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Thomas Manning, branded a deserter from the British Navy, is forced to change his name to James Alford to avoid the death penalty. Determined to forge a new life on the Gaspé Peninsula, he struggles to survive the harsh landscape and win the hand of Catherine Garrett. After working in harsh sub-zero woods, he saves the life of an orphan working in a sawmill, and so gains crucial lumber to build a homestead out of intractable wilderness. But first he must battle murderous brigands to rescue a starving bull calf he hopes will be the first of the oxen he so desperately needs to clear his land. Finally, heroically surviving Canada’s worst-ever famine, he faces down implacable bureaucracies to keep the farm he has been fighting to bring under cultivation. A captivating and fast-paced adventure, The Survivor is Book Two of the Alford Saga, a series chronicling two hundred years of Canadian history, as seen through the eyes of one settler’s family.
About the Author
Paul Almond, O.C., is one of Canada’s pre-eminent film and television directors. He directed and produced more than 130 television dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and for the BBC and others in the UK, as well as motion pictures for Paramount and Universal in Hollywood. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada and received a lifetime achievement award from the Director’s Guild of Canada. A storyteller at heart, Almond has now turned his talents to writing. He lives in Malibu, California, and on the Gaspé Peninsula in Shigawake, Quebec.