Fire the Sky (Contact: The Battle for America Series #2)

Fire the Sky (Contact: The Battle for America Series #2)

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Fire the Sky 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this, the second book in the series, the long-term effects of de Soto's brutality are shown on a very human level. One cannot help but feel compassion for Black Shell and Pearl Hand and appreciation for their attempts at keep their culture and their world despite the enemies attacks. The Gears stay true to their ability to share about the Native American cultures; and that, makes a very worthwhile read, even when one knows the final outcome.
BibliophileHS More than 1 year ago
This is early American history at its best! An extensively researched novel about the native tribes in what is now Florida is written from the perspective of a native trader fluent in many dialects from the tribes in the area. The trader believes he is compelled, by the Spirit World, to preserve the native ways of life by defeating Hernando De Soto. De Soto enslaved, killed, and destroyed several tribes in his quest for gold. Instead of glorifying De Soto's heinous treatment of the "indios," this book documents and demonstrates how the conquistadores really devastated tribes, descendants of the great civilization in Cahokia, with rich heritages,languages, beliefs, and arts and crafts.
Silverfoxsw More than 1 year ago
Gutsy, historically accurate, captivating read. Continues the saga that began with "Coming of the Storm" A more accurate account of Spanish Conquest of the original Americans by De Soto than you were taught in your American history classes in school! I am pleased the Gear's have again authored another outstanding book. This one dares to look honestly at American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It amazes me reading stories by these authors, the research and information that they bring to life with dynamic characters, conflicts and changes in the North American world make history worth learning. As you read this powerful story, you find that the technology, and war capacity of the Spanish was not why they gained such a foot hold in the new world, as they wandered through out the country, destroying nations, killing people, capturing captives, and spreading disease all in the vain hope of wealth and gold. In many ways it seems to parallell the advents of the Romans conquring the Mediterarian area. The technology, discipline of the conquestadors over powers the technology and fighting techniques of Native American tribes. Like the Romans techniques exploited the Native tribes in Gaul, Spain, and England. Their Organization, and manipulation or people and politics made them unstopable. I wonder if Native Americans took to heed warning would they have been able to expell the Conquestidors. Or if the conflict at home in Spain had distracted the colonizers would the world be a different place. This story shows that it was the disease, infighting, and external tentions gave the Spanish and edge that in many ways was irreffutable. Those nations that would have only a few years earlier would have wiped the Spanish off the map, find that disease has weaked them, or that their political needs make it impossible for them to a mass their strenght against them. The betrayal of White Rose and the people like her defeated Native tribes before the battle could begin. It seems a redunancy in history that it is the betrayals with in that cause the most conflict. The Gears writing draws you into the story, Black Shell and Pearl hand serve as a dynamic combination that humanize the story of the struggles of the native americans, the reader is thrilled by the draw of the underdog. As you read the story you wish so much that the native tribes find a way or solution to expell the monster De Soto. You will find that love, comitment and understanding are the greatest of human traits. Something not only to live for, fight for but to die for. Unfortuantely in this story many beloved characters loose their fight, Blood thorn, Skipper, and even High Mikkos loose all they have in attempt to balance the Red and the White, Christianity and native Beliefs... De Soto has learned a lesson from the previous story and comes protesting peace only to conqure, subjugate and destroy the socities he encounters. He struggles with power, and finds not what he was looking for but a fight even his superiority can't win. It is understandable why the name of the book originally was fire the Mabila, the scene with in Mabila is a powerful relaization that despite all their power and cunning De Soto can be over come, and the nightmare has an end, but it would not be easy, quick, or maybe even surviable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.
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Wonderful book - highly recommended.
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mikehCO More than 1 year ago
As always, a very goog read. It's entertaining and informative at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gears write books that give you a peek into the Historical culture, religious believes, politics, and morals of the American Indian weaved into very entertaining,exciting,adventurous,stories laced with bits of humor.The characters in their books come alive, and you will find your self laughing and crying with them as they struggle to survive. I have read almost all of their books and look forward to reading more.
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