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Coyote Summer

by W. Michael Gear, W. Michael Gear

Tom Doherty Associates | January 6, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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Upper Missouri River, 1825

Against the wild grandeur of the Rocky mountains and a richly woven tapestry of Indian cultures--Sioux, Mandan, Crow, Shoshoni--Coyote Summer unfolds into an unforgettable tale of love and reconciliation, destiny, and the indomitable spirit.

No two people could be more different: Heals Like A Willow, a beautiful young Shoshoni medicine woman, and Richard Hamilton, a Harvard philosophy student new to the frontier. Though they come from worlds apart, hindered by vastly different cultures, their souls have met and will not be denied.

But Willow has ties to the Spirit world and a responsibility to her people. In visions she has seen the coming White Storm brewing in the East--the endless stream of settlers overrunning the land, pouring ever westward. She must leave the trading posts, the river, and the company of white men. Even if it means leaving behind the one who has taken her heart.

Armed only with his philosophy, meaningless in the harsh reality of the Rockies, Richard sets out after her. Facing the endless expanse of mountains and snow, a new understanding dawns on Richard--that his desperate search for love and illumination may bear the ultimate price.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 672 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: January 6, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812571150

ISBN - 13: 9780812571158

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Coyote Summer

Coyote Summer

by W. Michael Gear, W. Michael Gear

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 672 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: January 6, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812571150

ISBN - 13: 9780812571158

About the Book

Richard Hamilton's Eastern education hadn't prepared him for the hard reality of life beyond the frontier. In his search for Heals Like a Willow, a Shoshoni medicine woman, Richard is about to learn that the desperate quest for love and illumination will come at a terrible price. Reissue.

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ONE     Upper Missouri River, July 1825   Predawn mist, like curling wraiths, rose off the smooth surface of the Missouri River. It drifted across the murky swirls of current, over the muddy bank, and into the trees. The eastern sky glowed with the promise of a new day. Against it, cottonwood, willows, and an occasional ash created a lacery of black silhouettes. Birds trilled and warbled as the night creatures retired and those of day stirred. Dew beaded on leaves and grass, and silvered the stems and branches. In the distant uplands beyond the river, the slopes were mantled by hip-land grass and isolated spears of juniper, while the dark veins of drainages were clotted with stands of bur oak. There coyotes yipped in final salute to the night as four riders pushed a small herd of horses westward. They quirted their mounts across the dawn-still grass as if in pursuit of the retreating night. One by one, they would snap a quick look over their shoulders--back toward the river and the camp of sleeping White men. Long black hair whipped in the wind of their passing; fringes jerked and flicked to the movement of their horses. As they rode, they flashed smiles at each other, dark eyes glinting. It had been a perfect raid. Stealing from White men was easy. And, unlike raids on the Blackfeet or Sioux, no stalwart warriors would come riding in pursuit. No, these White men would stay with their big, ugly canoe. Let them sleep late into the morning, for the Apsaroke had s
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Upper Missouri River, 1825

Against the wild grandeur of the Rocky mountains and a richly woven tapestry of Indian cultures--Sioux, Mandan, Crow, Shoshoni--Coyote Summer unfolds into an unforgettable tale of love and reconciliation, destiny, and the indomitable spirit.

No two people could be more different: Heals Like A Willow, a beautiful young Shoshoni medicine woman, and Richard Hamilton, a Harvard philosophy student new to the frontier. Though they come from worlds apart, hindered by vastly different cultures, their souls have met and will not be denied.

But Willow has ties to the Spirit world and a responsibility to her people. In visions she has seen the coming White Storm brewing in the East--the endless stream of settlers overrunning the land, pouring ever westward. She must leave the trading posts, the river, and the company of white men. Even if it means leaving behind the one who has taken her heart.

Armed only with his philosophy, meaningless in the harsh reality of the Rockies, Richard sets out after her. Facing the endless expanse of mountains and snow, a new understanding dawns on Richard--that his desperate search for love and illumination may bear the ultimate price.

From the Jacket

In Coyote Summer, W. Michael Gear returns to a vanished America - a time when the last great Indian nations lived in unfettered freedom. In the path of cataclysmic change, two people, bound by forbidden love, must face the terrible truth about themselves, their peoples, and their most cherished principles. Heals Like A Willow has traveled with the white traders, learned their ways, and finally returned to her remote mountain people. As the White Storm brews beyond the eastern horizon, Willow struggles to prepare her people for the onslaught. But plagued by her ties to the Spirit World and her broken-hearted love for a misfit white man, Willow finds few who will heed her warnings. Richard Hamilton''s education in philosophy hadn''t prepared him for the hard reality of life beyond the frontier. Now, his philosophical beliefs shattered, he faces the brutal winter wilderness - a man alone, armed only with his wits and his dogged determination to discover an elusive truth. Willow holds the key - if he can ever find her in such a vast expanse of mountains and snow.

About the Author

W. Michael Gear, who holds a master''s degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

W. Michael Gear and his wife, Kathleen O''Neal Gear are co-authors of the First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series (USA Today bestsellers) and live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

From Our Editors

Richard Hamilton's education has not prepared him for the harshness of the 1825 frontier -- and especially not for a beautiful young Shoshoni medicine woman. They are from completely different cultures, yet there is something that draws them together. In her visions, Heals Like A Willow sees an endless stream of settlers coming to take over her land. She knows she has to leave the trading posts and the rivers, even if it means leaving her love behind. Armed with very little natural survival skills, Richard sets out on a mountainous journey to find her. But his desperation may lead him to pay the ultimate price. Coyote Summer is W. Michael Gear's sequel to The Morning River.

Editorial Reviews

"A tremendous novel which takes the reader back to vanished America--a time when the last great Indian nations lived in unfettered freedom. Gear delivers a compelling story of cultural clashes and forbidden love....in high voltage prose complete with finely etched characters."--Tulsa World

"The sequel to The Morning River and a dandy book on its own merits. In fact, Coyote Summer may be the better story of the two. Certainly, it doesn''t lack for excitement....Gear succeeds in creating something more than a mere historical novel."--Roundup magazine
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