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The Atholl Expedition (Alpine Dawn Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Roddie
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Introducing James Forbes in the quest for Scotland's last glacier.

SCOTLAND, 1847. Convalescence doesn't suit Professor Forbes. When one of his former students appears exhausted at his door, telling stories of bloodthirsty gamekeepers and a mythical glacier in the heart of the Cairngorm mountains, he can't resist the chance for another adventure. However, his journey coincides with a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the Royal Consort has an ambition to shoot the oldest and most cunning hart of the Atholl estate.

Forbes is soon involved in the chase of his life - with perhaps one last chance to make his name before it is too late.

The wilderness of the Cairngorms is trodden by legendary stags, demons of local folklore, and a few brave souls all seeking very different things from the wild. This is a tale of life in the Scottish mountains before mountaineering began.

PRAISE FOR THE ATHOLL EXPEDITION

"... an exciting and well-written adventure story but it also goes deeper into that, both into the history of the period and the psychology of the characters. It's one of the best works of mountaineering fiction I've read."
-- TGO magazine official review

"A swashbuckling tale of outdoor adventure, bringing together some epic wild locations and great storytelling."
-- TRAIL magazine official review

"Vividly drawn ... a compelling and imaginative work."
-- Review by Footless Crow

"The book makes for an exhilarating read, pitting folktales and fairy stories against enlightenment science, whilst mixing in a bitter and emerging social conflict between the landowning elite, their loyal servants, and those wishing for freer access to the hills for both leisure and research."
-- Outdoor blogger Nick Bramhall

"A book for anyone who loves wild places and cracking good yarns ... I love the fictional/philosophical mix of Alex’s writing and he has a wonderful eye for the unseen."
-- Outdoor blogger Alistair Young

"His research into this period is thorough and faultless and his writing contains some beautiful descriptions of the landscape of the Cairngorms which reveal his own love of the mountains."
-- Outdoor blogger John Burns

"I have always admired the author’s approach to descriptive writing. It’s not easy to do without sounding florid but his descriptions of storms, or of the mountains themselves, are studies in the careful choice of words. I love this style and I very much enjoyed the adventure story aspect of this book."
-- Review by Ignite Books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 199 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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WWW.ALEXRODDIE.COM

Alex Roddie is a writer of historical fiction inspired by the mountain heritage of Britain and the Alps. After studying Computing Science at UEA Norwich, he graduated in 2008 and escaped to the hills, living and working in Glencoe until 2011.

In 2009 he established the successful mountaineering blog, Glencoe Mountaineer, which now provides inspiring stories from the peaks of Scotland under the editorship of his brother James. He climbed extensively while living in the Highland and never stopped writing about his experiences.

His goal is a simple one: to bring the drama, heroism, and beauty of the mountains into the lives of everyone. He strongly believes that the British hills aren't only for mountaineers and climbers, and that you don't have to be the member of an elite group to enjoy them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable tale of highland life 26 July 2014
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A colourful and enjoyable taste of the highlands of Scotland in the 19th century. This is a more significant and serious-minded work than Alex's first novel, The Only Genuine Jones, and though it lacks some of the humour of the first, it doesn't suffer because of it and the characters are much more substantial. It's the first in a series of novels charting the development of mountaineering, and if they are all going to be as good as this then I can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 20 April 2014
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A tad slow in starting, as the author introduces to his divers cast of characters, but It think this is necessary to show the foundation from which players develop as the plot focusses in on its gripping climax. The descriptions of the mountain scenery are very finely drawn indeed, and there are a couple of plot twists that I had not expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 18 April 2014
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A great book, particularly for lovers of the outdoors and the Scottish Highlands. The story is gripping and the characters are interesting and believable. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape and the wildlife found within. The book has obviously been well researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for Cairngorm lovers! 9 Mar 2014
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The conflicting interests of stalkers and geologists set amid the vast wilderness of the southern Cairngorm.This book is wonderfully written and should not be missed!Just buy it! David Johnston.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 2 Mar 2014
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I had high hopes for this and wasn't disappointed. Really enjoyed this, one of the best books I've read in ages. Would recommend it to anyone who loves the Scottish outdoors, such as Munro bagging etc, and the Victorian era of mountaineering.

An enjoyable combination of factual history and fictional story telling. I couldn't put it down, in fact i finished it the same day it arrived in the post.

Let's have another soon please Alex !
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Following on from his debut novel,The Only Genuine Jones, Alex Roddie has once again produced an entertaining work of historical fiction. The Atholl Expedition is a short, pacey book centred around two contrasting ventures into the hills and glens of Atholl and Mar in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. The novel, a fictional history featuring a mixed cast of real and imaginary people, weaves together these two stories as the heroes and villains clash over access rights and battle against the elements as a heavy storm sweeps over the hills forcing everyone to reassess their priorities and prejudices.

Alex brings the Victorian world of deer forests and vast sporting estates to life, and so constructs a fascinating context in which to tell his story. The book makes for an exhilarating read, pitting folktales and fairy stories against enlightenment science, whilst mixing in a bitter and emerging social conflict between the landowning elite, their loyal servants, and those wishing for freer access to the hills for both leisure and research.

As with his first book, Alex’s description of the place is masterful. The hills of the Mounth and the Cairngorms come alive as the characters make their way into the heart of the range. Geography and geology play an important role in the story but the descriptions are far from dry or utilitarian. Alex’s use of the wild places of Glen Tilt, the Tarf, Glen Dee and the coires of Braeriach will bring a smile to anyone familiar with these iconic areas. He has a great way with capturing the feel and atmosphere of a place with deft use of the language, rarely venturing into cliché.

I can thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Cairngorms, the Victorian world or speculative historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb historical adventure 14 Jan 2014
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This excellent book takes you into the early days of mountain exploration in the Scottish Highlands. The characters come alive, and the way they interact soon has you wanting to move forward to find out what happens next. If you love the mountains, and, if you love a well told tale, then this book paints pictures with words and will be a rewarding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 8 Jan 2014
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The Atholl Expedition was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of mountain fiction or fiction in general.

I like the way the author has used historical figures as the characters, it has now given me a thirst to find out more about them. I could really picture the action as it happened and I followed along with my ordnance survey map. I enjoyed the story that much that I now wish to visit the places that were involved.

In my opinion the book deserve 5 out of 5
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