Climb The Wind

Climb The Wind Something is wrong out West The Buffalo Soldiers sent to subdue the Cheyenne are deserting and going over to the other side The Sioux are leaving their barren reservations in hordes Armed bands of Apa

  • Title: Climb The Wind
  • Author: Pamela Sargent
  • ISBN: 9780061050299
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Something is wrong out West The Buffalo Soldiers sent to subdue the Cheyenne are deserting and going over to the other side The Sioux are leaving their barren reservations in hordes Armed bands of Apaches have been seen east of the Mississippi Lemuel Rowland, formerly Poyeshao, has spent his life learning the white man s ways Now he must choose between his careerSomething is wrong out West The Buffalo Soldiers sent to subdue the Cheyenne are deserting and going over to the other side The Sioux are leaving their barren reservations in hordes Armed bands of Apaches have been seen east of the Mississippi Lemuel Rowland, formerly Poyeshao, has spent his life learning the white man s ways Now he must choose between his career as a Washington bureaucrat and the ancient dreams of his people An obscure Lakota chief called Touch the Clouds, armed by a Russian spy and inspired by a woman with the gift of prophecy, is uniting the horse tribes into an awesome horde that will thunder eastward and reclaim the entire continent for its original owners.It should be Lemuel Rowland s job to stop them but he wants them to succeed Combining the startling insights of Philip K Dick s The Man in the High Castle with the elegiac lyricism of Dee Brown s bestseller, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Pamela Sargent s brilliant new alternate history epic asks and answers the most heartbreaking and troubling question in American history What if the warlike Indian nations of the high plains had combined under a strong leader What if they had struck eastward at a weakened America, still reeling from the devastation of the Civil War What if they had won

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    1. Like too many alternate histories, a fine concept is lost to execution. Sargent begins to weave a counterfactual that assumes that Native Americans of the major Plains tribes unite sufficiently to repel military incursions in the 1870s, and that a Russian-Alaskan agitator beguiles the tribal leadership with stories of the Khans. But the rest of the book just falls apart with silliness and a ridiculously contrived ending. If you can pretend that a cash-strapped Thomas Edison would set up shop in [...]

    2. An alternate history with its premise as what if the south revolted again after the civil war and the american indians formed as a solid group. A good but not great book.

    3. My great passion is finding and reading alternate history novels. I was intrigued that someone could construct a What-if about Indian victory in the settlement of the west. Unfortunately this book is not a very good attempt at it. While the native Americans make some allies the idea of a native victory really requires deep substantive changes that this book refuses to make. In population alone the native tribes are doomed in any direct conflict. The idea is intriguing, the book isn't.

    4. Actually around 3 & half stars. It's a pretty interesting read and the characters are compelling enough. There are some gaps in logic, but none that cant just be set aside for the sake of enjoying the book. Pamela Sargent is no Harry Turtledove, but then, only Harry Turtledove is.

    5. Brilliant, though admittedly far-fetched to the suburbs of Alien Space Bat territory, alternate history where the Plains Indians (lead by a Lakota chief, Touch-the-Clouds) essentially win the Indian Wars.

    6. Alternative future genre by Pamela Sargent. Excellent writing which made me think about what would "today" be like if the American Indians had won some major battles.

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