CELTICLADY'S REVIEWS: New Release by Co-authors W.Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear   

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Release by Co-authors W.Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

I am so excited to present to you A SEARING WIND (Gallery Books; March 6, 2012; $26.00), Book Three of Contact: The Battle for Americaseries.  Co-authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear have crafted yet another riveting addition to this heart-pounding historical fiction saga.
The publisher has graciously offered a giveaway of one(1 hardcover) of the Searing Wind, one(1) paperback each of books 1 and 2. Enter the giveaway below on the Rafflecopter form. Thank you and Goodluck.

Coming of the Storm: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America
New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and 
Kathleen O’Neal Gear have long been considered the foremost chroniclers of early Native American life. Now, in a critically acclaimed, sweeping new series, they recreate the conflict-filled years following one of the first European invasions. Seen through the eyes of a courageous pair of Native Americans, Fire the Sky follows Hernando de Soto’s brutal expedition north from the Florida peninsula as the explorer plunders the heart of a complex and fragile civilization.
An itinerant trader and outcast from his tribe, Black Shell was swept into the Spirit World and returned a transformed man. Now, carrying his white-feathered trader’s staff, he devotes his life to a sacred mission that only the tall, beautiful Pearl Hand—his lover, confidant and wife—truly understands. Black Shell has seen what the incomprehensibly violent, shining-armored invaders are capable of doing to his world and knows that if his people are to survive, he and his “Orphans,” a small band of fierce warriors, must kill as many Kristianos as they can.
After being fought to a standstill by the courageous Apalachee Nation, de Soto has changed his tactics. He will employ promises of peace to accomplish what cannot be achieved by violence alone. Lured by a young man’s tale of gold and aided by an arrogant princess’s treachery, he makes his way through the beautiful southeastern landscape. One by one, the ancient Nations fall victim to his lies as rulers and commoners alike are tricked into enslavement. In spite of the price de Soto has placed on his head, Black Shell shadows the Kristiano advance and finds that his own legend precedes him. Some will heed Black Shell’s strategies of sacrifice and deception. Others will ignore him—and suffer unspeakable horrors as a result.
In this moving, vivid portrait of a lost American civilization and a powerful love between a man and a woman, the Gears illuminate a little-understood time in our history, as this bloody conflict between two peoples hurtles toward an apocalyptic battle that may change the course of the war forever. . . 

The first two books in the series are as follows:

Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America

The first book in an exciting new series about Native American and European first contact by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear.
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 the 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 American.
Black Shell, an exiled Chicksaw 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 women 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 attain wealth and power.
For years readers have urged the Gears to bring the class 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, military super power for their survival - and in so doing defined the character of a nation.

Fire in the Sky: Book Two of Contact: The Battle for America

New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear have long been considered the foremost chroniclers of early Native American life. Now, in a critically acclaimed, sweeping new series, they recreate the conflict-filled years following one of the first European invasions. Seen through the eyes of a courageous pair of Native Americans, Fire the Sky follows Hernando de Soto's brutal expedition north from the Florida peninsula as the explorer plunders the heart of a complex and fragile civilization.

An itinerant trader and outcast from his tribe, Black Shell was swept into the Spirit World and returned a transformed man. Now, carrying his white-feathered trader's staff, he devotes his life to a sacred mission that only the tall, beautiful Pearl Hand—his lover, confidant and wife—truly understands. Black Shell has seen what the incomprehensibly violent, shining-armored invaders are capable of doing to his world and knows that if his people are to survive, he and his "Orphans," a small band of fierce warriors, must kill as many Kristianos as they can.

After being fought to a standstill by the courageous Apalachee Nation, de Soto has changed his tactics. He will employ promises of peace to accomplish what cannot be achieved by violence alone. Lured by a young man's tale of gold and aided by an arrogant princess's treachery, he makes his way through the beautiful southeastern landscape. One by one, the ancient Nations fall victim to his lies as rulers and commoners alike are tricked into enslavement. In spite of the price de Soto has placed on his head, Black Shell shadows the Kristiano advance and finds that his own legend precedes him. Some will heed Black Shell's strategies of sacrifice and deception. Others will ignore him—and suffer unspeakable horrors as a result.

In this moving, vivid portrait of a lost American civilization and a powerful love between a man and a woman, the Gears illuminate a little-understood time in our history, as this bloody conflict between two peoples hurtles toward an apocalyptic battle that may change the course of the war forever. . . .


GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!! The winner of the three books is Carl Scott...Winner has been notified...thanks to all who entered.




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7 comments:

Janice Grove said...

This sounds like a great series!

Janice Grove said...

This looks like a great series, I'm going to put it on my To-Read list right now!

Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

Lena said...

Hopping in from Stop Drop Alexa Hop

Carl said...

I was not previously aware of this series, thanks for the intro.

carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

momma8385 said...

This series sounds awesome. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.
:) Jeanne, jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

momma8385 said...

This series sounds like an awesome read. Thank you for this giveaway.
:) Jeanne

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