Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Review: Quiet Thunder

The sixth book in the Journeys of the Stranger series isn’t really about John Stranger at all. Stranger makes two appearances in Quiet Thunder, influencing characters in the story as only he can. Yet the story is really of two young men who are unlikely friends—an American Indian and a white American soldier at the time of General Custer.

The actual historical event aspect of this Journey of the Stranger novel is unique to it, too. The other six books are pure fiction set in the days of the Wild West. Quiet Thunder takes us to the Battle of Little Big Horn and involves real people who were part of that historical event. I enjoyed the story, told in Lacy’s western style. But it was more of a stand alone historical novel than one of the Stranger’s journeys.

Quiet Thunder begins just before the births of the two main characters and spans the first 25 years or so of their lives. Readers see their friendship begin and deepen in spite of battles over land and rights. Their encounters become less frequent and more challenging as tensions mount between their cultures. Yet Quiet Thunder and Thane Tyler determine to remain true friends and to honor their status as blood brothers through all that takes place.

In the introduction, Lacy tells us that he wrote this book to honor his wife’s family history. If this time period interests you, I recommend this book.

No one sent this book to me for review. I purchased it myself because I've enjoyed books from this series.

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