I would love another book by this author. However this one isn't that. This is "Young Sherlock Holmes: The Red Leech" with a different name. Both stories are great, they are just the same story, not two different ones. So, buy one, buy the other, but don't buy both.
I was skeptical about how well anyone could do with characters so recognizable as Chee and Leaphorn. But this author has captured her father's style and story-telling technique very nicely, The Navaho traditions appear as naturally as you would expect, and all the elements are as familiar as a favorite pair of slippers. All of this is wrapped around a mystery as prickly as the plants of the desert home of Chee and Leaphorn.
Bernie and Jim and the tribal police struggle as they try to solve this shooting without the insights of Leaphorn's years of experience. More than one mystery needs to be solved, adding to the confusion. Another great storyteller comes to the fore, and I would love to read more by Anne Hillerman.
My sole distraction was the reader. Years in the southwest has taught me that Navaho and most other Native peoples of this area, speak exactly as you and I do. Christina Delaine made nearly every native speaker sound if they were barely in touch with English. They sounded wooden, stilted and like they were acting in a badly directed and stereotyped play at a small-town production where Navaho characters would be exotic. If the story hadn't kept me involved I would have quit listening long before the end. Surely, someone must have heard how badly done this was performed. They should have caught this long before it went public. She did very poor service to the story, the characters and the author, who did a magnificent job of recreating the world of her father's stories.
A reporter who happens to be part a family of witches, a suspicious fire, and a reporter-want-to-be with a silent approach are all components in a story that could be both mysterious and fun. However the story itself plays second fiddle to narrator who relates this story at a pace that is both fast and clipped. Granted, first person narratives are not always my favorite, but with the right voice, they can be very entertaining and engaging. But rush through them as if you have better things to do, and the story really loses out. This story has interesting characters, quirky plot twists, humor and even some tingly moments. It could be improved greatly by narrator who sounds more engaged bye material.
I have listened to this wonderful piece several times. It always makes me laugh, and it reminds me that patience and children are not always busom buddies. There is more truth in this little outing about how hard it can be to be a parent, and a wealth of knowing you are not alone. This path has been travelled by parents since bedtime was invented.
Listen, laugh, then hug those kids. Remember this too shall pass, and one day you may want it back. Fortunately we have this wonderful piece to help us see humor in in those wee hours.
I foung it quite entertaining, and engaging. I was very concerned to find out it's the same story as "Rebel Fire" by the same author, especially since I was impressed enough by this story and it's predecessor, "Death Cloud" to purchace that version as well. I'm not a young reader, unless you call 60+ young, but as a lofelong Holmes fan, I'm delighted with Andrew Lane's stories. They are well-written, full of great descriptions and lots of adventures.
The ability of young Sherlock to find his way out of trouble, just as interestingly as he finds his way into it.
No, but I will look for him in the future.
Just remember, "Rebel Fire" and this book are the same story, they just have different readers.
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