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Molly Lake

Samuel Endicott (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2420-7 ©2005
Price: $21.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 511 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Historical

This book has what every reader craves -- memorable characters, thrilling action, romance, and suspense. Samuel Endicott captures the essence of colonial Canada in a masterful yarn.

It’s spring, 1759. Two European empires are battling for North America. When raiders from New France abduct her mother, Molly’s rescue efforts cross paths with a French assassin, Indians, corruption, and a handsome enemy soldier. Samuel Endicott captures the essence of colonial Quebec and weaves a masterful yarn of a teenager coming of age within a besieged city’s stonewalls. Employing exhaustive research, the author brings to life the final days of New France that forever changed the continent. Molly Lake has something every reader craves – memorable characters, thrilling action, romance, and suspense. Caution: fasten seatbelt before turning to Page One.

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  Works on a Number of Levels , 01/24/2006
Reviewer: Norm Goldman
Most historians probably agree that one of the most crucial battles of the North American theatre of the Seven Years’ War (known in the USA as the French Indian War), was the English victory over the French in Quebec City on the 13th of September, 1759. The turning episode was the crucial encounter that was fought just outside the city walls of the city, when the British under the command of General Wolfe and his soldiers scaled the Heights of Abraham to defeat General Montcalm. Set against the background of this Canadian epic, Samuel Endicott’s debut novel, Molly Lake, is an entertaining and riveting narrative intertwining many tantalizing themes. Our saga unfolds when Canadian raiders together with their Iroquois partners from New France abduct Marie Lake, an inhabitant of Schenectady, New York, from her log cabin, and at the same time viciously kill her young son. In order to rescue Marie, her husband Peter and their feisty fifteen year old daughter, Molly, join a British frigate in New York City, the Pembroke, which is en route to Quebec City to meet up with General Wolfe’s naval fleet in their quest for their final defeat of the French. Endicott has done a great deal of research popularizing history, particularly in his descriptions of the British attempts to find possible landing spots and the daunting tasks they faced, the ghastly battles that ensue, the cover-ups and betrayals, and in particular the portrayals of the corrupt Governor Vaudreuil, Intendant Bigot and their cohorts, as they had a jolly good time of lining their pockets and partying, while the majority of the population grumbled of not having sufficient food to eat. As for our heroine, Molly, Endicott has painted a picture of a kind of teenage James Bond, who seems to have nine lives, escaping death several times. She also proves to be quite an invaluable asset to General Wolfe and his colleagues in their quest for victory against the French. The author even throws in a complicated love story, when Molly falls for an enemy soldier, who turns out to be the nephew of the crooked Intendant Bigot. All of which leads to our inevitable bonding to Molly, as we somehow have the gut feeling that she is going to survive all of her ordeals. While this fast paced novel is certainly not lacking in imaginative details, I did find some of the dialogue a trifle trite. Furthermore, the French characters seemed to sound more American than French. However, on the other hand, the book works on a number of levels, particularly pertaining to inaccurate conceptions of Canadian and Quebec history that many readers may have had prior to the reading of the book. Candidly, I must admit that it has changed my perception of my county’s history, that up to now I had found to be quite boring. Article 1565 Created 7-12-2005 Modified 7-12-2005 Author ngoldman

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  Historical Fiction at its Best , 01/24/2006
Reviewer: Shirley Roe
Review by Allbooks Reviews Genre: Historical Fiction Title: Molly Lake AUTHOR: Samuel Endicott 1759 in North America, battles rage between the English and the French. Molly and her father Peter return to their cabin in upstate New York to find a dead child and Molly’s mother, Marie missing. They bury the child and set out in search of Marie, however the countryside is crawling with savages, both Indian and French. Peter is nervous of taking Molly with him into the unknown. Joining General Wolfe’s navy seems the quickest way to reach Quebec where they are sure Marie has been taken. A naval ship hardly seems the best place for a young girl but Molly is courageous, stubborn and very determined to help her father find her mother. She blends in well being a hard worker, yet adds a sympathetic touch to an otherwise rugged and hard life. The seamen soon take her under their wing and she is the pet of the fleet. Ship life offers up many trials and tribulations, which Molly meets with great courage and stamina. In New France she meets a handsome Frenchman and must put her priorities in order- romance or dedication to the cause? General Wolfe is about to confront General Montcalm, in a military event that could change the history of North America. The in-depth historical research for this novel brings the time to life. Readers experience the brutality and harshness of life on board, the terror of being attacked by savages and the family closeness of the crew. Life in New France was both difficult for the poor and filled with opulence for the rich. The author does an excellent job of giving both points of view, taking sides with neither the English nor the French. I feel that this is important to readers of historical fiction- an unbiased view of historical events. Samuel Endicott is an author whose colorful characters become familiar friends who stay with you long after the final page is read. Filled with action, human interaction and history, this book is highly recommended by Allbooks Reviews. Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews. Books may be purchased directly from the publisher and available on: Title: Molly Lake Author: Samuel Endicott Publisher: Infinity ISBN: 0-7414-2420-7

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