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Friday, June 5, 2015

Manteo (The Prometheus Saga) by Elle Andrews Patt
Book Review

This was a great story. It brought out a lot of emotion in me as I read it. I found myself feeling terrible for one of the main characters Manteo. He's a Native American man who finds himself in a difficult position with his own tribe and the modern English people. He is with the English as a sort of guide. He has been to their land, wears their clothes, and speaks their language. All he wants is to bring the new modern things he's found to his people but this proves to be quite difficult.

There are some gut wrenching scenes in this book where characters come into conflict. That's all I'll say because I don't want to spoil anything. This story reads very much as a historical fiction piece. I felt like I was back in the world of the Americas being new to the English. It reminded me of Dances with Wolves but in this case the Indian is on the white man's side in a way.

This was a great dip into a time early in our nation's history and the fact that the story has a Science Fiction element makes it that much cooler. Watching how the Prometheus character, named Samuel in this story, went into hiding to then come back out as a different person was cool to read about. 

I enjoyed reading this story and appreciated how well it was written to reflect a time now long gone. A world I'm not familiar with. Most stories I read are in the far flung future or a fantasy setting like our distant past. This was a fun setting to slip into for this brief but satisfying story.

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