Heart Chants

Heart Chants

Heart Chants Phillip McGuire gave up journalism to own and run a bar in Lawrence Kansas He s happy with his new house in the country But something is missing When two Navajo female students go missing from Haskel

  • Title: Heart Chants
  • Author: Randy Attwood
  • ISBN: 9781620074152
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Phillip McGuire gave up journalism to own and run a bar in Lawrence, Kansas He s happy with his new house in the country But something is missing.When two Navajo female students go missing from Haskell Indian college, he agrees to shelter a third Then a mysterious beautiful Chinese woman stumbles into his life And all the while, Coyote is working on the largest sandpaiPhillip McGuire gave up journalism to own and run a bar in Lawrence, Kansas He s happy with his new house in the country But something is missing.When two Navajo female students go missing from Haskell Indian college, he agrees to shelter a third Then a mysterious beautiful Chinese woman stumbles into his life And all the while, Coyote is working on the largest sandpainting ever created and advancing his plan to reopen the gates to the Navajo s Holy People.Just how burnt out is Phillip when he knows it is up to him to sniff out the truth

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    Book Info: Genre: SuspenseReading Level: AdultRecommended for: those interested in Diné culture, those who enjoy a good storyBook Available: January 1, 2014 (Now available)Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, murder, rapeMy Thoughts: This book provides a peek into the legends and lore of the Diné, or as they are commonly known, the Navajo. Their creation story is beautiful. “In the beginning was the wind. And when the earth came, the wind cared for it. And when the darkness came, the wind breezed a [...]

    Reading Heart Chants has made me want to read the rest of Phillip McGuire's exploits. From the first sentence we sense something unsettling and otherwordly. Randy Attwood paints a picture for the reader simply but expertly. His dialog has you hovering over the shoulders of the characters. Where some authors leave you as an observer, Randy involves the reader - drawing them in deeply from the start.He builds the relationship between his characters with the same delicate strokes and soft colors he [...]

    Navajo girls are being abducted. To save girls from multiple continents and backgrounds, they hide out in our damaged "hero's" newly constructed home. History lessons ensue.While the writing is fresh with vivid descriptions, the narrative does not present itself as a suspenseful read. It primarily presents as history lessons. While this is interesting, It is not what was initially presented in the first couple of chapters.Characters are varied but rather reserved.Overall, an adequate read.

    Very intriguing story with a fascinating story line, and interesting subject matter as well, with the Navajo culture and mysticism factoring in to the plot. Heart wrenching history of the Navajo people revealed in the story. Suspenseful, fast paced, unique. Loved it, highly recommended.

    Told from a shifting perspective, Heart Chants takes the reader deep into the mind of Phillip McGuire, a man tortured by guilt over a recently-defunct relationship, and over some terrorists torturing some information out of him, mangling one of his hands in the process. The book is also told from the perspective of the killer, who is half Indian and half white. It becomes apparent pretty early on that the man is mentally ill, suffering from delusions and hallucinations which drive him to want to [...]

    Heart Chants by Randy Attwood is an enticing novel rich in Native American lore and steeped in mystery. Packed with intrigue from the start Phil McGuire is back, and with cracked ribs as he threw himself into the hands of three Chinese men to save a beautiful Chinese damsel in distress, Hsu Chi. As he lays recovering in bed two Native American girls go missing and as a favor to a friend and assistance with his recovery another Native American girl Zoonie comes to stay with him. Hsu Chi finds him [...]

    A profound and touching story dealing with faith, religion, madness and myth, all masquerading as a mystery/suspense novel.It's not much of a mystery, nor all that suspenseful, as we are introduced to the perpetrator - a young Navajo man -- early on in the book, and we watch mute and saddened at his downward spiral into a madness that cannot only be described as a culturally-induced schizophrenia. We know that no good will come from it.Our white protagonist, a middle aged retired journalist, who [...]

    In Heart Chants, Randy Attwood reintroduces us to Phil McGuire shortly after the events of the first novel in this series - Tortured Truths. Phil is laid up at home after trouble, in the guise of a woman, finds him again.Two young Navajo students from the local university have disappeared and the local authorities think they've wandered off on their own. With no one believing claims of foul play, Phil lets another Navajo girl stay at his place to keep her safe. Both of the other missing girls we [...]

    The protagonist of this compelling mystery is unusual: Philip McGuire is neither above-it-all Hero nor forget-it-all Anti-hero. Instead, he is quite simply human: somewhat disfigured and disabled by Hezbollah torture, a man seeking peace, home, "Heaven on earth." Instead, he is a trouble magnet, not for himself but for troubled others, especially women. At our first encounter, he is incapacitated from a beating incurred while protecting a young Chinese lady; and charging himself with protection [...]

    I've seen a number of reviews comparing this book to Tony Hillerman's work. I think it's better than Hillerman. There's more actual content about the Navajo culture. I also liked the Chinese culture link. The characters are well drawn and interesting enough that I wanted to follow them beyond the plot of Heart Chants. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the Phillip McGuire series.

    Randy Attwood has done a marvelous job of presenting the Navajo Creation Myth in the form of a modern-day mystery. A young, mentally disturbed half-breed Navajo man is intent on saving the Dine' from the white-man by his own re-enactment of the myth. The story is well-written and researched. An excellent writer.

    I really loved this mystery. Centering around Native American witch magic, it was immensely intriguing. I found the modern and ancient settings overlapped in a fascinating way.

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