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Robert Jeremy Cole, the legendary doctor and hero of The Physician, left an enduring legacy. From the 11th century on, the eldest son in each generation of the Cole family has borne the same first name and middle initial and many of these men have followed the medical profession. A few have been blessed with their ancestor's diagnostic skill and the "sixth sense" they calRobert Jeremy Cole, the legendary doctor and hero of The Physician, left an enduring legacy. From the 11th century on, the eldest son in each generation of the Cole family has borne the same first name and middle initial and many of these men have followed the medical profession. A few have been blessed with their ancestor's diagnostic skill and the "sixth sense" they call The Gift, the ability to know instinctively when death is impending. The tragedy of Rob J.'s life is the deafness of his son, Robert Jefferson Cole, who is called Shaman by everyone who knows him. Shaman's life is difficult. First, he must learn to speak so that he can take his place in the hearing world, and then he must fight against the prejudices of a society where physical differences matter. As Shaman struggles to achieve his identity, the Coles, along with the rest of America, are drawn into the conflict between the North and the South....

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Shaman Reviews

  • Allison
    2019-05-24 15:49

    One of the best books I've ever read. It was hard to put it down. This is the second book in a trilogy, and I intend to read them all. The book tells the story of a doctor during the Black Hawk wars and Civil War. The descriptions of medical practices, homesteading, army prison camps, etc. are very well researched and woven into the story beautifully. If you love historic novels, this is a must read.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-06-09 09:55

    Shaman (Cole Family Trilogy #2), Noah Gordon

  • Sarah Goodwin
    2019-06-12 11:44

    There's something weird about Gordon's novels, they sit on the shelf, looking hefty and imposing. It takes me forever to start one, but once I do, I steam through, luxuriating in every page.I loved The Physician with a passion, and this is another great book by the same author. At times events seem similar to those in the first book, but this novel holds its own as well. I found the small moments of humor very good indeed, and also loved the pioneer elements, as that's one of my favorite things to read about.The scope of this novel is less than The Physician, but then, it doesn't span continents and decades as great as the first novel. I liked watching Shaman discover the secrets of his father, and was appalled at Rob. J's end. Makawa's (hope I'm spelling that right) fate was shocking, as was that of Comes Singing - I didn't see it coming at it was handled beautifully, with the utmost drama.The book also gets points for surprising me with the word 'poontang'. Always nice to learn a little something about language.I would have liked perhaps a little more in the way of fight in the protagonist (Shaman), he doesn't have to fight very hard for his happiness at the end of the novel, and I thought there should have been a more definite ending to the conspiracy storyline - though I understand why it ends as it does. It's a great novel, and I think I even like it more that 'The Last Jew' though I know I'll be reading both again, as well as the rest of the series.

  • Hoosier
    2019-06-01 10:36

    As other reviewers have noted, this book takes place over 800 years after The Physician. As the novel begins, Dr. Robert Judson Cole (Rob J.) flees from his native Scotland for the New Word in the mid-1800's. He begins his medical career in Boston working with Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and the indigent, immigrant population. Soon thereafter, Rob J. leaves Boston to see the West. He settles in Holden's Crossing, Illinois and establishes his medical practice. While in Holden's Crossing, he befriends a group of Native Americans and forms a close relationship with Makwa-ika, who attends to patients with him. Makwa-ika is subsequently brutally murdered and Rob J. vows to find who committed the crime. In the meantime, Rob J. marries and has a child, Shaman, who becomes deaf as the result of a sickness, but Shaman's deafness does not prevent him from pursuing a career in medicine. After graduating medical school, Shaman begins a surgical career in Cincinnati but returns home after learning his father died. While Shaman was wrapping up his father's affairs, he learns of his step-brother's confinement in a Union prison, marries, and learns who killed Makwa-ika. Noah Gordon clearly did a vast amount of to write such a historically accurate book that covered so many time periods and subject matters. He does a remarkable job desciribing the colonization of the United States, the Native American experience during the 1800's, and the Civil War. Gordon develops an intricate plot that nicely ties both Rob J. and Shaman together, even when they are geographically apart, and gives the characters in the book remarkable depths to their personalities. Gordon's development of the plot, however, is sometimes slow and the historical recount of the Civil War can become tedious. Despite these criticisms, I highly recommend this book.

