It's a historical fiction covering the Spanish conquest of the American Southeast. Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his cowardice in battle. I thought their depiction of his spiritual defeat and its resulting effects on his personality,character and leadership was extraordinarily well done. I think this could be read as a stand alone book and still enjoyed but to really get the terror, an Fantastic finale to the Gear trilogy--Contact: The Battle for America. They would color his future and fill his imagination for the rest of his life. I particularly like the history since I know some of it from school, but the best is the way the history comes alive with this storytelling. Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his cowardice in battle.
I loved every aspect of this book. Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears. However, I felt it was too much; almost to the point of turning him into a whining coward. He and his beautiful wife, Pearl Hand, have fought the enemy from the Florida peninsula through the very heart of native America. A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard-rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism. He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida Peninsula through the very heart of native America. 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.
He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida Peninsula through the very heart of native America. He barely understands the ways of own Uzita. A Searing Wind was that good. It was an eye opener of the atrocities the Native American nations had to endure under the banner of the Christian faith. They convey a good sense of the little-known richness of Mississippian culture, and help readers understand and regret the horrors that accompanied the European conquest of North America. So, I'm glad De Soto met his demise in this conclusion, and would've have been further satisfied to see Black Shell's mother meet her own demise as a result of her treachery. Here Black Shell and his wife Pearl Hand emerge from exile and rededicate their lives to stopping de Soto and his Kristiano invaders.
Even though the writing was good and the storyline compelling, there were moments when it dragged. And he must gamble everything on his people's pride, traditions, and failings. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction together and separately, the Gears operate an anthropological research company, Wind River Archaeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming. I mourned with them the loss of the dogs, friends and comrades as the continued to bring the battle to the malignant forces of the Spanish soldiers and their converts. The historical background was extensively researched, rich in flavour and abundant in fascinating information. That has changed as I have aged and I now devour books on the history of my country at about the same pace i read my beloved European history novels. 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 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. I particularly like the history since I know some of it from school, but the best is the way the history comes alive with this storytelling. Skipper: was named for his curious sideways gait. The Gears are excellent at First Nations historical fiction. Black Shell and Pearl Hand have seen the shackled, naked, starving slaves, heard the broken promises -- and learned de Soto's plans. You could read this, the third in the series, by itself and not feel you were missing a lot. One by one, the ancient Nations fall victim to his lies as rulers and commoners alike are tricked into enslavement.
If you enjoy history, Indians, or just reading a really good book, than you have to check this series out. Others will ignore him—and suffer unspeakable horrors as a result. They brilliantly show us the way the world was when the native Americans clashed with the Spanish--DeSoto, etc. I am looking forward to reading more from these authors. 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. Kristianos Juan Ortiz: bearded Spaniard, translator, and slave instructor. Now he heads for Chicaza and the people from which Black Shell was once exiled.
As winter sets in, new dangers abound for the pairand 8212;that of a familyand 8217;s shame, a womanand 8217;s anger, and a betrayal that may force Black Shell to forfeit his last chance to save their world from utter destruction. They are archaeologists who know their stuff. After being fought to a standstill by the courageous Apalachee Nation, de Soto has changed his tactics. A Searing Wind was that good. Once exiled by the Chicaza for cowardice in battle, Black Shell nevertheless dedicates his soul to stemming the onslaught of the Kristiano invaders and protecting his people.
Reading this book was a one-of-a-kind experience. World War I is over. Once again the Gears create a very believable world in ancient America. I cannot begin to tell you how powerful a book this was. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award. I honestly can't recall a single boring passage - no matter how you slice it, this is a book to devour! They are whole people with vivid mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives.
The ending is spectacular, not quite what I expected, and yet it was. 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. 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 Battle for America: A Searing Wind; W. She received her master's degree in the history of religions, summa cum laude, was twice selected as an American Bible Society Scholar, and worked on excavations at the Sea of Galiliee. All in all, a great read. Now, in a critically acclaimed, sweeping new series, they recreate the conflict-filled years following one of the first European invasions.