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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595323057 Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  July 30, 2004

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Sometimes, vacations just don't turn out the way you hoped they would. An idyllic wilderness house boating get-a-way soon turns into a hellish nightmare...




Book Description

Margaret and Thomas Hawkins are a typical harried big city couple in desperate need of a vacation.

She’s exhausted and dreams of a luxurious Caribbean cruise where ship attendants will pamper her. He dreams of remote unpopulated areas where he can leave the maddening city hordes behind and enjoy the grandeur of nature with his strange little dog, Big Mack.

They eventually compromise and rent a houseboat in the vast Canadian wilderness.

They are both enjoying their idyllic get-a-way until the worst storm in centuries descends directly upon them.

To their utter horror, Margaret and Tom soon discover that in the wilderness, there is absolutely nowhere to run—nowhere to hide.

Lightning bolts fill the northern sky; thunderclaps echo through the night; 60 mile per hour winds hurl deadly debris and uprooted trees in every direction; and their tiny houseboat is tossed about on the now turbulent lake waters like a flimsy matchstick.

Somehow, this violent northwoods storm also rips open a hole in time – hurling them 200 years into the past.

Suddenly, the Hawkins family is trapped in a terrifying foreign world; a world populated by French-Canadian fur trappers, Ojibwa Indian warriors, and a man-eating grizzly bear.

Sometimes, vacations just don’t turn out the way you hoped they would.





Once in days no more remembered,
Ages nearer the beginning,
When the heavens were closer to us,
And the Gods were more familiar,
In the north-land lived a hunter…

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From The Song of Hiawatha

Canadian Wilderness – May 1801

Spring had finally arrived and Mishe-Mowka was glad.
Her northwoods island home was bursting with new life, new sounds, new smells, and new colors. Tiny brown and white chickadees, boisterous red-winged black birds, and huge, raucous, coal black crows were singing, chirping, and merrily calling out in the branches of the giant pine trees above.
Inquisitive brown chipmunks and industrious red squirrels chattered happily and scampered all about the forest floor, also rejoicing in its yearly rebirth. Wildflowers of every shape, size, and color were bursting through the moist, sweet smelling soil.
With all the new life, hope, and natural wonder surrounding her, how could Mishe-Mowka not be happy at this moment in time?
Although she had spent the long cold northern winter safe and snug in her home, lovingly cuddled up with her two young children, she and they had all anxiously awaited this first foray of the season outdoors.
And, not one of them had been disappointed. The day was simply marvelous.
Mishe-Mowka’s love for her two young children was also boundless. She knew in her heart that her male child would one day grow to be a great hunter and provider. She also knew that her female offspring would one day mature into a gentle, loving parent, just as she was.
At this moment, Mishe-Mowka was lying comfortably and lazily in the tall green saw grass at the edge of the lakeshore. She had just eaten her fill of the succulent wild blueberries growing nearby.
Her hunger now almost completely sated, she was becoming very drowsy. It had, indeed, been a long bitter winter and the bright, warm, life-giving sun of this glorious spring day felt wonderful on her back.
Since her two beloved children were now safely playing in the nearby brush, she slowly closed her large dark eyes and decided to take a well-deserved nap.
Just as Mishe-Mowka drifted off to sleep, she heard a faint shrill cry in the distance. She intuitively roused herself fully awake.
As she listened intently, her ears fully erect, she suddenly heard it again.
She painfully realized that the muted sound was the terrified call of one of her own babies crying out in pain.
She scrambled to her feet and raced in the direction of the heart-wrenching wail...

Reader Reviews for "Cemetery Island"

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/8/2007
Cemetery Island is a must read book. Emotions of humor, love and passion swept me as I laughed and cried while reading this book. I have been going to this area for 40 years, it is truly Gods Country, I cannot give away any part of the book,, but can only tell you, when you finish it you will go away with so much more. A respect and love of history, our land, and its people. Ed, you are a gifted author, Thanks for taking me back in time, I feel blessed to have read this. God Bless you and your wife.
Reviewed by Michael Guy 8/26/2007
I like your books (and poetry) because I wish I'd thought of them -- especially this wonderful plot idea as an entry to a subject and characters I know you love. The great thing is we have you and now I don't have to write it, i can get back to my music! I JUST BOUGHT THIS BOOK FROM AD. Do you think I'd review it if I didn't intend to read it? And you did it all in 200 pages or so! I'm looking forward to reading this on my boat.
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 7/27/2007
where do we get our autographed copies for the den members...LJ
Reviewed by Pam Champagne (Reader) 2/11/2007
This I have to buy. Loving the wilderness and time traveling, how can I resist?
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/15/2007
The Perfect Book For a Cold Winter's Night!

To escape the stress of big city life, Tom and Margie rent a houseboat in the wilds of northern Minnesota. Their blissful vacation of lovemaking, listening to the loons, and watching the deer at play is interrupted by a perfect storm that somehow transports them back in time circa 1800.

