People of the Lightning

People of the Lightning

by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
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People of the Lightning by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear

The Gears' mastery of the historical novel, allied with their tremendous experience as professional archaeologists, has made their earlier blockbuster novels of the pre-Columbian North Americans critically acclaimed international bestsellers. Now, in People of the Lightning, they take us to ancient Florida, to a village of fisherfolk who must face their deepest fear: Pondwader, a lanky youth of fifteen summers. He is the White Lightning Boy - the first of his kind to be born in tens of tens of summers. His white hair, pink eyes, and pale skin make him fearsome enough, but legends foretell that a Lightning Boy will make Sister Moon bury her face in the clouds and weep falling stars - and the winds of destruction will be unleashed. The village folk manage to trade him to Musselwhite, a woman warrior who doesn't really want him. She must face an old enemy who has captured her beloved husband, and who is determined to destroy her. What good to her is this pale, softhearted youth? She has yet to learn that Pondwader is a Lightning Boy. He can hear the voices in the wind, telling of horror to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765367556
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: North America's Forgotten Past Series
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage.

W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Together they have written the North America's Forgotten Past series (People of the Morning Star, People of the Songtrail, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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People of the Lightning 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about two clans of native people in Fla and the spirit world that they live in.
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reececo331 More than 1 year ago
A divergent story from the normal formula of "people" series... Don't worry fans you still have a found object "Turtle bone doll", and you still have a fantastic story with loveable characters. the divergence of the story is that the story is "told" by an elder, orally. Its a hillarious break in the story as the elder looses his train of thought and suggests other stories he has not yet related. It is a unique aspect of the story that makes it so memmorable. Musslewhite is a War Leader of the Windy Cove Village, devistated by continual raids and attacks on the village, and its warriors, by her ex-lover (husband) Cottonmouth. Cottonmouth is a ruthless, dominering personality, that wants to bring destruction to the world. Cottonmouth in revenge and political domination has attacked all neighboring villages in an attempt to either exterminate the people aposing his beliefs, or encorporating him in his tribe. Diver is Musslewhites husband for the past 25 years, after fathering 12 of her children, the devistation of the village and a final attack has left them with only 2 children left. Pondwader our hero and dreamer of the story is unique story a true albino, white skinned, white haired, and pink eyed. Pondwader is nearly blind, restricted to long robes for his fair skin clumsy in his travels. But by the visits of Turtle bone doll learns to become one of the greatest dreamers of his time as he learns to flash, thunder and heal the world around him. The supporting cast of characters brings humour and intimate momments as the struggle for the survival of the world hangs in the balance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading about the native americans history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the 'People of...' series and found this storyline somewhat strained and lacking complexity. The characters and their uniqueness as a people take a bit too long differentiating themselves from any other of the Gear characters in any other Gear novel. However, the story picked up toward the last third of the novel and was interesting enough to read to conclusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was extremely interesting book, and I loved the characters. The author did a really good job in describing events and rituals. It felt like I was there at times. Especially when the 'Lightning' birds came down. Super story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of Gears books and this one was the first one that I read. I could not put it down. It is touching and adventureous. The characters of the book become extremely real. This book is the one that got me hooked to the series. read it.