THE FULL CIRCLE: Revenge or redemption?

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

It is no secret that human history is filled to the brim with genocide. For some sick, twisted reason, humans have become fond of obliterating each other through the ages. If I were to be asked to give an example of genocide at its most unnerving, I’d go for what happened to the native people of America. A lot of people fail to realize that they were basically invaded, forced into submission, dispossessed of their lands and killed in mass. Then, they were portrayed as savages by Hollywood, and after that, their way of life became romanticized, only adding “noble” to the word “savage” that was used to describe them.  Well, thanks to author Mike Hawk Spisak, and his novel, THE FULL CIRCLE, that is bound to change. I’ve had the honor of reading this book, and let me tell you, it is one righteously angry novel, perhaps the only one in all of American literature.

The book tells the story of Jackson Themal, a half-Native who, after learning the history of his people, decides to get justice. This is not a typical Hollywood tale of a fierce, noble warrior. It is a dark, violent, gritty journey through a world of painful self-sacrificing rituals, false medicine men who sell their soul, two-legged predators, abuse, humiliation, and most of all, an America that most people do not know or pretend not to know. Booooy, does Jackson have his way with Washington and Lincoln, and, through him, does the author have his way with everything that the superpower known as America stands for. If you’re looking for a balls-to-the wall take on America, from the point of view of a Native, read THE FULL CIRCLE. It’ll hit you in the face, shake you to the core, shock you, mess with your head, your heart, your EVERYTHING. It is hands down the most challenging book ever written by an English-speaking author that I’ve ever read, and it’s for the strong of brain, not the “faint of heart”. Some people might call it offensive, I choose to call it brutally honest, and give it 10 out of 5!

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