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4.0 out of 5 stars A Native American Western, 14 Mar. 2008
M. A. Ramos (Florida USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hundred in the Hand: A Novel (Lakota Westerns) (Paperback)
John Richard Cloud lives in the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. In 1920 he, his two daughters and his grandson traveled to visit the battle site of the Fetterman Massacre of 1866. This battle is known to the Lakota people as the Battle of the Hundred in the Hand. As they stand at the memorial his grandson Justin and daughters ask him to share with them his recollections.

From Cloud we learn the riveting story of what life for the Lakota was like at that time on their lands and the intrusion of the whites. Their daily lives in the village and of hunting. The insight into the life of the Lakota people and their point of view is enlightening. The energy of this historical fiction can be felt through the bravery and honor of Cloud. As well as the perspective of anger and racism shared by both the young Lakota warrior Rabbit and the Blacksmith Hornsby. Hornsby came to the Lakota lands from east of the Hudson River.

The clash of the two cultures as it builds up to the aforementioned battle is well told. The tension starts too build as their enemy goes about invading their land even while pretending to ask permission to build forts. The Lakota start to scout and defend their land that leads up to the climatic battle. The sections that deal with Cloud telling us his story read as if we are there and listening to this wonderful tale. This was an enjoyable read and would have been perfect if told only from the Lakota perspective. I look forward to reading more books from the Lakota Western series.
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Hundred in the Hand: A Novel (Lakota Westerns) by Joseph M. (Paperback - 2 April 2008)
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