With flaming cinders dropping from the sky and trees all around him exploding into fireballs, James Alford seems doomed to death by incineration in a forest fire. But we know, as we do in all good action films and books, that Alford is going to survive. After all, the book is called The Survivor and we’re only on Page 3. The story itself is part two of the Alford Saga – a number of future parts will span a family history of 200 years – so we need to keep young Alford around to sire the progeny.
But a profusion of challenges to his physical strength and mental sharpness will test his ability to survive. If you like your Canadian history fast and furious, a crisis on every page, you will enjoy this film-on-paper by television director Paul Almond. The genre is young adult/history, or maybe light cottage action reading. No car chases, though, because we’re in the year 1813. The fastest vehicle around is a horse-drawn sulky, the two-wheeled device we are most familiar with at racetracks.