The Fourth Aleyn James Novel
Sequel to HeatLightning
Captain John Smith was a visionary. His painful departure from James Towne due to a horrendous burn did little to dampen his desire to colonize. His failure to return to North America in both 1615 and 1617 only steeled his resolve to once again become part of a burgeoning colony. In 1617, two fugitives from the Church of England began planning to move their congregation from Leiden in Holland to land patents in northern Virginia, to live and worship free of interference from the Church of England. In 1620, Robert Cushman and John Carver, assisted by a champion of religious tolerance named Edwin Sandys, chartered the merchant ships Mayflower and Speedwell to transport their people.
Once Smith learned of their plan, he offered his military experience to this group of Separatists. His qualifications were ideal for a military leader. He was familiar with the Atlantic Coast, he was intimately acquainted with many Indian tribes, and he’d personally prepared detailed maps and descriptions of the area. There remained one insurmountable problem. Smith and the Separatists were incompatible in their fundamental philosophy and beliefs. So instead of him, they took his books, maps, and a military commander more to their way of thinking, Captain Miles Standish.
Detained by bad weather, then forced to return because of the badly leaking Speedwell, Mayflower sailed too late in the season. Instead of reaching the Hudson River during warm weather, they made landfall off the coast of Cape Cod in December. After exploring the area, they decided on the harbor Captain Smith tried so hard to colonize, the abandoned Indian village of Pautuxet, a place designated New Plymouth on a map he drew of land he named New England.
Nor’easter is the continuing story of Aleyn, Acoona, and their extended family, making their way north from Spanish Florida, wrecking their beloved pinnace Virginia on the outer banks of Cape Cod, and assimilating into the fledgling colony of New Plymouth. Aleyn and Acoona gracefully age as they farm their new land, and their children—Alan and Tara—take their place as the story’s protagonists. It's a story of growing friction between the tribes and the English invaders, the horrors of the Pequot War, and the growing pains of a nation struggling to be born.
A final edit is currently underway with plans to publish later this summer.
Glen F. Alden - 2019
A Tale of the Plymouth Colony
1623 - 1667