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Kokopelli's Thunder: Fall of the Anasazi.

Kokopelli's Thunder: Fall of the Anasazi

Sean M. Cordry

iUniverse LLC

ISBN: 9781491719817 (sc) $18.95

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Kokopelli's Thunder: Fall of the Anasazi is set in 1938 in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, where Zed Moonhawk is helping to train Civilian Conservation Corpsmen to excavate and restore the Anasazi ruins. At first glance this would seem to be a novel about archaeology and history; but look again: Zed is actually immortal and he and his pre-teen son are the last of the Anasazi. And Zed actually embodies the legendary Kokopelli, charged with battling Mayan witch Rooshth, who has virtually obliterated his people from the world.

This complex background is imparted deftly and clearly in the first three chapters, which move from past to present with ongoing supernatural encounters between evil forces and humans, Southwest Indian cultures, and events that foretell the return of an ancient threat.

Don't expect a linear read, however: action continues to fluctuate between past and present worlds, contributing to an evolving story line that links disparate eras and peoples, rituals and perceptions.

At first these switches may prove challenging to readers, but their overall purpose serves to create important connections between the spirit forces of olden times and present-day events. And this even proves a benefit in the case of character names which are close enough that they could (initially) be mixed up, as with the twelve-year-old Turq and the supernatural Tuhj, who exist in different times.

Attention is given to the evolution of demonic forces and their purpose as well as to the inhabitants of 1938, who uncover more adventure than they bargained for when an archaeological excavation turns into a bloodbath.

Readers should be prepared for a plethora of bodies and violent encounters that sweep through this epic tale of ageless, classic conflicts between good and evil. The ongoing focus between past and present (in alternating chapter viewpoints) offers an earthy evolution of obsessions and confrontations that follow a tenacious evil spirit's movements across time and space.

Readers should also be prepared for treachery, sorcery, and opportunities for transformation and change. All this is steeped in Native Southwest culture and perceptions of spiritual overlays on everyday life: "In that moment, he became shoshteweh kina shoshteh--that is, "between strangers." The phrase described someone experiencing profound transformation. The old version of the person was now a stranger to them, yet the person they were becoming was also a stranger. It could be a terrifying experience, a tumultuous freefall between releasing the known of the past and embracing an unknown future. It was a grand gamble with one's life."

The constant changes between twelfth and twentieth centuries moves from possible confusion to anticipated delight as each pass fills in blanks about the protagonists involved and the human and mystical worlds they inhabit.

Add pterodons and a paranormal investigator into the mix and you have a gripping, thoroughly unpredictable adventure story that will keep even the most seasoned action reader immersed to the end.

Diane Donovan

Senior Reviewer
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Title Annotation:Donovan's Bookshelf
Author:Donovan, Diane
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2014
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