Shannon Running Deer is American Indian by blood, but he has forsaken his people's ancient ways to embrace the "modern" world as a wealthy, highly successful trauma surgeon.
His comfortable existence begins to unravel when, seemingly by chance, Shannon finds himself gradually drawn into the past. Pursued by an ancient evil, he knows he can change the future, if he can survive the past.
In the tradition of Diana Gabaldon, S.R. Howen's MEDICINE MAN is a distinctive and atmospheric novel full of spirituality, mystical time travel, romance, passion, and suspense.
The child blinked her large eyes. Not green now. Not glowing. He’d been cursed on every hunt. Others landed fat deer, numerous quail, fat rabbits and even the old men came upon a lost buffalo bull. He came home with a thin half-starved squirrel, if luck favored him at all.
His wife cowered in the snow; her silent sobs made her shoulders shake. Her fault. How else could this have happened? She never wanted the others in their home. The mid-wife had never come to see them, and his wife never went into the village center. She always stayed out here, away from everyone else.
He knew what he had to do. He couldn’t lose what little he had. When he started towards the circle of lodges and the bright central fire of the meeting circle, his wife scrambled to her feet and started to follow him, making noises that echoed in his head, but didn’t form words. She became an annoying insect swarm of sound, and he smacked that sound away, taking step after step through the blowing snow. He’d leave the child. He couldn’t kill it. No, that would only make whatever evil had spawned it angrier. If he took his wife and his belongings and left, the blizzard would hide them, no one would even miss them if they ever realized they were there to start with.
And the evil grasped in his hand would be someone else’s problem.
When I heard of the book, Medicine Man, I thought of the movie with Sean Connery. In a way, they were similar because I loved both of them for some of the same reasons. First things, first, Medicine Man: Chief of All Time is a fiction novel by S.R. Howen.
Dr. Shannon Running Deer leaves the reservation and tribal ways and beliefs to become a trauma surgeon. The reservation represents the old world, which he considers his past while medicine is his future. A strange thing happens as he evolves into a brilliant trauma surgeon. He finds that there is mysticism in healing that does not rely on textbooks or research studies. This realization causes him to question putting aside his total refutation of ancient traditions, especially the healing ones.
Morning Dove is the romantic lead who often appears to be more femme fatale than girlfriend. Will she distract Running Dear from his true destiny with her body and beauty? Although, Morning Dove continues to show up, this is not her story.
How is Medicine Man: the Chief of all Time similar to Medicine Man, the movie? They both have strong male doctor leads. Both are told from the doctor’s POV in first person. Both doctors are willing to abandon traditional medicine for a walk on the tribal side. Both men are paired with beautiful woman as they travel a voyage of healing and self-discovery.
Medicine Man is a book that abandons probably what most people think of as a western book to embrace actual Native American practices and beliefs as opposed to movie ones. This might make it a more difficult read for some since people tend to go with what they are familiar with. On the other hand, it is an enjoyable trip off the ordinary path.
Medicine Man should appeal to those who enjoy Native American Tales, mysticism, and coming of age and cultural issues. Two thumbs up from this reviewer.
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