The story is easy to follow with the exception of the flashbacks to 20 years prior (during the White Earth massacre segments). There wasn’t a clear transition between the present and the flashback. I assume there was in the printed book. Perhaps a 5 second delay in the audio or similar could be performed in future audiobooks.
I had trouble with dialog of the Admiral Lye character. He appears to be a cross between Captain Ahab, General Custer and Darth Vader. I believe that the point of view of such a butcher is alien to the author… making it difficult for the dialog to be largely believable. Fortunately, the dialog of Admiral Lye is short. I’m hoping Garibay is able to revisit Admiral Lye in future novels… the character has a great deal of potential (how did Lye become what he did?).
The AmerIndian Confederacy (AC) was created by the AmerIndian tribals to regain their homeland. The problem, albeit a minor problem, is that we’re not given any real incite on how they became a power in the universe – it was created twenty odd years prior and now is able to take on Earth? The AC is a utopian society, a highly successful business, a mercenary group, and a terrorist group.
AmerIndian 2192 is a science-fiction novel that explores the intriguing possibilities of Native Americans in mankind’s star flung future. AmerIndian 2192 presents the story of two brothers, Wovoka and Keokuk, restoring the Native American people to a Homeland where their vibrant culture can thrive. Lodge ships, Cybershaman rituals and Tsimshian high technology are all elements in this action-oriented tale of interstellar politics and personal struggles. — Podiobooks.com
I would put it differently:
AmerIndian 2192 is the story of the rebirth of pre-Columbian Native American culture and a homeland in a far flung galaxy. The price required by the Grand Fathers nearly destroys the homeland after the Ghost Dance ritual is performed.
The narrator, LeighAnn Garibay, performed quite well but it is obvious she isn’t a professional narrator. She doesn’t have to be for this novel. Kudos to her!
The audiobook on Podiobooks.com easily leaves room for a sequel (please let there be one!). What happens to the UDA, the clones, and the Admiral Lye (sp)? Does Wovoka ever find peace? How many of the tribals fail transition to the new life even though they try? The author has the opportunity to make a “Garibay” universe here.
I would love to see short stories related to AmerIndian 2192 by Garibay and other authors (fan fiction).
I definitely recommend this audiobook! 🙂