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Posted June 4, 2010
A truly remarkable story.
Shelton has shown an absolutely astonishing gift of bringing the character, times and events to "life".
His prose is poignant and real to the times and experiences of an African American rising from smothering racism and illiteracy in the South to a man of insight and sheer poetry in bringing the Yosemite valley to life.
Posted May 25, 2010
I confess that I'm a sucker for good historical fiction. So, Mr. Johnson's story about a Buffalo Soldier had instant appeal. What I wasn't anticipating was the author's poetic voice. While the plot is both interesting and entertaining, it was Johnson's use of language that resulted in me reading this novel in one sitting.
His descriptions of Yosemite are extremely descriptive, yet still efficient. And his transcendental musings about the meaning of home and spirituality and their relationship to the natural world make this a memorable novel.
I am now highly anticipating how Johnson follows this book up.
Posted February 14, 2010