A Searing Wind

  • Title: A Searing Wind
  • Author: W. Michael Gear Kathleen O'Neal Gear
  • ISBN: 9781439153901
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Searing Wind An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears BooklistIn the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact Battle for
    An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears BooklistIn the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact Battle for America saga, New York Times bestselling authors W Michael and Kathleen O Neal Gear richly portray a clash of cultures and a native peoples struggle to protect An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears BooklistIn the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact Battle for America saga, New York Times bestselling authors W Michael and Kathleen O Neal Gear richly portray a clash of cultures and a native peoples struggle to protect their world Set against the tragic war sparked by Hernando de Soto s brutal invasion of the American South, A Searing Wind heightens the historical action in this series hailed as magnificent Andrew M Greeley and exciting, skillfully crafted, and fast paced Publishers Weekly.Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his cowardice in battle To his fearsome patron spirit, Horned Serpent, however, he is imbued with the courage and keenness to stop the Kristiano onslaught He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida Peninsula through the very heart of native America A trader by profession, Black Shell now dedicates his soul to destroying the invaders, with their impenetrable armor, their swift, enormous cabayos, and their flashing, razor sharp swords Black Shell and Pearl Hand have seen the shackled, naked, starving slaves, heard the broken promises and learned de Soto s plans While the battle of Mabila cost many Kristianos life and limb, the marauder does not retreat Now he heads for Chicaza and the people from which Black Shell was once exiled.Wounded and pursued by memories and visions, Black Shell is obsessed with setting the perfect trap To do so, he must use the Chicaza and their stockpiles of food and supplies And he must gamble everything on his people s pride, traditions, and failings As winter sets in, new dangers abound for the pair that of a family s shame, a woman s anger, and a betrayal that may force Black Shell to forfeit his last chance to save their world from utter destruction But, worst of all, he and Pearl Hand must walk boldly into de Soto s camp and engage the cunning monster in a desperate game of wits that will decide the fate of a continent Powerful and pulsing with authenticity, A Searing Wind is an unforgettable tale of humanity and cruelty, passion and ignorance and of historical events burned into America s history and soul.

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    About W. Michael Gear Kathleen O'Neal Gear


    1. W Michael Gear was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the twentieth of May, 1955 A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism After his father s death in 1959, Michael s mother received her Master s degree in journalism and began teaching In 1962 she married Joseph J Cook, who taught tool and die making, and the family lived in Lakewood, Colorado, until 1968 At that time they moved to Fort Collins so that Joe could pursue his Ph.D During those years the family lived in the foothills above Horsetooth Reservoir.It was there that Mike developed a love of history, anthropology, and motorcycles They would color his future and fill his imagination for the rest of his life During summers he volunteered labor on local ranches or at the farm east of Greeley and landed his first real job picking up trash at the lake and cleaning outhouses It has been said that his exposure to trash led him into archaeology We will not speculate about what cleaning the outhouses might have led him to On his first dig as a professional archaeologist in 1976 he discovered that two thousand year old human trash isn t nearly as obnoxious as the new stuff.Michael graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1972 and pursued both his Bachelor s 1976 and Master s 1979 degrees at Colorado State University Upon completion of his Master s his specialty was in physical anthropology he went to work for Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs as a field archaeologist.It was in the winter of 1978 that he wrote his first novel Irritated by historical inaccuracies in Western fiction, he swore he could do better He was taking retirement in installments, archaeology being a seasonal career, in the cabin his great uncle Aubrey had built One cold January night he read a Western novel about a trail drive in which steers castrated males had calves The historical inaccuracies of the story bothered him all night The next morning, still incensed, he chunked wood into the stove and hunkered over the typewriter There, on the mining claim, at nine thousand feet outside of Empire, Colorado he hammered out his first five hundred and fifty page novel Yes, that first manuscript still exists, but if there is justice in the universe, no one will ever see it It reads wretchedly but the historical facts are correct Beginning in 1981, Michael, along with two partners, put together his own archaeological consulting company Pronghorn Anthropological Associates began doing cultural resource management studies in 1982, and, although Michael sold his interest in 1984, to this day the company remains in business in Casper, Wyoming During the years, Michael has worked throughout the western United States doing archaeological surveys, testing, and mitigation for pipelines, oil wells, power lines, timber sales, and highway construction He learned the value of strong black coffee, developed a palate for chocolate donuts, and ferreted out every quality Mexican restaurant in eight states He spent nine months of the year traveling from project to project with his trowel and dig kit, a clapped out 72 Wonder Blazer, and his boon companion, Tedi, a noble tri color Sheltie.That fateful day in November, 1981, was delightfully clear, cold, and still in Laramie, Wyoming Archaeologists from all over the state had arrived at the University of Wyoming for the annual meetings of the Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists It was there, in the meeting room, way too early after a much too long night, that Mike first laid eyes on the most beautiful woman in the world Kathleen O Neal Gear The BLM State Archaeologist, Ray Leicht, introduced him to the pretty anthropologist and historian, and best of all, Ray invited Mike to lunch with Kathleen It was the perfect beginning for a long and wondrous relationshipcmillan author wmicha


