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Viking Gold by [Campbell, V]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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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: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Fledgling Press (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VK59CM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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This book is the ultimate viking adventure and it all kicks off straight from the start and even before any longships have set sail. It's full of amazing and intriguing characters that no matter how close the reader gets you remain as suspicious as the main character Redknee of motives. So there is a strong element of loyalty, betrayal and the destructive power of secrets in this book. It is not as bloody and full of battles as some viking historical novels but it is aimed at teenagers, and I would be very suprised if a young teenage lad wasn't impressed by the sheer intensity of danger woven in this story as more often than not this group of vikings are simply battling with themselves and each other to survive in a world where the elements and seas more often killed you than the blade of another. The action and adventure never stops even for a moment so the reader is always gripped by the next new discovery or plot that is put into action.
It really is a great adventure story above all else and the best thing is, when you finally after much energy spent caring, worrying, encouraging and loving and even hating these characters, V Campbell gives a strong clue that after this epic saga this will not be the last we see of Redknee.
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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. However, there are far too many charaters, too many twists and the end result dilutes the overall power of the novel. This could have been a much stronger, rip-roaring story with the hand of a good editor.
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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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