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The Holy Road (Dances With Wolves #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  498 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
An unforgettable American story, Dances With Wolves was an international bestseller that has become a modern classic. The 1990 film adaptation won seven Academy Awards. In The Holy Road, master storyteller Michael Blake at long last continues the saga. Eleven years have passed since Lieutenant John Dunbar became the Comanche warrior Dances With Wolves and married Stands Wi ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Hrymfaxe (first published 2001)
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Mark Morin The book I thought was a good read and tied up all the loose end from the first book. I would say that you should read it and just enjoy it. You may…moreThe book I thought was a good read and tied up all the loose end from the first book. I would say that you should read it and just enjoy it. You may or may not be upset by who lives or dies but some of the characters become more than what they were in the first book. Just read it and be happy you did.
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Tommy /|\
Jul 30, 2011 Tommy /|\ rated it liked it
When I found out that there was a sequel to "Dances With Wolves" - I was extremely excited and happy. As a movie, DWW was fun to watch and stirred certain parts of my Pagan and Druidic soul. The novel of DWW brought everything into an even clearer focus and made a familiar storyline that much more fun for me. Sadly, "The Holy Road" didn't conjure the same feelings for me - at least not the first two-thirds of the book. Where DWW brought the concepts of daily American Indian life into focus -- TH ...more
Mary Brownfield
Mar 27, 2008 Mary Brownfield rated it really liked it
Wow, talk about depressing. I am drawn to stories that detail the human condition in bleak and unforgiving portraiture; this novel did not disappoint me. In beautifully written prose, the plight and subsequent destruction of the Comanche through US policy is detailed in an intimate fashion. You weep at the foretold destruction of these people, and yet you can't help but hope that against all historical accuracy they will prevail.
Kathleen
Sep 01, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was ok
This is a sequel to Dances With Wolves (which was a novel before the movie). I can't say I totally didn't like it -- but it was disappointing and depressing. It has none of the charm of the original. It also doesn't have a real story in it -- Dances was the story of a man finding his true path, not just a depiction of Native Americans. This book just depicts the demise of the Native Americans, and adds nothing new to the telling.
Deborah Pickstone
The sequel to Dances with Wolves. If only Michael Blake had written more! This was hard to obtain (finally got it via Abe Books) but I had to read it and it is just as good. Brilliant, even - and tragic; the destruction of a people.

Read it if you can get it!
Karen
Dec 30, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
What I learned I learned from Michael Blake. Met him at the book release here in Tucson, Arizona. He has a true love for the Native Americans and the plight of the Buffalo. He gave me advice as an aspiring writer, never stop writing. His words have always stayed with me.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Holy Road (Dances With Wolves #2), Michael Blake
Dsinglet
Jun 28, 2014 Dsinglet rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to Dances With Wolves although it has less emphasis on him and his family. And more emphasis on the persecution and forced move of the tribes onto reservations. We watch Dances risk his life to rescue his wife and daughter by trying to be white again to pass into the culture to find them. We see the tribal relationships build and eventually split into those who desire peace and those unwilling to give up their homeland and way of life.

