Search Results: "W. Michael Gear"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A well-crafted chapter in the Gears' ongoing series."
The conclusion of the four-novel People of the Longhouse saga, part of the Gears' long-running series of novels featuring ancient Native American peoples. Read full book review >

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COMING OF THE STORM by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Some readers may appreciate the journey; others may prefer not to travel when the destination is so obvious."
The first of a new series by this pair of writer/archaeologists (People of Thunder, 2009, etc.) documents the atrocities committed by Hernando de Soto and his army during the conquest of Florida. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAISING ABEL by W. Michael Gear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2002

"Shrewd details and effectively spun stereotypes. Though the revelation doesn't quite live up to the foreshadowing, clean, polished prose makes the many pages seem fewer than they are."
The bestselling veteran duo (Dark Inheritance, 2001, etc.) offers a timely thriller with enough science for verisimilitude and enough visceral charge for escapism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE MOON by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Ends with an epic battle that should leave readers hungry for more entries in the series."
The Gears revitalize their First North American series (People of the Raven, 2004, etc.) with a lively tale of warring clans. 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

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A so-so mystery, but readers will wish they could book one of those Anasazi cliffhouses for a night of between-worlds mysticism and wake up to one of Dusty's breakfasts."
Continuing their Anasazi series (The Visitant, 1999, etc.), the Gears bury New Mexico archaeologist Dale Emerson Robertson upside down in a Chaco Canyon kiva pit, slice off the soles of his feet, drill a hole in his head so his soul can be sucked out, and twine him up in a hoop of yucca. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE MASKS by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1998

"The Gears have a fine time drawing the various interclan rivalries and clashes of cultures. (Satellite tour)"
Tenth historical epic in the First North Americans Series (People of the Mist, 1998, etc.) by archaeologists Gear and Gear, this time focusing on pre-Colombian peoples living in what's now New York and Ontario. 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

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 >