When I was young, Native Americans were always portrayed as the bad guys. They raided wagon trains, slaughtered settlers, stole cattle, and were always in the wrong.
As I got older, I realized life was never told from the view point of the Native American. Later when I came across books by the husband and wife writing team of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, I finally found what I had been looking for. This writing duo are also archaeologists. Their books, while fiction, are steeped in history and facts and give the Native American’s view point.
For this reason, I adore their latest series - CONTACT: THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA. Book Three of that series, A SEARING WIND, is slated for release tomorrow. The previous books include: COMING OF THE STORM (Book One) and FIRE THE SKY (Book Two).
To celebrate this release, the lovely Melissa at Gallery Books is offering 1 set (all 3 books) as a giveaway. The giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S., however. Visitors have until 8 p.m. (EST) on Monday, March 12, to comment on this post to be entered to win. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment, if it’s not included in your profile.
A SEARING WIND by W. Michael Gear and
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
A SEARING WIND is set during the time Hernando de Soto brutally invaded the southern portion of what would be the U.S. It depicts the native people’s struggle to defend their lives and homes against de Soto’s barbaric slaughter.
Banished earlier by his people for his cowardice in battle, Black Shell now works toward the destruction of de Soto and his army (the Kristianos). He is of the Chief Clan, of the Hickory Moiety of the Chicaza Nation.
Black Shell and his wife, Pearl Hand, have seen first hand the devastation the Kristianos bring with their impenetrable armor, their swift cabayos (horses) and their razor-sharp swords. It will take a trap using the Chicaza Nation and their resources to defend the monster and it will be at a great cost to Black Shell and Pearl Hand.
The story follows the couple from the chard ruins of Mabila (Alabama) as they Make their way back to the Chicaza Nation to forge the plan that will stop de Soto. The story details the hardships they endure and the savage destruction they witness.
Once again the Gears have crafted a story that combines historical and cultural information with a narrative of what could have been as the native people faced de Soto. The authors give voice to the native people and the violence they encountered from strangers bent on taking everything away from them.
A SEARING WIND is a fast-pace adventure that will hold you spellbound. It’s a story of cruel greed and humanity, dedication and determination. Filled with authenticity, this is a look at our country’s history and the native people who gave so much. CONTACT: THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA is a mesmerizing series.
Authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s website is www.gear-gear.com. The couple operates an anthropological research company, Wind River Archeological Consultants.
The Searing Wind by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Contact: The Battle for America Series, Gallery Books, @2012, ISBN: 978-1439153901, Hardcover, 496 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Have you read any of this series? What about other books, fiction and non-fiction, by the Gears? Thanks so much for stopping by today.