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“A compelling re-creation of a time before history when man and nature were linked.” ―Robert Jordan, author of The Eye of the World

“Full-bodied. Steeped in native American lore, culture and mysticism. The narrative is finely detailed and each of the major figures becomes individualized; readers will feel their tragedies and their triumphs.” ―Booklist on People of the Fire

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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Product Details

  • Series: North America's Forgotten Past (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (December 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812521501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812521504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In People of the Fire, the Gears bring us again into the ancient world of struggle, survival, and powerful Dreamers. The Dreamer, Little Dancer, is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the dangerous path of a Dreamer who walks between worlds. If he chooses his wife and children, the great drought may continue and the people will wage bloody wars for food and land. If he chooses to follow his Dreams, he may be consumed in order that his people may live. This second story in The First North Americans Series builds upon the legends created in the first novel. A compelling tale, I suffered and triumphed along with the characters.
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So this is what Heron was talking about. This book is a great follow up tp "Wolf", with the meaning of the One becoming clearer in the lives of the characters. Here we see the origin of the Wolf Bundle and the Black Stone Wolf that will be become very important to the ongoing saga of there books. I will admit, I loved what happened to Blood Bear, he really had it comming.
Keep moving south!
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I've loved everything I've read by the Gears and I've read just about everything they have published. Wonderful interposing of fiction onto the facts! They use their expertise as anthropologists and as story tellers to combine what really has been found about North American Indians and interpose a very believable story onto it. They really make the past come alive! The inclusion of what has really been found by anthropologists adds tremendously to the books!
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I read the first three books in this series after reading the Anasazi mystery series. I thoroughly enjoyed the Anasazi series and expected a similar type product from these authors. The People of the ___ series seems to be the same story with the same cast of characters, same rapes and plunderings in every book. I am a big fan of series, and usually read the entire series once I start one; however, I didn't make it past #3 here. I purchased these at a second-hand book store, and am glad I only paid a buck each.
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I first read the Gears' Anasazi mystery series -- The Visitant, the Summoning God, Bonewalker. I'd rate those novels 5+ stars, and I've recommended them to a number of friends who have also bought the series. Because the books refer to stories that began in "The People Of..." series, I then bought People of the Silence, which I also enjoyed. On recommendation of another friend, I bought the rest of the People of... series. The first book (People of the Wolf) was well paced and included natural history, just as the Anasazi mysteries did. However, this 2nd book -- People of the Fire -- could have been tightened up and presented in half of its nearly 500 pages. Although the story line was interesting, it became repetitive with too many pages between surprises or crises. I'm throwing out this book rather than passing it on to friends. Not meaning to sound completely negative. I just think I would have enjoyed this book more had I not already read the exciting & action-packed Anasazi Mystery series.
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I rated People of the Wolf four stars, but this book was basically a repeat. I read the book thinking that it was going to have a different ending but I was mistaken. It was just the same. At least Fire Dancer had at least a couple of years in real happiness, but I felt so bad for his wife who still after all that time waited for her beloved. It was still a great book. Wonderful theories on prehistory, great details and descriptions and once again strong characters. But it needed a twist to set itself apart from the first book. I loved Tanager. She didn't need some bad thing to happen to her before she became strong. She was an amazing woman who in her time of weakness showed inner strength to whom many can appreciate. But again Fire Dancer was Wolf Dreamer in another world and Tanager and Fox Dancer were also the same.
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The Gear's description of life in pre-historic America gives a vivid picture of every day life with a band of early Americans from spirituality and social customs to coping with climate and natural disasters. Their knowlege of archeology and anthropology lends a sense truth and realism that makes the story come alive.
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People of the Fire is the second book in the First North Americans series by the Gears. I don't really think you have to read the books in order. Honestly I read the first book first and was still a little confused at times.

Drought is upon the land and has brought strife between the different peoples who dwell in the mountains and the plains. The plains people have a dominating leader who is striving to make women inferior. Little Dancer, a boy who has been with them for awhile, is suddenly thrust out of the clan when his mother stands up to the leader. Meanwhile, in the mountains, the people mourn the loss of their spirit bundle and one man wants to get it back and also get even for his humiliation.

There are a lot of dominating men in this series. It seems like the men are all either bad evil people, subservient, or young boys with Dreams. There's no average guy to be found. The women are always pretty wise and strong. It just doesn't seem like things are very even among the sexes. Probably the best character was Elk Charm because she was somewhat normal. She wasn't running after power or dreams or being a warrior. She just wanted to live a normal life.

So, is it just me, or did anyone else realize that there's a leather bag talking throughout this whole book? I know this is fiction, but considering the series is written by two archaeologists it surprises me that there is so much mysticism and magic in it. Not that that's a bad thing, it's just surprising. And well let's face it, I don't find a talking bundle too interesting. But there was a lot of conflict so those who like action books will probably be ok with this one. But it should be warned there is also violence and rape to go along with that conflict.

Once again, just an ok book. It was good enough to keep reading the series but nothing to rave about.

People of the Fire
Copyright 1991
467 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2014
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