He does a great section on seeing white civ
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Deni Johansson
Jun 15, 2016 Deni Johansson rated it it was amazing
I love the movie and the book, Dances with Wolves. I own them--incl the first copy of the book. I had to see what happened to Dances With Wolves, Stands With A Fist, Wind in His Hair, Smiles A lot, Ten Bears, and Kicking Bird. I love all the characters. It was a book I could not put down. Before reading it, I was amazed to discover there was a second book to Dances With Wolves. I wondered why no sequel to the movie had been made. After reading it, I understood why. Despite what happens in the bo ...more
Drick
Jul 22, 2008 Drick rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel to Blake's earlier Dances with Wolves, which was made into a movie starring Kevin Costner. This book starts 12 years after Dances in the mid-1870's when the U.S. Government is moving Comanches, Kiowas and other tribes on to reservations by force. Black tells the story of this painful period from the Native American perspective and its not pretty. Through the story you get a glimpse at the Comanche culture and the way of life they fought so despertely to preserve. The white ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Jan 23, 2014 Patricia Kaniasty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different feel to it than in "Dances with Wolves". This is a very depressing story that just wants to make you cry. I can't believe that almost all were killed off. Very little of the story had to do with Dances with Wolves and his family. Mostly it was about Kicking Bird and his. Still, a great read.
Sheri Ward
Sep 26, 2009 Sheri Ward rated it it was amazing
The second part to Dances with Wolves and the end of a way of life...the story is heartbreaking, but beautiful.
Anna
Mar 02, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
I rarely cry while reading books, but this took the cake. I don't think I've read anything more depressing.
Book Concierge
The sequel to "Dances With Wolves" was very disappointing. I felt the author was just captalizing on the popularity of the earlier work.
Alison
Sadly, this follow up to Dances with Wolves doesn't live up to the the original at all. This is not unusual for sequels, mind you, but I had much higher hopes for this one. The summary makes it sound like this story revolves around the efforts of Dances with Wolves to reclaim his wife and child after they were taken during a raid on their Comanche village by US soldiers. With that premise, there are so many possibilities for how Dunbar would react to being back in white civilization but there wa ...more
Daniel
Oct 11, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sequel to Dances With Wolves. Although Dances With Wolves was a minor character in the book, the story is worth reading. If you are at all interested in the history of the American West and the way we treated the indigenous peoples of the Americas, read this book! It is sad how we repressed a whole people, destroyed their way of life, and left them on worthless reservations to wallow in poverty and alcohol. You know the story, the ending hasn't changed, but it seems we haven't learn ...more
Nik Morton
Apr 02, 2014 Nik Morton rated it it was amazing
The Holy Road is a beautifully written historical novel. Dances with Wolves was published in 1988, the film was released in 1991. Michael Blake wrote the screenplay to his novel, so it is naturally very faithful to the book, with a few exceptions (mentioned below). Blake took some fifteen years before he could put ink to paper to continue the story, and the sequel was published in 2001. Blake now states in the 2011 reprint (Zova Books), ‘Unfortunately, what took place with all, including John Du ...more
Simon
Jul 19, 2012 Simon rated it it was ok
Michael Blake’s The Holy Road picks up the story of Dances with Wolves and his Comanche tribesmen a decade after the white soldier’s integration into Plains Indian society. Surprisingly, though, the white soldier turned red warrior is not a central character in this sequel. Rather, the story focuses primarily on the welfare and confederation of the greater Comanche tribe as the “white tide” increasingly encroaches on their land and resources, pressing them to adopt the “Holy Road” (civilized, Ch ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Apr 23, 2012 Kerry Hennigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the subjugation of the plains Comanche by the US Army is inevitable, it doesn't make Michael Blake's sequel to Dances with Wolves any less compelling.

When The Holy Road commences, Dances with Wolves and Stands with a Fist and their children still live in the village of old Ten Bears, though their lodge is set a little apart from the others. Though both white, with white offspring, they are no longer considered, nor consider themselves, anything other than Comanche.

As white hunters decimate
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Joanna Cabot
I thought parts of of this book were quite lovely. The characters seemed like real people for the most part, and even their less than desirable traits (such as the scalping of war kills) were put into a context which explained them. This book seems well researched, and I think more people need to learn the history of North America's first nations cultures.

Two complaints, though. Firstly, the book was overly long. A little tightening up would have made for a better story, The whole Stands with a
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Matt Horowitz
Feb 18, 2014 Matt Horowitz rated it it was amazing
Dances with Wolves the book was everything I expected it to be. After all, its a script turned into a book turned into a script again. It was a good read but go see the movie (Costner does so few things right give him his due). The Holy Road was much better as a story suited to be read.
I was very conflicted reading this. On the one hand I do feel a lot of technology has ruined society. I particularly blame cellphones (they certainly ruined our attention span). So I can identify with the plight
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Jacky
Mar 06, 2016 Jacky rated it it was amazing
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Daniel Currie
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could.

It picks up 10 years after the end of Dances with Wolves and explains some, but certainly not all, of what happened during that time.

