Henderson's Spear / Edition 1by Ronald Wright
Pub. Date: 03/05/2002
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Olivia, a Canadian filmmaker, is writing from a Tahitian jail, piecing together, her troubled past and her family's buried history for the daughter she gave up to adoption years before. The search for/p>
Two tales of passion and intrigue separated by a century and by half the globe are deftly woven together in a drama of intricate design and beauty.
Olivia, a Canadian filmmaker, is writing from a Tahitian jail, piecing together, her troubled past and her family's buried history for the daughter she gave up to adoption years before. The search for her own father, a pilot missing since the Korean War, has, brought her to the South Seas and landed her behind bars on a trumped-up murder charge. In the stillness of her cell, Olivia ponders the meaning of the secret journals she discovered after her mother's death. Their author is her ancestor Frank Henderson, a British naval officer who, as a young man, came to these same waters a hundred years before.
The journals tell of his terrifying adventures in West Africa and an extraordinary three-year voyage to Polynesia with Queen Victoria's grandsons Prince George (later George V) and his brother Prince Eddy, who would die young and disgraced. Frank's long-ago revelations, which include a fleeting love affair with a Polynesian girl, lead Olivia to understand her father's disappearance and her mother's strange attitude toward the past.
Through unforgettable characters and a deep understanding of the landscape and culture of the South Seas, Henderson's Spear tells a mesmerizing story about the patterns of history and the accidents of love.
Ronald Wright's critically acclaimed first novel, A Scientific Romance, winner of the David Higham Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book. His nonfiction includes Stolen Continents, an award-winning history of the Americas, and Time Among the Maya.
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In April 1990 from a jail cell on Tahiti, Olivia Wyvern writes a letter to the daughter she placed for adoption years ago. Olivia tries to explain what happened that led to her current ¿home¿. Liv's father Jon was a Royal Air Force pilot who survived Hitler, but vanished during a Korean War mission leaving behind a grieving family of three women and Lord Jim the parrot. Though neither the plane nor his body was found his family always sought news on Jon. In 1988, while Liv lived in Vancouver and her sister in London, Lord Jim dies and a few days later, mother passes away too. The two sisters go through two centuries of family stuff when Liv finds an 1899 journal written by Frank Henderson telling his adventures with Queen Victoria¿s grandsons Princes Eddy and George. This leads Liv to come to Tahiti to learn about Jon's disappearance. Instead she's arrested on phony murder and spy charges. While lingering in her cell, Liv learns about her own daughter, a product of a seducer who promised her information on Jon and never delivered. HENDERSON¿S SPEAR is a complex historical tale that never loses its path while entertaining the audience. Though the narrator Liv tells the story late in the twentieth century, she relates her present predicament with the 1899 Henderson diary and the Korean War vanishing of her father without either account losing steam. The two subplots tie brilliantly back together as Ronald Wright proves he has the right stuff with a forceful twentieth century triumph that genre fans will appreciate.
Highly recommended. Definitely kept my attention. Loved the historical information. Had a very unusual setting. Loved the fact there were two main characters - one male and one female. It was well worth my time and money. A++++++++