Search Results: "W. Michael Gear"


BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE SEA by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"It's all without the character-centered pep of Mary Mackey's The Year the Horses Came (p. 959), but the scholarly base gives a sheen of credulity to the time and place and predicaments."
From the authors of People of the River (1992) and other novels (in paperback) set in America's prehistory: a rather rousing tale of deadly pursuits and spiritual journeys that is, in general, free of the dusty earnestness that so often clogs the movement of other fictional efforts by conscientious anthropologists like the Gears. Read full book review >

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THE ATHENA FACTOR by W. Michael Gear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2005

"Comic-book stuff, but bound for glory."
The lives of a plucky but overworked film goddess and a plucky but disgraced FBI agentess converge in the machinations of an evil Saudi prince whose biotech ambitions will bring the world baby Elvises and Princess Dis on demand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE SUMMER by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"The action scenes are exciting, the romance ones only marginally sentimental."
Gear (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.) picks up the adventures of Boston Brahman Richard Hamilton, begun in The Morning River (1996), carrying him from untested student of philosophy and priggish young gentleman of society to maturation and manhood on the virgin frontier of the American West in the 1820s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MORNING RIVER by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Weaving together realistic characters, authentic dialogue that only occasionally overdoes the frontier dialect, and a historically accurate setting, Gear creates believable fiction that transcends and transforms its predictable plot. (Author tour)"
Gear is better known as the coauthor of several novels set in pre-Columbian North America (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.), but his first volume in a coming-of-age saga set in 1825 demonstrates a rather formidable individual storytelling gift, his strong theme overshadowing occasional didacticism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Another fine entry in an ambitious, long-running series."
The Gears (People of the Thunder, 2009, etc.) deliver the latest novel in their First North Americans series, which began with 1990's People of the Wolf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK INHERITANCE by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2001

"Once again, first-rate storytelling from this immensely prolific team."
Heartfelt story about an ape raised to human intelligence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE LIGHTNING by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"Mythic fantasy, some action, and tiresome chat: not the Gears' best."
Once again, the Gears combine archeological findings with a tale of action and mystic hoohah (People of the Sea, 1993, etc.)and here, unfortunately, billows of talk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE RIVER by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"With the supernatural elements and harsh utilitarian characters, this has a remote but sturdy science- fiction feel rather than the nutty swashbuckling intimacy of Auel's novels."
An earnest tale of warfare and spiritual journeys among an ancient American people—the first of this archaeologist team's First North Americans series to appear in hardcover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"A little bit of Paleolithic speculation wrapped around a spiritual coming-of-age. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Twig is afraid of her emerging talents as a Dreamer, but if she wants to protect her people, she must learn to control her power. Read full book review >