1650: Nieuw Amsterdam, not yet taken by the British and renamed New York. This first thick volume of the Turner family saga will captivate you, with its depictions of the brutal life in the new world (all the old world’s bad habits plus marauding indians). Love, hate, hope, despair, tragedy and revenge, all here is fine detail, with a plot bolstered by painstaking research. Swerling, a prolific writer, is going on my must-read list. A good, solid 4.