They named him Striker, because the day he was born he was said to have tried to hit the midwife. It's a name the young Cherokee would live up to throughout his early years, carrying with him the anger of watching his parents and best friend die on the Trail of Tears.
Landing at Fort Gibson an orphan, Striker spends the next few years with other Cherokee children earning an education, and developing a burning desire to kill white men. This craving builds up inside of him to the point where he runs away from the school and embarks on a journey that lands him as both an outlaw and a lawman. He realizes that killing white men is better when it's legal, but neither way cures the chronic pain in his legs for forever walking the trail.
WALKING THE TRAIL was a true gem of a book. This is a work of fiction based on historical events. From the day he was born, Striker began walking the Trail. The Trail was like a river and he was always swimming upstream. From early on, he lost everyone that was important to him. He was a good man and although his character is fictional, I'm certainly sure this tells the tale of many Cherokee and other Native tribes who were led down the trail. He was never able to fully embrace his heritage until he began writing. He helped free slaves and was against slavery as in a way, he was a slave to the white man himself.
Once he was able to settle down, tragedy struck yet again. It seemed that everyone he thought he could count on, let him down. He never stopped having the dreams of the Trail though. It haunted him throughout his life.
This author, ROBERT J. CONLEY wrote many books in this genre during his lifetime. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. This makes me interested in his other books and if they've been published, especially in audio format.
WILLIAM L. STURDEVANT'S performance was beyond outstanding. He really captured the character of Striker. His feelings, his emotions. He was the perfect narrator for this book. I was impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Definitely recommended.
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