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The Chief of All Time

(Medicine Man #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  39 reviews
EPIC awards 2014 WINNER in the Paranormal Genre.

Shannon Running Deer is American Indian by blood, he has forsaken his people's ancient ways to embrace the "modern" world as a wealthy, highly successful trauma surgeon.

His comfortable existence begins to unravel when, seemingly by chance, Shannon finds himself gradually drawn into the past. Pursued by an ancient evil, he kn
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by Wild Child Publishing (first published October 29th 2012)
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Allie Cresswell
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I expected this novel to be ‘just another romance’. The early encounter between super-tall, super-cool, super-successful Dr Running Deer and feisty, elfin, down-and-out Morning Dove suggested the inevitable philharmonic of violins was tuning up ready for a big number before too long. But it soon became apparent that this novel had far more substance than the almost formulaic ‘big bloke meets wispy chick’. Contrary to initial mis-impression, Medicine Man is a well-researched historical novel, a d ...more
Amanda Masters
WOW! if I could give this more then five stars I would! I am totally speechless! Most incredible book I have EVER read! truly! I have read a lot of Native American stories but this one, wow, it is just amazing! the intricacy of the storyline is beautiful, unique, interesting and deep and the characters are beyond amazing!

Shannon Running deer is a trauma surgeon at the local hospital when Morning Dove comes into his life. When Morning Dove is struck by a hit and run driver, Running Deer's Grandf
C.M. Michaels
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Medicine Man: Chief of All Time by S.R. Howen is a suspenseful, multi-faceted story that at its heart is a complex journey of self discovery. When Shannon Running Deer, a modern day trauma surgeon who has left the reservation and his heritage behind, falls for Morning Dove, a homeless woman from his old tribe, his whole life is thrown into turmoil. His apparent travels through time to an ancient past where tribal leaders have banded together to prevent the foreseen demise of their people soon ha ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In a beautifully crafted tale the author places us in the mind of Dr. Shane Running Deer, an accomplished trauma surgeon, and of Blackfoot ancestry. Raised on the reservation, and thought to be destined to live as a Medicine Man for the tribe, Shane’s life took another turn away from the metaphysical and traditional beliefs in favor of hard science and the trauma department of a local hospital.

This story was not a breezy read, although it will grab you and immerse you in a world that seems to t
Robert Clark
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
S. R. Howen’s Medicine Man: the Chief of All Time, takes a number of interesting concepts and skillfully weaves them together. I suspect most of us have thought about what we would have done differently if we could change the past. Many have taken the concept a bit farther and thought about changing history. Some of us, both Native Americans and others, have wondered what would have happened if the first Europeans to invade North America had been met by a confederation or union of all the people ...more
Colleen Bratley
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
American Indians have been given so little recognition in our history, it's sad. Even worse is knowing the reality of how settlers and founders treated the true owners of our soil.
Reading this book not only enlightened some realities and truths, but it gives you some insight into the if things had been different realm. Of course the fiction of the story gave it breadth and vigor but just opening up the thoughts of what really happened in history kept me wondering how this was going to go, and wa
Dorothy Ann Bell
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review of Medicine Man, book 1 by Dorothy A. Bell

S. R. Howen’s Medicine Man is a well-executed, complex puzzle of a read. An orderly picture of a wealthy, successful, strikingly handsome, self-possessed surgeon, Shannon Running Deer is set before the reader. Not enough sleep, stressed, the puzzle board gets tipped over, the pieces scatter. Now there are too many pieces, strange pieces, pieces depicting wild creatures, ominous characters and enticing young maidens. None of the pieces fit in the m
Stevan Nikolic
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
S.R. Howen's Medicine Man is a very interesting and well written novel. The flow of the story is smooth and it captures the reader’s attention. Personally I enjoyed reading it, but I kept asking myself all along, would I like it as much if I didn’t have some previous knowledge about Native American culture and beliefs.

To fully appreciate this book it helps to visit Acoma Pueblo (Sun City) or some other Native American locality and believe in Bear Dreamers. But I don’t necessarily see that as a
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In respect to the author and the genre, I should state that I have not read much Native American literature, so this was a bit outside my usual genre preferences and therefore my perception may not be that of what a more experienced fan of the genre would be.

That being said, this book is well written and intriguing. The story is compelling and the characters are definitely outside the bounds of what I have come to expect from many recent novels. The depth with which S.R. Howen created her backgr
Morgan Wyatt
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western-romance
When I heard of the book, Medicine Man, I thought of the movie with Sean Connery. In a way, they were similar because I loved both of them for some of the same reasons. First things, first, Medicine Man: Chief of All Time is a fiction novel by S.R. Howen.

Dr. Shannon Running Deer leaves the reservation and tribal ways and beliefs to become a trauma surgeon. The reservation represents the old world, which he considers his past while medicine is his future. A strange thing happens as he evolves in
Books Mom
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, suspense
With descriptive and detailing writing, author SR Howen introduces us to a world of intrigue and mystery.

This book is unlike anything I typically read. With "real life" interwoven with dreams and visions, and tradition versus modern beliefs, there are times we aren't sure just exactly what is true and what isn't. Our main character, Shannon Running Deer, frequently felt the same! I liked him, though, and that attachment kept me turning pages.

I wasn't as fond of Morning Dove as I couldn't get a
Karla Brandenburg
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shannon Running Deer is a brilliant, successful Trauma Surgeon, top of his class, advanced ahead of his grade and trained at John Hopkins. He has a chip on his shoulder and an American Indian stereotype to overcome, the same stereotype that made him abandon his roots. But American Indian roots run deep, and Running Deer is no ordinary American Indian. Trained as a Medicine Man from his early youth, the spirits that guide him are calling him back.

Caught between two worlds, Shannon must choose bet
Bob Rich
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read the first scene in The Medicine Man, I wanted to stop. A man leaving a new-born child to die was too terrible. However, I'd promised to read this book, and continued.
I am glad I did. It is a powerful, engrossing story bringing to life American Indian myths and traditions. It is a tale of magic, but the magic is anything but the stereotyped repetition that has put me off the fantasy genre for some time.
As I followed Shannon Running Dear through his adventures, both in our modern world
Mike Bell
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One cannot help but wonder at the power American Indians had, living so close to the earth. S. R. Howen brings alive the feelings they must have had in living in a world of beauty and danger.
In “Medicine Man I” a young doctor who has the gift of healing is called to travel to the early ages of his people to save them from almost total destruction, giving up his modern practice where he would save only a few. Howen weaves a tale of mystery around the battle between good and evil, with the old que
Susan Frances
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
S.R. Howen’s story moves between two realities that of the healing practices of Native American Indians and that of modern medicine practiced by western civilization.  A well crafted tale, the author places the reader in the mind frame of Dr. Shannon Running Dear, an esteemed trauma surgeon descended from Blackfoot ancestry.  Destined to be a Medicine Man for his tribe, the author establishes Shane’s inner conflict as he chooses to leave his clan to pursue a medical profession in American societ ...more
Joyce Wetherbee
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Running Deer left the reservation after the death of his parents, turned his back on his heritage and embraced everything about the white man's ways. Fortunately (or not), his heritage hasn't turned its back on him. He's begun having visions again and not by choice.

As a trauma surgeon, his life is very much grounded in the here and now. But his "here and now" has started to include hearing drums beating in the hospital when no one else does. A ceremonial mark from years past has changed
L.T. Getty
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Minor spoilers below – I won’t wreck the book for you.

Medicine Man 1 : Chief of All Time centers around an ER Trauma surgeon named Shannon Running Deer, who at the top of his field, has turned his back on his people – to be a medicinal man for a tribe of Blackfoot or Niitsitapii. He enjoys a traditional Western lifestyle, with wealth and prestige, but it's clear from the beginning, that something's missing from his life.

Effectively, the initial struggle of the novel appears to be whether or not
Tex Reader
3.5 of 5 stars – “One Thing, If You Could, What Would You Change?”
(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, S.R.!)

S.R. Howen asks and answers this question in her engaging, culturally sympathetic tale of a time-traveling American Indian surgeon/medicine man.

She tells an intriguing story in a descriptive flowing language. She interweaves, what are they – hallucinations, visions, time travel? – with present day reality, conveying well the state and process of the doubtin
Nicolas Wilson
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a really interesting and unique book. It's extremely well written, and explores a pretty fascinating alternate history that's steeped in American Indian culture, and historical detail. It's vivid, and the writing flows smoothly.

That said, I had a hard time engaging with a substantial portion of the premise- a fifty year old man courting a teenage girl. The initial attraction, particularly, felt creepy, even after it was massaged to the not-quite-statutory-abuse area by calculating her ag
David McMullen-Sullivan
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big love story type of reader, but I know there are many more that are - so with consideration to the broader demographic for this book, I give it 4 stars. I have to congratulate S.R. Howen on a relatively unique plot and story line. It starts with its American Indian protagonist (Shannon Running Deer) who lives a very modern life as a physician. He gets pulled back into the world that he left to become successful. He suddenly finds his life intertwined with Morning Dove, who is, seemi ...more
Renee Rearden
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal Surprise!

Have you ever wished you could go back in time and change something in your life, the life of a loved one, or even an event in history?

Shannon Running Deer couldn’t wait to get off the reservation, leave his grandfather’s American Native Indian ways behind, and embrace Western education and medicine. His career as a successful trauma surgeon gave him the wealth and prestige he would never have gotten as a medicine man on the reservation.

Life was good, and then unexplainable e
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

S. R. Howen captured my attention starting on page one in Medicine Man I: The Chief of All Time. Why? Because her prose is evocative, drawing me swiftly into the life and world of Native American Shannon Running Deer. He has forsaken the ‘old ways’ and embraced the new, embarking on a successful life as a trauma surgeon. But his existence changes radically when he encounters a homeless woman, also Native American, name of Morning Dove, on a lakeshore.

Morning Dove is a compelling, mysterious char
Amberly Reilly
I was entranced by this book from the very beginning. Native Americans have now started allowing gambling and alcohol onto their reservations through the casinos, a move meant to improve the lives of their people. It has, instead, brought them to the brink of destruction through alcoholism and gambling addictions which have turned the reservations into poverty stricken areas.

Shannon Running Deer grew up on the reservation. His grandfather is the Chief medicine man who watched his grandson be acc
Kirsten Jany
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

The Chief of all Times

In this Native American fantasy novel, Shannon Running Deer, a respected trauma surgeon, has abandoned his Indian culture and ways, and lives a prosperous westernized life. That is, until he meets an intriguing young Indian woman who, the very next day, gets admitted to his hospital as a victim of a gruesome traffic accident.

Intrigued by her miraculously fast (and medically impossible) recovery, he befriends the woman and gets increasingly drawn into her Indian culture. He
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Medicine Man is an entertaining story about Shannon Running Deer, a man who has chosen to leave behind the traditional lifestyle of his childhood to become a surgeon and embrace modern ideas, who is suddenly drawn into mysterious dealings with spirits and the past. He is drawn into the past by a mysterious woman and his own grandfather, and is told that he has the power to be the Chief of All Time, and to save his people from European settlement, if only he can once again embrace his destiny and ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a unique story for me. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did it was weird, creepy, interesting, and compelling. It was confusing at times, but only because the main character was confused too as to what was real and what wasn’t.

Morning Dove presented a great complexity as you waver between thinking she’s a source of danger and a romantic potential. The character development was great, particularly with Shane, as I really appreciated his struggle with modern medicine versus
I won a copy of this book from goodreads giveaways. I'm rounding up to four stars for a unique story, interesting plot and good characters. Since Book 1 is in the title I'm guessing there will be more in a series and I'd make a point to read Book 2. Maybe the plot about the lab and fighting the white man could have been developed a bit more, but overall a very compelling story.

Edit: Okay, I see #2 in the series, Raven, is already out so that's definitely going on my list to read.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, reviews
All aspects of the story were well constructed. I loved the mesh of modernity and traditionalism. Ms. Howen did an excellent job of describing old traditions and the sacrifices made in the name of "progress". None of the story felt forced or out of place. The descriptions were so well done that parts made me a little squeamish. Overall, I think this book was fantastic, and I cannot wait to read the next one.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
After receiving my free copy of the book through Goodreads, I wasn't able to put it down! The novel was fast paced and kept my interest throughout. Blending a mix of time travel, Native American culture, and intriguing characters, there is no other story like it.
Donna Vasser
I really enjoyed the book. It was so different from the other books I have been reading.
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A former military brat, then military spouse, S.R. Howen lives in Texas with a dozen cats, two squirrels, one raccoon, one dog, and her daughter. A traditional naturalist, she stays busy working with wild life and cat rehab and rescue centers.

Ms. Howen was born a storyteller, much to the amusement of her grandfather and the chagrin of her parents. She honed her writing skills first as an editor t

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