Great Heats

Great Heats

by Ronald D. Giles


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Among the beauty of ancient mounds and earthworks a thousand years ago, the people of the Village of Ohi'yo enjoy an idyllic life. Women care for their families, share farming duties, and choose the chief, while men protect the village and hunt for game. Yet, with each new sunrise, change is in the air, threatening the village in ways that they could not understand.

Young Heron has met his love, Lone Bird, a woman from another clan. The two unite in the moving Ceremony of One, but painful secrets from his past keep them apart, except for covert and passionate meetings.

As time passes, rain and snowfall decrease in the region, while the summer's heat increases and lengthens. Fertile, replenishing floods gradually halt their annual immersions. Insects emerge from the drying ground to attack village crops; deer move away as coyotes move in. People follow the deer. Village life is in jeopardy.

Against this backdrop, Young Heron finally sees hope for a traditional life as he reunites with his family, until events, hidden for decades, confront him. A tragic conclusion seems predestined. Years later, the fruits of this man's life are revealed in a surprising way.

Great Heats - a novel of historic fiction, rich in detail and human experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453864425
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/09/2011
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Ron Giles (b.1942) was a teacher of American History for three years before changing careers. For the next thirty years, he was involved in television production and management, working at WBNS-TV, WCPO-TV, WBZ-TV, QUBE Cable, Mullin Television Productions and QVC, where he created their television format and managed the television part of their operation for the first ten years of QVC's life.

Having finished a stint as a consultant, working with media companies in Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, and Australia, Ron turned his eye towards writing.

In 2008, "On Harrisonville Avenue" was published -- an amusing coming of age memoir about growing up in a steel mill town.

In 2009, his second book, "Cottonwood Pass" was published, as Ron delved into the world of suspense and global politics with a book set in Colorado.

In 2011, the third book, "Great Heats" will be released, a novel of historic fiction set 1000 years ago among the mounds and earthworks of what is now Southern Ohio.

Ron describes his style as "engaging, easy reading to which one can relate." You may follow his work by visiting

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