Astoria is an amazing historical novel that I could not stop reading! This is one of very few lengthy, fact-filled historical books that kept my attention every minute. In fact, I was fascinated, not only by the strength and endurance of these people, but with the power of individual personality to shape the destiny of a continent. I am taking a trip down the Oregon coast which includes Astoria. I am so glad that I read this book so I understand the detailed history about this site. Amazing story & excellent writing.