Genre: Historical Fiction
In any other circumstance but shipwreck, rape and murder, a man like Michiel van Texel would never have met a fine lady such as Cornelia Noorstrandt.
He was just a soldier, a sergeant in the Dutch East India companyís army, on his way from Amsterdam to the Indies to fight the Mataram. Such a woman was far above the likes of him.
But both their destinies intertwine far away from Holland, on some god-forsaken islands near the Great Southland. When their great ship, the Utrecht, founders far from home, surviving the Houtman Rocks is the least of their worries.
As they battle to survive and the bravest and the best reveal themselves for what they are, Corneliaís only hope is a mercenary in a torn coat who shows her that a man is more than just manners and money.
He makes her one promise: ëEven if God forsakes you, I will find you.í
But can he keep it?
Described by one critic as ëJack and Rose in the seventeenth centuryí, East India will keep you wondering until the final page.
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A bloody stain on Australian history is interpreted through the keen eye, and creativity only Colin Falconer possesses. The shipwreck of Batavia in 1629 is factionalized in all its savagery creating one riveting page turner.
East India is not only a story of survival, it contains mutiny, rape, murder, madness, utter mayhem and rescue amongst superb characterization and a firm, gripping narrative. No surprise women during this time and event suffered the unimaginable. Alliances are formed as inter battles ensue. You feel the sufferings right along with the characters, you experience the harsh elements, you fight for survival and hope to face the next day all by the mighty pen in Falconer’s hand.
Surviving on seals, consuming urine to hydrate, women used as sex salves, yes every page sucks the reader into the abyss, leaving you to yearn the final outcome. Full of tension, this is a consuming read and absolutely unforgettable.
Falconer is a visionary, he spins an enthralling yarn leaving the reader captivated. His writing style is sharp creating a spellbinding ambiance. Masterfully merging a brutal historical event with a high dose of pure fiction outstandingly presented. Well researched, a narrative with a little bit of everything, with plenty of angst and action. East India is a story for a wide ranging audience, highly recommend as well as past and future works from the uber talented Colin Falconer. East India would translate well to the silver screen…fingers crossed.
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Born in London, Colin first trialed as a professional football player in England, and was eventually brought to Australia. He went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australiaís leading newspapers and magazines. He has published over twenty novels and his work has so far been translated into 23 languages.
He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz.
He currently lives in Barcelona.
East India Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, July 28
Review at History & Women
Tuesday, July 29
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, July 30
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, August 5
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, August 7
Review at Bibliotica
Monday, August 11
Review at A Library of My Own
Friday, August 15
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, August 18
Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter
Thursday, August 21
Review at Beth’s Book Reviews
Monday, August 25
Review at Casual Readers
Saturday, August 30
Review at Book by Book
Wednesday, September 3
Review at Unshelfish
Tuesday, September 9
Review at The True Book Addict
Wednesday, September 10
Review at A Bookish Affair
Friday, September 19
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past