It gives us a good overview of life for the Comanche at that point, but there is no really point to the book, other than describing the onset of the white settlers. No character is given any notable treatment in the book, pretty much everyone you know is included in the plot.

As the book winds on, altho there is probably litt
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Conrad Wesselhoeft
A compelling, worthy sequel to "Dances With Wolves." Michael Blake has nailed the dignity, courage, and pathos of the Plains Indian at this pivotal time in their history. I especially liked the arc involving Smiles A Lot--his vision quest and his love for Ten Bears' granddaughter.

Spoiler alert: I was puzzled by the demotion of Dunbar/Dances to a less-than-central role. Why was he spending so much time on the sidelines? However, as the roles of Kicking Bird and Ten Bears gained momentum, the stor
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Cheryl
Aug 30, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
From the Brighton Library. I heard about this on a TV show about the making of Dances With Wolves. This is the sequel following Dunbar (Dances with Wolves) and Stands with a Fist. I haven't read the first book, but did see the movie. I suspect the movie differs from the book with Dances with Wolves and Stands with a Fist separating themselves from Ten Bears' village to protect them from his traitorous ties to white men. In this book, Dances and Stands are an integral part of the tribe. Also, in ...more
Donna Lewis
May 24, 2016 Donna Lewis rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Dances with Wolves is as tragic as the first book was exciting. Of course there is no way to write a happy conclusion to one of the most tragic events in this country's history — the decimation of the Plains Indians in 1868-69. Michael Blake does a remarkable job of telling the story from the view of Native Americans, specifically the Comanche, Cheyenne and Kiowa. It is surprising to me that this book was difficult to locate (not available at the NYC library). But it was well wort ...more
Wendy
Sep 22, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not nearly as good as it’s prequel, Dances With Wolves (didn’t read the book but completely love the 5-Star movie). Same characters but hard to keep track of them all with their long names and this being a mostly descriptive book with little dialog. Good story, but it just lacked that something special.


Helpful tip to whoever made theses CDs: Use SECTION BREAKS like everyone else! One hour-long track on each disc is very inconvenient, especially if you lose your place for some reason an
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Nanette Kinslow
Jan 06, 2015 Nanette Kinslow rated it really liked it
I found the first book to be personal, romantic and completely captivating. I admit I had seen the film of Dances with Wolves and perhaps that influenced my opinion. I am not a huge fan of Kevin Costner ordinarily but I thought he took the best and most personal parts of the first book and brought it all to life beautifully. This book was different to me. It was far less a love story and much more a novel dealing with the history of the tribe and its people. I suppose I expected something differ ...more
Sherri Whittenburg-hampton
Aug 31, 2011 Sherri Whittenburg-hampton rated it it was amazing
Following the lives of Native Americans as they fight soldiers for their land and then ultimately end up in reservations was a hard to pill to swallow. The realization of what our ancestors put these incredible people through is a difficult reminder of our humanitarian shortcomings. This sequel to Dances With Wolves was written as beautifully as I expected. You care for these people immensely and though you know the eventual outcome, you find yourself hoping it won't happen after all.
Carol Lemke
Jul 14, 2015 Carol Lemke rated it liked it
I always thought I would love a movie sequel to Dances with Wolves, but I can see why a movie wasn't made from this book. It lacked the character focus of the first and instead followed several of the main characters into the future. I did like it for it's historical value and I think it would make a pretty good documentary, giving an accurate (from other things I have read) depiction of the sad ending to the reign of the Plains Indian Tribes.
Jim Johnson
Aug 08, 2013 Jim Johnson rated it liked it
The opening plot showed some real promise and sucked me in but the author chose to take the political route. He perpetuated the myth that Native Americans are all noble and good and environmentally-minded while white people are pretty much the opposite. He depicted the Commanche (even Dunbar) as incredibly simple-minded and naive. I hear they're wanting to make this one into a sequel of the first movie but that would be a mistake.
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The author of several novels, including the New York Times #1 Bestseller Dances With Wolves and winner of the 1991 Academy Award.
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