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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Intaglio Publications (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933113472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933113470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,295,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

LJ Maas is the author of Tumbleweed Fever, None So Blind, Meridio's Daughter, Prairie Fire, and coming in 2003, Rebecca's Cove. Her novels are published by Renaissance Alliance Publishing, Inc.Originally from Chicago, LJ now resides in Oklahoma with her partner of almost 6 years. They have an eight-year-old daughter (a blonde, lab/retriever mix who simply doesn't believe she's a dog). Along with writing full time, LJ teaches computer graphics and a variety of writing classes at a local college. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Her newly heightened senses picked up an unmistakable odor.

Smoke.

Suddenly there was a feeling like panic rushing through her. Everywhere she turned animals ran in different directions. Sarah clapped her hands over her ears to shut out the sound of thunder. It was as if she were right on top of a thunderhead. The sound grew so loud it shook the earth. Her eyes opened wide when she realized that the sound wasn’t thunder.

Looking in all directions, she saw walls of burning hot flames. They quickly spread across the range, feeding on everything in their path. Just ahead of the flames came the source of the deafening sound. It was cattle and buffalo, hundreds of thousands of them. Mixed breeds of cows, longhorns with their dangerous horns, and massive buffaloes the size of which she’d never seen before. They all rushed away from the red-hot evil nipping at their heels.

Sarah watched helplessly as the animals all vied for escape, but suddenly wires sprang up before them. Barbed wire and tall fencing, just the sort the cattleman used to mark their land. The animals had no way to escape. The fire ran at them from the rear and the wire halted their progress. It didn’t matter to the crazed animals. They pressed in and strangled the animals in the front with the deadly wire.

Sarah screamed again and again. She shouted and yelled at the beasts to stop their stampede, but there was nowhere else for them to turn. The white man’s wire blocked their only route of escape. Thousands of animals trampled one another as still more were cut to shreds by the razor-sharp wire. Sarah could do no more than weep at the sight, crumpling to the ground in her fatigue and anguish.

When she looked up again, the Clan surrounded the dying animals. Now the cattle were all gone and only the scores of buffalo remained, huge beasts that lowed, snorted, and tore at the ground in their anger and frustration. Soon, even they succumbed, trampled underneath their brothers’ hooves.

Sarah saw Tima and the others of the Clan that she had grown to love so well. She thought that perhaps they would help her save the animals. It soon became apparent that the Chahta had no knowledge of how to save the buffalo. The great beasts supported the people of the Clan, but the Chahta could not undo the white man’s power.

Sarah watched and with every buffalo that fell, a member of the Clan disappeared in the mist that surrounded them. She felt a voice inside her head again, but this time it wasn’t Keeho. The voice told her that once the buffalo were gone, the Chahta people would pass away also.

"No!" Sarah screamed out when, one by one, the buffalo dropped to the ground.

"Help us, Sakli." Tima raised one hand to Sarah as the white mist engulfed her body.

"No!" Sarah screamed one last time.

She thought she had already been lying on the ground, but how could that be, she wondered, as her legs crumpled underneath her. The last thing she remembered was the feel of the moist earth below her cheek and the oppressive heat as the flames swallowed her. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I re read her books at least twice a year.
Dale Ralston
I loved this book and 'tumble weed' both set in an era long forgotten and cultures, there way of life the importance of earth and nature.
dy frame
What a great follow-up to `Tumbleweed Fever.'
K. Johnson

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joyce McNeil on July 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Devlin Brown and Sarah Tolliver, two strong, independent women, first introduced in Tumbleweed Fever, are jolted right into the middle of a catastrophic event after they receive a visit from a Shaman with a mysterious message. Along with trying to decipher this "message" Sarah and Devlin are also dealing with the recent loss of a loved one and desperately trying to find time for themselves. When they are unable to understand the visitor, Devlin takes them home to The Clan where their Medicine Man learns the details of the message......a message foretelling impending "doom" for all who do not heed the warning.
Who is the mysterious visitor? Why were they sent on a quest to find Devlin and Sarah? What is this catastrophe and when is it supposed to happen? Will Devlin and Sarah be able to convince both the ranchers and the Choctaw tribe to join together to fight this common enemy? And what does all of this have to do with Sarah's "true identity" in The Clan?
The writer takes you on a fantastic journey into the Native American's world. You, as the reader will gain wonderful insight into life as it would have been in the "old west days" - along with an appreciation for both the values of the "old ways" and the culture of our Native American ancestors. Do NOT miss this journey, you will be doing yourself a great disservice if you do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2003
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I love L.J. Maas' writing style. I get completly drawn into the story and its characters. The relationship between the main characters is very romantic. I loved the strong sence of morality shown both in the main characters and the American Indian culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dale Ralston on June 29, 2010
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I was sorry to learn the LJ has pasted away. I re read her books at least twice a year. What a loss, everyone should have at least 5 LJ Mass titles in their favorites if they don't thanks for making the available so they can!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on February 21, 2007
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What a great follow-up to `Tumbleweed Fever.' In this sequel, Maas brings back the characters of Devlin Brown and Sarah Tolliver as they deal with the aftermath of the death of Sarah's uncle. These two beautiful, smart, lovable characters take separate physical journeys through this book, but remain forever spiritually bound.

After being visited by a dying Shaman from a foreign tribe, Sarah begins to realize her power as a medicine woman. She has a vision that convinces her all fences must come down to save the buffalo and, ultimately, the people of the Oklahoma Territory. After finding a surprising ally in her quest to convince the neighboring ranchers, Sarah returns to the Choctaw camp to explore her newfound calling. While Sarah is learning, Dev is leading a cattle drive and taking the local ranchers' animals to market. There are many dangers in such an undertaking and Dev overcomes them all. When the two halves of one soul are finally reunited, it's a homecoming of unprecedented proportion.

This reader hung on every word of every page of this book. There is no substitute for a truly-talented author and Maas definitely falls into that category.
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I loved this book and 'tumble weed' both set in an era long forgotten and cultures, there way of life the importance of earth and nature.
I was transported to the lives that lived fro me on every E page a great read. strong on culture of indigenous people and of strong women. sad that Ms Maas is no longer but her words and perhaps message lingers on. we can only hope in a more accepting less discriminative world !
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