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Viking Gold

Viking Gold [Kindle Edition]

V Campbell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Sixteen-year old Redknee never knew his father. Now his uncle is Jarl and wants Redknee to be a great Viking warrior. But Redknee is clumsy, and more interested in tracking the wild deer of the forest. When the young Viking stumbles upon a war-party making for his home, he must grow up quickly; the brutal Ragnar burns the village, taking for spoils only a mysterious book. Along with a small band of survivors, Redknee takes to the seas. Braving fearsome storms and volcanic islands, bloodthirsty foes and strange new civilizations, the Vikings soon find themselves far beyond the reckoning of their people. But why would Ragnar kill so many for a mere book? Will its tales of faraway lands and riches lead Redknee astray? Or does the book hold the key to his past ...and his future? V. Campbells' debut novel is a thrilling tale of action and adventure, of love and loss, and the power of an unlikely friendship; join Redknee as he seeks out his destiny on the shores of the Promised Land

About the Author

V. Campbell is married and lives in Glasgow, where she organises a literary salon for writers and publishing professionals. Her debut novel, Viking Gold, is a thrilling teen adventure which will grip teenage readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Fledgling Press (7 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VK59CM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Grand Theft Auto of Young Fiction 15 Jan 2012
By J Hunt
If your child is the sort who only leaves his x-box for his Nintendo, books need to be highly action packed to compete. Thankfully, for anyone who craves adventure, Viking Gold is able to deliver.

Set over 1,000 years ago, the world of the protagonist, 16-year-old Redknee, is far more dangerous than any modern computer game. In the first few chapters he encounters bloodshed, near death and the loss of people close to him; things which re-occur regularly during the novel. However, violence is always set in a moral context. Every time Redknee has the chance to kill an enemy, he reflects on whether he is justified and generally takes the path of magnanimity.

The story takes Redknee away from his Nordic homeland to a new world, yet like any classic `coming of age' tale, the most important journey is the transition from boy to man. V. Campbell puts Redknee through a range of challenges which allow him to develop from the main character of the book, to the hero of it.

Viking Gold is not a history lesson but the author's attention to detail about the era ensures that even if you start the book knowing little about Vikings, you will finish far better informed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent adventure tale 14 Nov 2011
I really enjoyed this adventure story. It was pretty much a thrill-a-minute. The plot concerns a mysterious book whose contents could literally change the known Viking world. But what a whirlwind journey it is. There's volcanic eruptions, sea serpents, umpteen sword fights, traitors, mysterious lands, and sea voyages and so many twists you can hardly keep up as the action races from Norway to Greenland. The main character goes through a convincing transformation from timid boy terrified of being a coward like this father to a battle-hardened leader of men. There are some very interesting musings on Norse gods vs Christianity. Campbell has done a brilliant job of rendering the period - you can almost smell the atmosphere - and the dialogue is particularly sharp. I look forward to the sequel from this very promising author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - old school adventure with a twist 17 April 2012
Just finished Viking Gold - a very good book for teenagers and adults needing a bit of adventure!

The story is fantastic, until you realise that, actually, its all possible. V Campbell evokes the atmosphere of the Viking life and gets you hankering for a sea voyage ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill-a-minute page-tuner 27 Dec 2011
I've never read much "teen fiction" in fact, over the last decade, the closest I have been has been the obligatory JK Rowling books, and I can honestly say that any fan of Harry Potter will love Viking Gold. There are clear comparisons between Viking Gold and the Potter series, beyond just the non-gender specific authorial initials. Both feature a young, parentless boy on a quest which means he has to grow-up fast, both feature a cast of eccentric and colourful characters; and both are plotted tightly to grip readers young and old.

What I enjoyed most was the masterful plotting, the air of mystery and suspense which Campbell has been able to generate and sustain. You never know who our hero, Redknee, can trust and the various suspicions and false trails which pepper the tale owe as much to Denmark's Forbrydelsen as they do to the Laxdale Saga.

The author has eschewed any temptation to settle for easy or unimaginative plot points, for example at one point Redknee wonders if his nemesis is actually his father (c.f. Star Wars) but rather than spin this out as a lazier author may have, Campbell has Redknee confront Ragnar about this straight away only to have him laugh it off which allows us to move on to more important plot business.

Every effort has been made over historical accuracy yet the weight of research which has clearly gone into this is worn lightly and certainly does not smother the sheer joy of the adventure.

Given the pace of action and quality of the characterisation, we will perhaps be seeing the film adaptation of Viking Gold before too long, but more importantly the final chapters set us up for a rollicking sequel, and I - for one - can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read 26 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My two sons (aged 12 and 10) both absolutely loved this book. Highly recommended for children who enjoy a fast paced adventure. (Warning for younger readers: there are a few mild swear words used in the book so not everyone will be comfortable with their 10 year olds reading it.)

I hope that there will soon be another book by this excellent author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confused Plot 7 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To many characters and a very rambling and confused plot. Did not like the style of writing. Nuatical knowledge of author was very poor. The book gets there in the end but I was very disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Gold Stars for Viking Gold 5 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Family feuds, bloody battles and exhilarating explorations are just a few aspects which make V Campbell's Viking Gold so enthralling.

Feeling a sincere connection to the main character, Redknee, you are taken on a whirlwind adventure, through the Nordic countries, into the New World. The ups and downs of the story keep the reader engaged and desperately wanting more.

Throughout the novel I was able to visualise every step - almost needing it to be in a film so I could not only see the wonderful images, but to hear the clash of swords, the pumping hearts and splash of the waves against the boat as clearly as possible.

Reading this while travelling through the Nordic countries was wonderful, especially allowing me to transpose the clear imagery to real life, inspiring me to travel further, as well as researching the culture further to fully appreciate the technicalities the author has included to create such a fantastic experience. Thus, Viking Gold lends itself to not only personal enjoyment of reading, but also an engaging topic to study and enquire about.

The language is accessible as well as relevant to the context of 1000AD, following a Viking ship across the ocean. From the point of view of a teacher, any language that is particular to the context is defined at the end of the novel, which is a wonderful way to promote independence as well as making sense of a time and culture that is unknown to many people, myself included.

I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel, not only for teens, but for adults too; defying anyone to not want to know how Redknee's adventures may continue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars money well spent
I would recommend this as a gift to young minds looking for a good read, entertainment to keep them company on school holidays
Published 8 months ago by Kmp
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly long and complicated
The premise of the book is a good one, and it's nice to see something that doesn't have vampires and wizards in it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bibliomage
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
I found this book easy to read and it flowed along at a reasonable pace. It gets 4 stars as I didn't feel compelled to finish it the moment I picked it up but it was a well held... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jennifer Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a viking saga packed from cover to cover with adventure!
This book is the ultimate viking adventure and it all kicks off straight from the start and even before any longships have set sail. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by valkyrie1008
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Mystery and Adventure
Sixteen year old Redknee has only ever heard of his unknown father's cowardice, as he grows up trying to be the kind of warrior his uncle and villagers expect of a future Jarl. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by R. Gemmell
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Harry Potter and Lord of the this!
"You must read this", was the recommendation from a good friend. Having never been particularly interested in vikings I wasn't convinced but decided to trust my friend and I was... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Jac
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