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Crowmakers by L. E. Erickson

Automatic weapons, ancient power, and a whole lot of trouble. 

The experimental regiment known as the Crowmakers has been ordered to stop native uprisings in the Indiana Territory. The Shawnee prophet Tenskwatawa will do anything to save his people and drive away the encroaching whites.

Neither of them are the true danger.

Crowmakers takes place in 1806 in a United States that never was, where soldiers use their minds to control flying automaton guns called Crows, the tribes they clash with harness an ancient power, and everyone has at least one secret. It’s a little bit historical fantasy, a little bit gunpowder punk, and a lot drama and adventure.

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Note: Crowmakers contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic sexual content and graphic violence.

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Listed: Sep 12, 2016

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Interesting alternate history, but..

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Oct 27, 2016: Crowmakers is a take on the events leading up to the battle of Tippecanoe and later Tecumseh’s war. There are two main lead characters, a young soldier who is part of the eponymous Crowmakers (we’ll get to them) , and Wind Man. Wind Man is a white man who was adopted by Tecumseh’s father and raised with Tecumseh and his brother, the Shawnee Prophet Tenskwatawa. While he provides an excellent cameraman character on the strained interactions between the brothers, I fear that we have a "white savior" trope in the making. I desperately hope I am wrong, but the shadow lays the rest of the story whenever he is onscreen. Tenskwatawa is shown to have genuine powers as the Prophet of the Great Spirit, which further strains the brother’s and their arguments over what is best for the people.

The crowmakers are a small group of mercenarys who have a telepathic link to their "crows" flying robots with machine guns. Very unfair. There is some good character tensions, and lots of possibility for strife. Everyone is believable and unique.

All in all, the writing is very well done, no serious typos or bad grammar. It’s a rather enjoyable read, and I look forward to seeing where the story will go.

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