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The Year The Cloud Fell
by Kurt R.A. Giambastiani

Category: Fiction / Historical
353 pages; ISBN: 0451458214

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


In 1886, excitement is very high at frontier Fort Whitley in the Kansas Territory. Three of their compatriots are testing an experimental spy dirigible over the Cheyenne Territory and President George Armstrong Custer is coming to observe the take-off. One of the trio of brave aviators is Captain George Armstrong Custer, Jr. who hopes this adventure will finally allow him to stand on his own name and not that of the Civil and Mexican War hero.

However, the Army aircraft, the Abraham Lincoln hits a storm over hostile territory and crashes. One is dead and the Cheyenne capture George. The third member escapes. The tribe differ on what to do with the son of "Long Hair." Some want him dead while others want to use him as a pawn in negotiations with his father. However, the visionary Speaks While Leaving believes that the Thunder Gods have brought this enemy One Who Flies to their land to save them from his father. Then again how will George, Sr. react? Who will win the debate that will influence the outcome of the cold war between the two unfriendly neighbors.

THE YEAR THE CLOUD FELL is an entertaining alternate historical tale that describes a much different America in 1886. The story line is fast- paced and will gain author Kurt R.A. Giambastiani much praise for its "historical" detail that seems so genuine. The characters also appear as real people including an older Custer, who never died at Little BigHorn. Fans of alternate history novels know they have a new hero in Mr. Giambastiani while expecting more stories like this realistic adventure.

Harriet Klausner


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