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A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America [Kindle Edition]

W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Set against the tragic war sparked by Hernando de Soto’s brutal invasion of the American South, A Searing Wind brings to an electrifying climax all the intense historical action and authenticity of W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s “magnificent” (Douglas Preston) and “powerful” (Kirkus Reviews) bestselling series.

Once exiled by the Chicaza for cowardice in battle, Black Shell nevertheless dedicates his soul to stemming the onslaught of the Kristiano invaders and protecting his people. He and his beautiful wife, Pearl Hand, have fought the enemy from the Florida peninsula through the very heart of native America. They have seen the shackled slaves, heard the broken promises—and they have learned of de Soto’s plans to target the Chicaza. Obsessed with setting the perfect trap, Black Shell gambles everything to preserve his people’s fragile existence— their pride, traditions, even their winter stockpiles of food and supplies. But the stakes are raised to their greatest heights when he and Pearl Hand must walk boldly into de Soto’s camp and engage the cunning monster in a desperate game of wits in order to decide the fate of a continent.

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About the Author

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are the New York Times bestselling authors of Coming of the Storm and Fire the Sky, the first two books in the Contact series, as well as more than thirty international bestsellers that have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award in 2005. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction together and separately, the Gears operate an anthropological research company, Wind River Archaeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming. Visit their informative website and read their blog at

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  • File Size: 4502 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00HUC49IK
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0N3W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Fantastic, Superior, Magnificent March 6, 2012
A Searing Wind is the third and final book in the Contact: Battle for America series. I read it without reading the first two books and it was excellent as a stand alone book. I can only imagine what it is going to be like when I get the time to go back and read all three of them back to back. This is one powerful and engrossing novel and I suspect that when I do read the entirety of the story I will want to go back and read it again. A Searing Wind was that good. I wish there were more than 5 stars.

I will admit to a certain fuzziness when it comes to my knowledge of early explorations on the North American continent. I knew De Soto's name and I vaguely recalled his travels and conquests from long ago history lessons but I will also admit to a certain dislike of American history while in school. That has changed as I have aged and I now devour books on the history of my country at about the same pace i read my beloved European history novels.

This tale of De Soto's tale of destruction through the southern part of what is now the United States is gripping. The two main characters, Black Shell and Pearl Hand are fighting the battle of their lives to save their people and their ways from the invading kristianos. The Spanish felt they were superior in every way to the indios and were there to conquer and enslave them. The various tribes felt that De Soto and his men had to be destroyed but they had superior amour, weapons and the dreaded cabayos (horses).

The Indians work together - even tribes that have previously warred with each other to rid themselves of the evil that is De Soto - the monster.

I cannot begin to tell you how powerful a book this was. For the first time in a very, very long time a book brought me to tears.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conclusion to a great series! April 14, 2012
A Searing Wing is the third and final installment of the Contact: Battle For America series by the phenomenal writing duo, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Providing an excellent and unique look at the Spanish conquest of American southeast, this book is nothing short of masterful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the previous two books - they were sensational, emotional, intense and absolutely fascinating, but the third book surprised me with even more ground-shaking action, heartbreaking events, and immensely satisfying conclusion. I'm really sad to part with the magnificent world the Gears created and can't wait to read more of their marvellous works.

Because this is the third book in a trilogy, I will refrain from talking about the plot and focus entirely on my thoughts and impressions.

I loved every aspect of this book. The plot moved swiftly along, jumping from one adventure to another. The historical background was extensively researched, rich in flavour and abundant in fascinating information. I found it amazing to read about the history, culture, spiritual beliefs and customs of Native American tribes. It was definitely a precious, eye-opening experience for me, and one that I will never forget. The character building was one of the strongest and most thorough ones I have ever seen, making it easy to get emotionally attached to the protagonists and really care for them. The narration switched back and forth between Black Shell and Pearl Hand, adding a whole new layer to the already complex plot and giving the reader a better insight into the story. Above all, despite it being quite a hefty book, A Searing Wind was very evenly paced, well-balanced, and gripping all the way to the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Conclusion March 13, 2012
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The Gears do a great job with spinning a narrative. The outright competition in the spiritual realm between the "Power" of Christianity versus the "Power" of Indian Nativism can be a bit off-putting to many Christians but if one views it in the same light as other non-Christian literature then it doesn't negate the book's value as a well told story. I particularly liked the historical elements that the Gears brought to this series. Because most of their other works were mostly dependent on archaeological evidence, the degree to which the narrative corresponded to actual events was somewhat forced and primarily imaginative. In this work, since there are quite a bit of historical data available to them, the narrative follows and adds color to events which few modern Americans have paid much attention. DeSoto is presented as a monster and he probably was. As such the Gears present him as a character study in prideful self exaltation and ruthless ambition. I thought their depiction of his spiritual defeat and its resulting effects on his personality,character and leadership was extraordinarily well done.

As far as the main characters go, this book is perhaps the most "politically correct" of any of the Gear's work that I have thus far read. The character "Two-Packs" is presented as so sensitive to feminine sensibilities that one wonders how he would have survived Native American culture as it was most likely lived. Perhaps such men existed, but I kind of doubt it. I will not spoil the ending, but it was appropriate and necessary and one is moved by the authors' narrative to tender feelings of sympathy and identification.

All in all, though a history buff of long-standing, I was awakened to some new historical insights and, most importantly, a greater awareness of the social ethos that characterized Native American culture. Thank you, Gears, for teaching an old dog some new tricks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading get the series, and you won't be disappointed.
Published 4 days ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars They have written another book that gives a look into what life may...
The Gears have done it again. They have written another book that gives a look into what life may have been like for Native Americans in days past. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rose
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good book
Published 28 days ago by Denise A. Hickey
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of the earliesr american Indians
A wonderful story
Published 28 days ago by joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of wonderful love and faith
This story is a fabulous ending to the tale of DeSota's track southeastern area o f the newly discovered new world.
Published 29 days ago by William Sitton
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Three
This is the best of the trilogy. All of them take us back to North American prehistory. The Gear's blend truth with fictional characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy E. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wish there were more of this series
Published 2 months ago by Dona M Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another wonderfully enjoyable book by the Gears. May they never stop writing!
Published 2 months ago by Pardyo
5.0 out of 5 stars the gears do it again a week of bliss
The gears and I have a long standing relationship. They write I read avidly. BUT Kathleen MICHAEL you DO NOT have to recap the preious book in the trilogy I read your series books... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Coming home after 25 years
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As stated before, I bought all 3 books about first contact with the Native Americans and the "white man" arriving in the new world and truly enjoyed seeing it from the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Nash
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My professional life began in the dark basement of the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles where I was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint statues. I quit this fascinating job and moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. When I finally realized the error of my ways, I quit and started writing books. Since then, I've authored or co-authored 54 novels and over 200 non-fiction articles about history, archaeology, and bison conservation.

I'm married--until he comes to his senses--to W. Michael Gear, archaeologist and novelist, and we live at the edge of the Wind River Reservation in the Owl Creek Mountains of Wyoming with two Shetland sheep dogs and a herd of buffalo.

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