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The Civil War is finally over, and a weakened America is struggling to rebuild. The white man is sweeping across the continent, driving native peoples on the prairies and plains from their lands. But time is about to stand still, the map of history rewritten....

Something is wrong out West. The Buffalo Soldiers sent to subdue the Cheyenne are deserting and joining their former enemy. The Sioux are leaving their reservations in hordes. And armed bands of Apaches have been sighted riding east of the Mississippi!

Lemuel Rowland, formerly Poyeshao, a son of the Seneca, has spent his life learning the white man's ways. A Washington bureaucrat, he must now choose between his successful career and his ancient heritage, for the dreams of his native people are about to come true. An obscure Lakota chief, inspired by visions of a female soothsayer and armed by a foreign spy, is uniting the Indian nations into an awesome fighting force that will thunder eastward and try to reclaim all of America for its peoples. As a loyal employee of the United States government, it is Rowland's job to stop these renegade warriors - but he wants them to win! And what will it mean for America - and her future history- if they do?

©1998 Pamela Sargent (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Scott M. Rossi
  • 07-10-20

One of my personal favorites.

I've read this book many times over the years. It's a really interesting take on alternate history of the United States. I love that it involves a lot of historical characters and moments, but twists them in interesting ways, as well. I was delighted to see it on sale on audible one day, so I snatched it right up, even though I already own a physical and ebook copy. I really recommend it, at least for an alternate take on what can often be tiresome retreads of historical divergence points.

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  • Zachary Kaplan
  • 10-01-20

This premise needs more use.

Considering how much the genre of alternate history has grown over the years, it's surprising the premise of the Western Native American tribes banding together to put up a more effective resistance against the U.S. Army hasn't been used more often. True, some aspects of the plot strain your suspension of disbelief a little bit and some parts of the story are a little dry, but overall it's an interesting story with sympathetic characters. The narrator also does a decent job of portraying said characters through different tones. Hopefully other writers will use similar ideas concerning Native Americans in the future.