  • Sheri
    2019-06-07 09:40

    This is the second of a trilogy. What a great storyteller author Noah Gordon is! The story begins with the death of Rob J. Cole, who is The Physician ( the first book). Shaman is the younger of the two sons, and this book is about him. He is deaf due to a childhood illness. He wants to become a doctor like his father was. His father says that can never happen because he is deaf, but he is determined. He applies at just about every medical school there is and is finally accepted, with conditions. Knowing he must study harder than the other students and apply himself even more, he becomes a favorite of his teachers and proves that he has exactly "the stuff" required to he a great physician. The book follows his career and the struggles he has; in his personal life as well. We follow as he finds answers to questions his father had about the murder of an Indian woman who had taught him much about her medicine. She had been a good friend and a character I enjoyed very much reading about. Shaman has loved Rachel all his life, a Jewish girl who was a close childhood friend. We follow his angst of loving her and wanting his feelings reciprocated. Shaman is a tender warm compassionate man and you find yourself cheering for him, and wishing his life was a little easier.It was with sadness that I put the book down as I finished the story ... But smile because I can't wait to open the third and final installment of this saga. Read it, savor it, it will not disappoint !!!

  • Judy
    2019-06-02 15:55

    Oooo! This, the second book in Gordon's Cole Trilogy is even better than the first, "The Physician." There is an 800-year time lapse between the two books; so you don't need to read the first book in order to appreciate "Shaman." Maybe I enjoyed "Shaman" so much because it covers a period of U.S. history that I'm familiar with. Shaman is the son of Rob J. Cole, who immigrated from Scotland. When he dies we learn of his life through diaries which Shaman finds. There is much interesting data about early medicine and frontier life. Rob befriends some Sauk Indians and works along side their Shaman, Makwa- Ikwa, a woman. When Rob's son is born, he spends much time with Makwa- Ikwa, and earns the name "Little Shaman." Shaman becomes deaf due to a childhood disease, but he perseveres and achieves his dream of following his father's profession. The latter part of the book covers Shaman's life. The book is very informative not only in the area of medical history, but also details of the Civil War and what a terrible experience it was for the men involved. I've read some reviews that say the third book of the trilogy isn't very good. But I will give it a try. Gordon has an easy style of writing and develops characters that the readers take to heart.

  • Roxana
    2019-06-09 12:41

    This was a wonderful book to read. Two amaizing and unforgetable characters, descendant from that first Rob J. Cole we meet at The Physician, shared his same name and the passion for medicine. They both follow they heart and believes. Robert J. Cole (father) is forced to leave his natal Scotland and travel to the new world for political reassons, there he travels to Boston fist and then to the west, where he get in touch with a native american tribe...And then there was Chaman (Robert Jefferson Cole, the son)who admired his father and wanted to become a doctor, just like him, also sharing this odd gift.... The practice of Medicine is not so obscure anymore, not like it was when the first Robert decided to became a doctor. The problem is, no medical university with prestige would accept a deaf student. But Chaman wont accept "no" for answer. In the middle of all this, we also follow the story of the Great civil war in the USA, where friends and sometimes family membes took part in opposite borders, and in the middle of the battle, we follow the needs and limitation doctors were force to face in order to safe human lifes. This book could really make the big screen.

  • Miquel Reina
    2019-05-24 14:38

    Shaman is the second book in the trilogy of Noah Gordon about the Cole Family and their narrow relationship with medicine. It's a good book that mixes adventure, epic drama, history and above all, good stories about the world of medicine. It's a novel of fluent reading that makes you wanting to continue with the third part of the trilogy, that for sure won't disappoint you!Spanish version: Shaman es el segundo libro de la trilogía de Noah Gordon sobre la familia Cole y su estrecha relación con la medicina. La verdad es que es un libro muy bueno que mezcla aventura, épica, historia y sobretodo buenas anécdotas del mundo de la medicina. Es una novela de lectura fluida y que te deja con ganas de continuar con la tercera parte, que por cierto no os defraudara!

