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Metal Storm: Weird Custer is a historical fiction novel written by William Sumrall. The author sets the stage for the infamous last stand of George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Custer has big plans for his future, including the presidency of the United States. He even has a press secretary in mind, a young reporter who is following the 7th Cavalry as they prepare for battle. Custer also has victories in Mexico and then Canada in mind, after this little problem with the Indians is taken care of. While his scouts are well aware of how seriously outnumbered Custer's forces are compared to the thousands of Indians at Little Big Horn, Custer remains resolute and is seemingly unaware of the dire situation he is in.
William Sumrall's historical action novel, Metal Storm: Weird Custer is recommended for American history buffs and anyone else who enjoys stories that are just a bit, or maybe even more, different. Metal Storm is certainly that. I'm not really a big fan of American history dealing with the Western expansion, but the title caught my eye, and when I started reading, I knew this book was a keeper. It works on so many different levels. Metal Storm is loaded with irony: the handsome and dashing Custer who suffers from an advanced case of gonorrhea, the soldiers' ammunition which jams their guns, the cruelty of the commanders towards their support staff, all leading up to a tragic and disastrous climax. The author brings the geography of the area to life brilliantly, and his characters, though flawed, are larger-than-life. The basic plot, despite its familiarity, is stunning and unforgettable as seen through the eyes of this author. Weird, yes, but Metal Storm: Weird Custer is very, very good, and it's most highly recommended.