©1998 Peter Bowen; (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Strange, seductive...haunting....The wonder of these voices is that they are...blunt and crude, soaked in whiskey and raspy from laughter, but still capable of leaving echoes." (New York Times Book Review).
"Gloriously unbridled... [Du Pre] resonates with originality and energy." (Chicago Tribune).
"Wonderful...a wise tale that wears its idealism as casually as a pair of old jeans." (Washington Post).
This is a great story, it is written extreamly well, it is narrated in an outstanding manner and the dialog is so entertaining that there are no moments where you want the action to move any faster than the pace it was written at. I loved the eccentric characters, the back story on archeology. I would highly recommend this book, it is one of the best finds I have run across in a long time.
The subject matter was interesting, and the plot worked out well, and the narration was really very good. The made-up dialect of the tribe was a little hard to follow sometimes, due to the scrambling of the tenses and omission of modifiers that could have made meaning clearer. On the other hand, perhaps the author thought he was compensating for the minimalist tribal dialect by supplying an overabundance of personal pronouns in his own descriptions of action, plus the usual examples of word padding so often found in modern literature. In addition, when the material was copied from disk to the Audible files, at least one "end of disk" message was missed in the editing, plus a couple of minutes of repeated material right at that point. Then, too, I should mention that the depiction of the long-term Montana residents as quite xenophobic (especially regarding Californians), uneducated, slovenly and brutish doesn't really jibe with my impression of Montanans that I've known, who are actually very fine folks. Of course, works of fiction aren't expected to be realistic in all matters, and in a mystery novel it's really all about the plot, isn't it? We wouldn't want them all to be Sherlock, so, as long as one can overlook, or forgive, such shortcomings and can tolerate considerable profanity, it's possible to be quite well entertained by this book. I was, somehow.
I could not get into this, I actually gave up with it, it seemed pointless in a lot of the story parts, the rambling stupid story took 10 chapters to get going then never really developed into anything.... I tried with it, but have given up... it gets good reviews and sounds intriguing, don't be fooled into this as it is a drab as they get!
Sorry Peter Bowen fans, this one is a failure!
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