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Never Name the Dead

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This book was fantastic! I really enjoyed it and it kept me guessing throughout, which is difficult for most books to do. I felt like I connected with the characters and really enjoyed the plot!
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I always try to diversify my reading each month, and really wanted to include a book to my reading that had indigenous culture, and was excited to read NEVER NAME THE DEAD, which is a Native American thriller.

 I really enjoyed learning more about the cultures as part of the story, and thought the Kiowa traditions were so fascinating, making the descriptions and rich influences a vital piece to the book.

As an audiobook, I thought it was well done, and really added to the storyline.

*many thanks to Crooked Lane Books,  Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for the gifted copy for review
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I appreciated the Indiginous cultural elements within this novel but I found the story itself a bit dry and forgettable. 

Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for accepting my request to audibly read and review Name the Dead.

Author:  D.M. Rowell
Narrator:  Katie Anvil Rich
Published: 11/08/22
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers

This was an interesting Native American mystery/thriller.  I am a voracious reader and believe I have had less than five come to my attention.  Mystery/Thrillers is a favorite genre of mine.  

I had trouble sorting through the tribal ways and traditions; some were explained more than others.  A third of the way into the book, I focused on the story and let the Native American traditions fall where they may.  I was intrigued by The Grandfather, and really wanted to know more about his beliefs.  The statistics given regarding abuse in this country were and still are sickening.  I found the ending to be really rushed.  

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  I will seek other works by the author.
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Learning about different cultures in a fabulous story keeps me reading. I hope this author will do a series. Interesting characters, compelling story.
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This book was excellent and I loved reading it. I really enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life from the books I read! I loved seeing Mud returning to her roots and stepping into the shoes her grandfather knew she was going to fill. I would love to read more about how she ties her two worlds together or if she has to leave her Silicon Valley life behind entirely. I can't wait to find another book by this author!

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Please read this book if you are thinking about it. This was a fast paced and enjoyable read.
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I like the way the author plugged in the native American beliefs involving death in the story.  There were many different issues going on in this book and just when i thought I figured it out.... bam there was another twist and another option of "who dun it".    I really enjoyed this book.
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Never Name the Dead is a great debut novel. While it felt a bit choppy at the beginning of the audiobook with such short chapters, the story soon hits a good stride and draws you in to the mystery of missing Kiowa artifacts and murder. I enjoyed the story of Mae and her grandfather and was fascinated by the history and cultural aspects of Kiowa life. I will most definitely recommend this book to my patrons. Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the early listen to this entertaining book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Never Name the Dead is an amazing mixture of mystery and culture. When Mae gets an urgent call from her grandfather asking her to come back home with little explanation, she drops everything at her fast-paced agency job in Silicon Valley. Upon her arrival, she finds things to be tense back home with frackers destroying their ancestral land and Kiowa families being forced to sell off their heirlooms — and there's a dead body in her grandfather's room, with little sign of him anywhere. 

What I liked most about this read is the way the author explained the Kiowa culture and traditions as well as how those traditions incorporated with the story.
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Enjoyable debut novel by D.M. Rowell! 
I really liked the storytelling aspect as well as the plot, character development and Kiowa history, culture and traditions. 
Solid 3/5 stars! Excited to see where this series takes us! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Thank you Net Galley for an audio copy of Never Name the Dead by D.G. Rowell.  This is a story of Native Americans.   I liked the story,  but the narrator killed it for me.   Sorry.
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“Old grudges, tribal traditions, and outside influences collide for a Kiowa woman as forces threaten her family, her tribe, and the land of her ancestors.”

This book had all the makings of an amazing tale: Indigenous heroine, murder mystery, LGBTQ+ love interest, ancient artifacts, eco-warriors.

ALL THE THINGS.

I loved the Kiowa history, the descriptions of the landscape, and the diversity of the characters.

I, however, quickly got bogged down in cast members, iffy dialogue, and the narrator’s repetitive inner thoughts (Georgie’s wearing what kind of perfume again?).

I would, 100% read a non-fiction work by this author, but I think I’ll wait until the writer has a few more works under her belt before I attempt another novel.

5.5/10

Thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for this ARC.
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I really loved this book. It accomplished so much for a debut, especially with regard to the push and pull of indigenous lives in and outside of the colonized world. There were some issues with the actual audiobook, like parts repeating or skipping--although there were very few, hopefully it will be caught before publication!
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Interesting story centered around the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma.  Stealing of artifacts, illegal fracking, family inheritance are all contained in this who dun it.
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Never Name the Dead is a decent story surrounded by great education of Kiowa culture. The story involves a lot, from murder to fracking and a lot in between. It was so much that I lost sight of the focal point which should be who is the murderer. 

The characters are well written and do a great job at letting us learn all about the Kiowa. The main character, Mae, left her home in Oklahoma to go to Silicon Valley. She is trying to solve a murder, trying to find her missing grandpa, and trying to take a company public. It’s a lot. Priorities did not always seem where they should but Mae got there in the end. 

A lot of the conversations between characters unfortunately were not all that interesting and I found myself getting a little bored while waiting to progress the murder plot further or learn more about the Kiowa. 

I did like the resolution in the end but it was a bit of a drag to get there. If it was not for the education in Kiowa culture I don’t know if I would have made it to the end. This book did its job though. I now want to do more research and continue my education on the Kiowa. Thank you for that.
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First of all this book gives a lot of information about Natives and their way of life and tribes. I really loved this so much, I do refuse to use the word ‘Indian’ and I’m going to use the word ‘Native’ it seems right. I really enjoy our MC, she’s very intuitive and I love the character dynamics, and relationships. Mud and her Grandfather are close and she’s making sure he’s alright. There is a strange mystery that involves her grandfather and she’s getting down to the bottom of this. I enjoyed this so much but I’m unsure what rating to give it, even so I recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery with some culture mixed in it all. Slow but very interesting!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Never name the Dead is the story of Mud, Kiowa nations person who had moved away from the reserve and started a business in California. Her grandfather calls her home as he believes he is in danger and needs her help. 

The aspect of the story regarding the drama going on in California while Mud is on the reserve in Oklahoma seemed to be an after thought it was weak and just seemed to take away from the main story unnecessarily. 

I really did enjoy the portrayal of First Nations people in this book. I am not First Nations and I felt like I got to learn a little bit about customs, traditions and the way First Nations life on a reserve is in modern day times - at least this specific one, I know everyone’s experience is different. I enjoyed the mystery on Mud finding her grandfather and piecing together what happened but I still don’t understand why a respected elder ran away and even once Mud found him, why he didn’t return to help set the record straight. He’s highly respected in the community and has the same amount of proof as Mud did  but with his reputation on his side, which Mud did not have - that really seemed silly to me. 

I think the story-telling of family values was well done. And overall I did enjoy the book but do think it could use some work.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a very interesting story. I loved the use of Kiowa culture and history within the story because it really added depth. The history and culture were the best parts of this book. This was a quick paced and interesting read.
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I love this so much I could actually explode. It was beautiful and I learned a lot. I really appreciate the author making it a point to explain her language and customs. She shouldn't have to but she does. I plan to reccomend the book to everyone. It was so wonderful. I can't wait to read everything the author writes. I actually feel warm all over after this listen, despite the fact that it is freezing, and someone was murdered in the story. 
That is true talent. 
The narrator was perfection as well. I could listen to her all day everyday.
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