Geser has been selected to become a shaman in his native Siberia. Fate finds him in contemporary Texas, undergoing his third and final shaman trial, stealing cars as a day job. He must resolve his vocation and his occupation and survive the machinations of the murderous trickster Raven. But he knows that the most powerful shaman is the one brought closest to death by the three trials. More
American Shaman, Book One is an acutely written page-turner for readers who grew up reading about magic but then grew up -- now they are looking for a more real magic. American Shaman, Book 1 draws upon the ancient stories of the world's religion, shamanism, to tell the story of Geser, a trainee shaman who must undergo the third and final trial to become a full-fledged shaman. His tutor is the owl-spirit Icci. His friends and allies include the beautiful Alma Mergen, a junkie who Geser saves from addiction, Steve, a young, enthusiastic skate punk who nevder learned fear, and Verdad, the conguero leader of Geser's drum circle. The central conflict is between young Geser and his boss Raven, leader of a car theft ring. But the real conflict is within Geser himself, who must decide whether he wants to be a white shaman, who deals only with Spirit Ground and cannot heal,; or a Black Shaman, who reconciles Spirit and Human Ground in order to heal the sick. The book incorporates imaginative graphics that include photos, contemporary illustrations and ancient Siberian drum paintings -- a book that doesn't feel like a book.