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It is 1886 in an alternate America. President Custer's son heads out on a reconnaisance mission into Indian territory. The dirigible in which young Custer flies crashes, and he is captured by the Cheyenne. The Indians see him as a tool for bargaining with the whites, but one woman sees him as the focus of a prophecy that will save her people. Book available March 2001.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   factions fight within govt for control    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   change of heart War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   19th century    -   dinosaur times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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