  • Cindy
    2019-06-02 07:56

    The second of the trilogy, I started this one directly on the heals of the "The Physcian". I was startled at first by the jump in time, but realized immediately that it's becuase there was another medical 'moment' to be recorded. Gordon has a talent for drawing the 'time'. The characters are real, but the element that makes his books truly remarkable i s the history. The 'first person' point of view on the situations and morays of the past. I loved it.. and moved DIRECTLY onto the third....

  • Greg
    2019-05-20 15:59

    If this is historical fiction, so is Gunsmoke. I think watch in Dr.Quinn Medicine woman, Little House on the Prairie or Bonanza would be a better use of time, I'm sure you could find similar story lines. I don't look to TV for intellectual depth and often prefer shows that don't require much brain activity but I like books with depth. According to this book, American soil must be bad for the soul. Only recent immigrants should apply for sainthood. Funny, the book points out Anti- Catholicism and Anti-Semetism, but compare what other faiths do. Protestant America gave religious freedom; compare to the Catholic countries of the era and look up Pope Leo XIII thoughts on religious freedom. The present Pope refuses Galileo entrance to heaven like he has such a heavenly choice. The Vatican has tried to do what so called Anti-Catholics feared - influence American politics. And Protestant America normally sided with Jewish people and gave religious freedom. Of course, you have White Protestant hate groups but if Catholic and Jewish people don't want to get painted over with a broad brush stroke, they shouldn't be doing so to the so called WASPS and Crackers. The author did a Chris Mathews by being a racist anti-racist. I have my doubts that the soil south of the imaginary Mason-Dixon line turns people into evil racists. The founder of Georgia was an abolitionist but he didn't use the scorched earth policy on Northern colonies participating in slavery. Slavery is still practiced in Africa, Native Americans did the same, a worldwide institution. A universal wrong, not a just a Southern wrong. Look at slavery in New Jersey I have Spanish Catholic, Native American ancestors and most likely some Black ancestors; I'm sure many did wrong. Painting my White Protestant pioneers as the most unjust offends my intelligence; therefore, my low review. I believe people are born equally screwed up. I'm Agnostic but if I had to choose, after my my research on religions, I would take the little Protestant crazy over the crazy of the bigger religions. See Batholomew's Day Massacre. The author's rampant stereotyping just irritated me.

  • Reinhold
    2019-05-20 11:01

    Ausgezeichnete Fortsetzung von 'Der Medicus'Mit diesem Buch ist Noah Gordon ein wirklich großer Wurf gelungen. War der Medicus schon recht ansprechend, so hat er hier das Thema nochmals aufgegriffen und eine noch bessere Fortsetzung geschrieben.Der Roman spielt in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Ein Nachfahre des im Medicus beschriebenen Rob J. Cole verfasst ein Pamphlet gegen die englische Krone und muss daher seine Heimat Schottland verlassen. Er ist wie viele aus seiner Familie mit der Gabe seines Ahnen gesegnet - er fühlt wenn die Lebensenergie aus jemanden schwindet. Und ebenso wie so viele andere in der Familie ist er Arzt geworden mit der Liebe zur Schafzucht. Er flieht also wie schon angedeutet in die U.S.A. wo er bald Richtung Westen aufbricht um als Landarzt zu arbeiten. Er trifft dort zwei Frauen, die sein Leben beeinflussen sollen. Eine Schamanin des Sauk-Stammes zu der er eine platonische Beziehung aufbaut, und eine Frau die einen Sohn in die Ehe mitbringt und ihm einen leiblichen Sohn schenken soll. Dieser Sohn ist es der immer "Schamane" gerufen wird - er wird zur zweiten Hauptperson des Romans. Das Buch fließt also weiter mit sehr viel Handlung und mündet direkt in den amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg, wo der pazifistische Schotte als Arzt an der Seite der Nordstaatler in den Einsatz geht. Sein Stiefsohn jedoch steht auf der Seite der Gegner, und der "Schamane" schafft es an eine medizinische Hochschule - trotz seiner Taubheit.Eine sehr schön erzählte Geschichte, viele Handlungsströme und viele Informationen über die damalige Zeit. Besser als im Medicus gelingt es Noah Gordon seine Erzählstimme zur Wirkung zu bringen - und er ist auch glaubhafter. War der Rob J. Cole des Medicus noch zu aufgeklärt, so ist der Rob J. Cole dieses Buches, eine Person die man sich in diese Zeit geboren gut vorstellen kann. Besser als im Medicus gelingt es dem Erzähler seinen Personen Tiefe zu geben. Wem der Medicus gefallen hat, dem wird wahrscheinlich auch dieses Werk gefallen.

