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William Stuart Long Australian History set 4

William Stuart Long Australian History set 4

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This item is for set of 4 historical fiction books by William Stuart Long.
The Exiles
The Settlers
The Convicts
The Empire Builders 

The Exiles:
They came from England - thieves, felons, murderers, justly and unjustly accused - human cargo destined to hack a life from the harsh Australian wilderness. Packed into the teemed holds of His Majesty's ships. they sailed treacherous seas to the icy desolation of Antarctica, to the South Cape of Tasmania, to Captain Cook's anchorage in Botany Bay.

It was a cruel, violent fate for fifteen-year-old Jenny Taggart. Falsely accused of theft, she was torn from her loved ones, a beautiful child among hardened convicts, an innocent in the craft of survival.

Betrayed by her beauty, sustained by courage, she would endure to become Queen of the Convicts, target of passion and vengeance in a raw, merciless land...

Review:
'
The Exiles" is a book to make you grateful for the times we live in and for the transformation of governments and nations--particularly England and Australia--to the powerful but peaceful states they are today. This book is the first in the series called "The Australians" by William Stuart Long, who, in fact, is historian Vivian Stuart. She knows her history but also her novel-writing. She establishes Jenny Taggart as her protagonist, a young woman caught mistakenly in thievery and transported to Australia as part of the first wave of exiles sent not to colonize but to dispose of society's criminals (including those who committed the crime of poverty) and useless to a wasteland to be forgotten. We see the struggles of the exiles just in surviving the long sea voyage and then adapting to a new land that is truly a rocky desert filled with fearsome creatures and with few apparent redeeming features. We also see the struggle of those in charge, particularly the government representatives, against the military officials who believe they have the right to land, wealth, and tyranny over the exiles and the government and also against the home government in England that wants nothing to do with the outcasts. Will they survive? Will they thrive? History has already played out the answers, but Stuart's subsequent novels are bound to capture their readers' attentions as we follow Jenny--a fictional "everywoman"--in her triumphs and tragedies.' - Goodreads review

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