About the Author

John Wilson

John Wilson was born in 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He did his early growing up on the Island of Skye and in Paisley, near Glasgow. From 1969 to 1974, he attended the University of St. Andrews where he took an Honours B.Sc.. in Geology and never played golf once. He took a position with the Geological Survey of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In his two years there, he mapped rocks, dodged land mines and watched the country sink ever deeper into civil war. Shortly before he was due to be called into the army, John retreated back to Britain on his way to the safety of Canada. He settled on Calgary where geology was booming and the only danger was freezing to death in January. In 1979, he moved to Edmonton to take up a post with the Alberta Geological Survey. In 1988 he sold a feature article to the Globe and Mail. This fueled a smouldering mid-life crisis and he took up freelance writing full-time. With some success, John mined the experiences of his travels for articles, journalism and photo essays. He even began to express himself poetically and, with a young family, began writing children's stories. He moved to Nanaimo and then Lantzville on Vancouver Island. John has been widely published by a number of Canadian presses, with his acolades including a shortlisting for the Governor General’s Award.

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Adrift in Time

Adrift in Time

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Au Canada : Fusillé à l'aube

Au Canada : Fusillé à l'aube

Première Guerre mondiale, Allan McBride, France, 1917
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Au Canada : Les tombes de glace

Au Canada : Les tombes de glace

L'expédition disparue de Franklin, George Chambers, le passage du Nord-Ouest, 1845
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Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

The Last Desert Legend
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Bitter Ashes

Bitter Ashes

The Story of WW II
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Bones

Bones

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Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow

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Broken Arrow Unabridged Audiobook

Broken Arrow Unabridged Audiobook

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Canadian Adventurers and Explorers Bundle

Canadian Adventurers and Explorers Bundle

David Thompson / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Samuel de Champlain / John Franklin / George Simpson / Phyllis Munday
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Crusade

Crusade

The Heretic's Secret, Book 1
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Dancing Elephants

The Story of Canada Beneath Your Feet
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Dancing Elephants and Floating Continents

The Story of Canada Beneath Your Feet
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Death on the River

Death on the River

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The war between the States has only been over for two months, and the roads and rivers are clogged with men traveling in all directions. Most of them will make it home one way or another. That's the easy part. It's what you bring home inside your head that's the problem.

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Desperate Glory

Desperate Glory

The Story of WWI
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Discovering the Arctic

Discovering the Arctic

The Story of John Rae
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Failed Hope

Failed Hope

The Story of the Lost Peace
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Ghost Moon

Ghost Moon

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He introduced himself as Bill Bonney, but said that everyone just calls him Kid because he's only eighteen. That makes him two years older than me, but he's smooth-cheeked and lightly built and could pass for younger. I think back to the other Kid I've met—the man I killed last year. But Bill is different. I've immediately taken a liking to him.

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Ghost Mountains and Vanishing Oceans

Ghost Mountains and Vanishing Oceans

North America from Birth to Middle Age
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Gold

Gold

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Grail

Grail

The Heretic's Secret, Book II
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I Am Canada: Graves of Ice

I Am Canada: Graves of Ice

The Lost Franklin Expedition, George Chambers, The Northwest Passage, 1845
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I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn

I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn

World War I, Allan McBride, France, 1917
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"Shells were landing all along the barbed-wire entanglements in front of the trench, throwing up great fountains of earth, shattered wooden stakes and chaotic tangles of wire. Other, heavier guns were targeting the fortified strongpoints behind us. Instinctively we huddled down as low as possible in the bottom of the trench as the ground heaved and clods of earth flew through the air."

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John Franklin

John Franklin

Traveller on Undiscovered Seas
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Lost

Lost

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Lost Cause

Lost Cause

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Lost Cause Unabridged Audiobook

Lost Cause Unabridged Audiobook

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Norman Bethune

Norman Bethune

A Life of Passionate Conviction
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Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 1–10

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 1–10

Emma Albani / Emily Carr / George Grant / Jacques Plante / John Diefenbaker / John Franklin / Marshall McLuhan / Phyllis Munday / Wilfrid Laurier / Nellie McClung
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Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 6–10

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 6–10

John Franklin / Marshall McLuhan / Phyllis Munday / Wilfrid Laurier / Nellie McClung
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Red Goodwin

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Righting Wrongs

Righting Wrongs

The Story of Norman Bethune
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Stolen

Stolen

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The John Wilson Seven 2-Pack

The John Wilson Seven 2-Pack

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The Missing Skull

The Missing Skull

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The Ruined City

The Ruined City

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The Third Act

The Third Act

by John Wilson
screenplay by Xiaoming Yao
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Victorio's War

Victorio's War

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Victorio nods. "And what will you pay for this boy's life?"
    "Pay?" I ask in confusion.
    "Would you pay your life for his?"
    "I...I don't know," I stammer.
    "Then you must decide, Busca. Ghost Moon wishes to kill the child, and you wish to spare him. Are you prepared to fight to save him?"

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Written in Blood

Written in Blood

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I stare over my fire to the west, across the desert plain I crossed today, at the barely discernable black outline of the mountains where I camped last night. The tiny flickering campfire out on the plain is the only light. Every night for the past five days I have seen this fire as darkness falls. There is probably a man sitting by it looking up at the light of my fire. Who is he?

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