The Year the Cloud Fell

The Year the Cloud Fell

by Kurt R. A. Giambastiani
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The Year the Cloud Fell by Kurt R. A. Giambastiani

The Fallen Cloud Saga: Book I

The year is an America that never was.

George Armstrong Custer, Sr., is President of the United States, and his son, George, Jr., a captain in the U.S. Army, is about to fly an experimental dirigible out over the Unorganized Territory to chart the location of the Cheyenne.

On the prairie, a woman has foretold of the young captain's coming, and waits for the Thunder Beings to bring him to The People.

Join them all, here in the first book of the beloved Fallen Cloud Saga, now complete for the first time.

Praise from other Alternate History Authors

"[Giambastiani] has a certain style, an attention to historical detail that is impressive. His knowledge of the Cheyenne is encyclopedic; combining that knowledge with a flair for a rousing good story has resulted in a great alternate history tale." -- William Fortschen, author of the Lost Regiment series

"A fresh and interesting treatment of Native American legend." -- S.M. Stirling, author of the Nantucket series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479346332
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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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The Year the Cloud Fell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TYTCF is a well done work of alternate history. I'm new to the genre but I'm glad this book was my introduction. It paints a hopeful portrait of an America that could have been. After some initial disorientation due to the historical shifts (not the least of which is the appearance of dinosaurs - which are a seamless part of the landscape and not used to 'dress up' the story)I found myself easing comfortably into the life of the Cheyenne. These are the same native Americans depicted in the film 'Little Big Man' (one of my absolute favorite movies)and it was a pleasure to get to know them again through the eyes and mind of this obviously talented author. The story is riveting and I found myself struggling to choose sides - a mark of good fiction if you ask me. I look forward to the next bit of writing from Mr. Giambastiani.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1886, excitement is very high at frontier Fort Whitley in the Kansas Territory. Three of their compatriots are testing an experimental spy dirigible over the Cherokee Territory and President George Armstrong Custer is coming to observe the take-off. One of the trio of brave aviators is Captain George Armstrong Custer, Jr. who hopes this adventure will finally allow him to stand on his own name and not that of the Civil and Mexican War hero.

However, the Army aircraft, the Abraham Lincoln hits a storm over hostile territory and crashes. One is dead and the Cherokee capture George. The third member escapes. The tribe differ on what to do with the son of ¿Long Hair¿. Some want him dead while others want to use him as a pawn in negotiations with his father. However, the visionary Speaks While Leaving believes that the Thunder Gods have brought this enemy One Who Flies to their land to save them from his father. Then again how will George, Sr. react? Who will win the debate that will influence the outcome of the cold war between the two unfriendly neighbors.

THE YEAR THE CLOUD FELL is an entertaining alternate historical tale that describes a much different America in 1886. The story line is fast-paced and will gain author Kurt R.A. Giambastiani much praise for its ¿historical¿ detail that seems so genuine. The characters also appear as real people including an older Custer, who never died at Little BigHorn. Fans of alternate history novels know they have a new hero in Mr. Giambastiani while expecting more stories like this realistic adventure.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening chapter of this alternate history of the American West, Giambastiani set a fast pace. It sucked me right through his book, to the exclusion of work, housework, and any effort not actually necessary to sustain life. His (fictional) George Custer, Jr. is a fascinating study of the Great Man Syndrome (as in, what can the son of a famous man hope to accomplish on his own?), and his American Indians are notable for their depth of characterization, and for the author's refusal to portray them as the Noble Savages we so often see in today's novels and cinema. His dinosaurs, though, are the real icing on this cake: complex and fascinating, they seem as dangerous, alluring and real as the predators at your local zoo. A darned good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife and I both found this a great read. Neither of us could put it down once we started it! We didn't question for a minute the world that the author created. Giambastiani's narration is so descriptive that I felt as if I was there with young George Custer, Jr., as he journeyed through a land that was very different, but also completely familiar. Giambastiani has created an alternate America in the late 1800s where American Indians share the Great Plains with, and even domesticate, the dinosaurs of a long-gone age. What would America be like, had this really happened? Read this book and find out!