The Two Wolves

A Dying Truth Exposed, Book Three

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
341 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Two Wolves is the third novel in the Dying Truth Exposed series by Marcus Abston, continuing the story of Annabelle as she moves forward in her life with her Cherokee family. Being married to John was the best decision of her life. Now that they had children, Joseph, David, Rain, Jannie, and Jonathan, the couple was happy with their blessings. However, good times didn’t last long for them. An incident with Lisa shocked everyone, but it was the kidnapping of children in their little community of Tahlequah that shook everyone up. To make matters worse, the Indian Agents were hot on their heels and wanted to cause chaos. Standing in front of it all were John and Annabelle. Would they be able to save their family in the face of adversity and confront trouble head-on?

Author Marcus Abston did a fantastic job of creating a believable yet very entertaining story. I loved Annabelle’s progress. This time, we met a young mother of four who fiercely protected her family like a lioness. I was heartbroken by what happened with Lisa, but she turned out to be a trouper. As expected, the descriptions were out of this world! The background building was almost alive. I felt like I was right beside Annabelle as she navigated one hurdle after the other to find a corner of peace for herself and her family. The dialogue felt crisp and a lot more revealing. The Two Wolves showcased the growth of Abston’s characters and revealed how far they had come in their quest for happiness and acceptance. The theme of family and safety were prevalent, but so was self-reflection. I would highly recommend this series to everyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Grant Leishman

The Two Wolves (A Dying Truth Exposed) by Marcus Abston is the third in a series of stories set deep in Native American territory in Oklahoma in the 1850s, before the Civil War. The Lightning-Strongman family is made up of a mixture of Cherokee and African-American blood and they farm a subsistence property in the town of Tahlequah. When George, the family patriarch discovers his daughter Lisa is in love with and about to marry an African-American from a nearby farm, he is determined to do whatever it takes to stop the marriage and to ensure the purity of the Cherokee blood continues in his family. His actions will have major ramifications not just for Lisa but for the entire family. While Lisa’s beau Jacob has been spirited away and sold into slavery, Lisa finds herself the center of attention from one of the ruthless and violent Indian Agents appointed by the U.S. Government to oversee the Native American settlements and to keep order amongst its population. While the family searches for Jacob far and wide, things are rapidly coming to a head for the other members of the family. Will their unshakable faith be enough to guide this family through the tough times on the horizon?

The Two Wolves was an immensely satisfying read. Well-written, with wonderful characterizations and a sense of the old west plus the futility and desolation felt by the Native American people following the infamous Trail of Tears, author Marcus Abston brings this family to life for readers. What surprised me the most, and perhaps I was naive in this, was the amount of racism inherent in the Native Americans of the time. I was fascinated to read of the many Cherokee who, while they were frequently reminded they were on a level lower than the white man on the civilized scale, felt they were infinitely higher on that scale than the black man. I was appreciative of the author using the dominant theme of Christianity to show the sheer hypocrisy of both the white men and many of the Native Americans. For me, this was the thrust of this story and it resonated through every page. I also enjoyed the banter and repartee between the various female characters in the Lightning-Strongman family, who all possessed some dominant traits and were the true leaders of the family. It is not necessary to have read the previous two books to enjoy this book, as it stands alone well, but I will be looking out for book four when it arrives, so I can continue the saga. This is an excellent read that I can highly recommend.