  • Ana borbolla
    2019-06-09 13:50

    Desde un principio le tomé un especial cariño al libro El Médico, primera entrega de la trilogía de Noah Gordon. Por ello, compré apresurada esta segunda parte que, a pesar un par de siglos después, mantiene una interesante armonía con el estilo del libro anterior. En un principio no me estaba gustando demasiado el libro. Me resultó largo de leer no sólo por la extensión de la obra, sino también por lo densa. (view spoiler)[La muerte de Makwa es explicada muy pronto en el libro, por lo que me quedé ante la dificultad de asimilar que tenía dos tercios de libro por delante. El afán del autor por ser explícito, tanto en sus descripciones médicas como sexuales, cortaban el hilo de la narrativa, y en varias ocasiones forzaban la lectura. (hide spoiler)]Por otro lado, los personajes conquistan, la descripción es detallada y minuciosa pero ayuda a imaginar por completo el universo de Chamán y su familia. Éste es un libro que tras terminar la ultima página me dejó con unas terribles ganas de seguir leyendo.

  • Christine
    2019-06-05 12:42

    Finally finished this marathon of a book. It is meticulously researched, as is typical of Noah Gordon, but I didn't find this book as accessible and readable as The Physician. Many of the links with the Cole family were there, and the role of the doctor at war was beautifully portrayed, with all of the clinical, moral and ethical dilemmas graphically demonstrated.My main difficulty is that the writing style was very clunky, and the book is just too long, with a great deal of time spent on Dr Cole senior, and rather less spent on the character of Shaman. However if one considers the wider definition/role/place of the Shaman in an increasingly rationalist world (and aren't things still the same?) then this can alter ones reading of the book.Overall I am pleased I have read it, but unlike its predecessor, not one I will go back to.On to the final one of the trilogy now.

  • Rosa
    2019-06-12 13:44

    Aunque me ha gustado menos que El m��dico, he disfrutado bastante con esta nueva aventura de dos m��dicos Cole contada por Noah Gordon. Me encantan los autores que se documentan hasta la saciedad para escribir sus novelas, haciendo que tareas rutinarias del siglo pasado cobren vida en tu imaginaci��n hasta el ��ltimo detalle. Lo ��nico que no me ha gustado demasiado de este libro ha sido la parte en la que Rob J. Cole relata todas sus experiencias como m��dico del ej��rcito durante la Guerra de Secesi��n, que se me hizo un poco pesada y repetitiva. Aparte de eso, es una historia genial y una buena lectura para los aficionados a Noah Gordon.

  • Sina
    2019-05-23 08:51

    it is an amazingly written book and i really did like it but it just doesn't live up to the first one

