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After coauthoring seven popular historical novels with his wife, Kathleen O'Neal Gear, Gear went solo with The Morning River (Forge, 1996). In this sequel, a young Native American woman and a white man share an ill-fated romance.
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Gear (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.) picks up the adventures of Boston Brahman Richard Hamilton, begun in The Morning River (1996), carrying him from untested student of philosophy and priggish young gentleman of society to maturation and manhood on the virgin frontier of the American West in the 1820s. The story resumes with Richard indentured to rough mountain man Travis Hartman and obliged to work on a keelboat bound for the Yellowstone, where the boat's owner, Dave Green, hopes to establish an illegal trading post. Travis is committed to making a man of the boyish Richard, who has already proved his mettle by killing a Pawnee warrior and rescuing the beautiful Heals Like a Willow, a Shoshone mystic who's smitten by the handsome but elitist Bostonian. For the slow first half of this sequel, Richard broods over the loss of his honor owing to happenstances revealed in The Morning River (they included robbery and murder)--matters that, like the frontier around him, are at odds with his sophomoric philosophical understanding of civilization's established values. Finally, though, the plot begins to move forward with a speed that makes the ponderous first 200 pages worth the journey. Richard is bloodied and badly wounded in a pitched battle, and he finds his devotion to the memory of his Boston love, Laura Templeton, competing with his newfound affection for the Shoshone girl. Ultimately, though, Richard is saved by true love--both in Boston and in the West--and reconciles his philosophical studies with frontier and human actualities. The stage is well set for volume three. All the sterotypical Indians talk like Oxford dons, and all the rustic whites speak in dialectical frontier gibberish; but, still, Gear presents the early American West with a rare, salty accuracy of detail. The action scenes are exciting, the romance ones only marginally sentimental. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863302
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent story with historical data included.
Peter Rattlesnake
Both The Morning River and Coyote Summer (two series books) are excellent historical novels.
L. Christie
When i start one of these books I just can't. put it down until the end.
Margaret Williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
W.Michael Gear has written a wonderful series of Morning River and Coyote Summer. I read River and couldn't wait for the sequel. Gear's character development is is a model for study. Humor abounds as well as deep concern for Richard and Willow which makes for excellent plot development All in all it is a fun, exciting, and well paced story of early west in full color and surround sound. Don't miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Goldberg on October 28, 2003
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The best book I've read all year, and i am an avid reader..The quality of the writing and research,along with the unforgettable characters makes this book impossible to put down..I enjoyed the prequel The Morning River, but this was even better..I think Richard, and Willow still have another story to tell....PLEASE//
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As always, I love the historical content of Gear's books. This series had exceptional dialogue and really engaging characters. After reading "Morning Mist", I couldn't wait to get this sequel. I really enjoyed it, although the ending was a bit "Cinderella".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Mortenson on December 23, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is book two in the Man From Boston pair. One of the greatest frontier novels ever. Tons of history and lore about several native nations, contrasted with the white philosophy in the East. Characters are so well drawn I was sad to see it end. Hope that Mr. Gear has another one coming in this series because it is far better than the First Americans series in my opinion where the characters are not as deep and so numerous that they are hard to keep straight. This book gave me post-reading depression because its quality is hard to match. I felt the same way after reading Greg Matthews's Heart of the Country. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having been raised in central Montana, I was waiting for historical or geographical innaccuracies. I found none. The writing was excellent and did an excellent job of portraying the relationships between the traders and the Native Americans. I felt it handled the issues of race and racism tactfully while at the same time hitting them head on. Highly reccommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John R Outler on July 27, 2003
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The depth of research Gear did is obvious in the wealth of Indian culture, tradition and practice. Gear takes Vine DeLoria's "God is Red" and puts flesh on the bones, and tells a story with riveting action and characters you care about. In addition to making his contrast of Christianity with Tribal Religion come to life, he also illustrates the Union of Polarities thesis.
The Bibliography at the back of the book is a reading list I will be looking closely at. The quotes from Socrates, Plato, Kant, Hobbes and Hegel, et. al., at the Chapter head give you a good intro into the chapter, and are worth reading as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Monica on February 7, 2001
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I bought this for my father for Christmas and he absolutely loved the book. He has read the Jean Auel series several times over and loves it. He has read all of the "People of..." series by Michael and Kathleen and absolutely liked those.
Hands down he said this was perhaps the best book he has ever read in his 73 years. For as many times as he has read and loved the Jean Auel series that is saying a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Lamping on May 22, 2013
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5stars Michael gear has done it again. This book is masterfully written sequel to morning river. It is perfect in it,s history an gives you a lot of life to think about while you are carried away on a breath taking adventure. He is a true artist who can describe a land scape to bone chilling accuracy and create such heart warming character you crave to hug them was well as villains you too would love to strangle. A really great two book adventure.
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