The Shaman's Game

The Shaman s Game For the Ute of Southern Colorado the annual Sun Dance is among the most solemn and sacred of rituals But too often recently Death has been an uninvited guest at the hallowed ceremony None of the dece

  • Title: The Shaman's Game
  • Author: James D. Doss
  • ISBN: 9780380790302
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the Ute of Southern Colorado, the annual Sun Dance is among the most solemn and sacred of rituals But too often recently Death has been an uninvited guest at the hallowed ceremony None of the deceased has sustained visible, life ending injuries, so Charlie Moon is reluctant to call it murder Yet he knows there was nothing natural about the unexplained deaths of yoFor the Ute of Southern Colorado, the annual Sun Dance is among the most solemn and sacred of rituals But too often recently Death has been an uninvited guest at the hallowed ceremony None of the deceased has sustained visible, life ending injuries, so Charlie Moon is reluctant to call it murder Yet he knows there was nothing natural about the unexplained deaths of young and strong dancers, like the blue armed Shoshone, Joseph Sparrow.Daisy Perika is also aware of the events unfolding around her, but unlike her skeptical policeman nephew, she trusts the rumors of sorcery that travel like smoke on the wind For there is much the eyes cannot see and the hands cannot touch and the spirits have sent her words and signs warning there is great evil in her midstd that there are many corpses to follow.The return of a childhood friend a beautiful Ute woman back from college to write a newspaper story revealing who, or what, is stealing men s lives has raised the stakes in Charlie Moon s investigation With those he cares for deeply suddenly in harm s way, perhaps he should heed his friend Parris s suggestion that he look beyond the rational for answers But Charlie has seen all too often the lethal results of hatred, bitterness and delusion And it s these very real human failings he is determined to explore in order to catch a killer before Death darkens the Sun Dance once again.

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    1. When people start dying at the Southern Cheyenne Sun Dance, Charlie Moon suspects something sinister even thought there are no overt signs of murder.

    2. Poor Charlie Moon and his women - they find him appealling but he doesn't have a clue. I liked the quip about Horace being thought a half-wit but his father thinks he would need more schooling to be called that.

    3. I love James Doss's use of language, how he describes the landscape of southern Colorado, and Ute culture. This book may move too slowly for some, but I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning. The book is about witchcraft, Ute style, as well as some Christian themes, and about Ute belief systems. The story surrounds the Sun Dance as performed in several locations, with Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone participants. During "dancing thirsty" the quest is for a vision, after several days in the south [...]

    4. Perhaps it isn't fair, but any Indian-led mystery set in the Four Corners has to be compared to a Hillerman. Doss' plotting isn't as tight, his settings are not as vivid as Hillerman's. I would like to say that Charlie Moon is not fleshed out as well as Jim Chee. That would be unfair, since I've read many more Chee books. Moon has the potential to be more interesting than Chee, perhaps even rivaling the Legendary Lieutenant Leaphorn. Doss does a good job with the ceremonial description. The twis [...]

    5. On page 90 a sixty something Ute Sun Dance dies on day three. At first it looks like natural causes and then maybe not. The rest of the book has Charlie Moon, a Ute Policeman tracking down what happened. We don't know much about the original victim so it is hard to care much about his death. The next victim is well developed but the whole thing is resolved in a really silly explanation.

    6. It was obvious this was a man writing this book because he didn't have a clue how women's minds think. I found his female characters very irritating. The story was interesting and had a good ending but I didn't feel the characters were fleshed out enough. I also would have liked more depth on the Indian legends and practices. Great descriptive writing about the location settings.

    7. This one, number 4 in the series, follows Charlie Moon almost exclusively as he tries to sort out his love life and figure out how come participants in several Ute-sponsored Sun Dances keep dying. It turns out not to be at all what anyone expected. Interesting and surprising. Scott Parris is barely in this one.

    8. This mystery was very interesting once I got past the first couple of chapters. It was a bit slow at first, but after a few chapters my interest was caught and continued to the amazing end. Great read!!

    9. A good readI enjoyed this book for its characters and the interplay among them. The plot was suspenseful, and I had no idea where it was going until the end. The presentation of the Ute culture adds to the story in significant ways, and made the book particularly enjoyable.

    10. I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

    11. I picked this up on vacation in Utah because it was about the four corners area. It was a good story, with interesting info on the Native Americans of that region. Some would think it moved too slowly.

    12. This story reminds of the soft link between the modern and the spiritual. Takes you to the mystery of the desert and that maze of the human mind. Easy read , really enjoyed this book.

    13. This book was very tedious through the first half, but grabbed my interest for the last half as I actively tried to figure out whodunit. Great surprise ending woven into Indian lore!

    14. I enjoyed reading this book. It was a great insight to native american traditions mixed with a new outlook on how generations change.

    15. Charlie Moon is working at the Sundance when the unthinkable happens and his aunt has the answers. Lots of who-done-it and mysterious visitors make this one exciting read.

    16. This was a different kind of mystery book combining American Indian folklore with modern day police work. The plot revolves the Indian Sun Dance. Not very fast paced, but rich with descriptions.

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