  • Diane
    2019-05-20 08:47

    This is the second book of a trilogy about the Cole family. One thing that's unusual is that the main characters in this book are several generations removed from Rob J. in the first book of the series, "The Physician". I really love how this author writes. He pretty much ropes you in within the first couple of pages of the book and just never lets you go. And it's not that there is lots of action in this book to interest the reader. But the author makes you care about the characters from the start. It is obvious that the author has done his research. He knows how medicine was practiced in the 19th century, what the political climate was before, during and after the Civil War. He also has done research on how the Native American people were treated back then, and it's not a pretty picture.This book features 2 of the Cole family members. Rob J. who has immigrated to the United States from Scotland, and his son, also named Rob J. , but who acquires the nickname of Shaman. The story starts with grownup Shaman, and then switches seamlessly to Shaman's father, Rob J. who is a physician with the gift of being able to feel the life essence of his patients by holding their hands. This is an ability that has been passed down (genetically?) through the family, occasionally missing a generation. So much of the book is about the older Rob J and how he ends up settling in Illinois and his life there as a doctor. He marries a widow with a little boy and then Shaman comes along. Shaman comes down with scarlet fever and ends up losing his hearing. It was pretty interesting to see how they made him stop all sign language(taught to him by an Indian shaman)so that he would be forced to speak in order to be able to communicate with people other than his family. Although I have my doubts that a deaf person would have actually been able to become a doctor back then, I still enjoyed how the author described the different ways that doctors practiced medicine and how so many people died just because of unclean habits by doctors.This was a pretty lengthy book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

  • Ieva
    2019-06-03 13:48

    Lasot Noa Gordona „Dziednieku” uzreiz jutu, ka pie šī darba gribēšu atgriezties atkal un atkal, tāpēc nevilcinoties to ieliku arī savā goodreads iemīļoto vēsturisko romānu (jeb favorite-history-fiction) plauktā. Tāpēc, protams, ka ļoti gribēju izlasīt arī tā turpinājumu – „Šamanis”.Ja tā īsi: patika, bet ne tik ļoti kā „Dziednieks”.Ja plašāk: „Šamani” lasīju tiešām ilgi: no 17. februāra (cik labi, ka goodreads varu paskatīties precīzi ) līdz 11. martam. Iemesli tam ir divi – grāmata ir tiešām bieza (584 lapaspuses sīkā drukā) un tā mani neierāva sevī tik dziļi, lai vakaros pēc darba neatrastu laiku daudz kam citam arī, reizēm fizisko nelasot to pat trīs dienas no vietas.Lai gan darbības vieta un laiks no „Dziednieka” viduslaikiem Anglijā un Tuvajos Austrumos „Šamanī” pārcelti uz 19. gadsimta ASV, tomēr ļoti bieži piemetās lasot déjà vu. Acīmredzot Gordons uzskata, ka dzimtā cilvēki var mantot ne tikai vārdu, bet arī raksturu, uzskatu kopumu un pat situācijas modeļus, kuros iekulties (un dīvainākais, ka dzimtas vīriešu pasaules uzskatu – ateismu viduslaikos vieglā un 19. gs. smagā formā – gadsimtiem nespēj mainīt dzimtas sieviešu audzināšana – kuras taču gan viduslaikos, gan 19. gs ir ļoti kaislīgas kristietes). Bet kopumā jau man patiesībā patika. „Šamanī” var atrast pilnīgi visu, ko sirds kāro – vēsturi, politiku, karu, mīlestību, piedzīvojumus, eksistenciālas pārdomas, šķēršļu pārvarēšanu, salabšanu un ļaunā sodīšanu... Var jau būt, ka ja nebūtu izlasīts „Dziednieks”, to īpašo vietu sirdī būtu ieņēmis „Šamanis”.

  • Maryna
    2019-06-11 11:42

    Книга немного расстроила. Нет той возвышенности, той одухотворенности, как в первой части. Нет той жажды знаний, открытий, того всеобъемлющего понимаю, что благодаря таким врачам зарождалась и развивались медицина. Книга более современная что ли. Конечно, времена в ней описаны другие, но все-таки это 19 век. Честно скажу, что ожидала большего. Ждала, что меня снова охватит трепет перед настоящими лекарями. Нет, Шаман и его отец - истинные врачи, потомки того Лекаря Коула. Они не оставят без помощи даже убийцу, даже того, кого они презирают в душе. Но разбавление многими другими линиями и событиями мешает тому ощущению невероятного восхищения лекарями, которое было у меня во время прочтения первой части, за что я и оценила книгу на 4.Я понимаю, что во многим есть и вина моих личных предпочтений: ну никогда мне не был близок Купер с его индейцами, или описание войн. Все-таки много внимания автор уделил в этой книге именно жизни индейцев, в частности, племени сауков, а также, Гражданской войне между Севером и Югом. Хотя я просто обязана признать, что работа автором проделана колоссальная, за что ему отдельное спасибо.Кроме того, есть в книге и четкая детективная линия. К чести автора, я с огромным нетерпение ждала разгадки, хотя бывали моменты, когда казалось, что тайна так и останется тайной. Да, книга это своеобразный микс. Если вы любите книги о войнах, об индейцах, детективы и одновременно хорошую художественную выдумку - вам обязательно понравится.Ну а я все-таки начну читать заключительную часть трилогии :)

