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From Publishers Weekly

The Gears’ 12th entry (after 2003’s People of the Owl) in their richly imagined series of novels about the peoples who populated North America in the distant past follows a familiar pattern. Using their archeological backgrounds and talent for research, they have incorporated recent evidence that "there were Caucasoids—traditionally described as light-skinned people—in North America between 9,000 and 11,000 years ago" into this tale of rival cultures in the Pacific Northwest at a time of momentous change. The dominant North Wind People and the various villages of the Raven People are increasingly intermixed, but also increasingly at odds. The leaders—warriors, matrons, healers, holy men and elders—of both groups face tremendous pressures and decisions as dwindling resources and increased competition drive them toward war. There’s nothing primitive about the powerful mix of intrigue and ambition, statesmanship and strategizing, betrayal and self-sacrifice that the principals demonstrate. One can quibble with the Gears’ tendency to use capitalization in odd ways and to describe two major female characters in physical terms geared to modern tastes. Overall, however, they succeed in blending a great deal of information about how these hunter-gatherers lived (food, lodging, weapons, etc.) together with the universal search for love, power and wisdom. It’s a combination that will surely satisfy readers addicted to the series.
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"I haven't read a novel this good in a long, long time. People of the Raven draws you into a magnificent, sweeping world--America, circa 7300 B.C.-that is so real you can almost breath in the air of it. It tells a bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years---I guarantee it."---Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Brimstone on People of the Raven

"People of the Raven, at one level, is the recreation of a lost and forgotten civilization by two noted archaeologists. But this story of Kennewick Man also involves an important legal battle pending in the U.S. Supreme Court and is a good read for those of us intrigued by the earliest Americans."-Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Novels on People of the Raven

"Richly imagined . . . They succeed in blending a great deal of information about how these hunter-gatherers lived together with the universal search for love, power, and wisdom. It's a combination that will surely satisfy readers."--Publishers Weekly

"[The Gears] go where few have gone before, weaving bodice-ripping . . . tempest-tossed tale of lust and savagery around a pre-Columbian culture."--The Oklahoman




A bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters.

(Douglas Preston New York Times bestselling coauthor of Brimstone)

Richly imagined.

(Publishers Weekly)

[The Gears] go where few have gone before, weaving a bodice-ripping . . . tempest-tossed tale of lust and savagery. (The Oklahoman)
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Product Details

  • Series: First North Americans (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765347571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765347572
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters were well developed.
Chelsea G. Humphrey
I read this book when it first came out, then recently again, and it still holds it's character and interest for me.
Lisa M. Suhr
Another great book in the series of books written by the Gear's.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By acey on July 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read almost all the North American books, and inevitably some are going to be better than others, according to the individual reader's tastes. And in book after book, inevitably one gets really familiar with the authors' style and motifs.

This was just so so. The typical Gear themes are there: hot women, stoic wise Leaders, crazy Dreamers whom nobody believes (even though they are Dreamers!) lots of tribal politics and lots of torn guts and acts of war (including rape). Same stuff, different tribe/geographical location/era. I was hoping there would be more discussion of the red-haired phenomenon but the red hair seems to serve mostly as adjectival fodder to describe the Playboy Bunny women.

What keeps me reading these books, even as the plots grow increasingly indistinguishable, is the anthropological factoids and descriptions woven into each one. And the storytelling formula, while no longer novel or fresh, is certain tried-and-true. The Gears are never less than competent--it's just that sometimes their stories really shone (i.e. People of the Owl, People of the Mist). But honestly, the descriptions of "acrid tang of torn intestines" or "she was THE MOST beautiful woman he had ever seen" are getting a little overdone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen J. Riley on September 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I waited several months for this latest book. It was well worth waiting for! This book was as excellent as the ones before it. The history in the books is outstanding. The characters and story line make the book so believable. Anyone who has not read this book or the previous ones I urge you to start. This series of books is the "BEST" I have ever read on the North American Indians. Some of the stories have brought me to tears so vivid are the details in the book. The Gears have made the characters so real that you can almost feel what they went through thousands of years ago. If I had to register the Gears on excellent writing from (1) to (10) I would give them a (13! After finishing the People of the Ravens I am now (and I mean it) anxiously waiting for the People of the Moon!
Kathy Riley
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JGK on October 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read most of the previous "People of..." series and loved every one of them...until this one.

There are so many things wrong with this book it's hard to know where to start. But I'll try. Frist, the characters - there was none of the careful character development of past books. In the past I felt as if I knew each of the characters intimately. In this book we're told one is great, one is evil, etc. but the careful development of showing us isn't there.

The dialog is also lacking...to say the least. It's as if this book was written by an entirely different person then the first 11 of the series.

If you want a good read of historical fiction set in North America then start with any of the previous books and skip this one. My personal, all time favorit from these authors is People of the Lake. The series starts with People of the Wolf. You don't have to read them in order though it is best if you do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karin Dru on February 10, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, as any other in the series, hits a point at about page fifty, where you'd better not have anything else planned for a few days. The action keeps coming, the characters are likeable (even if you swear you've met them before in People of the River) the future is uncertain, and the intrigue is thick.

This story differs from the others in the series because of the time period. The story in People of the Raven occurs roughly ten thousand years ago, and life in the Americas was about as hard as it's ever been, anywhere, according to archeological records. As the authors mention in the afterword, almost every skeleton that has been found from this time period had a nasty injury of one kind or another, and malnutrition. Hard times make for hard people, with hard choices ahead of them. No, this is not a gentle read. You don't just hear that the bad guys are bad and have to take it on faith. If that's not your cup of tea, stay away. If you think it makes for a more believable story, you 'll really enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By book lover on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Who knew that pre-history could be utterly enthralling?

The Gears kept me up WAY too late devouring a story that races across the

page, twisting and turning with no break. The research was first rate, the characters unforgettable.

The mystery of Kennewick Man deserves to be explored in fiction.

This thoughtful treatment by two expert writers intrigues while filling in the gaps.

A true keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Laleman on March 21, 2008
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I agree with several earlier reviews. I actually enjoyed the prelude to the book more than I did the book itself. I felt that the plot and characters were redundant, too similar to previous books, but I did enjoy the setting, and, as always, I love the detail the Gears add to their books to make you feel that you are there, living in the envronment, and are experiencing the intimate connection with the earth that so many people have lost today.

I do wish the Gears would give up the heroines with the heart-shaped faces. That has become a personal joke for me, and an "ah, LOOK! She must be a heroine!" snicker. I have a private wager whenever I start one of their books that has to do with the page number where the first heart-shaped face bombshell will show up.
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