The Shadow of the Storm

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The year is an America that never was.

President George A. Custer, Sr., prepares a new method of war against the Cheyenne Alliance- a flood of immigrant homesteaders to occupy the land and tame the Frontier-unaware that his son still lives among the enemy.

Recovering from his wounds, George Custer, Jr., known as One Who Flies among the Cheyenne, has a visit from the Thunder Beings, and is given a ...

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The year is an America that never was.

President George A. Custer, Sr., prepares a new method of war against the Cheyenne Alliance- a flood of immigrant homesteaders to occupy the land and tame the Frontier-unaware that his son still lives among the enemy.

Recovering from his wounds, George Custer, Jr., known as One Who Flies among the Cheyenne, has a visit from the Thunder Beings, and is given a very different goal: an Alliance with New Spain.

Follow the story once more, here in the third book of the beloved Fallen Cloud Saga, now complete for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Giambastiani continues his alternate historical fiction saga (other volumes are The Year the Cloud Fell and The Spirit of Thunder) in Shadow of the Storm. George Armstrong Custer II, believed dead, is very much alive and still living among the Cheyenne. His life has continued, courting the lovely Speaks While Leaving and participating in daily life. When he rescues a castaway, he little suspects that he will be involving himself in a plan that would bring him face to face with his father, George Armstrong Custer, president of the United States. Crossing the storyline is Cesare, a young Italian immigrant who loses his whole family while trying to make it to the Land Rush and whose disaffection is a threat to Custer. Giambastiani's writing is lively and vivid with strong characterizations and a riveting plot with sufficient back-story to make it stand alone very well. Even more interesting, Giambastiani's book is about alternate geography as well, one in which the inland sea did not disappear and some dinosaur species; now trained as riding mounts for the Cheyenne; survived. A good pick for all libraries. (Fallen Cloud Saga, Book 3). KLIATT Codes: SA*; Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 348p.,
— Donna Scanlon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480115392
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in San Rafael, CA, educated in music in San Francisco and Jerusalem, Kurt R.A. Giambastiani now lives north of Seattle, WA, where he works full-time and writes part-time.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Giambastiani has outdone himself. Again!

    This is another exciting romp through a world that's not so different from the one we know, but enough so that we can't help but eagerly demand, 'What next?' This novel continues the saga of George Custer Jr., estranged son of the President of the United States, in a slightly different late nineteenth century America. See reviews of earlier books in this series for more details. In this new story, we gain much more insight into what makes father and son tick, but not at the expense of sweeping adventure. This is still very much a thrill ride that will keep you turning pages long after a sensible person would have turned out the lights. I eagerly anticipate Giambastiani's next tale of adventure set in the wonderful world he has created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Finely crafted adventure awaits

    I really enjoy the books in this series, particularly because I love the opportunity to spend time with the Cheyenne characters that the author has developed so well - both individual personalities as well as insights into the culture. However, this third book in the series moves the saga forward in very dramatic ways with lots of new thought-provoking ideas and adventures. And the dinosaurs are back. I thought they were a bit of an afterthought in the second book, but Mr. Giambastiani brings them back as key characters in the story. The author also demonstrates a growing talent in his writing as he narration shifts effortlessly between the different characters perspectives on the action. I eagerly await book 4.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    delightful alternate Americana tale

    On an alternate earth in which the white man tried to settle the Great Plains, the Cheyenne aligned itself with other tribes and formed an Alliance that was able to halt the settling of their lands by the people who wanted to escape the crowded cities of the East. President George Custer, who was not defeated at Little Big Horn, is determined to make the territory part of the United States. His son George Jr. has made a life for himself with the Cheyenne and is determined to stop his father. Through a curious series of events the Spanish ambassador from New Spain (California) washes up on shore near the Cheyenne encampment. When he is nursed back to health he persuades the Cheyenne to align themselves with his government so he can act as a liaison between the Alliance and the United States. After much debate they agree to travel to Washington to see if they can work out a treaty that would settle the borders once and for all. They are making progress until a tragedy occurs, one that sends George Jr. to prison and expels the Cheyenne from the country. Readers get a glimpse into how the Cheyenne on this other world manage to hold the United States military at bay. Readers will admire but feel sympathy for George Jr. who turned his back on his family and his country because he couldn¿t condone genocide. He is a man with a foot in both worlds yet belongs in neither and he is starting to realize that in SHADOW OF THE STORM. Kurt R. A. Giambastiani has written another classic in his delightful alternate Americana series. Harriet Klausner

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