Mass Market Paperbound
576 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.2 in
August 31, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439153914
ISBN - 13: 9781439153918
About the Book
The mass market edition of the first book in a new series about Native American and European first contact by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear.
From the Publisher
From New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear comes the first book in a landmark new series that paints a vivid portrait of the devastating clash of cultures during the blood-drenched years that followed Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing in “La Florida” in 1539—as seen entirely through the eyes of two courageous Native Americans.
Black Shell, an exiled Chickasaw trader, is fascinated by the pale, bearded newcomers who call themselves “Kristianos,” and not even the counsel of Pearl Hand, the beautiful, extraordinary woman who has consented to be his mate, can dissuade him. Only after a firsthand lesson in Kristiano brutality does Black Shell fully comprehend the dangers these invaders pose to his people’s way of life. And while his first instinct is to run far from the Kristianos, Black Shell has been called to a greater destiny—by the Spirit Being known as Horned Serpent. With Pearl Hand by his side, Black Shell must find a way to unite the disparate tribes and settlements of his native land and overcome the merciless armies of de Soto. . . .
About the Author
W. Michael Gear was born on May 20, 1955 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University and has held several positions in the fields of archeology and paleontology. He married Kathleen O'Neal Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, and People of the Sea. In their first book, People of the Wolf, twin brothers are born of parents from rival tribes. They are raised in the tribe of one parent and must deal with the conflict of belonging. These books, along with those of author Jean Auel, helped to revitalize an interest in early civilizations. Gear has also written several books by himself, mainly in the science fiction genre. The Forbidden Borders Trilogy is a popular series of books about experiments perpetrated by aliens on humans.
"An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life.... Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears." -- Booklist