Coming of the Storm

Coming of the Storm

Book - 2010 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
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From New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear comes a landmark new series portraying the devastating clash of cultures that followed the European invasion of early America. Dramatic, authentic, and deeply moving, this first book in the Contact series tells the story of 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 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. For years readers have urged the Gears to bring the clash of Native American and European cultures to life as only they can. Now, with Coming of the Storm, the Gears unleash their expansive breadth of knowledge and stunning writing talents to dispel the myths and falsehoods surrounding Hernando de Soto, as they paint a vivid portrait of the heroic men and women who fought a terrifying, militarily superior power for their survival -- and in so doing defined the character of a nation.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, [2010]
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781439153888
1439153884
9781439153918
Branch Call Number: GEA
General fiction G PBK
Characteristics: 484 pages :,maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gear, Kathleen O'Neal

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Apr 23, 2011

Native Americans of the 16th Century think and speak as well educated authors would process and converse today. Much as a John Wayne movie with repartition to keep one up on the story. So goes this offering. After around 300 pages I merely perused the remaining offering.

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