July 30, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312865325
ISBN - 13: 9780312865320
Read from the Book
THE SUMMONING GOD1Sun Cycle of the Great Horned Owl The Falling River MoonI WAKE WHEN A TWIG SNAPS, BUT I DO NOT MOVE.I lie still in the brush, barely breathing, listening to their whispers. Pine needles crackle. Clothing rustles.They each have their own way of walking, one a little faster, another very slow. The leader has wide shoulders that hiss against the brush. There are four of them. But the last in line, the female, is the most dangerous. She is as silent as mist.I ease my head from the ground, and my nostrils tremble, smelling them. A growl tightens my throat, but I don't let it out. Scents of woodsmoke, urine, and old blood cling to their clothing.After they pass, I raise myself on all fours and peer through the weave of brush--they resemble ghosts, gray and floating. Muscles bulge on their heavy bodies. A lot of meat.I creep out of the brush and trot behind them for twenty breaths, until they stop to look out over the rugged canyon.Then my fingers reach for a limb, and I climb at the speed of a pine marten, silently swinging from branch to branch, until I can crouch on a limb overlooking the warriors.I lift my nose to the wind again, but I can't smell them; the scent of pine resin is too strong.They hiss to each other, their voices like coiled snakes, then they spread out, hiding behind trees as they work their way toward the village.I slip over the branch's edge and hang by one arm, watching, listening. Satisfied that there are no others coming, I let go and sile
From the Publisher
The Summoning God is more than a superb murder mystery, it is a psych- ological thriller with blockbuster action, romance and suspense, and best of all a dynamic plot that will have you holding your breath waiting for the nest step down the dark labyrinth of their serial murderers mind. When world-renowned Canadian Physical Anthropologist, Dr. Maureen Cole, is called to the United States to analyze burials found in an ancient subterranean ceremonial chamber, she is stunned to discover the burned bodies of thirty-three children and two adults. The children were burned in the flesh, meaning they were alive when the fire started, but was the fire an accident or deliberately set? The scattered, mutilated remains of the adults give Maureen her first clue. In order to solve the mystery she must work with American archaeologist William Dusty Stewart. Theyve worked on two archaeological projects in the past and get along like a mongoose and a cobra. Now they must work together to discover the dark and terrible secret of an ancient people. The Gears seamlessly weave together modern archaeology and ancient history. Like all of their books, The Summoning God is based on real archaeological sitessites that tell a terrifying story of North America eight hundred years ago. Breathtaking descriptions evoke the harsh beauty of the desert, while the lucid, erudite historical perspectives are informed by the authors own extensive archeological experience.
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.
From Our Editors
When Dusty Stewart
unearths an ancient Anasazi burial site, he discovers the charred bodies of 33
children killed more than 700 years ago. But while he struggles to come to
terms with the past, a ruthless killer is taking lives in the modern world, all
in the name of a long-dead god. Based on the mysteries of real archaeological
digs, The Summoning God is a thrilling story of magic, murder and
A skull with a carved piece missing is found with the burned bones of many children in an excavated kiva. A mummified woman wears a sacred necklace. Intricate carvings with religious significance cause an experienced archaeologist to question his beliefs. The Gears have created a second archaeological thriller in their Anasazi series that seeks to understand why an ancient people in the American southwest disappeared. They skillfully blend in scientific information, and create a gripping story of the Anasazi's search for their ancestral identity. Legends, spiritualism, loyalties and deception play significant roles in the story. This book will be enjoyed by readers of the first Anasazi story, The Visitant.