The Odyssey of Robert Peake (Paperback)
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The Odyssey of Robert Peake follows the adventures of an impoverished young man seeking a better life from his home in 17th century England, and his treacherous two-month voyage to the Virginia Colony, which almost ends in tragedy. He is indentured to work as a fieldhand on a tobacco plantation, where he encounters a brutal, whip-brandishing overseer. His life takes an unexpected turn when the plantation owner, who recognizes young Robert’s greater potential, intercedes and assigns him to his windmill team. Life in the historic Virginia Colony has its share of tragedies involving Native American massacres, road bandits, river pirates and murder. On the lighter side, Robert has a brief shipboard romance and later falls deeply in love with a beautiful Powhatan maiden, niece of Pocahontas. He has a natural talent for tending to horses and becomes a coachman. He voices his disapproval of the use of the African slave labor force being introduced on the plantations, so, he decides to seek a better life on the untamed Virginia frontier, which provides him with new challenges.
About the Author
Ronald C. "Ronnie" Evans is a retired television engineer, a performing musician, and now a first-time author. His previous writing experience was limited to writing commercial copy and news reports when working in radio, and assisting writing grants for equipment in television. He is a native of Franklin, where he still resides with his artist wife, Jean. He is a musician with several recordings of his guitar music. His Macon County family roots go back over five generations. He is an Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War era. After retirement from UNC-TV Engineering, he became interested in family genealogy, which has been an aid in his writing experience.
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