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Book Title: Shooting Chant|
The author of the book: Aimée Thurlo
ISBN 13: 9780812568684
Edition: Forge Books
Date of issue: March 15th 2001
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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This mystery set in the Navajo reservation near Shiprock, NM was interesting, but not compelling for me. Some of the dialog seemed contrived, especially early in the book. I almost gave up the read early on because I couldn't get comfortable with the characters, especially Ella, but I continued and the mystery drew me in as I progressed. I haven't read any of the earlier books in the series and there were enough references to past events to recommend reading from the beginning, but the story stood on its own acceptably.
I had to suspend reality as far as the science involved, with respect to the use and effects of gamma radiation. That sort of inaccuracy can ruin a story for me, but usually only when it involves microbiology (my field of study), so in this book I could soldier on through the scientific errors.
Any story set on the Rez and with Navajo characters has to reference the spiritistic beliefs that permiate the culture, and there are frequent references to taboos and beliefs. This story makes abundant use of the conflicts involving traditional versus modern Indian culture. Although the main character, Ella, speaks as though she has been educated away from the superstitions with which she is surrounded, she still carries many with her, such as an amulet that gets hot when she is in danger and special powers of intuition that are mentioned so often it became tiresome to me. The "legacy", a curse mythology that haunts her family, is a frequent part of the plot that evidently will carry on in subsequent books of the series.
Overall, the story wasn't so tedious as to cause me to quit, but not enjoyable enough to read others in this series.
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Read information about the authorAimee and David Thurlo are the authors of the Ella Clah mysteries, the Sister Agatha mysteries, the Lee Nez vampire novels all set in New Mexico. David grew up on the Navajo Indian Nation, and Aimee, a native of Cuba, lived in the southwest for forty years.
Aimée passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of February 28, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer and related complications. She was attended by her husband of 43 years, David. Aimée was 62 years old.
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