- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Rock Creek Consulting LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: March 28, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DF9ERXS
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Warrior: Freelancer, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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To borrow a touch of a Kirkus synopsis of the plot, `Set in 1973, the story centers on the Wounded Knee debacle in South Dakota, in which members of the American Indian Movement seized and occupied a small town within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In this fictional version, the activists, surrounded and beleaguered by U.S. law enforcement, are increasingly threatened with the possibility of a final, deadly raid that ends the standoff once and for all. Rick Putnam joins his Native American friend, Eve [Buffalo Calf], in an attempt to sneak badly needed supplies past the blockade surrounding the town. The area is crackling with violence, riddled with various tribal factions all deeply territorial, suspicious of outsiders, and accustomed to spontaneous bouts of violence. Rick, troubled by the political intrigue he encountered (and barely survived) in Book 1, uncovers yet more subterfuge regarding the collusion of the federal government with corrupt officials within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. What follows is an action-packed adventure that includes nefarious government forces, intramural tribal conflict, and motorcycle gangs. Rick Putnam remains the constant through the two volumes of the now highly respected FREELANCER Series: he's still a chain-smoking, wisecracking tough guy haunted by memories of service in Vietnam.'
Facts, well drawn from a synopsis, yet the facts don't begin to explain the drive of this novel, the growing importance of Terry Irving as a writer, how Terry is making Rick Putnam into a that type of `hero' that calls to mind an image of Liam Neeson type acting - all hellfire and brimstone with just enough of a soft spot to include a bit of romance. And he awakens our awareness of the plight of the American Indian in our history - all with the gusto and places us fully into the action to the point we are dodging the same bullets as Rick and his computer hacker housemates. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 15
As I said, I wasn’t very familiar with the Wounded Knee incident, but I was intrigued all the same. I did a little research (see: Wikipedia) before digging too far, so I had a broad idea, and I think that it doesn’t really matter how much knowledge you have before reading this, that you will enjoy it all the same. Terry Irving does a spectacular job of painting a picture of the time period, and filling the reader in on the tumultuous time period. The characters of Rick and Eve are fantastic from start to finish. Another reviewer mentioned that Rick reminded them of a Liam Neeson-type of character, a la the Taken franchise, and I think that is a perfect comparison.
Overall, I enjoyed this book greatly. If you’re looking for a great political thriller with motorcycles, then you’ve come to the right place with your very specific needs!
I was not familiar with the Wounded Knee incident but decided to do just a little research to give myself some background. In 1973, about 200 followers of the American Indian Movement seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The siege lasted for about 70 days, with the US Marshals and FBI cordoning off the area and trying to negotiate. It finally came to an end with 2 killed and 15 wounded.
So the story is set in this time and stars Rick Putnam and his girlfriend Eve Buffalo Calf. They set out to try to deliver some material support to activist friends of hers, and eventually find themselves being hunted down by a vicious cult. The author does a good job of setting the scene and making you feel like you're really there. I've learned this book is actually a sequel (you can't tell- it reads just fine as a stand-alone) and I will probably read the first book soon. I think that might give me the background I need to enjoy this book more.
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This story takes place in the 70’s, during the conflict at Wounded Knee (an important moment in history that I...Read more