From Kirkus Reviews
Blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy and a sci-fi flair, Baker covers a lot of ground, but does so with dexterity and grace.
The author populates this unique story with alien civilizations, 17th-century Ojibwe shamans, shady government agents and professional archaeologists. In doing so, Baker tries to tap numerous niche audiences…Baker is a talented writer and an adept syncretist. Akiiwan begins in the 1600s, during which time a talented Native American shaman—Voice-in-the-Sky—is contacted by members of an alien race who are interested in living with the Ojibwe people and sharing with them their secrets and talents.
Fast-forward to the modern day, when government agents hire skilled archaeologist Samantha Horner to learn more about Voice-in-the-Sky and the mysterious powers he may have possessed. But from the moment her excavation begins, strange occurrences—violent storms, unexpected attacks on crew members and baffling disappearances—suggest to Horner that something strange is afoot. Baker tells Horner’s tale with a skillful ease. His prose is elegant and precise and his descriptions—both of his characters and of the natural world—are beautiful and evocative.
A well-done book…
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From the Inside Flap
An extraterrestrial culture makes an urgent appeal to a powerful 17th century Ojibwe clan shaman during his vision quest on a remote northern Minnesota island.
In the present day, government operatives Colonel Scott Towers and Machiavellian Homeland Security Director Leonard Marvis hire brilliant yet vulnerable archaeologist, Dr. Samantha Horner, to uncover the truth about the ancient shaman - while suppressing their role in the murder of the island's leading Ojibwe preservationist, Johnny Truebow. Meanwhile, ten year old half-orphan Orenda Truebow, whose burgeoning abilities are even more extraordinary than those of her late father, struggles to keep the island's secret - and her own.
A ferocious once-in-a-century storm, bizarre animal attacks on the dig team, and the alarming disappearances of her team members compel Samantha to act. When her colleague and romantic interest, Dr. Ronald Griffith, disappears too, she becomes desperate to solve the mystery. However, as Cal Redfox, the volatile new leader of the preservationist Sky Watchers warns, Samantha has no idea what she's up against...
An adventurous, multifaceted tale combining elements of history, sci-fi and fantasy set in the North Country of Ojibwe Indians. An exciting read of suspense and mystery keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. A book for teens and adults. -- Sylvia Seidman, Ed.D. Professor of Reading and Children's Literature, CUNY; New York University
It's obvious you have an abundant imagination and the true heart of a writer -- Jeremy Robinson, Author of The Didymus Contingency
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