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After the disastrous fire in 1613, a young man, Isaac Stanfield, leaves Dorchester to become a sailor on a merchantman, the Sweet Rose. Through resilience, initiative, and luck, Isaac finds himself a participant and observer in the explorations that preceded the arrival of the Mayflower in New England in 1620. Isaac's thirst for adventure is tempered by the love and support After the disastrous fire in 1613, a young man, Isaac Stanfield, leaves Dorchester to become a sailor on a merchantman, the Sweet Rose. Through resilience, initiative, and luck, Isaac finds himself a participant and observer in the explorations that preceded the arrival of the Mayflower in New England in 1620. Isaac's thirst for adventure is tempered by the love and support of friends while his youthful exuberance and charm attract many important people to engage him in their endeavors. This story describes events in the period 1613-1620. It is also the story of Isaac's coming of age in those turbulent times.


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After the disastrous fire in 1613, a young man, Isaac Stanfield, leaves Dorchester to become a sailor on a merchantman, the Sweet Rose. Through resilience, initiative, and luck, Isaac finds himself a participant and observer in the explorations that preceded the arrival of the Mayflower in New England in 1620. Isaac's thirst for adventure is tempered by the love and support After the disastrous fire in 1613, a young man, Isaac Stanfield, leaves Dorchester to become a sailor on a merchantman, the Sweet Rose. Through resilience, initiative, and luck, Isaac finds himself a participant and observer in the explorations that preceded the arrival of the Mayflower in New England in 1620. Isaac's thirst for adventure is tempered by the love and support of friends while his youthful exuberance and charm attract many important people to engage him in their endeavors. This story describes events in the period 1613-1620. It is also the story of Isaac's coming of age in those turbulent times.

48 review for Exploration: The Stanfield Chronicles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Exploration by David Tory is the first book in the new Stanfield Chronicles series. Set primarily in England, Exploration follows Isaac Stanfield through his teen and young adult years. Stanfield's story is told through a combination of letters and journal entries which describe the many adventures he experiences. His adventures largely center around sailing and doing investigative work for individuals invested in what would become the Massachusetts Bay Company. As part of his work, Stanfield is Exploration by David Tory is the first book in the new Stanfield Chronicles series. Set primarily in England, Exploration follows Isaac Stanfield through his teen and young adult years. Stanfield's story is told through a combination of letters and journal entries which describe the many adventures he experiences. His adventures largely center around sailing and doing investigative work for individuals invested in what would become the Massachusetts Bay Company. As part of his work, Stanfield is sent to see if it is possible for a group of English settlers to survive a winter in the new world. Finding it is, Stanfield's work paves the way for the sailing of the Mayflower. Author David Tory does an admirable job of blending historical research including actual historical figures with an engaging story. There is a dash of romance as well as swashbuckling adventures and sorrow. The combination creates a historical narrative which appeals to all readers. I look forward to more of Isaac Stanfield's adventures in subsequent volumes of this series. I received a complementary copy of Exploration from NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A young man takes to sea, gets involved in espionage and settling the New World for England. Told as a series of letters and journal entries. Fairly good for the most part.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Wonderful imagery of a man's adventures During the time of New England's infancy and exploration, David Tory builds a world around a young boy's adventures and struggles to adulthood and maturity. I felt the miles pass below my feet as I delved into the journey. Bravo! Wonderful imagery of a man's adventures During the time of New England's infancy and exploration, David Tory builds a world around a young boy's adventures and struggles to adulthood and maturity. I felt the miles pass below my feet as I delved into the journey. Bravo!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aletha Pagett

