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The Holy Road [Hardcover]

Michael Blake
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Sep 2001
An unforgettable American story, Dances With Wolves was an international bestseller that has be-come a modern classic. The 1990 film adaptation won seven Academy Awards. In The Holy Road, master storyteller Michael Blake at long last continues the saga.

Eleven years have passed since Lieutenant John Dunbar became the Comanche warrior Dances With Wolves and married Stands With A Fist, a white-born woman raised as a Comanche from early childhood. With their three children, they live peacefully in the village of Ten Bears. But there is unease in the air, caused by increased reports of violent confrontations with white soldiers, who want to drive the Comanches onto reservations–a movement symbolized by the railroad, the white man’s holy road. Disquiet turns to horror, and then to rage, when a band of white rangers descends on Ten Bears’ village, slaughtering half its inhabitants and abducting Stands With A Fist and her infant daughter. The three surviving great warriors–Wind In His Hair, Kicking Bird, and Dances With Wolves –decide they must go to war with the white inva-ders. At the same time, Dances With Wolves realizes that only he can move unnoticed among the white men to rescue his wife and child.

Told with the same sweep, insight, and majesty that have made Dances With Wolves a worldwide phenomenon, The Holy Road is an epic story of courage and honor.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679448667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679448662
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 24 Jun 2003
By A Customer
The Holy Road was very much like what I expected a Michael Blake novel to be: a very good read, very moving story, very well told. BUT: do not expect a real sequel to Dances with Wolves when you open the book!! If you do, you're in for a disappointment. Dunbar still features in it, but the focus is shifted entirely away from him. It took me quite a time before I managed to free myself from what I had hoped and expected this book to be. But once I did, I found it hard to put the book down. In short: a very good read in its own right. Just don't expect another Dunbar story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completing the Journey 13 Mar 2013
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This was an intelligent, honest followup to Dances with Wolves. Unsentimental, and though there is no "happy ending" it rang true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for many reasons 9 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my review of the paperback, but not the expensive version!

The sequel to Dances with Wolves is The Holy Road, a beautifully written historical novel. Dances with Wolves was published in 1988, the film was released in 1991. Michael Blake wrote the screenplay to his novel, so it is naturally very faithful to the book, with a few exceptions (mentioned below). Blake took some fifteen years before he could put ink to paper to continue the story, and the sequel was published in 2001. Blake now states in the 2011 reprint (Zova Books), ‘Unfortunately, what took place with all, including John Dunbar and Stands With A Fist, has never been known by the vast majority of American readers.’ This seems incomprehensible, that for some reason the book didn’t reach the readers in 2001. I’ve chosen not to use the book title for the blog – I suspect that perhaps it doesn’t pull in readers. In effect, the Comanche are being asked to take the white man’s holy road, a road they have never travelled.

I hope this new version and publisher put that right, because the story is worth reading for many reasons.

Dances With Wolves is about the Comanche tribes, not the Sioux. Film producer Jim Wilson says in the Illustrated Story of the Film, ‘At first I had Oklahoma and Texas in mind (for filming), because the Indians in Michael’s novel were Comanche and they were indigenous to those areas… It was really the buffalo that pointed us toward South Dakota…’ Here, they found the largest private herd of buffalo in the world – 3,500 head. The added benefit of South Dakota was one of the largest Native American communities in the country, the Sioux. The Holy Road continues with the story of the Comanche.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment 2 April 2014
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Sorry folks but this has to be a very disappointing sequel to what was originally a very simple story which captured the hearts and imagination. This is nothing like Dances With Wolves and while perhaps at times, that book and film gave a slightly romantic feel to the Native American, this book does nothing. It is trying to be to clever with it's self which is a pity. The character of Stands With A Fist has lost her warmth and frankly I didn't care whether or not he [Dances With Wolves] managed to rescue her from the whites at all. In fact I didn't care much for him either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Dances with Wolves 2 April 2014
By dicky1
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I would like to see this made into a film as well, to highlight the appalling way the American Indian was treated.
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