Trail of the Red Butterfly

  • by Karl Schlesier
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Employing an authentic map from 1805 and decades of research into Cheyenne culture, Karl H. Schlesier pens a tale as remarkable for its historical detail as for the intensity of its storytelling.Whirlwind, the twin brother of Stone, disappears during a raid into northeastern New Spain. So Stone brings together Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Gataka warriors to go after his missing brother - but there are many things between earth and sky that oppose his quest.


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Plains Indian Culture Brought to Life

Imagine yourself, a Spanish lancer in the early 19 century, caught in an ambush in a narrow mountain pass in Northern Mexico, with war paint adorned men shooting muskets and arrows at your troop; as your horses rear uncontrollably preventing you from escaping from certain death. This is but one scene in a richly written tale of life in what became the southwest U.S. and Mexico. The author masterfully describes the rituals which the plains indians invoke in their preparation for battles, including how they are dressed and painted; how they strategize their plans for revenge against the killers of their tribesmen; the rituals they employ after killing their enemies to request their spirit's forgiveness for having killed them.

The book is filled with insights into the culture of plains indians, in this case Cheyenne, Kiowa and Gataka (a tribe closely related to Kiowas and Apaches)

This is a truly entertaining, and excellently written narrative of adventure on the plains.
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- Lenny P

A 200 year leap back.

I found the Trail of the Red Butterfly gripping novel. The author has obviously invested years of research into the period and locale for this story. Though the book was written in English, enough of the local Indian dialects and Spanish are used to give the story a flavor of reality. The Southwestern U.S. of 1800 retained the primativeness of the previous thousand years. Indians still lived off the wandering bands of buffalo, wild game and food they could gather. Select a small band of Indians and send them on a 2000 mile circuitious quest to find a lost brother. and you will understand the terms bravery and brotherly love. Make this your next read.
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- Silver Eagle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books