- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 694 KB
- Print Length: 482 pages
- Publisher: MDW Publishing; 1 edition (23 July 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042P52VG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The King family are in the shipping business, George King is close to downfall in his business and must decide what to do next - collapse or join in the profitable slave trade. His son, William is totally against the idea, having experienced a Spanish slave trade boat on his travels. The book tells of greed, turmoil, vindictiveness and the harsh reality of life aboard boats in the 1800s. My favorite character is William. He has solid principles based on facts, and isn't afraid to take his ideas and enterprise on them whilst acting against the slave trade. The tension between him and his father, and later on Charlotte is palpable.
I enjoy reading historical stories, this one was no exception. It's woven really well, and had me turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next, all the way through - very engrossing. The adventures that William has made for fantastic reading. As a reader I was swept away into a world where women aren't meant to be the leaders and slaves are seen the same as cattle. Charlotte, the daughter of a rival boating family, seems pleasant enough at first - appearances aren't all they seem and eventually a poisonous family get what they deserve.
Ice King is a detailed book, packed with information on how life was likely to have been like on board, including insights into surgery and death on board. It also shows what it must have been like for the family left behind. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The novel rings with such surprising authenticity of life at sea, England's naval conflict with Spain, and the cruelty of the slave trade that readers will constantly find themselves checking the publishing date to make sure this was really written by someone in the present. The author, Geoff Woodland, weaves a rich and colorful tapestry of life in 19th century England, transporting readers into the middle of exciting adventures on the high seas and the coastal towns of England and The Americas. There's romance, intrigue, mystery, action, a social conscience -- and even an education!
The writing is crisp and moves the plot along at a fast clip, with a complex set of characters and plot lines skillfully propelling the action to a satisfying and surprising conclusion. Ice King is a great read, well deserving of a hearty "aye, aye," and a five star rating.
Review by Nigel Fields
Woodland utilizes a likeable style that serves his storytelling well. The conflicts surrounding the slave trade in the early nineteenth century offer wide appeal. What lover of historical fiction could resist this opportunity to be submerged in a meaningful tale made rich by issues of humanity, touches of humour, brilliantly executed action scenes, conflicts and romance between complex, breathing characters? I readily sympathized and connected with the main character, William King. His experience on the Spanish Slaver that catapulted him to his anti-slaving position had me riveted to the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed my read of The Ice King and I'm sure you will too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written book, it keeps you wanting to know how things will turn out. Which is what a good author should be able to do. Read morePublished 18 months ago by p g gregory
Brought to life old Liverpool. Reminded me of Hornblower, there is definitely another book to be written. Read morePublished 23 months ago by astabilo
It took time between moments of work but I enjoyed it immensely Geoff. I am going to read the next adventure and am sure it will be as goodPublished on 12 July 2014 by nick
Not the sort of novel I normally read, but was going to meet the author at a reunion so thought I would give it a try. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by Lyn G.
I really enjoyed this book . It`s a cracking good story and moves along at a decent pace . It usually takes a while for me to get through a novel but I couldn`t put this book down... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Mr. Geoffrey L. Woodland
A very entertaining, well researched, story about Liverpool during the slave trade. a must read for anybody who enjoys reading books about sailing ships, and the trading families... Read morePublished on 27 July 2012 by Tony Coates
I suppose not too many people these days are well informed about the evil slave trade. I had an advantage in that respect because one of my mother's heroes was William Wilberforce,... Read morePublished on 26 July 2012 by Author of Vic's Big Walk