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A Searing Wind (Contact: The Battle for America Series #3)
     

A Searing Wind (Contact: The Battle for America Series #3)

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by W. Michael Gear
 

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“An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life. . . . Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears.” —Booklist

In the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact: Battle for America saga, New York Times bestselling authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear richly

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“An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life. . . . Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears.” —Booklist

In the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact: Battle for America saga, New York Times bestselling authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear richly portray a clash of cultures and a native peoples’ struggle to protect their world. Set against the tragic war sparked by Hernando de Soto’s brutal invasion of the American South, A Searing Wind heightens the historical action in this series hailed as “magnificent” (Andrew M. Greeley) and “exciting, skillfully crafted, and fast-paced” (Publishers Weekly).

Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his cowardice in battle. To his fearsome patron spirit, Horned Serpent, however, he is imbued with the courage and keenness to stop the Kristiano onslaught. He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida Peninsula through the very heart of native America. A trader by profession, Black Shell now dedicates his soul to destroying the invaders, with their impenetrable armor, their swift, enormous cabayos, and their flashing, razor-sharp swords. 

Black Shell and Pearl Hand have seen the shackled, naked, starving slaves, heard the broken promises—and learned de Soto’s plans. While the battle of Mabila cost many Kristianos life and limb, the marauder does not retreat. Now he heads for Chicaza and the people from which Black Shell was once exiled.

Wounded and pursued by memories and visions, Black Shell is obsessed with setting the perfect trap. To do so, he must use the Chicaza and their stockpiles of food and supplies. And he must gamble everything on his people’s pride, traditions, and failings. As winter sets in, new dangers abound for the pair—that of a family’s shame, a woman’s anger, and a betrayal that may force Black Shell to forfeit his last chance to save their world from utter destruction.  But, worst of all, he and Pearl Hand must walk boldly into de Soto’s camp and engage the cunning monster in a desperate game of wits that will decide the fate of a continent. 

Powerful and pulsing with authenticity, A Searing Wind is an unforgettable tale of humanity and cruelty, passion and ignorance—and of historical events burned into America’s history and soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439167083
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Contact: The Battle for America Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
222,760
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are the New York Times bestselling authors of Coming of the Storm and Fire the Sky, the first two books in the Contact series, as well as more than thirty international bestsellers that have been translated into twenty-eight 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, Wind River Archaeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming. Visit their informative website and read their blog at Gear-Gear.com.

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A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
shahtoo More than 1 year ago
Salient: one cannot overlook the research which has gone into their books. I was hooked on Coming of the Storm series as well as the Long House series ~ People of the . . . books will also take one back in time ~ again, salient; thank you both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America By W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear A searing wind is a dynamic and thrilling end to a trilogy that will take you into a world of understanding, commitment and daring. The book begins as the last ends with the fires of Mabila. Our heroes, Black Shell and Pearl Hand, two Native Americans from different tribes, traders by nature have come to the realization that their plans have not stopped “the Monster”. They must again try to convince another tribe the danger they are in, the strength of their enemy and the ingenuity and violence of their opposition. Antonito de Soto, “the Monster”, has been given La Florida as governor by the king of Spain. He believes his men outfitted with the finest weapons and armor that money could buy he would easily control La Florida. Arriving on the shores with supplies of every kind, talented cobblers, secretaries, carpenters, blacksmiths, tailors ….everything conceivable trades men. The de Soto’s army ranks including cobayeros and soldaos with twenty years of experience fighting indios, from Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, and Peru. Lead by the grandest nobles of Spain. But the opposition they encounter in Apalachee, Cafakke, Coosa and Mabila are nothing to the battle and strength of the warring tribe of Chicaza. The Chicaza tribe of war likes people, whose dynamic and aggressive nature gave rise to the trader Black Shell. Black Shell who had been trained as a child to gain the panther throne as High Minko of the Chicaza. Reading this book I was drawn into a world of violence, and death interlaced with the hope that my favorite heroes will overcome their Monster and save their world from continued devastation by the Conquistadores. In the end hoping that they would not find their people devastated by the New World governed by the brutal, fanatical Spanish soldiers. My heart was in my mouth again and again hoping the characters I have grown to love in the series would survive. Only to fear in the next few pages that more violent and devastating events were ahead of them. I mourned with them the loss of the dogs, friends and comrades as the continued to bring the battle to the malignant forces of the Spanish soldiers and their converts. Open the book and share the triumphs, losses and love of Black Shell and Pearl Hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gears have brought to light the abomination of DE Soto & the attempted overthrow of the North American First Peoples ! Written as a story of love, honor, courage and struggling heroism, the valiant efforts of the tribes and nations hits this reader where it matters most, the heart! If one could attempt to heal the wounds caused, it would be but a drop of blood compared to the rivers spilled by DE Soto & his followers. Enlightened, one can never return to the naivete of before! I recommend you read all three in this series, and then read all of Gears books. You won't be sorry!
LENNY-A More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Looking forward to book 2 and 3.
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A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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SasquatchME More than 1 year ago
This one is more recent as it gives us a story of the Natives encountering the Europeans. This book is well written and gives us a believable story of this conflict.
lovehistoryJR More than 1 year ago
I love all the books they have written.Can't hardly put one down.
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mikehCO More than 1 year ago
Great series. I try to read all of their books. Haven't been disappointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series. A bit different than the People series but love them. Love the fact that the characters carry over thru each book and it hooked me in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Have been reading books from the Gears for over 15 years. They are all great. This series is my favorite. As I got to know Black Shell,Pearl Hand and the dogs I came to love them. Reading on the edge of my seat, completely engrossed in the rich story that was being told. I cried as each one of the characters died and was mourned by those left behind. I am sad that my journey with Black Shell, Pearl Hand. Fetch, Skipper, Squirm, Gnaw, Bark, Blackie and Patches has ended. I feel like I lost amazingly close friends.
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