Bambi is gone, and now they must face nature red in tooth and claw.

This book was a pleasure to read. The author also provides a fascinating, detailed description of Ojibwa Indian culture.

I highly recommend Cemetery Island.

Mark Collins, Berwyn, IL
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 1/1/2007
Ok, I'll admit it: I'm getting hooked on Ed Kostro's writings! Had last week finished his "Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals" - many wonderful stories, happy-laughing stories; some very sad that I'd experienced with my own pets, but all good, enjoyable reading!
Now I'm near-completing his intriguing and informative book "Gold River Canyon", which has kept me up reading a few late nights!
SO...I think it's time I ordered this "Cemetery Island" and hope it arrives in the next few days!!
Yep, his words/stories have hypnotized me!!

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 11/8/2006
Wow Ed , This book sounds like a winner ! I love stories that go back in time....M
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/2/2005
I wanted so to take my time reading this book, as I knew from the title it would be my kind of book to read. But once I got into it I could not put it down, as I would fall asleep with it on my chest at night. I would read it while in my car, in traffic when I was stuck with no place else to go.

The story was an easy read for both child and adult, I am sure both will be enraptured by Ed’s ability to capture all the nuance’s of time travel and being alive in the early years of our country. His knowledge of both the place where the book and story took place and his knowledge of the people met in the past are exemplary.

As a writer myself I approach some books with trepidation, especially if I were to start to catch mistakes in grammar or punctuation but this book had none of that. From the first page to the last, I found it enthralling and I am starting to re-read it in case I missed anything.

The characterizations were easy to follow as well, and it made one feel like they were there and a part of the husband and wife relationship. That relationship being so real, so normal, and down to earth in today’s society.
As well as the fear exhibited by the wife after their time travel, but I don’t want to further express any of the book, as I think YOU will want to read it in its entirety to fully grasp just how fun and interesting a read this book truly is.

I personally hope to see more from Mr. Kostro’s quill! He is a writer of compassion towards others as well as consideration towards the Natural world.
In Sincere Admiration, Ed Matlack
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 11/7/2004
“Cemetery Island” Book Review
ISBN: 0-595-32305-7 Softcover, 5.5” x 8.5”, iUniverse

Ed Kostro has delivered a unique story of intrigue and mystery that I found fascinating. The fact that its setting is only a few miles from where I entertain myself on summer vacations could have something to do with this, but this novel also stands on its own merits. Ed’s conjuring abilities seem endless, his characters very memorable, and his use of “The Song of Hiawatha” as a guide to the story is a beautiful touch.
The story is of a couple taking a pontoon boat vacation with their Chihuahua on the wild waters and islands of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. A ferocious storm with a supernatural purple mist provides a portal to an eighteenth century primitive past, where they are stuck waiting for a complementary storm to bring them back to the present. In the meantime, adventure and discovery rage hand in hand for the couple and their dog.
Ed’s characters are likable. He even makes the villain of the story an object of empathy, in spite of her (the villain’s) misguided motives that lead to evil behavior toward his other characters.
This is a good yarn and well worth the read.

© 2004 R. Leland Waldrip
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 10/13/2004
sounds like a very good story Ed. Especially about vacations, on my last one all four of my tires had nails in them, I had to interupt my trip to buy new tires. What I went through was almost as worst as facing the bear. guess what, the tire store wouldn't patch them so I tried and failed, three hours without the proper tools. One of them went flat anyway. Next morning I went back to the tire store and bought 4 new tires then we continued on our trip. G
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/10/2004
The book sounds like a rivetting story the concept of being hurled back in time where we are stripped of all our comforts and mod cons...and have to live by our wits..and off the land again...

Exhilirating stuff...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/10/2004

Margaret Hawkins was beginning to think she might like this vacation cooked up by her adventuresome husband Tom. Then, all hell broke loose. Ed Kostra has produced a galvanizing tumult filled work in his Cemetery Island. The next book in this easily read Time Travel series is surely on the way, and what good news that is. Snappy colloquy, treacherous scenario and enigmatic abundantly portrayed, this is Cemetery Island.

For full review please check as Article on mj hollingshead page on AD site.
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 9/4/2004
Reviewed by Shirley Cheng 8/8/2004
That book sounds fascinating! Keep up the great work. :)
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 8/8/2004
Heartfelt Congratulations on the release of your new book, Ed! It sounds like a teriffic read. Congratulations.
Reviewed by Stacy Mantle 8/8/2004
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wow - two books under the belt! Not too shabby! ;) Where do we order it? Can we order from you? (for a signed copy!) Email me the info and put me down for one! And again - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Reviewed by Carol Chapman (Reader) 8/8/2004
Congratulations Ed! Now I have one more of your wonderful books to read. I'm happily on my way to order this one.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/8/2004
Hope to read this book as a XMAS!!

How long does it take my riverboatmail???

Your naturewrites are always soooooooo good Ed!!

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