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People of the Wolf (North America's Forgotten Past Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Provides a realistic insight into the prehistoric world as it was , and does so with a gripping intensity and narrative drive that will please any reader of any genre. Don't miss it. (Rave Reviews on People of the Wolf)

A passionate story out of the misty, iced past, a peek at our distant ancestors in a virgin world. (Richard Wheeler, author of The Far Tribes on People of the Wolf)

This rich, more than believable novel is for anyone who has ever wondered who was here when the country was new--and for anyone who can enjoy good stories told late at night around a mountainside campfire. (Stephen A. Chomko, Interagency Archeologist, National Park Service on People of the Wolf)

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, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

The Gears, whose First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series, are both international as well as USA Today bestsellers live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

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  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082401UK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ware on August 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book had been sitting on my "to read" shelf for a while, along with all the other books in the series. I was a bit reluctant to pick them up, fearing I'd be disappointed after having read and loved Jean M. Auel's EARTH'S CHILDREN series. I finally decided to buckle down and pick up the first book. Now I'm eager to read the rest of them.
The first thing that struck me about this book was the vividness of the characters. From the beginning, I was sympathizing with the main character. The authors draw the reader in to the plight of the People and their suffering. Underneath, there is a hidden strength within them that rings true to me. Not long after, we get to the antagonists and we immediately dislike them. Instead of being driven by evil (I read a lot of fantasy :), their actions are driven by motivations that the reader see as obviously being selfish. The characters, though, see them as being what are best for the People.
The dialogue was well written, but seemed a little too modern for the time period the story took place. There was a lot of banter and sexual connotation that seemed misplaced. We don't really know how (or even if) people spoke during that time perioud, but the way the authors wrote it, it just felt wrong. This only detracted a little bit from the reading experience, but not at all from the story.
This is another of the authors' strong points: their storytelling ability. The plot was very intriguing and the pacing was excellent. At no point did I feel as if the story was dragging along while the authors took the time to develop their characters. These two aspects of their storytelling were seamlessly blended to produce a cohesive and enjoyable whole.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "amynh" on November 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had a hard time getting into the style of writing and understanding the story line at first, having just finished the Jean Auel series, but in short time I was so enveloped in the book that I could not tear myself away. I have seldom read a book so quickly and with such intent. It was a fabulous story of mystical power, dreams, war, abuse and the power of one dreamer to lead his people to their new beginning. The strength of the charachters boggled me and intrigued me. Must read!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Tresca on October 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I so enjoyed The Clan of the Cave Bear series that I wanted to read more novels in the same genre. A story about pre-historic Native Americans, People of the Wolf is set among the mammoth hunters of the ice ages. The people live in clans, and are dependent upon each other for their survival. The undisputed leaders of the clans are Dreamers--men and women who have a connection with the spirit world. The spirits advise them in Dreams, and help them lead their clans. The people must be careful to keep the spirits, happy, of course, or they may abandon the Dreamer or the clan. But what happens when two dreamers in the same clan have differing opinions? The people are forced to choose between the young man with the Dream of Wolf in his eyes and the trusted older Dreamer who may be past his prime. One will lead them to a new land of abundance and promise, the other will lead them to death by slow starvation.
The couple who wrote the novel are anthropologists who obviously know about the lives and customs of the people they portray. Free of the annoying stereotypes that often accompany these topics, the characters are vibrant and original. Even if you've never been a fan of Native American history or novels of pre-history (and I never thought I would be!) you may find yourself loving this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kinnear on August 9, 2001
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This is not my usual fare, but was loaned to me by a friend. I found the book so interesting that I immediately purchased a copy for myself along with the rest of the series! I am not a history buff and usually do not spend much time reading history. Yet this historical fiction of the people of the North American continent caught my imagination and provided grist for the mill in a recent presentation I made on the origins of consciousness. A very well written story with detail of the lives of our ancient ancestors and how we might have lived, evolved, and dreamed. It is refreshing to have a shared hero and heroine, with the story of how our patriarchal society might have also evolved from the life of hunter-gatherers.
The Gears bring their considerable knowledge to bare in the weaving of this intriguing story of our heritage. It is obvious that they have paid attention to the details and are trying to put together the most plausible explanation of how life might have been in the transition from the last ice age. The people live in clans and are dependent upon each other for survival. They struggled for leadership just as any other group of humans and fought over the viability for the best ideas of survival. They fought change, they tried hard to maintain their contact with the spiritual side of existence and they were deeply respectful of life.
We follow the mammoth hunters as they struggle for survival during the stress of "others" forcing them from their normal hunting grounds and camps. They struggle with the balance of peaceful coexistence and warring to protect the life they know. And then they face the incredible challenge of going against all their accumulated knowledge to follow Wolf Dreamer under the ice to a new land. In many ways, this is a perfect "Campbell hero story" and as such, is inspiring, interesting, and has lessons for us even in this far removed time. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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