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    1. A Searing Wind Review (spoilers) Theresa Hulongbayan:A searing wind is a dynamic and thrilling end to a trilogy that will take you into a world of understanding, commitment and daring. The book begins as the last ends with the fires of Mabila. Our heroes, Black Shell and Pearl Hand, two Native Americans from different tribes, traders by nature have come to the realization that their plans have not stopped “the Monster”. They must again try to convince another tribe the danger they are in, th [...]

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    2. A Searing Wind is the third and final book in the Battle for American trilogy. This is a not to be missed trilogy. If you enjoy history, Indians, or just reading a really good book, than you have to check this series out. I got to meet Mr. and Mrs. Gear a long time ago. They were so nice. They are really knowable about their craft. You can tell that they have done their home work and have a passion for what they do. I tried them both as separate authors and together. While, I like them both, I h [...]

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    3. ***Originally published to: Bookish Blog | YA&Adult Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, News and Giveaways! @_@~A Searing Wing is the third and final installment of the Contact: Battle For America series by the phenomenal writing duo, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Providing an excellent and unique look at the Spanish conquest of American southeast, this book is nothing short of masterful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the previous two books - they were sensational, emotional, [...]

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    4. A Searing Wind is the third and final book in the Contact: Battle for America series. I read it without reading the first two books and it was excellent as a stand alone book. I can only imagine what it is going to be like when I get the time to go back and read all three of them back to back. This is one powerful and engrossing novel and I suspect that when I do read the entirety of the story I will want to go back and read it again. A Searing Wind was that good.I will admit to a certain fuzzin [...]

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    5. Battle for America: A Searing Wind; W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear, 2010; Gallery BooksBook #1: The Coming StormBook #2: Fire the SkyBook #3 in Contact: Battle for America brings the story of Pearl Hand and Black Shell to a unresolved ending. Why do I say that? Because no matter how well Michael and Kathleen Gear tell the story about the battle of Native Americans to save their land, and the failed attempt of Hernandez de Soto to conquer and subjugate its citizens, the sad fact remai [...]

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    6. This was the finale of the Contact: Battle for America series. The premise of the story, told in three parts, was of Hernando de Soto's arrival in the new world, and his attempts to take ownership of the southeastern part of the the US. The third book continued the story of Black Shell and Pearl Hand, two of my favorites in the pantheon of characters that the Gears have created over the years. The story is told from Black Shell's perspective, which is unusual for People books, but he had a witty [...]

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    7. This third book in a trilogy by two of my favorite authors is so well done! Not that I expected to be disappointed.Reasons for my admiration: -a story of great depth that does more than illustrate the experience of first contact. It gives it the textures, tastes and smells of its reality. -the Indigenous peoples, their tribes, and their cultures are the main characters. They are whole people with vivid mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives. -the spirituality is addressed: differences [...]

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    8. What an amazing book. I'm really sad to see the series come to a conclusion. It was remarkably well written, with every character brought to life with vivid detail. Despite knowing the outcome of these encounters, you can't help but sit there and wish for the happy ending that the book deserved.

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    9. Review cross-posted at my blogA Searing Wind is the third and final installment of the Contact: Battle for America series, which chronicles the native peoples battle with Hernando de Soto during his brutal march through the Southeastern US from 1539-1542. This is the story of Black Shell, a trader, chosen by “power” and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand and their mission to destroy the brutal invaders. They have seen, firsthand, the destruction, enslavement, and degradation that the Kristiano’ [...]

