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Rick Montgomery

Book I

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Before the arrival of Europeans in the peninsula between the lakes, today known as Southern Ontario, was the domain of the Attawondaronks. Sannisen wears more trophy feathers than any other warrior in this land and is the war chief of the Attawondaronk Nation.

A clan war is brewing, provoked by the intrigues of the shaman society. Four men from nations of the Ounotisaston, chief town of the Attawondaronks, and the simmering conflict boils over.

Sannisen and his family attempt to end the stranglehold of the shamans and pay a terrible price. The alienation of this family results in a vendetta that will span three generations. The strange beliefs, and customs of an obscure and fascinating culture come to life in this gripping tale of adventure, romance, betrayal and revenge.

Product Details

Attawondaronk is a character based neolithic adventure story which is nonetheless immersed in political intrigue -- both within the nation and between nations. Factions and family brew tension and forge tenacity; nations have little trust of their neighbours. This is a romantic tale, but not a particularly romantic view of the north american first nations. Life is hard and even the heroes can be cruel and merciless. The promise of a story about native americans free of European characters and their perspective is what most drove me to read this book and it is evident that the author has studied his subject.

We know the Attawondaronks were wiped out; very few will have even heard about them even though they once controlled a significant part of what is now Southern Ontario. This novel sets up a scenario for that eventual downfall and conveys a picture of an unknown people. The idea of internal strife flows naturally from a such a superstitious society. Nonetheless the particulars of this strife indirectly brings about what may be my main criticism. The shamans, who were the spiritual leaders, are depicted as charlatans, yet the story grounds the spiritual experience of the heroes. Beyond the inherent contradiction in that, for me, this elevation of superstition undermines the anthropological merit of the book. Still, Attawondaronk is a fast paced and entertaining read recommended for fans of the genre.”—Marc Blackburn, Amazon customer

  • Paperback 524 pages
  • Publisher Stratton Press (January 4, 2018)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10 1947355201
  • ISBN-13 978-1947355200
  • Product Dimensions 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds