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Revenge of the Manitou

Novel by Graham Masterton (Scotland) 1980.

After being defeated by a fake clairvoyant and a modern day Indian medicine man in The Manitou, Misquamacus, the greatest medicine man of them all, returns for revenge. He assembles twenty-one other medicine men, the best of their respective tribes and they appear through the twenty-two children in a primary school class. Like The Manitou, the general idea is to take revenge for all the atrocities that white men inflicted on the Indians in the past, by in turn inflicting more atrocities on the white men. The method is to summon various great Indian demons to wreak havoc and devastation. The plan is naturally fouled up by the clairvoyant and the latter day medicine man from The Manitou.

Not as believable as its esteemed predecessor, but in every way as gripping. As usual, Masterton's characterisation and pace are impeccable and the 'siege' of the school bus is fingernail-biting stuff. To put the author's talents into perspective, though this book receives an average rating, with the exception of the Night Warriors sequels it's probably his worst book: so his bad books equate to a lot of other authors' good books.


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