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February 16, 2018 Richard No comments exist

The paperback edition of Beaver Coats and Guns is now available on Amazon. Although ebooks are convenient for storing and reading lots of books, nothing beats the experience of reading a physical copy.


The paperback edition comes in the widely-used 6” x 9” format. With a matte finish, its handsome cover is pleasing to the eye. It also feels good to hold. Inside, the text, in black and white 12-point Garamond typeface on beautiful cream finish pages, with ample white space, is easy-to-read.


Of course, without a good story all these cosmetic touches would be superficial.


In my opinion, having read, edited, and re-read it many times, I am very satisfied with the outcome. I am also confident it will hold your interest.


The story of Radisson and Des Groseilliers, as told in my book, is gripping and topical.


In pursuit of beaver pelt riches, the colorful duo and their native partners face constant danger in the northern wilderness. They made The Hudson’s Bay Company possible.


I invite you to read Beaver Coats and Guns and re-discover our past and its relevance to current events. The paperback and the ebook are listed side-by-side on Amazon. To check them out, click Take Me To Amazon.

January 15, 2018 Richard No comments exist

In pursuit of beaver-pelt riches, Radisson and Des Groseilliers with their native Algonquin partners face constant danger in the northern wilderness.


I am pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Beaver Coats and Guns, my novel based on the real-life adventures of Pierre Esprit Radisson and his brother-in-law, Médard Chouart Des Groseilliers.


The second edition comes with many enhancements, including new maps and revised content.


Presently, the second edition is available only as an ebook, although a paperback edition is in the works. Click here to read a sample excerpt.


This fast-paced historical fiction is more than just an exciting story of adventure and ambition set in 17th century northeastern Canada and the United States. It also presents an uplifting perspective on the native people at a time when they were independent and vital to the fur trade.

July 17, 2017 Richard No comments exist

A new much improved version of Beaver Coats and Guns: The Adventures of Radisson and Des Groseilliers will be published this fall. Although the story was well received, I have learned the writing lacks consistency. For this reason, I have started work on a second edition. This time with the help of a professional editor.

Until the new version is ready, I am suspending publication of the first edition. I want readers to enjoy a good story without sloppy writing getting in the way. As work progresses I will post further updates on this blog.

Moreover, If you already purchased the book, I will replace it free of charge when the second edition comes out. Meanwhile, thank you for your support, and please stay tuned to this blog.

April 27, 2017 Richard No comments exist

In Episode One of CBC’s 10 part series, The Story Of Us, Radisson and Des Groseilliers spend the winter of 1660 on the shores of Lake Superior. Here they meet the Cree who describe a vast storehouse of the finest beaver pelts in the world. After learning about river routes leading to Hudson Bay, the two fur traders rush back to New France. When the Governor turns down their request to sponsor a fur trading expedition to the Bay, they set off for England. In England, King Charles II agrees to support them. This leads to the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670, and changes the course of Canadian history.


However, this is not the way Radisson tells the story in his Voyages. Nor is it how I tell it in Beaver Coats And Guns. Some historians have discounted Radisson’s account of their canoe trip to Hudson Bay. They claim the description lacks detail. Moreover, they don’t think the two adventurers could have made it there and back in one summer. However, as I argue on this website (see History page),it was not only possible but necessary. To be able to convince others the beaver kingdom the Cree controlled could be reached by sea, they first had to prove it to themselves.


Although I disagree with CBC’s interpretation of the two men’s travels in 1660, I enjoyed the way they were portrayed. They looked and acted as bold and determined as I imagined.

February 15, 2017 Richard No comments exist

If you live in Canada and have been putting off your purchase of Beaver Coats And Guns until the paperback became available on, your wait is over. Just sign into and search the title to find it. If you haven’t read my book yet, I hope you will soon, and discover a time when the indigenous peoples of Canada and the French who settled here got along as equals.

February 10, 2017 Richard No comments exist

Fresh off the press today!

Tom Sasvari, ace reporter with The Manitoulin Expositor, published an interview with me today about my new book. Although The Manitoulin Expositor is a small weekly newspaper, it has a large reach. Thousands of international visitors who come to the island each year to visit or to sail in the famous North Channel  subscribe to the paper. You can read the full interview HERE. I may be biased but I think Tom did a great job. Kudos and thanks Tom!

February 8, 2017 Richard No comments exist

Beaver Coats And Guns is now available on Amazon, both as an e-book and in paperback. Of course, as with all books on Amazon you can “Look Inside,” before buying. If you decide to buy it, I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

January 31, 2017 Richard No comments exist

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