White Skies Black Mingo

Fiction - Historical - Personage
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/28/2021
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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

White Skies Black Mingo takes place in the mid to late 1800s and tells the story of Kateri (her American name is Maggie), an Ohio Seneca Indian girl, and her lifelong struggles and joys. We meet Kateri as her tribe has been lost to an epidemic, traveling with her mother and grandmother to what they hope will be a better place. Kateri soon finds herself alone on the journey with only her two pet wolves for company. As she battles winter storms, no food, and injuries, she is found by a couple who bring her back to good health. She suffers being sold, being punished, being scared, hungry, and alone. Eventually, she becomes an almost-member of a plantation family, where she hones her healing skills, finds love, and finally feels almost safe. There is never a dull moment in this story and I do not want to ruin the edge of your seat excitement of the story.

White Skies Black Mingo is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was a fan from the first word to the last. Author Kevin D. Miller made each word come alive and jump off the page with his vivid descriptive storytelling. Kateri was the sweetest of characters and it was impossible not to root for her in her times of hardship and in times of joy. White Skies Black Mingo is written about the Civil War, the unfairness that the Native Americans had to endure when they lost so much, and the treatment that the white man meted out to them. I highly urge you to read this amazing book – it will definitely not disappoint.

Dreama Denver

From the first page to the last, I was drawn into a world populated by characters who stole my heart, living a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I won’t be forgetting this book anytime soon and neither will you!
—Dreama Denver, award-winning author and wife of late TV icon and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver

Ty DeMartino

From the first moment you meet Native American Kateri (Margaret) in Kevin D. Miller’s novel White Skies, Black Mingo, the young heroine’s spirit and courage will captivate you. Miller’s gripping writing will take you on a thrilling adventure of danger, American history, redemption and love. You will be completely enthralled.
—Ty DeMartino, Screenwriter/Playwright

Burke Allen

Kevin Miller does it again! His follow up to Heart Of Steel takes readers on an incredible journey back into the 1800s with a young Native American girl from the Seneca tribe and follows her into the darkest hours of the Civil War. White Skies, Black Mingo is a real page-turner!
—Burke Allen, Allen Media Strategies

Kevin Sizemore

White Skies Black Mingo is the second book after Heart of Steel that author Kevin D. Miller has penned. Dealing with a story from the 1800s, Miller’s characters are deeply thought out and the way he tells the story of the young heroine is captivating. On a side note, I was excited to explore a bit of West Virginia in this novel. Hope you enjoy White Skies Black Mingo as much as I did.
—Kevin Sizemore, Actor, Producer, Director

Jennifer Shepard

It was amazing
This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read! A fantastic book that has it all! I happily endorse this book to any and all who are looking for an awesome novel and mystery enjoyable read, a completely different experience than anyone could imagine on their own. ¡Great book!

Kenny Edwards

Out of the park hit!
I just finished “White Skies Black Mingo” in just two sittings! I rarely read a book so quickly.

Kevin Miller has done it again with this book. It is quickly captivating, drawing the reader into the story at a level far beyond simply reading a book. I was drawn into the story immediately almost like a movie extra, never speaking or being spoken to, but still a part, feeling and being affected by the story’s unfolding events.

The descriptive manner in which it is written demonstrates research, attention to detail, both cultural integrity and respect, and a clear understanding of the human condition.

All in all, an amazing book I highly recommend.

Claudia Oltean

Powerful Historical Story, Beautifully Written--Must Read
Award-winning author Kevin Miller’s latest book, the historical novel White Skies Black Mingo, is a triumph. Set in America in the 1800s, the story centers around the fascinating life journey of an Indian girl of the Ohio Seneca clan. Orphaned by a terrible epidemic at a young age, she faces trials and dangers that had me glued to the page. Her grandmother had taught her something of the healing arts and she becomes a skilled healer as the book progresses over several years. While her story is at the center of the book, larger, historic issues are blended seamlessly into the narrative. These include the abysmal treatment of American Indians by ‘white’ settlers, and the racial prejudices against blacks that culminated in the Civil War. An overriding theme of the book is the power of love. It is demonstrated many time and in various ways. Kevin Miller’s storytelling is strong, and his prose is lush and evocative. I read this late into the night and was sorry when it ended.

Rachel Bartley

How good, hope, faith, and persistence can win over evil.

Kevin did it again! White Skies Black Mingo is an awesome novel, a mystery read! I have Cherokee and Choctaw mix in my DNA/family. I also lived on a reservation as a child in Arizona. My dad worked with Apache, Navajo, and Hope tribes. Reading this book, White Skies Black Mingo brought back memories from those days for me.
This book tells of a different time in history when the color of your skin, your place in society, or level of wealth determined how you were treated. It also showed how love, faith, and determination can help good people to see the good in everyone that is not truly evil. I also like how it shows that children can be strong, smarter than people give them credit for, and survivors.
I literally laughed out loud, and cried, (grabbing the tissues), when reading this and in parts got very angry at what was done to innocent people; tugging at every emotion a person can feel. It's very hard to stop reading, but I paced myself with this book. (Unlike when I read Kevin's last book Heart of Steel...I read it in two days a 5⭐+).
I highly recommend this author Kevin Miller of White Skies Black Mingo… With what is happening in America today, read this and get a refresher of past times, so hopefully history does not get repeated, at least the bad parts of history. White Skies Black Mingo
Another 5⭐+, must read!
book. A must read!

Tari Fitzgibbons

I recently had the pleasure of reading White Skies Black Mingo. There’s so much history and detail with a few twists and turns..love story.. to the point that you cant put it down. This would make a wonderful movie…I loved it!! I highly recommend this book…5 Stars!

Annette Reyes

I love this story!!! Author Kevin D Miller’s unique style takes you on a riveting journey lasting a decade. I could not wait to turn the pages! I found myself feeling anxious, fearful and laughing with the characters. A great read and definitely one to add to my favorites!

Jeanne DeBuhr

Loved this book!. Enlightening look back in our history at the real struggles of race, different cultures and the horrors of wars. Out of all these struggles comes a most beautiful love story. The author has a unique style of writing that really holds your interest. Highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing more from this author.

Author Feather Chelle

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
This book follows the life of a Native American girl and all of the hardships she endures throughout her life. It is one of the best life stories I have ever read. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It has everything a great book needs. This is the second book I have read by this author, and I can’t wait to read more.

Kate Kindred

Once you start reading, it’s impossible to put down

Kevin Miller is a masterful storyteller, writing with the perfect balance of scene and character development. His beautifully detailed descriptions create a world the reader can easily imagine, yet he never gets carried away with the craft and therefore never loses the reader. Within the earliest of pages, one can’t help but become invested in the lives of his characters; they become people you know and care about, making their trials all the more devastating, and their triumphs a welcome relief. Kevin successfully weaves history, culture, and both familial and romantic relationships into a perfectly paced story that once you start reading, is impossible to put down.