  • André
    2019-06-17 08:56

    I have to say I'm quite disappointed with the book. I expected much more after having read "The Physician" and having heard that the second book of the trilogy is even better. What I loved about the first book was that it absolutely captured me and pulled me into the story, with a plot thrilling and educating, yet realistic and credible. This time the story is credible too, no doubt, but it isn't half as thrilling or even interesting. Is it, because I am European and thus don't feel as linked to Shaman's story as a North American reader? I had the feeling that the story and everything that happened was so shallow, even some of the characters (Rachel, for instance). And the plot about the killers of Makwa-Ikwa, which was somehow woven into the general story, just seemed like an attempt to spicing up the whole thing. When I was about three quarters through the book, I just hoped for it to finish soon or that something unforeseeable would happen. Good things are the well-researched descriptions of the details of the villages, the war, the medical stuff, that's typical of Noah Gordon and I really like and appreciate that. To me, Shaman is clearly overshadowed by its prequel, but even in itself I couldn't enjoy the reading so much. The plot appeared a bit "aimless".

  • Gina Basham
    2019-06-01 09:59

    Loved all three books. The Physician my favorite.The Physician - book one. Amazing story line with characters to love and hate. The main character was so realistic and likable. The descriptions of the times and places were very detailed and it was easy to put yourself there. I loved the progression of the story. Very well written. I would highly recommend.Shaman - book two. Again, excellent story line. I did enjoy book one more than the second. Very well written. Exciting characters. Interesting time periods with vivid descriptions. This could stand alone. I would highly recommend.Matters of choice - book three. I enjoyed this book but not as well as the other two. It was set in modern day and I had enjoyed the previous time periods so much it was a little disappointing to be back in the modern era. This could stand alone. I would read it to see the conclusion of the story and I would recommend, but not as fun as the first two.I am posting this review to all of the books as is. That way you can see the progression of the reviews. gbash

  • Nico
    2019-06-17 07:48

    I read The Physician so many years ago, and finally got to read Shaman this week! Finally. I truly enjoyed this book, and despite the many pages - soared through. (My edition is actually epub from the NYPL, so Adobe said it was 600 pages). I gave this book 5 stars, but would like to have said 4.75. I understand that an author wants to make his story a "likable" story…and that the protagonist ends up in a good place in life by the end. Perhaps it's an author's job to give us "happily ever after", more or less. This is the 2nd historic fiction story I've read in the past couple of months where the author has inserted a romantic subplot. I'm not against the romance genre, but, I'm beginning to wonder why it's necessary. I feel a good book can stand on it's own without the couple living happily ever after. I don't know a lot about mixed marriages in the mid to late 1800's, but I find the idea somewhat implausible…and this marriage, fairly predictable.Other than that, a great read.

  • Alan Kaplan
    2019-05-19 14:54

    Shaman is the sequel to the Physician by Noah Gordon. But it is an unusual type of sequel. 800 years pass between the first and the second book. One of the descendants of Rob Cole in the first book is now a physician in Boston and then the frontier of Illinois in the 1850's. The physician in this book is also named Rob Cole and he names his son, Rob Cole. The son is nicknamed Shaman by a native American who serves as the elder Rob Cole's nurse/homeopathic healer. This book is Dances with Wolves combined with Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women with a touch of How the West Was Won. All told with a 20 century sensibility..This is a good, fast easy read that incorporates frontier medicine, the Civil War, and the first use of anesthesia. Good book for someone looking for a fun read. Sometimes, the book is a little too centered in today's time with its politically correct, judgmental view of many of the political controversies of the 1850's and 1860's.

