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Book Excerpt from: Vinland Viking: An Original Saga by Gary L. Doman

Vinland Viking cover art.jpgThe novella Vinland Viking is an epic fantasy-adventure, set at the time of the conversion to Christianity of Iceland and Greenland, about a young Northman who longs to lead the storied life of the pagan Vikings.  His opportunity comes with Leif Ericsson’s exploration in North America, but his fortunes change in a way and by a means that he could never have anticipated, and which will thrill the reader.

The richly-textured narrative incorporates history, nature, and mythology, along with plenty of action.  It is told from a Christian viewpoint, but can be enjoyed by a general audience, and, unlike so many other fiction stories, is acceptable reading for the young.

AMAZON paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Vinland-Viking-Gary-Doman-M-A/dp/1413763774/ 

AMAZON Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Vinland-Viking-Original-Doman-ebook/dp/B00AMV8KW2/ 

EXCERPT:

The pressing situation to which he was being called was the gathering of ugly weather off the Greenland coast.  Hoping to outrun the oncoming storm front back to Vinland, or at least to somewhere they could find shelter from the inclemency, Brand-Yngar directed that the prisoners be rounded up and secured, the knorr put in tow, and the Kraken be made ready to sail due south.

The homeward voyage began in the Davis Strait, to the west of the settlements on Greenland.  The southerly Labrador Current certainly had the potential to carry them away, even without the help of oar and sail, but it bowed to the superior force of the rising winds that were already wrecking the knorr.  Now gales, they wrenched the Kraken off her course and gave her quite a different heading; the crewmen could not even tell how far they’d been diverted.  When they weren’t cowering, they were praying to Thor for their deliverance, bailing rainwater and seawater out of the vessel, or saving each other from being washed over the sides.

Brand-Yngar stood resolute as captain.  Through his decision not to try to reach land immediately, he had saved the drakkar from the very worst of the storm; now, he had to guide them through its area of lesser strength to wherever it should capriciously deposit them.

The tempest poured and blustered for hours, driving the dragon ship as a godling might play with a bath toy.  Finally it blew the Kraken onto a shore.  Yet more time passed before the severity tempered enough locally so that anyone could move about on land; in the meantime, the occupants of the humbled watercraft huddled under the cover of their awning, peeping forebodingly at their unintentional port of call.
???????????????????????????????Gary L. Doman, whose (pen-)surname rhymes with “roman”, the French word for “novel”, was born in Syracuse (New York) and has spent the majority of his life in Connecticut.  He has degrees from Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut.  He has developed an interest in just about everything, especially history, geography, religion, language, and the natural world.  He began writing as a child and has never really stopped, although he does periodically need to eat and sleep, and also devotes considerable time to his other creative and intellectual endeavors; these include his “weblog” the Doman Domain and one of the items of interest found there, namely, “The Best Comic Strip Ever!”.  Further, he has taught himself to sing and founded his own political philosophy.  His greatest accomplishment may be remaining humble despite the preceding! 

Visit Gary online at http://domandomain.blogspot.com/

 Vinland Viking Tour Schedule 

Monday, August 5th

Book review at The Book Connection

Tuesday, August 6th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, August 7th

Interview at Blogcritics

Thursday, August 8th

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, August 9th

Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, August 12th

Interview at Between the Covers

Tuesday, August 13th

Guest post for Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection

Wednesday, August 14th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, August 15th

Book review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Friday, August 16th

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

Monday, August 19th

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, August 20th

Book review at Vic’s Media Room

Wednesday, August 21st

Interview at Examiner

Thursday, August 22nd

Book spotlight at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, August 23rd

Book review at Found A Christian by His Grace

Monday, August 26th

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Wednesday, August 28th

Interview at Broowaha

Friday, August 30th

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Book review at Blooming with Books

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