Contact (the second book in the Crossover Series) is now published!
In 11th century North America, the budding nation of Haven is extending its global influence through trade. Larry, one of the Far Ones that crossed over from the 21st, is captaining the Havenites’ ocean-going vessel, Stormchaser. His goal is to establish a trade route from Haven’s outpost in Iceland to a small settlement in southern Ireland.
But on going ashore at their destination, the Havenites are attacked by the Ur Neill, a northern clan, and their Viking allies. Although Larry and his men inflict heavy casualties on their attackers, they are separated from Stormchaser and are driven into the mountains.
Any hope of escaping the island is dashed when a Viking longboat joins the conflict and the now-undermanned Stormchaser must flee back to Iceland.
Larry’s responsibilities increase as he takes in refugees who are also fleeing the Ur Neill. Desperate to find a sanctuary, the Larry and his men capture a small Viking longboat and sail themselves, and a growing number of refugees, up a river into a remote valley.
But the brutal leader of the Ur Neill clan wants revenge for his casualties and his Viking allies want the return of their lost longboat. They start scouring the land for the Havenites.
Casualties mount as Larry struggles to keep his rag-tag group of Havenites and refugees safe. He can only hope that another ship can cross the stormy seas from Iceland before they all end up dead.
Two questions to consider as you journey into the world of Crossover:
Could you survive in the Eleventh Century?
- no running water
- no antibiotics
- the warlord in the next valley over wants your women
- and there’s no toilet paper
Why did one civilization overcome another and what would it take to change the course of history?
Hints to the answer can be found in “SUGGESTED REFERENCES”
Walt’s goal with his Crossover series is to provide a thrilling story set in a time and place where:
- our everyday skills are irrelevant
- modern technology is non-existent
- and knowing how to kill is a survival trait
And as Walt’s characters fight for a new future, you will:
- learn not-so-primitive pre-technology skills
- gain insights into indigenous cultures
- visit exotic places without leaving your:
- craft beer
- and toilet paper!
Some random musings:
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it but those who write alternative history can change it.
To change history at a particular point in time (or, more properly, write an alternative history novel set during that period), one must understand how people lived during that time.
It is also the goal of this website to present both writers and readers with sufficient cultural, technological, agricultural, and medical context to both understand and appreciate novels set in alternative history fiction.
The emphasis will be on the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. This era is pivotal in the development of Western Civilization, coming out of the so-called Dark Ages and into the modern world.
By the way, the term “Dark Ages” really should be called the “Transition Ages.” First, it wasn’t all “dark” as there were bright spots in the Byzantine Empire, Al-Andalusia (Spain), and Ireland. And second, the former “colonies” of the Roman Empire were not so much decaying as re-arranging their social and governing structure as they moved to form modern European nations.
(Caveat: The commonly used expression, “Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it,” is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”)
Note 1: comments are way appreciated.
Note 2: as are questions!
My latest post concerns the description of a monastery north of Ros’s farmstead (now-a-day Dingle, Ireland) in Contact: Monastery north of Ros’s farmstead