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A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America by [Gear, W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal]
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  • File Size: 5469 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0N3W
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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