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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475955529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475955521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stillman paints a rich portrait of Navajo life with impressive depth and detail, steeping the reader in vibrant folkways and grand, austere landscapes. But he also portrays a backward-looking, claustrophobic society seething with ancient vendettas that shape...his characters. The subtle, sensitive prose captures the psychological complexity of the people...as they walk a tightrope bridge between a warm but fading past and a future of hope and uncertainty. A well-wrought, moving saga of reservation life in the throes of change that feels both painful and exhilarating.
     --Kirkus Reviews

"...a satisfying historical novel...offers a clear, compelling narrator's voice and makes the Navaho experience and viewpoint understandable. The writing is strong, with a crisp narrative style that presents historical insights seamlessly...Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book, as will anyone interested in World War II, the Native American experience, or the code talkers themselves. For anyone else who loves good fiction, it's simply a likeable read.                                     --ForeWord Reviews

About the Author

Larry Stillman, a lifelong writer, is the award-winning author of A Match Made in Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw who Defied the Nazis. He travels extensively to the Southwest and will donate a portion of profits from the sale of The Rope Catcher to the Museum Project of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation.

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This book is well written, interesting and informative.
Virginia reads
Characters were not only authentic figures, but also those created out of composites, all brought to life through description and dialogue.
M. Frank
The author lives near and my husband read the book about a year ago and recommended it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stillman on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Who knew? This is a fascinating look at a little-known piece of both Navajo and WWII history, told through well-written historical fiction. It is a very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Doren on December 4, 2012
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What a well-written and interesting novel!

As I read the first part of this book, I thought that it seemed somewhat similar to a film I had seen some years ago. However, this treatment spends more time on their recruitment, training and relationships, and is a far more accurate account and much more interesting story of Navajo code talkers in WWII. It is a great, heroic story and worth telling again and again.

But it is when the hero gets back home after the war that this book really takes off and the story becomes so riveting--a very well-researched and true-to-life depiction of the issues of finding and readjusting to one's roots and family. This theme, found in many ethnic groups, is beautifully and emotionally portrayed for the Navajos in Stillman's book. It is easy to like and identify with the characters (including and especially the women) that he has created for this novel.

I highly recommend that you read this and also Stillman's other book, "A Match Made in Hell," the true story of a young boy and a Polish criminal who bond together during the war for their mutual survival and to make things harder for the Nazis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Frank on January 3, 2013
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Historical fiction has to be good on at least two fronts: accurate historical portrayal and an engrossing work of fiction. The Rope Catcher succeeds on both counts. The history of the code talkers -- why they volunteered, the challenge of developing an unbreakable code, the harrowing but invaluable service in front lines, the disparity of treatment as soldiers-in-arms as compared with civilian treatment, their culture and beliefs -- was fascinating. Characters were not only authentic figures, but also those created out of composites, all brought to life through description and dialogue. Truly educational, as well as a good story. And if you've ever been to the American Southwest, you will enjoy revisiting it on these pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Miller on December 6, 2012
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Good read! The Rope Catcher is a well written very descriptive window into the Navaho Nation during the 1940's. The Author demonstrates his knowledge as well his deep understanding of the struggle of these proud people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sondra Kantor on May 20, 2014
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We felt this book was a great read and gave a lot on insight to the plight of the Native American Indians in the past. It was informative and also compelling. We wish there was a sequel as we want to know how Jimmie and Katherine's life proceeded in the 1950's and later. Larry- please write a sequel.
Al and Sandy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia reads on April 26, 2014
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Do not miss this excellent read. This book is well written, interesting and informative. Our book club read it in May of 2014 and had the author, who lives nearby, come to our meeting. This work is not just about the Navaho Marine code talkers, who developed a WW II Signal Core code which was never broken. It also covers the situation on the reservation these Marines return to after the war. Because this book was self published, it has not had the publicity a big publisher affords. Do read it and spread the word!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace on March 28, 2014
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When I enjoy a book and learn something too, it's wonderful. The author lives near and my husband read the book about a year ago and recommended it. Very well written with compelling characters and interesting social issues. I hated for it to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Laffler on February 8, 2014
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A wonderful story about the current lives of the people who were here first. The white people will always need their values.

Linda Laffler
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