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ThunderCloud... begins with a front-row look into a troubled Native-American teenager's trial and excommunication from his "Principal People" (the Cherokee). His struggles to survive in a world full of strangers, some good, some bad, in many ways mirror our own. ThunderCloud's external obstacles force him to confront his real and imaginary, inner demons that led him to his lonely situation in life. What he discovers inside changes his whole outlook about his past, present, and future. The oddities of the individuals, cultures, and generations that come across his path not only challenge his manhood but also determine his ability to relate to and live and work within a group. He learns -- and we do with him -- that, ultimately, every bit of his life, including the consequences of his decisions and actions, measures his responsibility level. Whether or not his tribe accepts him upon his return with a motley gaggle of people and myriad stories to tell, is his final challenge... but only after he rescues a gang of youthful renegades, a precocious runaway, and the woman who may one day bear his children!
"'THUNDERCLOUD ...' by Ronald Joseph Kule is a stunning novel! I enjoyed it very much. I loved reading about the shoo-fly pie - the first time I have heard about it." - Jean Hughes, avid book-reader from North Dakota
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About the Author
Growing up in a cramped household, competing for personal space among seven brothers and sisters; two parents; (most times) at least one good hunting dog; and a score of kids living on our block, I learned how to hold my ground, at times from a perch 30 feet high on my favorite tree in the woods behind our house.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, from Polish-immigrant coal miner and blue-blooded, Colombian-Chilean parentage, Kule came to appreciate ethnic values and cultural differences by observing directly the disparate social classes and living conditions of Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, the 48 contiguous American states and Hawaii, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, England, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Russia, mainland China, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent. His heritage paint-brushed wanderlust onto his life-canvas: he has spent time in 39 countries and performed speaking engagements in 17. He laughs often and can experience a panorama of emotions just for fun, but he prefers making other people smile, laugh, and generally feel happier for having met him or read his books.
"If you curl up with one of my books and find yourself breathless, provoked, inspired, changed, and feeling like you just undertook an important journey that left you more than satisfied, my job as the author will have been a success."
Currently, Ronald Joseph Kule writes from Clearwater, Florida, but his passport yearns for more nation-stamps, and his bags can be packed on a moment's notice!
Because the author also enjoyed a successful sales, sales management, and sales-training career spanning 39 years, he developed a uniquely different approach to selling that he shares through his acclaimed sales-book series, LISTEN MORE SELL MORE. He also conducts sales-training workshops based on those books when commissioned.
Zhou Shu Liang was born in China and raised in a family of artists. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou. Liang furthered his art study in the United States in 1982. He earned his BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Arts in 1986 and his MFA in Painting at Boston University in 1989.
Liang received his great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the outdoor Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This newfound interest fired his imagination, and he began to focus his painting primarily on Native American Indian cultures and their traditional ways of life. Liang's evident passion for the Indians as a people, coupled with his emphasis on historical accuracy, adds strength and truth to his portrayals.
Among the many awards Liang has received are: The David P. Usher Patrons' Choice Award, Master of the American West, 2009; the President's Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 2005; Best of Show Award and People's Choice Award, the American Society of Portrait Artists, 1998; the Arthur Ross Award for Painting, Classical America, New York, 1992; and the Lila Acheson Award for Painting, the Society of American Illustrators, 1986.
Liang is represented by Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: TRIAL.. 1
Chapter 2: RUDE AWAKENING.. 9
Chapter 3: BEFORE THE BEGINNING.. 15
Chapter 4: A FORTUNATE ACCIDENT. 41
Chapter 5: COMMUNITY & ALEX.. 83
Chapter 6: FIREFIGHT! 107
Chapter 7: THE OLD MAN.. 141
Chapter 8: THE RENEGADE FLOOD.. 167
Chapter 9: ALEX RETURNS. 201
Chapter 10: BALANCE OF LIFE.. 237
Chapter 11: GOING HOME.. 263
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.. 313
BOOKS BY RONALD JOSEPH KULE.. 315