Up until the last few chapters this book is a scream! If you ever wanted to know what the H. stood for in Jesus H. Christ, then you must read this book.
Reverent, it is not, but even the devout will find the last few chapters moving, the less devout, will find them more of a cop out.
The evil women of the white tower are causing trouble, the novices are trying to capture them, Perin goes home to fight the White Coats, and other evil creatures. Matt is going to find his true love, but not where anyone expects her to be.
In case you can't tell yet, I am a fan.
The prophesy are exposed, explained, and legend comes to life. Rand fulfills the expectations without knowing he will, Matt calls the long dead heroes, Perin finds his Falcon.
Each of the three main characters begin to come into what they each must become. The three women move forward into the one power.
Robert Jordan's passion continues, he moves the characters like stones on the board. :)
This is the first book of 12 (13 if you count the prequel). As most first books, this introduces all of the main characters, concepts, and the basic quest. Still this was well written, the character development was progressive allowing the reader to adapt and adjust to the changes as the characters evolve as they must to become what they must be to fulfill the quest.
The Longmire novels all have strong spirit ties to American Indian cultures. This story ties Walt to his memories of Vietnam which fills in lots of background for the characters history.
As a Vietnam vet the story was written with assistance from someone who was there. A moving story told as only Craig Johnson can.
While the author shamelessly promotes his own website, and other products in the audio book, there are some very good ideas, and will leave you with a more positive attitude.
This is a good book, and the basic principals are still valid, but the basics are so far out-of-date, they are almost not worth bothering with anymore.
Mr. Eastman was about 16 years old when he was taken from his life with his Grandmother. He was forced to attend white Christen school, and eventually became a medical doctor. A recent movie ('Bury My Heart At Wounded Knew') was the story of his early life.
The part not shown in the movie was he and his wife left the US and lived in England for most of the rest of their lives. They wrote this collection of stories when he realized there were no other collections being published. He appears to be the only native to have remembered the stories from a time before the whites, and was able to write them down in English and get them published. The real value in these stories is they are the closest thing to the original left to us today, anything else is tainted by white influence.
This is the first author I have ever read that follows one story with another so closely within the fictional time period.
Most authors are either vague about the time of the event in the story, or they space the stories months or years apart.
This story is only about two to three weeks after the first book.
The story is very good, although it appears a pattern is emerging, the twist and turns are still pretty fresh.
The story covers half a century, so there is lots of depth.
As a retired Navy man with a more than usual understanding of both US and Russian submarines, I found this book to be what we always wished would have happened, but never did.
We should have helped each other, many times, instead of doing our level best to kill each other and succeeding many times.
Other than a few mistakes between Army/Air Force terms and Navy terms, the author did an excellent job. It is obvious he was never in the Navy, or if he was, he must have served in another branch after the Navy and forgot the terminology used by the Navy, because he occasionally used non-Navy terms for things.
I was very impressed by the afterword where he explained where he obtained all the names used int he book.
I thank him for the honors he bestowed.
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