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    10. This 3rd book of this series did not disappoint and overall, I learned some things about our history while still being engrossed in an engaging story that will stick with me long after now. Once again the Gears demonstrate the importance and relevance of not only studying our past- but learning from it as well.

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    11. This is a very well researched fiction book of the Mississippian tribes, mainly the Chicaza, and their hard fought defeat of DeSoto's men. It was an eye opener of the atrocities the Native American nations had to endure under the banner of the Christian faith. Reading about the inhumane way they were treated, made me often have to put the book down, it was so disturbing. The author's clearly have a side they stand on, and they paint a very good picture of what monster's the Europeans were toward [...]

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    12. I don't remember ever enjoying a series as much as this one. I did not want it to end! Often the books don't live up to the first one, but in this case the Gears were able to successfully build on each book and I developed such a connection with Black Shell and Pearl Hand as their characters moved forward. In school De Soto was an "explorer" who was admired. These books were real eye openers as they revealed him to be an egomaniac who used religion as an excuse to murder, butcher and attempt to [...]

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    13. Fantastic finale to the Gear trilogy--Contact: The Battle for America. The Gears are great at combining a thrilling story with historical information on the Native Americans who lived during the era that they are writing about. It was very interesting to read about how the natives felt about and reacted to the Spaniard De Soto, his soliders and the new animals--cabayos (horses) and puercos (pigs). I think this could be read as a stand alone book and still enjoyed but to really get the terror, an [...]

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    14. I love historical fiction, especially the Gears' stories of American Indians. This ending of the trilogy in which the Native Americans fight against De Soto and his Spanish soldiers try to take over their world in Florida and the American south. These tales contain so much true information about the true story of De Soto's journey through America. The brutal way the Indian peoples were treated was heart wrenching, and the tale of how they fought against the Spaniards was totally mesmerizing!

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    15. Book 3 In the Battle For America trilogy, we learn the fate of Spaniard DeSoto as he attempts to conquer the so called savages of the new world. We follow along as former trader Black Shell and his wife Pearl Hand do everything in their power to defeat the hated Kristianos. Once again the Gears create a very believable world in ancient America. You can almost smell the forest, breathe the smoke, and hear the screams as the two cultures battle for survival.

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    16. This book by the Gear's is every bit as good as the other books in the series. Have read about all of their books and think that for a series or for an output by an author or authors it is about as good as it gets. The stories about our native Americans helps us put a different perspective on our historical events which we have learned. It is a great series.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and he 'Isms'" and soon to be released "Wesley's Wars"

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    17. It is very rare when I give five stars to each book in a trilogy. Comparatively, each book in Contact: The Battle for America is better than any of the Gear novels I've read that I rated 5 stars as well. I really love the characters. The hero and heroine are so good and the bad guy so evil. The Gears are excellent at First Nations historical fiction. I will be reading more of their books. I'm very thankful to my local library for having this series and many of the Gear's novels.

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    18. This is the third volume of a trilogy and the review applies to the whole. This is what H. G. Wells tried to write about in War of the Worlds. The Gears have managed to do the whole thing of native-alien war in a convincing and enthralling fashion. Highly recommended to students of Southeastern anthropology and fans of speculative history.

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    19. This is the third and final book in the Battle of America series. I read the first and didn't enjoy it much, but absolutely loved this one.It's a historical fiction covering the Spanish conquest of the American Southeast. I've read many books by the Gears, and this one was just as exciting and well written as their whole "People" series. Look forward to reading more from them, as always.

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    20. Another well written and highly informative series by the Gears. I have a much better understanding of what the Spanish entradas must have been for native Americans. Highly recommended.

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    21. Loved!loved! the best of the three! cried at the end! thank you, Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear! Omg! just the best!

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    22. I've been so engrossed in this story. I hate to see it end. I read it fast because I could barely stand to put it down. It tells a different story than the one I was taught in school.

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    23. As always I can't wait for the next episode in this fascinating series. stunning storytelling, historically accurate and thought provoking. Brilliant!

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    24. Fun read. Love all the books by the Gears.

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    25. Book 3 in an amazingly gut wrenching series. Very well written.

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    26. Good, not great. I did like that it was based on the real history of the early Spanish and the brutal way they claimed this land as their own in spite of the current residents.

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    27. couldn't finish depressing

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    28. Love these books. Always sorry they have to end

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    29. ExcellentExcellent. One of the best books the Gear's have written. It was very difficult to put down. It gave me a different prospective of history.

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