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The Broken Land: A People of the Longhouse Novel (North America's Forgotten Past) Hardcover – January 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: North America's Forgotten Past (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765326942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326942
  • ASIN: 0765326949
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Gears, wife-and-husband archaeologists and best-selling authors, add another exciting chapter to their fictional chronicle of the Native American experience. The third volume in the People of the Longhouse series reunites, as adults, the kidnapped children featured in the previous volumes. As the Iroquois civilization teeters on the brink of destruction, insane sorcerer Atotarho spreads terror and mayhem through the villages of the warring nations. As he lays the groundwork for one final battle, which may signify Iroquois extinction, only Odion, now known as the Sky Messenger, and Wrass, now War Chief Hiyawento, and their allies stand in his way. Struggling to forge a fragile alliance among traditional enemies, their prospects initially appear to be bleak. Devoted fans expecting another meaty, mystical story thoroughly grounded in historical fact and archaeological evidence will not be disappointed as the stage is set for the final chapter in the fiery Iroquois saga. --Margaret Flanagan

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Praise for People of the Longhouse

“The multitalented Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists and bestselling authors, score a literary bull’s-eye as they weave another vivid narrative thread into their stunning tapestry of Native Americana…. The Gears continue do a magnificent job of advancing a fascinating historical chronicle via action, adventure, and archaeology.”  —Booklist

“Rich in cultural detail…. Both longtime fans and newcomers will be satisfied. Another fine entry in an ambitious, long-running series.”  —Kirkus Reviews


More About the Author

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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A must read for any Gear fans.
My Time Design
I have been reading every book that Michael and Kathleen Gear have published in this series.
mark wufsus
They have a great way of telling a story about the native Americans.
Franklin J. Takacs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kat on August 31, 2012
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I had a hard time putting it down. This is the third book in a series. Love love love how the characters come alive. Michael and Kathleen have the rare talent of bringing the past alive and be able to be inside the world. I cannot wait for the next book. That is my only negativity is that I have to wait for a while for the next book, but is understandable due to the face a lot of research goes into each book which makes it much more enjoyable to read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Robert Ewbank on January 19, 2012
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The Gear's have done it again. This book is full of exciting events. If you like any of their books this will be another that you can't miss. It is a love story, a story about wars ands a story about peace. It will catch you and take you through it. This is the third book in a four book series. Can't want until the next one is here.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard E. Bradley on August 21, 2012
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The only thing I don't like about Gears books is that don't write them fast enough. The Gears have a rare talent of making the people come alive.
I get caught up reading and have trouble stopping. They are among the greatest writers of this time, and of the paleo peroid
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sadiesat on August 3, 2012
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My sister enjoyed this book very much. It was shipped on time and made a great present for anyone who follows this series. Would recommend...good reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rockymom on July 29, 2012
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As always the book was great. Its hard to put one of the Gears books down once you start reading them. Would recommend highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly B. on June 24, 2012
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"With great power comes great responsibility." They do a great job of painting ruthless leaders and arrogant Europeans. Some stories play out again and again in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kelly on June 20, 2013
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This series, written by a husband/wife team of experts on North American pre-history, cover different groups of the peoples as they migrated into the continent. While there is some chronology that connects the stories, they are not strictly a continuation of the story of the same group of people. Set over different parts of the North American continent, the writers construct many different and plausible societal groups that are very well developed and interesting. I got the first five for my birthday, and ordered all the rest together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilyrea on June 4, 2013
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I enjoyed this book, despite feelings of repugnance and distaste. It deals with difficult subjects, one seldom associates with Indian cultures. The Gears weave history and aspects of the human condition into an engaging story.
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