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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461089859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461089858
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

As a student of natural mysteries, myth, and lore, and being of Cherokee heritage, I have long wondered about references to "star beings" and off-world creatures often referred to in Native American legends and stories. I also wondered why there were not more reports of strange objects in the skies back in the 1800s. But years of research have convinced me that not only were there a great number of such reports of flying airships and odd anomalies in the sky during the days of the Old West, a large number of them appeared as published reports in newspapers of the time. Finding and exploring these reports led to the inspiration for this novel.

Concerning Native American references to star creatures and  star origins, I was further amazed to discover many of the ancient beliefs not only reference such topics, but, in some cases, boldly make the claim that at least some of the early American cultures originated from the stars and were brought to earth tens of thousands of years ago to settle this planet. It was all I needed to begin the task of crafting this novel - based upon those historical and mythological references.

About the Author

Logan Hawkes is a writer, broadcaster, and dual resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Padre Island, Texas, reflecting his equal passion for the alluring mountainous west and a deep appreciation and fascination for the ancient sea and the natural histories of the two regions. Hawkes is an award winning writer, journalist and recurring guest on numerous radio programs and popular History Channel programs including Ancient Aliens, whose knowledge of ancient American history, myths and legends provide an insight into America’s mysterious past. Winner of the Hearst Award and an author of an audio docu-drama series about Ancient American mysteries, he brings years of storytelling experience and knowledge of Native American tales to life for the reader. His own Cherokee heritage provides the backdrop for this rollicking adventure into America's Old West. When not living on the Pojoaque Pueblo Reservation North of Santa Fe, he spends his time on Padre Island with his partner and wife Carla and his youngest son who serves the gaming industry as a voice actor.

More About the Author

Logan Hawkes is a dual resident of Northern New Mexico and coastal Texas, who in addition to a long writing career, has served the broadcast and newspaper industries across the Southwest. He won the 1981 Hearst Newspaper Feature Writer's Award and spent his early writing career as a successful ghost writer and author's agent. His passion has long been the research and study of ancient American culture and history and has been active in archeological field school development at Central American sites. His knowledge and passion for ancient myth, legend and cosmology landed him on numerous radio shows and History Channel programs. His paternal grandmother was a full blood Cherokee who he says inspired him to embrace Native American oral traditions and storytelling. An experienced travel writer he along with his wife and partner Carla and young son Kyle live on a reservation north of Santa Fe in an adobe ranch home that sits on sacred Pueblo lands adjacent to a forgotten historic Anasazi ruin site. Dividing their time between the mountains and the sea, the Hawkes family operates a small media company providing content development and web site services when not spending their hours behind a keyboard.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By carla land on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
More a fan of history than science fiction, I found this novel a surprising combination of well crafted action and adventure, but with amazing and accurate historical content - based upon a great sci-fi theme. Imagine X-Files of the 1800s with a Native American twist! The character development is great, and the author sprinkles in some surprising popular figures of the 19th century who are invloved in the plot line. The historical annotations throughout the book and a comprehensive appendix that provides interesting insight into actual and published alien encounters and UFO sightings of the Old West adds extra value that I didn't expect. And I liked that there are plenty of references to Native American legends that make the novel even more interesting and informative. I also love the Cherokee language sprinkled throughout, plus the language appendix in the back! As a former bookseller, this book ranks well as a highly marketable product. Recommended!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary I. Phillips on May 17, 2011
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With the blockbuster summer movie Cowboys & Aliens just a few months away I wanted to read something to get me in the "mood" for what will surely be the summers biggest movie. I didn't find awhole lot available in this kind of weird off shot genre, but came across the title, "Close Encounters of the Old West" and thought I'd give it a shot. What FUN! First of all there is great character development throughout the novel and I particularly enjoyed the detail the writer paid to incorporating historical facts of the 1800's while putting a speculative spin on it to make it entertaining. For example, I'm a bit of a history nut so without giving the story line away I enjoyed the way the author incorporated some very interesting but odd facts about characters like President Garfield and Alexander Graham Bell into the story line who play key roles in the book.

In addition to an entertaing story I found the historical appendix at the back fascinating, I had no idea there were so many "UFO" sitings accounted for during that period of time. Being an avid reader, I have had experience as a book buyer and bookstore manager for Barnes and Noble and an independent bookstore, I would definitely order this title to market with the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel, display etc. and I would think it would be a great recommend for a fun summer beach read for the young adult and up audience and sci-fi, western fans! I think the author should make into a graphic novel.

Jan Phillips
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By NHBunion on November 6, 2014
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I was so disappointed with this book as I expected a NON-fiction book chronicling UFO sightings in the Old West. Perhaps I should have scoured the reviews more closely.

There ARE several historical account in the Appendix at the very back of the book, fascinating descriptions of peculiar things in the sky, taken from newspapers of that time. But most of the book is nothing I found interesting. This is one book I truly regret buying.

For anyone interested in American Indian language there are quite a few pages devoted to that. I just wish the entire book were non-fiction UFO reports.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiker guy on February 26, 2013
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I have always been interested in unexplained events either above, on (vampires), or under the earth. As a Native American (I believe Cherokee) he incorporates these events,legends from his Nation, historical characters (such as Alexander Grahm Bell) into a science fiction novel. The story moves at a fast pace until the last pages when it gets tangled.
He has included some fascinating items in the appendix-an historical recap of the events, description of the Cherokee language and phrases, and some phrases. What he should have done is to explain the phrase or words he uses in the novel.
I have both of his novels.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GAIL LORETTA on November 7, 2012
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This was an interesting and fun book to read. A whole different way of looking at the old west and read what we never learned in school
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