    Exploration takes place in the time prior to the Mayflower's arrival in the New World. The times are experienced through the eyes of young Isaac who signed on as a sailor on a ship called Rosie. This is one of my favorite times in history but I did find (especially in the beginning) it a bit tedious. This e-book was received from Goodreads. Exploration takes place in the time prior to the Mayflower's arrival in the New World. The times are experienced through the eyes of young Isaac who signed on as a sailor on a ship called Rosie. This is one of my favorite times in history but I did find (especially in the beginning) it a bit tedious. This e-book was received from Goodreads.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    An amazing story that is written in journals and letters that suck me (the reader) in right from the get go. Difficult to put down, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures, relationships, explorations, wittiness and kindness of this young man, Isaac Stanfield. His journey's engage him with trial and triumph and each character met throughout this book has purpose. The book was well written in the setting of the early 1600's. It covers so many key details through eyes of Isaac, as he set off on each An amazing story that is written in journals and letters that suck me (the reader) in right from the get go. Difficult to put down, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures, relationships, explorations, wittiness and kindness of this young man, Isaac Stanfield. His journey's engage him with trial and triumph and each character met throughout this book has purpose. The book was well written in the setting of the early 1600's. It covers so many key details through eyes of Isaac, as he set off on each adventure/exploration. Each chapter of the book takes the reader on a new adventure. The expeditions are well thought out by each character capturing the importance of their movements. The details captured the essence of landscape, wildlife, inhabitants, trade and ship routes nautical references, and weather patterns (just to name a few), all of which were key to pave the way for settlement in New England. There is also the emphasis on building relationships and personal growth along the way, which I feel makes this book even more personal to the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical content of this book both on land and sea, watching Isaac Stanfield grow and build lasting relationships throughout this story. It is a GREAT read especially with the coming holidays.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    Great I won the giveaway, can't wait to start reading Great I won the giveaway, can't wait to start reading

  7. 5 out of 5

    Helliondeadwoman

    A fantastic coming of age story set in the early 1600s. I loved how the story was told in letters and journal entries, it really felt like I had stumbled upon some long forgotten cache of personal effects and I was sucked in to Isaac Stanfield's life and adventure from the get go. This novel had an incredibly interesting take on New England prior to the Pilgrims, I don't feel like this section of time is written about too often and it was fascinating looking at the landscape, wildlife and inhabi A fantastic coming of age story set in the early 1600s. I loved how the story was told in letters and journal entries, it really felt like I had stumbled upon some long forgotten cache of personal effects and I was sucked in to Isaac Stanfield's life and adventure from the get go. This novel had an incredibly interesting take on New England prior to the Pilgrims, I don't feel like this section of time is written about too often and it was fascinating looking at the landscape, wildlife and inhabitants through Isaac's eyes and I really enjoyed his interactions with the Native Americans in the area.. As well as reading how the characters plan their expedition to New England in order for the pilgrims to start a colony, and the preparation undertaken before their arrival/ This story was very well written you can tell David Tory has a great love and passion for the time period and places he writes about. I really enjoyed the way the fictional characters interacted with real life historical figures and I never felt like the historical facts and details were omitted or modified.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caryn

    (I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads, but all opinions in this review are my own.) NO, NO, NO. To be 100% honest, I started this book three times, but I just could not read it. From the opening sentence, this book makes no attempt to capture the language, culture or social norms of the 17th century. You see, grown-ups can read and understand big words and readers of HF abhor anachronisms, especially slangy dialogue. Mr. Tory is no Hilary Mantel. But to be fair, that is a high ba (I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads, but all opinions in this review are my own.) NO, NO, NO. To be 100% honest, I started this book three times, but I just could not read it. From the opening sentence, this book makes no attempt to capture the language, culture or social norms of the 17th century. You see, grown-ups can read and understand big words and readers of HF abhor anachronisms, especially slangy dialogue. Mr. Tory is no Hilary Mantel. But to be fair, that is a high bar. This novel may very well have redeeming qualities, but the modern, casual tone of voice is better suited to a YA novel. I think if the book had been presented in this way, I might have offered it more grace and pressed on with my reading. The point of this review is to say to the publisher, don't insult your readers. Trying to pass this book off as adult historical fiction is a BIG mistake and cheats your writer of a more receptive audience.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    This e-book was received in a giveaway from goodreads.com in exchange for an honest review. Historical fiction is a genre that I find enjoyable to read and really had high hopes for this e-book. For some reason I just didn't connect with the characters. The story seemed much too long and tedious to get through in my opinion. There were a lot of historical facts presented and would probably be a good read for others that want to learn more about the time period. This e-book was received in a giveaway from goodreads.com in exchange for an honest review. Historical fiction is a genre that I find enjoyable to read and really had high hopes for this e-book. For some reason I just didn't connect with the characters. The story seemed much too long and tedious to get through in my opinion. There were a lot of historical facts presented and would probably be a good read for others that want to learn more about the time period.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    great book

  11. 5 out of 5

    Flavia

    Really enjoyable. The letters-and-journal-entries format was engaging to read, although it did occasionally make some of the exposition feel a bit forced.

  12. 5 out of 5

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