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Meet The #Author: Jonathan Rex, #Kituwa Writer & Historian

“Jonathan Rex is a Kituwa author, storyteller, historian, philosopher, and educator. Born and raised on U.S. military bases in California and the Philippines he is he author of Blood in the Water and creator of the Uku Books series for children. All of his books are free in digital form as dowloads to anybody who wishes to read them. Bound copies will be sold and signed only at events in person to those who wish to purchase a hard copy directly from him. All original material is copyrighted and any unauthorized printing, distribution or sale of them is strictly prohibited.”

Please visit his website with any questions, comments or queries about his work, and follow him on Twitter. Additionally, Mr. Rex will appear in the upcoming documentary, “Forget Winnetou: Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany”, a film directed by Red Haircrow, making the connections between stereotyping and continuing racism and colonialism.

 

 

 


Currently available free as .pdf e-books, please follow the link:

Blood In the Water description:

“The world has heard the story of how the United States began. Colonists, rebelling against King George III, rallied together to overthrow the oppressive British monarchy and establish a democratic society through which all people could own their own land, pursue a life of economic independence and enjoy the freedom of their different religions. The American utopia was the greatest story ever sold and encouraged men and women from all over the world to cross the oceans that separated them from the New World. Unfortunately that story was a lie and little more than a marketing scheme for land companies and bankers who were working together to establish an empire of their own.

Within the Declaration of Independence there is a sentence that has gone largely undiscussed in which the founders accused King George III of unleashing upon the inhabitants of “their frontiers” monsters whom they referred to as “merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare was an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” Who they were referring to specifically has never been addressed . . . until now.

In 1775, just before the Americans declared their independence from Great Britain, a man named Tsiyu Gansini (Dragging Canoe) declared war on the Virginians who were attempting to illegally purchase Kentucky for the Transylvania Land Company at the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals. Defecting from the Cherokee he relocated to the Chattanooga region, rallied thousands of warriors to him from over fourteen different Indian nations, and began diplomatically organizing a Pan-Indian Kingdom with all of the leading war chiefs east of the Mississippi at the time. Handing the United States its most humiliating defeat ever in 1791 he successfully established his union and then disappeared from recorded history as all of his head warriors went on to become dominant figures among their various tribes. This is his story, the first book of a new genre called Nawodi Literature.”

 


 


Ama’Matiya synopsis

 

“Learn how Tawodigeya became Ama’matiya when you and your children travel with her as she journeys to the city of Palinki to meet King Pacal. Dissatisfied with the monotony of her life in the mountains of Tanasi and encouraged by a traveling Uku she sets out on a journey to ancient Mexico to discover the meaning of life.”

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Brightwing by Sullivan Lee

Review: Well, the first thing that jumped out at me was that the author used the term “res” to refer to a Native American reservation when the correct and widely used word is “rez”, at least by natives or those who know them anyway. If the character were really an Indian, they would have used “rez”. So as a Native American myself, that just seemed odd as well as the need to detail some ceremonies not generally offered to others, especially not ones like the Battle Brothers, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Though some descriptions were repetitive at points, the writing style was great, in that I didn’t feel like I was actually reading most of the times: I was merely observing a story in my head. It just flowed, yet I found the characters problematic. When I don’t like the characters, and have to question over and over again why are or why aren’t they doing something that would be more believable, it can become laborious. Just the same, the characterization was detailed, and very likely designed to elicit strong reactions in readers.

The main character was a strong-minded, take action, “thinking” type of woman, admirable for that, but contrasted dramatically with the pathetic excuse for humanity brothers Edgar and Mallory Battle. I had no sympathy or regard or understanding of how she could fall for Edgar, so there were a definitely “versus” aspects of Brightwing, and I didn’t get the “love” part of it at all though there was plenty of adventure.

The author took great care in editing and gave an interesting, stylish format to their manuscript, and should really be commended and I personally know how much skill, time and determination that can take. The cover image was eyecatching, too. Overall “Brightwing” is an outstanding effort, with a unique voice and perspective that will appeal to readers wanting a different and far beyond average read. Even if I found some of the creative interpretation in the details and descriptions related to Native Americans off-putting with stereotyping, I realize others may like that “exotic” aspect of a work.

Description: Edgar and Mallory Battle are on the run after a spectacularly violent escape. Now, with a trail of bodies behind them, they need a hostage against the inevitable standoff with the police. Their first doesn’t last long, thanks to sociopathic Mallory. Edgar has been hiding his brother’s crimes since they were kids. Now he’s torn between family loyalty and self-preservation.

They carjack Lucy Brightwing, a criminal fresh from her own heist, with a fortune of uncut gems hidden in her vehicle. She could escape – but she won’t abandon her millions. She could kill the Battle brothers, but she has to be careful. For one thing, if the law investigates, they’ll find her ill-gotten loot. For another, her own life is sacred. She’s the last member of a Florida paleoindian tribe thought to be extinct – the Tequesta. With her share of the money she plans to buy, bribe and blackmail her way into her own ancestral tribal lands in the heart of the Everglades: a Tequesta nation.

Lucy leads the brothers into her beloved swamp, determined to kill them. But when she falls for Edgar she must decide whether to risk her heritage and the future of her tribe to save the doomed brothers.

  • ebook, 314 pages
  • Published July 8th 2011
  • Publisher: Laura L. Sullivan
  • ISBN 0012842540
  • ISBN13: 2940012842541
  • Source: Author

 

Author Bio:

Sullivan Lee is a former Florida deputy sheriff who would proba-bly arrest every character in this book. She writes children’s novels under another name. Find her on Facebook or follow her blogs, http://sullivanleewrites.blogspot.com and http://lauralsullivan.blogspot.com.

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