  • Gustavo Arango
    2019-06-17 11:04

    Cuando decidí leer el libro Chaman, el segundo libro de la trilogía de la familia Cole me imaginaba una secuela en donde continuaba en el siglo XI y continuaba la historia tal vez con los hijos del Dr Cole establecidos en Escocia; mi sorpresa es que la historia brinca hasta el siglo XIX con un descendiente del Dr Cole llamado también Robert J. Cole que llega de Escocia a los Estados Unidos; el libro abarca tanto la vida del Dr proveniente de Escocia como posteriormente de su hijo que a pesar de las adversidades que le presenta la vida consigue su sueño de ser Dr. La novela se lleva a cabo en una etapa histórica en Estados Unidos y detalla varios acontecimientos como la colonización de las partes centrales del país, el ataque que sufrieron los nativos por parte de los colonizadores y la Guerra de Secesión.

  • Frieda Enciso
    2019-06-11 14:47

    Muy buen libro, comencé a leerlo con pocas expectativas gracias comentarios de la persona que me lo proporcionó, pero a lo largo de la lectura me fue sorprendiendo y terminé con un muy buen sabor de boca. La descripción histórica que hace es muy buena ya que te transporta al mundo de los conquistadores del oeste, de los indios, de la guerra de cecesión. Pero lo que más me agradó fue la descripción se la situación de la sordera que hizo, me pareció muy fiel y acertada, además de que muchas de las barreras que se presentan en el libro para Chamán no sé alejan de la realidad actual de las personas con problemas auditivos.Recomiendo ampliamente el libro y no pudo esperar a comenzar con el tercer y último libro de la dinastía Cole.

  • Jan
    2019-06-07 15:51

    I've not yet read the first - The Physician - as it is in a long wait list. I thoroughly enjoyed Shaman, finding it believable in every aspect. Personally, my people followed this same route from Scotland to the hardships of pioneering life in Illinois, then beyond. Starving, wandering Native Americans were still evident in these areas as late as 1890's according to family records - therefore, I find the story line factual. After reading only two books by Noah Gordon I'm fast becoming hooked on his writing. This is a read I could not put down.

  • Elena
    2019-05-30 15:45

    Se me ha hecho un poco pesado (desde luego más que "El médico"), sobre todo la parte de la guerra. Es una buena novela, muy bien documentada, y entretenida; pero a veces da la impresión de que se extendía sin razón aparente en algunas partes.No es mala, pero me gustó más "El médico" :)

  • Angel Serrano
    2019-06-12 08:47

    Continúa la saga Cole de los médicos escoceses. Ahora la disidencia política empujará a Rob a emigrar a Estados Unidos, donde podrá reiniciar su vida. Las prácticas médicas europeas, influidad por el conocimiento árbe, chocarán con el saber tradicional de las tribus indias.

  • John Valesano
    2019-05-30 09:03

    Not quite as good as the Physician, but a good read nonetheless. The novel takes place in the Midwest around the Civil War and is about future generations of the original Cole family found in the first book The Physician.

    2019-06-10 13:46

    The saga continuesThe author weaves together medical history, history of the period and the Cole family's life story beautifully.I'm looking forward to reading the third book.

  • Mobeme53 Branson
    2019-06-08 14:46

    Like the first book in this trilogy I struggled between a four and five star rating. I finally decided on four, only giving points off,again, for a little bit of unbelievable situations. That being said, I highly recommend this book as well. This book continues with the family in The Physician but many centuries later. This is set before and after the Civil War. Robert Cole struggles with his conscience as well as his love on a woman who is in many ways his opposite. For example, he is agnostic leaning towards atheist while she is devout. As with the previous book, I believe that this is well researched and the story is fascinating. I truly don't understand why this author has been largely overlooked in the USA. If you like historic fiction, this is a must read.