Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and Michael Gear

Posted: December 26, 2010 in Books
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The husband-wife historical fiction writing duo Kathleen O’Neal and Michael Gear are best known for their First North Americans series. Each of these novels tells the tale of prehistoric people and their beliefs based on modern archeological finds. The Gears have given life and emotions to people we knew existed, but know next to nothing about; created deep beliefs out of artifacts long forgotten; and developed Technicolor pictures of a world before civilization.

Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America is remarkably different. The events and many of the characters in Coming of the Storm are part of our recorded history; we know the outcome of the European explorers’ visit to North America. Far from Disney’s version of John Smith’s encounter with Pocahontas, this story does follow Black Shell and his strong willed mate Pearl Hand as they learn about the strange Kristianos people and realize that they bring only death to the tribes and must be stopped.

I am a huge fan of the First North Americans series, but I didn’t love Coming of the Storm as much. The story was interesting, but the supporting characters were underdeveloped and the dialog was so modern that it kept pulling me out of the settings. I am not certain that I will continue to read this series.

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