Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Featured Book: Canadian Sunrise by Robert N. List

About the book:

Canadian Sunrise chronicles the adventures of these notorious rascals as it depicts violent cultural clashes that occurred in 17th century New France and its western environs. Painstakingly researched, this historical novel places the reader in many disparate worlds—in the villages of the French and the First People of this continent; in Peter Stuyvesant’s diverse free port of New Amsterdam; on the frigid waters of Hudson Bay and inside its raucous trading posts; in the throes of the London Plague of 1666; in the intrigue-ridden Oxford and Windsor courts of Charles II; in taverns frequented by Samuel Pepys, Prince Rupert, and the shareholders of the Hudson’s Bay Company; in the court of Louis XIV; and in the cloisters of ruthless Jesuit and Recollect priests who attempt to corner the fur trade and indoctrinate the Indians. Following Radisson’s Mohawk captivity and escape, an action-packed voyage to the shores of Lake Superior, and an arduous journey to the frigid waters of Hudson Bay comprise the early action. A rebuff by the Court of Louis XIV finally convinces Radisson and Des Groseilliers to enter the service of the English and the fledgling Hudson’s Bay Company. Filled with brisk dialogue and lush natural description which bring this colorful era to life, Canadian Sunrise is stocked with an assortment of savory characters that includes frontier women who often outshine their male counterparts.

About the author:

Robert N. List received the Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Illinois. A teaching career in the disciplines of English and American Literature and Mass Communication resulted. He recently retired as full professor and former chair of a nationally accredited department of Mass Communication to concentrate on historical research and fiction writing. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Honors College at Jackson State University. In 1999, he published a non-fiction book entitled Merlin’s Secret: The African and Near Eastern Presence in the Ancient British Isles that is available at


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