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The Land God Gave to Cain by Hammond Innes
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The Land God Gave to Cain (1958)

by Hammond Innes

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A good solid story around a train track building in Labrador with prospectors and the madness of gold. Well written and a good read. Interesting to have ham, amateur, radio show up in a story. ( )
  thksport | Sep 12, 2015 |
"Ian Ferguson alone held the key to the disaster that had overtaken a geological survey team more than 2,000 miles away. What drove him to make the perilous journey through the grim, lonely wastes of Labrador to the scene of the disaster? What was the link between this and similar events that had taken place in that same country 50 years earlier?

Hammond Innes travelled 15,000 miles to gain the authentic background for this novel, and for many months lived with the construction gangs engaged on building a great railway into the heart of Labrador, "the grimmest and most desolate country I have ever been in."
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  tripleblessings | Feb 2, 2007 |
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Bargery, GeoffreyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavanne, JaakkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to the memory of My Mother who died whilst I was in Canada
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Ian Ferguson alone held the key to the disaster that had overtaken a geological survey team more than two thousand miles away. What drove him now to make the perilous journey through the savage, lonely wastes of Labrador to the scene of the disaster? And what was the link between this and similar events which had taken place in that same tcrritory fifty years earlier?

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A young man battles the odds to rescue a lost explorer on Canada's remote Labrador Peninsula in this "literate and exciting adventure story" ( Kirkus Reviews ). Radio operator James Ferguson was seriously wounded in a bombing mission during World War II. A piece of shrapnel buried in his spine, Ferguson was paralyzed, his brain damaged, and his voice silenced forever. But he never gave up fighting. For the rest of his life, Ferguson devoted himself to ham radio, tapping out messages to strangers in Canada, a passion no one in his family understood. But when he dies without ever connecting to his son, Ian, his final message will change the boy's life forever. Beside the radio, Ian finds his father's last transmission: a distress call received from the isolated Labrador Peninsula, where the survivor of a lost expedition still cries out for rescue. The authorities dismiss the story as impossible, so Ian must journey to Labrador himself. In the endless frozen landscape, he will risk his life to save another--and prove his father right. To research The Land God Gave to Cain , author Hammond Innes trekked across rough country, hearing the stories of the men who risked their lives to tame the exotic land. Innes was a master at weaving research, landscape, and heart-pounding action into some of the greatest thrillers of all time.… (more)

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