Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Book Blog Tour of Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Black Shell, an exiled Chickasaw trader, is fascinated by the pale, bearded newcomers who call themselves "Kristianos," and not even the wise counsel of Pearl Hand, the extraordinary and beautiful woman who has consented to be his mate, can dissuade him. It will unfortunately take a first-hand lesson in the Kristianos' unfathomable brutality for Black Shell to fully comprehend the dangers that these invaders pose to his people's way of life.
While his first instinct is to run away with Pearl Hand, somewhere the Kristianos cannot find them. 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, which will stop at nothing to attain wealth and power.
Coming of the Storm starts a unique series set in America just as De Soto and the Spanish explorers attempt conquest. The Gears weave in historical facts and details which give the story an additional layer. But the best part of Coming of the Storm is Black Shell's awakening to the danger of the Kristianos. When Pearl Hand and Black Shell decide to face an enemy crueler and stronger than any they imagined possible, Coming of the Storm becomes a story of hope and courage.
While I wasn't drawn to the scenes with dreams and visions and portents for the future, I enjoyed the passages where Pearl Hand and Black Shell interacted with the Kristianos. I look forward to learning what happens next - in Book Two of Contact.
ISBN-10: 1439153884 - Hardcover $26.00
Publisher: Pocket (February 9, 2010), 496 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Authors, courtesy of the publisher:
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear are the authors of over twenty international bestsellers that have been translated into 23 languages. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award in 2005. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction together and separately, the Gears operate an anthropological research company called Wind River Archeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming.
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