiction, mystery account of the Half Moon voyage to the New World. Captain Hudson, First Mate Richard Juet, Second Mate John Hudson each come to life with the fictional characters that surround them. There is a murderer aboard. The tight quarters adds to the anxiety and tension of the crew as they sail into sub zero temperatures searching for the secret passage through the ice. All European powers wanted to dominate East Indian trade, which inspired the Dutch to hire the English captain.
By all historical evidence, Captain Henry Hudson constantly faced threats of mutiny on all three recorded voyages, including the Half Moon. Indeed, he and his teen son eventually lost their lives due to mutiny.
I have studied the Golden Era, Half Moon, Henry Hudson, Robert Juet, and most all the information available. There is unfortunately little known about these interesting and historic men before 1607 or 1608. There is also much debate between historians concerning even the physical traits of Henry Hudson.
Although this is a historical fiction account of the Half Moon's voyage, I have paid as close attention as possible to the known facts of the voyage. The best historical fiction honors the spirit of what we know actually happened. I promise that I went to great lengths to live up to this worthy goal. Where I might fail, I apologize, and again promise it was not intentional.
The official release date for this historical fiction novel is October 1, 2014. If you have previously ordered this book, I recommend you download it again (Amazon will allow you to for free). The official version is much different.
I spent several years researching the Golden Age for this series. I will link several non-fiction articles to this tab as they are posted. It really is one of the more fascinating stories in history. The era continues to influence Europe, North America, and the world today. The Dutch advanced art, religious freedom, freedom of expression, and many other democratic principles that most modern humans place high value.
The Golden Age Series actually leads into my American Myth Series, with the Half Moon serving as the springboard. I hope to honor the spirit the Dutch brought with them across the Atlantic. They laid the groundwork for New York, one of the greatest cities in the world. The truth is that Amsterdam's influence was so strong in the 17th century that it is still felt on both sides of the Atlantic.
I will write a series of articles on the Golden Age, and how it pertains to my books. Stowaway serves as a bridge between the Golden Age Series, set in Amsterdam, and the American Myth Series, set in the New World. The articles will provide an inside look at how historical fiction and history overlap in story development. Hopefully, the articles will also provide many some insight into the Golden Age.
Who might like Stowaway? Anybody who likes great adventure, historical fiction, & mystery especially when combined into one book.
What was the Golden Age? It was arguably the greatest century in Dutch history. The Dutch gave rise to the concepts of religious freedom, artistic expression, capitalism, central banking, and dominated shipping and commerce. Amsterdam led the way with several innovative merchants at the forefront.
Who was Captain Hudson? An English captain. Famous for the Half Moon adventure to the New World. The Hudson River is named after him. He is widely known as a great seaman for his day.
Who was Robert Juet? He is best known as Captain Hudson's first mate aboard the Half Moon, and the next voyage when both of them perished. Some historians insist Robert Juet was the mad genius behind Henry Hudson and everything he is credited, while others argue that Juet was a drunk, traitor, mutineer, and the captain's greatest downfall.
What was the Half Moon? The Half Moon was a Dutch Ship that Englishman, Captain Henry Hudson, sailed on in 1609 to the New World.
Why did Henry Hudson sail for the Dutch? Having failed twice to discover the secret passage through the ice, Hudson fell out of favor with the English. A couple of Dutchmen with foresight swooped in to champion the Englishman for the Dutch sanctioned voyage.
*Much more information will be forthcoming concerning The Golden Age, and the Half Moon adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and exciting work of historical fiction. Very enjoyable and unique! By Lauren R.
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I picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend who is very much a lover of historical fiction like myself. It was my first experience reading this author's work, and overall I enjoyed the story. It showed similarities to other great historical fiction novels I've enjoyed, and I really was able to get into this one and keep reading.The story follows the life of Alfred Wellers, the son of a very influential man in Amsterdam in the 1600s- a time period that covered the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is seeking to become a capitalist 'powerhouse' complete with powerful bankers and men in power who were only out for their own monetary prosperity. For many readers, this will parallel to some extent (or a lot, depending on your own view of things) the situation in America and other modern day capitalistic societies. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story, and it provided excitement to move the novel along.In search of an elusive and lucrative trade route from the Dutch Empire to the new world, Alfred's father is involved in an expedition on a ship called the Half Moon. Alfred's sense of adventure 'betrays' his family's efforts to mold him into a businessman like his father, and he decides to stow away upon the ship. The adventure that follows is fantastic, and is a wonderful mix of history, Alfred's own coming of age issues, and exciting events. Alfred eventually acts as the ship's interpreter, and has a unique view since he can understand both the Dutch sailors and the English-speaking captain.The adventure presents many nautical dangers such as navigating around ice and rumors of mutiny among the crew. These elements provide suspense and drive the story along. I personally enjoy reading about nautical voyages, so this novel really spoke to me. The crew also interacts with native societies, sometimes menacingly, and this both is interesting and reflects many real-life incidents of the past. Alfred also has to stray away from the hostile ship and rough it out a little in the wilderness. Bascially, this novel provides a little bit of 'something for everyone' as far as realistic adventures go.As for what else happens to our main character, you'll just have to read and find out for yourself! Will he survive mutinous sailors, hostile natives, and the harsh forces of the wildness? Will he return to Amsterdam, or does a new destiny await him? Only a journey through the pages of this novel will reveal the answers.Although the writing can be a little simplistic and uninspired at times, this novel checks out and the quality is good. It is an exciting and inventive story that has a life of its own. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, and I must say it went a way different direction than I expected-which is very refreshing! The flow of events,exciting characters, and foreshadowing far outweigh the few parts that drag on a bit too long. The price is great for a novel of its magnitude and it provides plenty of enjoyment for lovers of a good read. This book is only the first in large series, and I look forward to checking out other works from author Jerry Beller.
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The Half Moon ship was fast, typically well-armed to fight off pirates, and carried a good amount of cargo for its size. While the English crew ridiculed the ship, it probably surpassed the English ship, the Hopewell, that Captain Hudson sailed on in 1607 and 1608. The Dutch quickly dominated the high seas with ships like this, becoming the greatest shipbuilders the world had ever known.
If you follow the red line from Amsterdam, you'll see how Henry Hudson violated his clear orders by the Dutch East India Company to only sail to the North Cape. The truth is by the time Hudson sailed for the Dutch, he had lost faith in finding a Northeast Passage, and instead believed in a Northwest Passage. His friend, John Smith, suggested as much in a letter to Hudson in late 1608 or early 1609. He also faced mutiny from a crew that was not dressed for the sub zero temperatures. The crew also feared sea monsters and the icebergs. While it may or may not have been his intention all along, Hudson turned from the North Cape, and made a due line approximately to the point where the Virginia Colony existed. Disappointed there was no Northwest Passage, Hudson settled for discovering the river that would be named after him, and claimed the entire area for the Dutch. The area became known as New Amsterdam.
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