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- Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:09-29-14
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Evolved Publishing brings you another rare glimpse into ancient Native American Indian culture, with Spirals, the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Circles, by Ruby Standing Deer.
A Holy Man, who lives in both this world and the Spirit world, waits hidden in a cave in the canyons, as a newly made woman runs toward him. She flees her would-be suitor, who wants from her more than she can give. The Holy Man and his constant companions, a colony of mice, accept the woman within the cave. She worries that he may be crazy, but given her fear of the man who desires her, maybe crazy is not so bad. In this sequel to Ruby Standing Deer’s first novel, Circles, the main character of Shining Light is now grown and with family. He dreams of the woman and the Holy Man in the canyons, and knows that, after four seasons of calm and peace in the Forest of Trees, he must go to them. He seeks guidance, but the Spirits tell him only that he must rescue these two people. Yet he need not go alone. Ever Shining Light’s faithful companion and Wolf Brother, White Paws senses he must follow his Human Brother. Thus, one Human, one Wolf, and their two families set out for the unknown. The adventure exceeds all of Shining Light’s expectations, and he learns more about his place in this world than the Holy Peoples of his band could ever teach him.
©2013 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2014 Evolved Publishing LLC
My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars
Spirals is an esteemed sequel to the audiobook ‘Circles’. I love this story and what it represents. This story not only adds more depth to the characters as they’ve matured, it also introduces several new and integral characters. While I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Circles’, I found even more inspiration from ‘Spirals’. This is a story for all ages and I’m hoping there will be a third audiobook.
This story begins with the young girl Falling Rainbow who goes off for a few days because she doesn’t want to be with the young man Night Hunter who wants to take her as a wife. While she’s gone, the snow turns into a blizzard and she gets lost and slips into a cavern where she meets an Elder named One Who Wanders. He plays an important role in the story as a guide or a spirit guide and while each character has their own voice, Wanderer weaves in truths and answers to the questions regarding life and life’s meaning. The true purpose of BEing for ALL Mother Earth’s creatures.
There were several parts of this story that spoke to my heart and the things that I know. I especially liked when Wanderer gave his Great Sky Bead necklace to Shining Light as he explained how he made each bead while walking along the spiral searching for himself. How each stone has special knowledge and in time will show him something as they are the oldest beings on Mother Earth. Wanderer explains to him that he lives both inside and outside the spiral at the same time. Like Wanderer, Shining Light is a young Holy Man. Shining Light is Feather from the first book ‘Circles’ only many moons have passed and now he is older.
Another new character is Sparkling Star who has spent her life trapped in slavery until she escapes and White Paws finds her and brings her to the camp where Shining Light’s family accepts and embraces her. She was with child and was suffering from a sickness they call split apart, where the mind and body are separated. Wanderer helps cure her of this. She also gives birth to twin boys where one is referred to as being a shadow baby. I also liked when the different bands joined together as one big family which is what we all really are. There were so many meaningful instances in this book that will stay with me for a long time. I can’t express enough what a wonderful and enlightening book this is. I highly recommend it for an unforgettable listen.
About the author: Ruby Standing Deer is an award-winning author who brings to life the ancient Native American culture. If I could choose an author that I would like to meet, she would be the one I would choose. I absolutely love her work. She’s a true inspiration.
About the narrator: Karen Rose Richter is an amazing voice in the audio community. I love her work. She flawlessly brought this story to life with all the characters voices. There’s a genuine sweetness in her voice that I really like. And my favorite character was Wanderer. Karen is a true gem and gets it right every time. I can’t wait to listen to more from her.
Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.
© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.
Drama professor Meg Coles is in a state of shock after her husband is terminated and she barely escapes the killers. Now she is on the run, on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list, and a fugitive of the law and of government assassins. She learns that she knows very little about the man she’s been married to for ten years. She must become a criminal to survive and to find out the truth, and she must get answers before the death teams silence her permanently.
©2011 Roger Weston (P)2014 Roger Weston
My Review ~ ★★★★ ~ 4 Stars
The Assassin’s Wife
The Assassin’s Wife: A Thriller was an interesting listen. Meg and Eric Cole are spending a week in their cabin when Meg sees her husband carrying a coffin-shaped box to the shed and acting suspicious. She didn’t like being lied to and felt that he was hiding something from her. About that time the phone rang and it was for Eric. He said it was Len Ackerman and that there was a problem with one of their properties in Seattle but she knew it wasn’t his voice.
While sleeping that night Meg hears the floor creaking ever so quietly and notices that Eric isn’t in bed with her. A strange man is looming over her and bullets begin to fly. Eric is killed but has time to give her instructions on what to do before he passes. He tells her he isn’t who she thinks he is. He tells her to go to their nearest neighbor and friend, Bill Hagerman and have him take her to Lomax. Upon arriving at Hagerman’s with the box in tow, Bill isn’t there but rather a man named Neil claiming to be Bill’s brother. Meg learns that now she’s in a fight for the truth and for her life but she has to follow the instructions that Eric has left on a DVD or she’ll be killed. She has to become an assassin.
I felt the story was a good thriller but could have been an edge of your seat thriller. Where it fell short for me was the believable factor. There were several scenes that would be impossible such as Meg lugging around a large box filled with $7 million in cash. Another instance was when Meg went to see the man her husband instructed her to see and in order to prove who she was, she had to tell him the name of her favorite play. Lastly, it began to feel redundant when the author kept reiterating the fact that Meg was a drama professor. The story was good, however I felt that the author rushed it by leaving out key details that would have made the story more cohesive.
About the narrator: Kitty Hendrix did a wonderful job as always with her performance. She has good character differentiation. Her voice inflections were very good and it was paced perfectly. Her tone was just right for Meg and I feel that she was the saving grace of this story. Overall I would recommend listening to this audiobook for a good thriller.
Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.
© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.