The Landing

The Landing 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 Co

  • Title: The Landing
  • Author: Colin Taber
  • ISBN: 9781451569667
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 buildWhat 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 This is the New World 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.Welcome to Norse America.

    151 Comment

    • Lyn says:

      Good book, but not at all what I anticipated or was led to expect.I thought this would be a tasty alternate history about the Norse settling North America and starting up the United States of Vinland (part of the title). This is like the very early beginning of that vision. Norse people have shipwrecked on the eastern Canadian coast and are taking care of business and there are the fledgling, embryonic humble beginnings of such a Norse state.Certainly author Colin Taber has this in his sights. W [...]

    • The Shayne-Train says:

      The blurb is a tad bit of a misnomer. This is the first novel in a "What If?" alt-history tale about a Norse-settled America. But this book deals with the first landing and rough settlement, the tenuous grasp the Norse have on the land. That being said, I loved it. We are guided through the story by a rare-creature in Literature of the North: the thinking Viking. Eskil is honest, good, compassionate. He wishes to provide for his people, and to lead them away from the corruption of the encroachin [...]

    • Matt D says:

      I made it nearly halfway through this one before giving up. I liked the concept a lot, as I am a fan of alternate history. It started off somewhat strong, but it was all just downhill from there. The writing style isn't very good; sentences are choppy, dialogue is forced an unnatural, and character development is minimal, at best. I'd liked to have finished it, but I just couldn't waste any more time trying.

    • Melinda says:

      What a concept! What if the Vinland map was real and the Vikings had stayed and populated the North American Continent. How would life be different? This first book just sets the stage for that progression, but does it in a very realistic manner, and one in which the characters are very true to what I have read of that time in history. Colin has done a good job in making that time come to life, as well as the people, which are not flashy, or over the top, but are trying to survive in a world the [...]

    • Jamie D. says:

      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 again [...]

    • Indi says:

      ACTUAL RATING 3.5 STARSWhat if?What if the Vikings that had come from Greenland or Iceland or Norway decided to stay in what we now know as North America?What if the Vikings had stayed and had created a civilisation as grand and powerful as today’s USA?Would have Christopher Columbus reached the Americas 500 years later and already have found a large Viking civilisation?Would there have been the World Wars? The Great Depression? What might the world look like today? Would there be similar reli [...]

    • Verity Brown says:

      The concept here is awesome: what if the Viking settlements in North America had succeeded? The writing, while nothing special, is workmanlike enough. So what went wrong? Why am I giving this only 2 stars? Sadly, this book lacks the main thing that is vital to any story: a plot.This book is more of a chronicle--this happened, then that happened, then this other thing happened. It's a format that *can* work for telling a story, if appropriate levels of tension and an overarching plotline are buil [...]

    • Melisende d'Outremer says:

      I loved this "what if" story of the founding of the USA. I read it in two days - my attention was held from the start. I have read the sagas of the founding of both Iceland and Greenland, so this extension (if you like) of the Viking journey to the north American seaboard is not really that far-fetched. In fact, there is some conjecture that "others" had reached these shores long before Columbus - this explores one of those ideas - and well.The Landing is the story of the first arrivals and thei [...]

    • Colin Taber says:

      I'm just adding it as I happened to write it. This is part of a longer and larger project, a series of quirky historicals in alternate history.The books are styled as action adventures. They should be quick and fun reads. If you're curious, I hope you enjoy it and like what you see.Kindle release March 2013US Paperback April 2012Australian Paperback May 2013 - launched at Melbourne and Gold Coast Supanova ExposThis is book 1 of the Markland trilogy. Book 2 will follow after midyear and book 3 at [...]

    • Carolyn says:

      Ok, this is not great literature, but I'm a bit of a sucker for alternative histories, especially when they involve Vikings. This book rollicks along, and though I skipped bits that were a bit long-winded, it was a satisfying read.This would be enjoyed by young adults, especially boys, as there's lots of action and it fits into the genre of historical fantasy that is so popular with young people.I am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. Well done, Colin, for an imaginative but r [...]

    • Marla says:

      If you like a story about people surviving on a frontier, this is for you. If you want lots of action and adventure, probably not so much(at least not in the first book).I like a good alternate history, though there were a few hand-wave-the-gods-want-us-to-succeed-so-everything-just-worked-out-nicely situations.I'll be interested to see how the story of Vikings settling the Americas continues.

    • Laura says:

      Glancing at the blurb and seeing Taber at book panel foolishly had me entering the book expecting a modern day United States of Vinland. It's not, instead I found the tale of Eskil as he, along with his followers, attempts to establish a settlement and navigate the jarring and confusing landscape of Marksland.Once I got past that jarring introduction to the book I found it to be an enjoyable read. I initially found the cast of characters hard to separate from each other, but as the book continue [...]

