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People Of The Raven

Kathleen O'neal Gear People Of The Raven
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Series:

North America's Forgotten Past

Biographical note:

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 anthropology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Excerpt from book:

People of the Raven
One
The pale blue halo of dawn arced over the eastern horizon and shimmered on the high snowcapped peaks. Mother Ocean still lay in shadow, her voice soft this morning, a bare purl of sound. White breakers pounded jagged rocks, then washed onto gravelly beaches. Offshore, fir-covered knobs of rock jutted from the wave-streaked water.
Just to the north, along the precipitous shore, Waket's Nose--a spear of basalt--thrust up. Streamers of morning mist shredded on the mossy rock and drifted through the few stands of firs that had taken root in the steep sides.
The grizzled warrior known as Red Dog scratched his bent nose and curiously studied the ancient Soul Keeper, Rides-the-Wind. The old man had seen more than five tens of summers. They must have been hard ones, for deep lines engraved his oblong face and crisscrossed his broad flat nose. His elkhide cape swayed in the fading starlight as he adjusted a set of sticks on the ground, moving them from one place to another.
"Elder," Red Dog bravely tried to interrupt for the third time, "Starwatcher Ecan sent me. I have urgent news."
"Ecan considers his bodily functions to be urgent news," the old man snapped.
"Yes, Elder, but this is different. He--"
"Don't tell me this is different. I know him. I remember once,three summers ago, when his guards rushed in and pulled me from my robes. They dragged me kicking and scratching to his lodge. I was certain he'd ordered my death. It turned out he'd discovered a star-shaped object in his morning phlegm. He wanted me to kill the evil Spirit before it had a chance to leap back inside him." Rides-the-Wind arched a white eyebrow. "He's an imbecile. Imbecility runs in his family."
"Well, perhaps, but--"
"Not yet." The old man aimed a crooked finger at Red Dog. "I'll tell you when I'm ready to listen."
Red Dog gruffly folded his muscular arms and let his gaze drift to the small fire behind Rides-the-Wind. The hair-stuffed bodies of three toads perched on the hearthstones, where tendrils of smoke bathed them. What on earth did the old man use them for? Their bulging eyes seemed to be glaring right at him.
Mist had just begun to form a tufted rime along the shore. Every now and then, he caught glimpses of orange fire bobbing out on the ocean--whale oil lamps, perched in the bows of fishing canoes. A few seagulls hunted along the surf, their calls shrill in the darkness.
Rides-the-Wind moved another stick less than a fingernail's width from where it had been. In the bare breeze, his long gray hair and beard fluttered, rising around his wrinkled face as though alive.
Red Dog shook his head. Only pure-blooded North Wind People had hair around their mouths. He'd never liked it. So far as he was concerned, beards had one use: soaking up soups and stews. Though his father had been one of the North Wind People, Red Dog thankfully looked more like the Raven People, who did not have beards.
"What are you doing, Elder?" Red Dog asked.
"You're blind, are you?"
"Well ... it didn't seem as though you moved your stick very far, so I was confused."
"What does it l
"I idly picked up the People of the Raven and began reading. Five hours later I was still at it, totally engrossed. I haven't read a novel this good in a long, long time. People of the Raven draws you into a magnificent, sweeping world---America, circa 7300 B.C.---that is so real you can almost breath in the air of it. It tells a big hearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years---I guarantee it."---Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Relic

"People of the Owl...cements the Gears' place in Jean Auel's genre of prehistoric fiction."
---Romantic Times (4 stars)

"Extraordinary...The Gears colorfully integrate authentic archaeological and anthropological details with a captivating story replete with romance, intrigue, mayhem, and a nail-biting climax."---Library Journal on People of the Owl


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