The Raven – a novel by Tracy O. Crane and Terry W. Platt
The Cherokee have an ancient saying, “The world is full of stories, and from time to time they permit themselves to be told.”
The Way Of The Raven is such a story. It is a fictionalized account of true stories about a North Alabama farm boy that dreams of righting many wrongs. In this first book, Discovery, he discovers he is destined to have his dreams realized. He is to become the stuff of today’s legend and myth. He is The Raven.
Legends of The Raven have appeared in the history of mankind since the beginning of time.
To the ancient Greeks, The Raven was associated with prophecy and was a symbol of good luck and were used by the gods to deliver messages to mortal man.
Both the Christian Bible and Icelandic legend have stories that depict The Raven as being used to find safe passage for ships.
According to legend, the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens of the Tower of London are removed. Ravens have resided in the tower for centuries.
In the Book of Kings 17:4-6, God commands the ravens to feed the prophet Elijah and according to other legends, The Raven protected Saints and served as the eyes and ears of warriors and Kings.
To American Indians, appearance of The Raven signifies that danger has passed and good luck is to come. The Raven is said to have escaped from the darkness and brings light to the world and delivers messages between the heavens and mankind and has the ability to shape-shift as needed in order to adapt to different situations.
The authors, both of American Indian heritage, lean heavily on American Indian legends of The Raven and Christian teachings in the writing of the books. The main character, Raven Cane, is destined to make difficult choices so he may insure the survival of humanity and Christianity after the downfall of civilization purposely initiated by corrupt organizations and governments.
Follow The Raven as he embraces his American Indian heritage as a young boy and eventually becomes America’s most ingenious and effective spy. Always one step ahead of the government’s playbook, he is determined to outsmart and outmaneuver worldwide corruption and deliver mankind from the Reset.
“Then it’s true then; what they say?” Melvin seemed eager to talk. Smiling, he turned to Raven and said, “Maybe, but probably not. At least probably not the way you heard it. Why don’t you tell me what they say; what you’ve been told, and we’ll talk about it.”
Brother, have you ever thought about our future? I mean like what becomes of us after we’re finished with Raven. With his well practiced Rhett Butler impersonation, Hipmoflux replied, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“I will admit you were pretty good in that role,” Goanther replied with sincerity, “but you really could not do the stunts like Canutt could. I just cannot believe you really don’t care what happens to us after this.”
“Goanther, how many times have we had this conversation – maybe a million or two million times? Why do you ask those types of questions – what’s the point?
Raven wished now he had gone to Bankhead National Forest like Kenny had suggested. But since he hadn’t, he now had to figure out how he was going to let Kenny know what he had seen and figure out how he was going to explain to him why he had not charged in with guns blazing. Raven was just thankful that he had seen the blue pickup through the corn stalks before they saw him. He knew Kenny would recognize the truck too and he also knew that Kenny had not connected the dots like he had. If he had, he would have already mentioned it.
“What’s up, homeboy?” Raven’s voice was unmistakable. His voice always made Homer’s smartphone rumble on the desktop because of his low rumbling voice. Homer picked up the phone and turned off the speaker just in case. “I’m trying to run down the status of those old Hobbs Island rail lines for your client. And I need to figure out what I’m going to do with this kitten.