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I stumbled across this historical fiction published in 2003, while I was wandering around in Audible.com looking for something different to read. Technically this book would be classified as a western.
The story starts in 1829 when four families left Virginia for St. Louis and a voyage up the Platte River to the land of the big sky. Their guide was a half breed named Coyote Kilhenny. Kilhenny was part of a renegade band that ambushes them. Only two boys survived the ambush. This book is about the lives of these two boys, one was taken by the renegade band that ambushed them; the other was raised by a shaman of the Blackfeet nation.
This book is well written and substantially researched. The book is multidimensional as you are exposed to both viewpoints. The bother’s fates are credibly related, though Newcomb burdens the story with subplots that are unnecessary. The Indian lore is handled respectfully and intelligently. Unfortunately the ending was predictable. The book was a nice change of pace from what I have been reading recently. Joel Richards narrated the book.
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