Review: The Spirit of Thunder by Kurt R. A. Giambastiani

The Spirit of ThunderThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When readers think of alternate history novels, the name that usually springs to mind is Harry Turtledove.

Now, though, a new author has tackled the genre. Kurt R. A. Giambastiani takes reader to the American West for a tale of politics and bravery. The Spirit of Thunder details a land very different from the America we all know.

George Custer’s presidency begins on shaky ground. War with the Cheyenne Alliance rages unabated, and masses of people clog the Eastern seaboard, desperate for land. Custer and his cabinet develop a plan to build a bridge that spans the Missouri and, upon its completion, grant the land beyond it to settlers. The hope is that the settlers will drive off the Indians, bringing civilization to the West.

But the President has an added worry, a personal one. His only son, George Jr., crash-landed in Indian lands. He now fights with the Cheyenne, disgusted with his father’s politics and back-stabbing. In an effort to protect those he loves, George Jr. embarks on a quest to give the plains dwellers a fighting chance… by giving them guns.

Ultimately, father will battle son in this alternate American West.

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