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The United States Of Vinland: The Landing (The Markland Settlement Saga Book 1) by [Taber, Colin]
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What if?

What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed?

Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin?

Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world?

A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn?

Welcome to Norse America.

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At the turn of the first millennium:

Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen.

The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls.

Join us as we rewrite 1000 years of history.

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The Markland Settlement Trilogy (including separately published short stories) reading order:

The United States Of Vinland (USV#1): The Landing
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#1): Young Ravens & Hidden Blades
The United States Of Vinland (USV#2): Red Winter
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#2): Old Gods (written with permission by L.E. Sheppard)
The United States Of Vinland (USV#3): Loki's Rage (2015)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5294 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451569661
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thought Stream Creative Services (8 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRC8ENK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This book proved to be worth the wait. I have followed this author through The Ossard Trilogy and eagerly awaited the release of this series.

The Viking Age with all its confronting realism meets the New World in a truly engaging alternate history.

I was most impressed with the setting. The majestic natural environment was described beautifully, making me feel like I was there all through the book.

The story continually moved forward and was full of action. Plenty of axe, blood and gore set against power struggles and strong human emotions.

Very much recommended for readers of speculative fiction seeking an original read.

The best part is, having enjoyed the book, I can look forward to another 1000 years of alternate Viking history as the series progresses.

The story is an original and exciting concept!
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In one word, WOW! I loved this book. It is a rare thing to find an author who can so skillfully craft what was with what
if. So many alternate history writers don't take the time out to include the little permutations that can occur when considering an alternate history. Colin Taber has thus far managed to look at not only the holistic but the micro of the what if situation in this book. And in this case it is, what if the vikings settled the US first? The character development is excellent, the story is excellent. As a reader you can't help but get caught up in the various stories being told. The great storytelling grips you and will deintintely have you waiting rather impatiently for the next installment!

As an aside, enjoying Mr Tabers obvious skill in being able to blend fact with fiction and knowing he lives in my hometown, I would love to see what he would do with a similar concept based here - ie: the dutch(or french) settling the west coast of Australia first.
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This book is a spectacular beginning to what will be a brilliant alternate history of the world. My sister first recommended Colin's books to me after she read The Fall of Ossard, and I have been a fan since.

I found this book to be a great, easy book to follow, once I finally found time to actually sit down and read.

I love how the well written characters seem to jump off the page and you feel like you have known them for a long time, even after the first introduction.

This is a great beginning to a series with a wonderfully thought out plot, with a great pace throughout the entire book.

I eagerly await the next instalments in this series, as well as the finale of The Ossard Trilogy.

Well done Mr Taber!
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