- 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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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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the gears are great story writers. I have just about all their books I'm set on buying more of their books.Published 3 months ago by Pilar S.
I very much enjoyed this book. I could not anticipate the final outcome, though history provides some of the facts. I enjoy the way the story is told; the Gears do not disappoint.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the Gears, especially this latest trilogy. This book, like the previous two, is very thought provoking and well researched. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BeadCatz
Excellent ending for this great series. Very real and realistic side of the native american tribes
Would recommend to everyone
Superb writing style. I read all three books in the series back to back and it kept the same pace and held my attention the whole journey.Published 7 months ago by MLSB
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