    • Raymond White says:

      I picked this book up because I like alternate history books as a rule and thought the idea behind the book--Vikings settling American and making it their own--was intriguing. Unfortunately the plot doesn't live up to the premise. The author has a couple of decent characters but most were too shallow to hold my interest. He does settings quite well, describing them so they are quite visual. I think he'll develop better dialogue skills as he continues to write and I noticed by the end of the book [...]

    • Jeanne says:

      Book oneBook one, the shipped wrecked landing of the Norse in Vinland. Nothing out of the ordinary, you can easily guess what comes next. The hero and his wife are apparently the only ones with brains, the rest of the dunces just follow along. Won't bother reading the second book.

    • Lex says:

      Fast pace and addicting! Couldn't put it down. Eagerly awaiting the next installment

    • Frode says:

      Alternative history is fun and imaginative. The concept for this book and series interested me. Vikings landing and settling in North America and building a nation, which by definition would be quite different from the one we have today. So why did I rate it just OK if the concept is promising?First off was the position of the settlers of strict adherence to the old ways, worshiping the Norse gods, Odin, Thor, Freya, etc. They didn't like the White Christ. The author doesn't give us a time when [...]

    • Read Ng says:

      The premise interested me. I thought I would give it a go. This was an ebook version.I did find the book and situation development interesting and it captivated me. I was under the impression from the subtitle and cover art that more of the story would take place in a modern day USV and not entirely during the peak of the Viking dominance in seafaring and exploration. I guess what I miss from an Alternate History perspective is how our current society might differ if such and such had occurred t [...]

    • Charles Baker says:

      Viking AdventuresGood, fast paced, adventure yarn. Always loved reading about Vikings and Norse mythology as a kid, so this was a good fit for me. Good dose of reality with regard to the harsh conditions, and the brutality involved in the clash of cultures. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

    • Debbi Smith says:

      Great twist to historyAn alternative history of the discovery of North America. While it has its share of battles and gore, it also tells of the day-to-day problems of settling a new land. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing the series.

    • Eric Simons says:

      A good idea but turgidI'm sorry. I tried! I really tried! I liked the idea and the first few chapters were good then it for bogged down in pointless detail and failed to move forward. I'm sure writing this book was a learning experience but the pace was frankly lacking.

    • Nadine Brown says:

      Good historical read. Author did take some license. I read it like fairytale. Women not treated as equals. Would read others in series

    • John says:

      Somewhat boring, a very bad thing for a novel.

    • Joshua says:

      Just really couldn't get into this one.

    • George says:

      The beginning of a series of alternate history where the norseman settled North America first. I liked the easy read and the descriptions of getting a colony started.

    • M M says:

      Though it was a very interesting book, I thought that we would get further into the history of the United States of Vinland. It was enjoyable for what it was, a good and easy read.

    • Dark Matter says:

      This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine. darkmatterzine. This review was written by Nalini Haynes for Dark Matter Zine.The Landing is an alternate history where the Vikings settled America instead of leaving or being absorbed into Native American tribes. In the opening chapters, two boats of Vikings are shipwrecked on the shores of this new land. The Vikings intend to settle in America to escape the Christianisation of Greenland, but they lose many of th [...]

    • Fiona says:

      What if the Norse settled North America? This book is based on the premise of a Norse America. The Norse settled North America to escape the preaching of the White Christ in their homelands. They meet the skraelings (Native Americans) by friendship and by violence.This is the first book of the trilogy. According to the books's appendix (which I wished was in the beginning of the book), Markland turns out to be what we now call Labrador. The United States of Vinland turns out to be what we now ca [...]

    • Elaine Bidstrup says:

      This book asks, "What if the Viking landings in North America became permanent?" This book, however, does not totally answer that question as it is the first of three about this subject. I will, if I can find them, read these other two books. I might as well get my complaint out of the way first: at the end of the book are both a list of characters and one of places. When reading an e-book, it is pretty difficult to locate this at the end of the book (do I search? what happens if I end of readin [...]

    • Ian Armstrong says:

      An excellent first book in a series. There is a part of me that was disappointed by the thin romances, the lack of compelling character development, and the fact that there were a couple of stretches of attempted tension building that resulted in mostly skimming for the next bit of action. Mostly, however, those feelings are overwhelmed by the sheer fun of what the author is attempting.In this book, you are looking at the Pilgrims journey to America, except that the protagonists worship Thor and [...]

    • Kamas Kirian says:

      I enjoyed reading this. I generally like alternate history stories, and this one was done pretty well. I really liked the premise of the Norse in America. The narrative was well paced and there weren't just too many characters involved that it was difficult to keep track of who was who. It did seem like there should have been more interactions between the Norse settlers and the native peoples of the area, but that's a small quibble. Eskil was fairly well developed, but the other characters not s [...]

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