©1998 Mike Blakely; (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC
"Not only a heartfelt expression of the author's love of horses, this fine novel also offers a detailed study of life among those Blakely considers to have been the greatest horsemen of all time....Although it is fiction, Comanche Dawn should be required reading for anyone wishing to know about life among the early Plains Indians." (Booklist)
Very entertaining combining the history, spirituality,visions, and truth about the greatest light cavalry the world has ever seen, the Comanche horseman.
Authentically historical in story and setting as they rode right through my area and traveled trails I have been on. I will watch for more from this author.
Tremendous job of "acting" from the narrator.This book is well worth downloading if you like Horses, the historical west and being well entertained.
I chose this book because of it's overall rating and other reviews, hoping that it would be an in depth treatment of Comanche history and culture; especially, the establishment of their dominance in the southern plains. After all, the book lasts for over 23 hours! What I found was an overly romanticized fantasy of a mythic warrior's adventures, with only a modest nod to the history and culture of this very important tribe of Native Americans. As far as the book's description of Comanche culture, the author imposes his own over romanticized fantasy of how these people lived and what they thought. This is NOT a book that is equivalent to Joseph Marshall's excellent story about the Lakota, "Hundred in the Hand"; or Karl Schlesier's two excellent novels about the Cheyenne and Nez Perce ("Trail of the Red Butterfly" and "Aurora Crossing ..."). If you want to get a better understanding of Native American culture, buy those two authors. If you want to read about Comanche's beating their slave wives, or what wild horses think about as they are being captured and broken by cruel horsemen, this book is your ticket.
I have listened to the entire 20+ hours of this book, hoping that it would do for Comanche's what Marshall and Schlesier did for other tribes, but all I got were a few nuggets.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although as a female and bored oneday, I admit I didn't expect to... What a wonderful saga, gripping, thrilling and evocative from start to finish!!
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
this is a grand story if you like stories about american history and native americans (which i do)!
on the day of horse back's birth, the first horse seen by the tribe appears. this is an omen of how he will become involved with horses as he ages. his is the story of the horse were introduced to the indians and how the indians of new mexico become one with their animals. it is the story of how indians learned the the 'metal men' and the relationships between the 2 groups.
not only is this a well written, well researched, the narrator is excellent as well!
Great story, beautifully read
Meticulously researched, beautifully created. I loved this book, in the same vein as "ride the wind" - what I loved the most about this book is that th story is about the rise of a nation, not the fall. Too many stories about First Nations People focus on the fall / loss to immigrating colonies, rather than the power, drama, glory and sorrow of the people themselves.
Although the subject matter of this book sounded interesting to me, after listening to this narrator for about an hour and a half I quit the novel. Sad, that such a story can be ruined by the storyteller.
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