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Gripped by the searing violence of their heritage, they faced an untamed continent teeming with anarchy, mutiny, and corruption; a savage world seething with human hunger; a rich wilderness that promised a radiant future of peace and hope for unborn generations yet to come....

Title : The Settlers
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ISBN : 9780440179290
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Settlers Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-03-25 09:30

    The Settlers is the second book in a long series on the founding of Australia. This book continues the story of Jenny Taggert, now free from her convict status, but she (and others) bear the stigma of it and are shunned by the free settlers now arriving. The new colony struggles with the land, as well as the growing power and corruption of the military, who cares for little except making a quick buck. I did enjoy this for the most part, especially when it focused on Jenny and her relationships with the two men she met in the first book, but the storyline sprawled a bit too much at times. I'm not terribly fond of reading about ships and battles at sea, and found myself skimming a bit whenever the story switched to that of Jenny's lost lover(s). I did appreciate learning about the corruption in the new government and the military, at times I thought that went on too long as well. There were just too many of them and too many names to keep track of. It looks like book three moves on to the next generation and Jenny's children, and I do plan to continue reading this series.

  • Maudie
    2019-04-20 03:05

    Needing a break from my fascination with the medieval period, I picked up the first three books of William Stuart Long's Australian series not knowing what to expect and was "hooked" almost from the first page.The characters who people his work are well drawn, endurable and rowdy enough to settle untamed territories. Historical figures are clearly defined, interesting and aptly researched which is always a welcomed addition to any book dealing with historical fiction. Plus, An extra bonus is that the books contain maps of Australia as the first settlers saw it which I find immeasurably helpful in understanding a nation's history. The only drawback is that I'm spending too much time on the internet immersed in the settling of Australia and too many daily chores have gone begging. At least my family hasn't yet tired of me forgetting that a meal should have been on the table a couple of hours ago, there's laundry piling up and the pups really do need a romp in the backyard every two hours or so...otherwise, I'm blessed!

  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    2019-04-16 04:21

    This book was just so informative, and I just loved reading about the Australian history, mingled with the wonderful characters, who were so strong, and amazingly resilient. William Stuart Long captured the beginnings of the birth of a great island nation, with compassion, thoughfulness, and such a compelling strength of will. I love this second book, which continues the story of the convicts, soldiers, and free settlers, who left England’s shores, to make their home in a harsh, unforgiving wilderness.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-06 06:20

    Second book of the Australian series. Almost as good as the first novel. While it continued on with Jenny Taggart it also seemed to be governor verses John MacArthur. While I found it as interesting as the first book I found it just a bit depressing at times with the unfairness of that era. I wish I had the next book to the series but unfortunately it is no longer being published. I would recommend reading this as part of the series, very enlightening.

  • Ross
    2019-04-01 08:09

    I’m fully into this series and am most likely going to read it straight through. This book is not available on on ebook form, so I’m reading older paperbacks. But it’s been a nice change to read an actual book again.

  • Jill Holmes
    2019-04-10 05:11

    This second volume in William Stuart Long's epic history of "The Australians" is another masterful presentation of history in the form of a novel. Our protagonist, wrongfully exiled Englishwoman Jennie Taggart, yearns for a lost love, finds a new one, and faces the challenges of survival near Sydney in the colony of exiled criminals that is to become Australia. Jennie works diligently at her tiny plot of land and at keeping a clean record as an outstanding citizen so she can win her freedom. She is not the only one with a fight on her hands. Local government is corrupt as is the military force controlling the prisoners and the colony. The land and weather are harsh, and officialdom 18,000 miles away in England has turned its back on a place it views as a societal blight. But there are hints of potential in this bleak land including the possibility of gold, rich agricultural valleys beyond the mountains, and personal growth for the stalwart. This series is making me admire the nation and the people of Australia even more. I'm looking forward to the next several volumes in this captivating series.

  • D.A. Cairns
    2019-04-14 09:08

    Second in the series and no let up in the quality. I love Jenny Taggart. I laughed with her, I rejoiced with her and cried with her. What a woman. The cast of supporting characters are terrific and the a historical authenticity of the narrative within which the fictional characters interact is fascinating. John Macarthur is loathesome as are his bunch of cronies who are supposed to be responsible for the maintenance of good order in the colony. Governor Bligh is an enigma whom I am hoping to unravel further in volume 3 of the series(The Traitors) which I started at the immediate conclusion of The Settlers. Excellent stuff Mr Long.

  • Carol Mandel
    2019-04-07 10:22

    I am learning so much about the founding of Australia, and how it must have been for my convict ancestors who were sent there from England! Very readable, though must admit, there are so many historical characters, that I sometimes lose track of them...Am continuing on with the series, and have ordered all the remaining from Amazon and B&N as used paperbacks - my library doesn't carry them, nor are they available as ebooks. I just wanted to acquire them before they were no longer available...

  • Fred Ann
    2019-04-09 09:03

    The novel I have read The Setters follows the book the exiles and the leading female is Jenny Taggett as is written here about a book with the same title ,The Settlers, by William Stuart Long. This book, the story is the same I have read , however it was written by Vivian Stuart I am confused as to who realy has written this historical novel?

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-29 05:27

    I can see why my Mom loved this series. It is hard to put down! This book continues the life of Jenny Taggert, transported to Australia for a crime she didn't commit in the late 1700s.

  • Andrea Michaels
    2019-04-16 07:29

    If you love history, you'll love this book. I've been reading as many of the series as I can get my hands on. I'm going to post all the others so far.