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Roc, March 2002, 6.99, 366 pp.
ISBN 0451458702

    On an Earth that never was but might have been, General George Custer was never defeated at the battle of Little BigHorn. Instead he won a glorious victory, became a national hero, and went on to become president of the United States. George Custer Jr. followed his father into the army but he was not the warrior his father was nor was he interested in the political games necessary to gain power.
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    When his hot air balloon went down on lands belonging to the Indian Nation of the Cheyenne Alliance (see THE YEAR THE CLOUD FELL), George Jr. saw how intelligent and kind these so-called savages really were. He shifted his allegience to the Cheyenne and fought against his own father, winning a great victory. Now One Who Flies (George Jr.) must somehow find a way to stop his father from building a railroad that will bring the white man onto Indian land.

    Kurt P.A. Giambastiani has written an extremely entertaining alternative history work that readers will thoroughly enjoy. The action shifts from Washington DC to the lands of the Cheyenne Alliance so that the audience understands the points of view as well as the causes and reactions taken by both cultures. THE SPIRIT OF THUNDER is a work that sub-genre fans will consider a classic in a few years.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great warrior Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight


Earth setting:    -   19th century    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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