People of the Owl

by Gear Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

May 27, 2003 | Hardcover

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Michael and Kathleen Gear, bestselling authors and award winning archaeologists are famous for writing novels about prehistoric America that are fast-paced, steeped in cultural detail, and smart. Here, in their most ambitious work to date, they combine their distinctive trademark of high action with a rich psychological drama.

Four thousand years ago, in what centuries later will be the southern part of the United States, a boy is thrust into manhood long before he''s ready. Young Salamander would much rather catch crickets and watch blue herons fish than dabble in the politics of his clan. But when his heroic brother is killed, Salamander becomes the leader of America''s first city. He inherits his brother''s two wives, who despise him, and is forced to marry his mortal enemy''s daughter to forge an alliance for the trade goods his people desperately need.

But he''s only fifteen winters old! Technically he''s not even a man, and most people consider him to be the village idiot! Worse, each of his wives has secretly been ordered by her clan to kill him.

Cast adrift in a stark wilderness of political intrigue where assassins are everywhere, young Salamander has no choice but to become a man-and quickly. For his own greatest enemies are closing in, intent upon destroying him and his clan and taking over Sun Town for themselves.
It would all be a simple matter if he could just run away, but he can''t. He has three problems: Their names are Night Rain, Pinedrop and Anhinga. His wives. Despite what their clans have ordered them to do he loves them. And he loves the children they have given him. As the end draws close, he realized he has only one duty he cannot shirk-to protect his family. Salamander will do it. No matter the cost in blood.

Format: Hardcover

Published: May 27, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312877412

ISBN - 13: 9780312877415

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People of the Owl

by Gear Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Format: Hardcover

Published: May 27, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312877412

ISBN - 13: 9780312877415

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One     Dark clouds slipped soundlessly across the sky as night fell. The faintest glow could be made out in the periodic breaks between the flooded trees. The lead canoe sailed silently forward, driven by the fatigued strokes of two young men. Unease reflected in the youths'' dark eyes. Behind them brown water rippled in the expanding V of their wake. It licked at the trunks of bitter pecan and water oak, then lapped against pioneer stands of sweetgum, hackberry, and ash that rose above the backswamp. In the dusky shadows, three more slim vessels followed, the occupants silently paddling their craft. On occasion they glanced warily about at the hanging beards of moss, at the silvered webs spun by hand-sized yellow spiders, and at the clinging mass of vines. Occasionally a copperhead draped from a water-crested branch. "White Bird, are you sure you know where you are going?" a young paddler called from the second boat. He spoke in the language of the river--a Trade pidgin that had grown over generations. "I know these backswamps as surely as you know the twists and turns of your forests back home, Hazel Fire. Trust me." White Bird blinked his eyes where he sat in the rear of the lead canoe, his back pressed hard against the matting that cushioned the concave stern. He had hoped to be home by nightfall. Ahead of him, Yellow Spider''s paddle moved mechanically, his arms as tired and loose-jointed as White Bird''s own. "I don''t blame them for being nervous." Yellow Sp
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Michael and Kathleen Gear, bestselling authors and award winning archaeologists are famous for writing novels about prehistoric America that are fast-paced, steeped in cultural detail, and smart. Here, in their most ambitious work to date, they combine their distinctive trademark of high action with a rich psychological drama.

Four thousand years ago, in what centuries later will be the southern part of the United States, a boy is thrust into manhood long before he''s ready. Young Salamander would much rather catch crickets and watch blue herons fish than dabble in the politics of his clan. But when his heroic brother is killed, Salamander becomes the leader of America''s first city. He inherits his brother''s two wives, who despise him, and is forced to marry his mortal enemy''s daughter to forge an alliance for the trade goods his people desperately need.

But he''s only fifteen winters old! Technically he''s not even a man, and most people consider him to be the village idiot! Worse, each of his wives has secretly been ordered by her clan to kill him.

Cast adrift in a stark wilderness of political intrigue where assassins are everywhere, young Salamander has no choice but to become a man-and quickly. For his own greatest enemies are closing in, intent upon destroying him and his clan and taking over Sun Town for themselves.
It would all be a simple matter if he could just run away, but he can''t. He has three problems: Their names are Night Rain, Pinedrop and Anhinga. His wives. Despite what their clans have ordered them to do he loves them. And he loves the children they have given him. As the end draws close, he realized he has only one duty he cannot shirk-to protect his family. Salamander will do it. No matter the cost in blood.

About the Author

Kathleen O''Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government''s Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation''s cultural heritage.

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.

The Gears, whose First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series, are both international as well as USA Today bestsellers live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Editorial Reviews

"This arresting 10th novel in the first North American series by the Gears. . . is fast-paced, fluid, rich with smoothly intergrated background detail and softened by a touch of romanticism that deflects the violence and brutality. It''s sure to please fans of this seemless run of works on the indigenous people of the New World."
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