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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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,957 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Story, but the Title is a little grandiose for this tale. 30 March 2013
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The characters were interesting to get to acquainted with and the story moved at good pace so as it stands I have no qualms about recommending this short novel, its a well written although light on detail story about some people's struggle to set up a home in a hostile and strange land.

I give it Three Stars for itself with one extra for all the ideas involved in the set up of an Alternative Universe Viking America. That last star however is a promise of the future publications, probably in a future planned trilogy because neither this book or the snippet from Loki's Rage its sequel covered anything of the sort.

Sure we see the Norsemen setting up a small Colony and explore some of their trials and tribulations but the Colony could have been anywhere and we learn nothing about the wider world except that they are fleeing the spread of Christianity.

Not really a huge criticism but don't be fooled by the title and cover this book isn't about the United States of Vinland its a quick look at the very beginnings of the very marginal Colony that I guess will one day far far in the future grow into the seed of a country that will grow into the United States of Vinland.

What is a real criticism is that the book is really far too short to cover the story it wants to tell, above I said 'acquainted' and that's all it is, a nodding acquaintance, we don't really get to know these people or how they live, we just get a quick overview of events and some detail on few of the major goings on it could really have done with being at least twice as long.

Looking forward to Loki's Rage but I do hope we find out more about the people and world of Markland, would make it much more enjoyable IMHO.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The United States of Vinland 29 March 2013
By azog - Published on Amazon.com
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So I'm a sucker for Viking fiction, as well as alternate history. Add the two, and the temptation was too much. I did have some concern about the prior reviews, several of which are the typical 5-star gushing reviews by reviewers with one review behind their profile. Why is it a concern? Because shilling (the act of being a shill) is a common practice, and while I am not accusing anyone (and everyone has to start their reviewing career somewhere), I've been burned by that method before.

Reservations aside, I figured why not? So I found an enjoyable book, with no regrets in my purchase, and look forward to the next in the series.

The overall story is an alternate history where Vikings (Norse) actually settle, and not just explore, North America. There is no real temporal context as to exactly when the story takes place, but the Battle of Svolder is mentioned as a contemporary event, which would place this about 1000 AD or a few years afterwards. I am terrible at geography at this scale, and there's not much external context, but I figure Markland is probably Newfoundland, or about the same location as explored by Leif Ericson about the same time. There is even a character named Leif in the story, but he is not surnamed, so I don't know if the author is having fun playing historian, or if it is just coincidence.

This book covers the landing and settlement(s) of Markland, and the initial contact with the native peoples. As the subtitle indicates, this is the first part of a trilogy. The author ends with a footnote that indicates he would like to explore a rather large era of history (and geography), so it'll be fun to read and try to out-guess the author, a game I've already played in this first book.

Altho I did spot a few trivial errors, the book was well edited. The narrative was generally concise and direct, never feeling muddy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 2 June 2015
By Double Dubs - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently finished this book and while I can say it has a few small issues that made it not get a full 5 stars it is still an excellent book! The alternate history, the characters, the whole thing is excellent. My only issues were how several of the supporting characters got little to no attention and I often had to remind myself that there were several other people in this story. And my only other issue was the way it was spaced. Each paragraph had a whole line between it and the next one. If there were a lot of lengthy paragraphs this wouldn't have been an issue but it gets extremely annoying when two people are talking and you have half a page that's just blank. I'm not sure why it was published that way considering it would have been far cheaper if they had cut down on that.

Overall its a very enjoyable book and I look forward to reading the rest of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, interesting, entertaining, and thoughtful. 13 June 2016
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
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A great read, interesting, entertaining, and thoughtful. Just the right amount of "villains" without it being a pure action book. The romantic interest is just good enough, a bit contrived, but certainly plausible and does not detract form the action and exploration themes. The exploration portions were my favorite, really opening up a world to discover. I could just imagine being the first (Vinlanders anyways) on the new world. Excellent. I though the timeline would progress further than the landing and the first couple of winters, but I guess that's what the other books are for! A recommended read for a bit of novelty, fun and adventure. Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars A dynamic alternate history. 22 May 2016
By S. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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After a slow start, The Landing unfolds as a fascinating tale of a possible alternate take on Europeans in the Americas. It is layered in details, but misses on several levels. First, it sometimes gets lost in too much minutiae. Some things don't need to be explained, while others get too much explanation than needed. Second, it misses the mark on things that should have been included. For instance, the use of bows and arrows for hunting and protection. It would be one of the first tools to be made, fire, wood, reed, and water is all that is needed to make it a useful weapon and tool. A stone tip could be added later. Third, the book needs a map. We know the area, but where exactly do each of the vales exist? A map is a necessity. Overall, I found it to be an exciting book, and look forward to reading more.