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Ordered to hold an abandoned army post, John Dunbar found himself alone, beyond the edge of civilization. Thievery and survival soon forced him into the Indian camp, where he began a dangerous adventure that changed his life forever. 

Set in 1863, the novel follows Lieutenant John Dunbar on a magical journey from the ravages of the Civil War to the far reaches of the imperiled American frontier, a frontier he naively wants to see "before it is gone".

©2002 Michael Blake (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Even better than the movie. Excellent narration.

Even better than the movie. Well written. Excellent narration. Well worth the price and the listen.

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A Distinctly One-Sided Look at the Cheyenne

I cannot think of any better way to illustrate "the Indians were perfect until we screwed them up," narrative then this book by Michael Blake. Lt. John Dunbar finds himself alone at an abandoned army post, left only to the Cheyenne Indians in the area, and he slowly has his eyes opened as he realizes how awesome the Cheyenne are and how stupid and inept, not to mention dirty and smelly, white men are. 🙄

The book is interesting and engaging, but this foolishness is maddening. The Cheyenne Indians, along with the rest of the Indian tribes, and the nasty, dirty, smelly white men, are neither better nor worse than each other. They are all capable of great love for those that are close to them, and great violence against their enemies.

There is a perfect example of this in the book. A Cheyenne war party goes out, while unbeknownst to the Cheyenne, a Pawnee war party is coming in. Lt. Dunbar finds himself in the rear with the gear, along with some other warriors and the women and children. The Pawnee are planning to attack, steal, maim and kill, and get away with anything they can. Fortunately, our newly enlightened Lt. Dunbar remembers at the last minute that he has buried rifles and ammunition back at the abandoned army post. He goes and fetches them and returns just in time for a great victory, with no Cheyenne casualties, but they kick serious Pawnee butt.

There is a great passage at the end of the fight where Lt. Dunbar realizes that he is only fighting for truth, justice, and the American (Cheyenne Indian) way. In other words, this has been a righteous fight with righteous killing.

Left unsaid by Michael Blake is that the Cheyenne war party is doing THE EXACT SAME THING. They are going to raid whoever of their enemies they come across, kill, murder, maim and steal, and rejoice in the doing. Raiding, stealing, and theft was what their whole society was based on.

This is eye-rollingly awful. The Cheyenne, like the Pawnee, and all the other Indian tribes, along with the nasty, smelly, white men, were all capable of terrible violence some of it justified, most of it not justified. That was the law of the plains.

Indeed, it is the law of life. Men are capable of loving their friends and hating their enemies no matter what color, race, or tribe they may belong to. This book would have been MUCH better had Lt. Dunbar had to wrestle with this fact, but of course, he did not need to because the Cheyenne were pure and noble and only fight defensive wars (except when they don't).

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Excellent Book with Both and Action

Great story and thought provoking. It makes you yearn for a time in history when nature was valued.

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A timeless classic

A beautiful fable. It never happened but it should have. A requiem for an ancient way of life that is gone forever. Uplifting and tragic in equal measure.

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anticipation every time a had time to listen

when driving in a car, the narrator takes some time to follow. especially if I had the window open. but the story was great. looked forward to listening all the time

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great story! great narration!

haven't seen this movie about 50 times in my life I finally got around to reading the book. I was not disappointed! The book is even better than the movie, as this so often the case. and the narration by George godell is fantastic!

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Good story good narrator

I saw some reviews complaining about the narration but I found it to be fine.

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One of my all time favorites

One of my all time favorite stories read by one of my all time favorite narrators! I was so happy to finally see this one on Audible. May you rest with peace, Michael.

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loved it!

Great story, as everyone knows a movie has nothing on a book, this book is no exception.
I was not a fan of the naration but he got the job done.

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Narration is painful

One of my favorite stories of all time, but the performance ruins the whole thing. Narration is choppy and he stops after about every three words, causing unnecessary, jarring pauses.

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  • 03-17-20

Beautiful book

I love this book, but I'm afraid the narrator's bland disjointed delivery meant I couldn't go more than a few chapters! It's a good job I have it in paperback too! New narrator = another sale!

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  • Phil Wain
  • 02-04-21

Helps having watched the film.

Helps to understand the story if you’ve seen the film and I am an avid fan.
This story has everything and you hang on many of its words.
Loved it.

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  • 12-01-20

Awesome

I've seen the film of course, but wanted to hear the original script. So wonderful and descriptive. Looking forward now to the second book.