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A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America (Contact: The Battle for America #3)

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“An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life. . . . Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears.” —Booklist

In the eagerly awaited third installment of the Contact: Battle for America saga, New York Times bestselling authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear richly portray a clash of cultures an...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published March 1st 2012)
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A Searing Wind: Book Three of Contact: The Battle for America
By W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
A searing wind is a dynamic and thrilling end to a trilogy that will take you into a world of understanding, commitment and daring. The book begins as the last ends with the fires of Mabila. Our heroes, Black Shell and Pearl Hand, two Native Americans from different tribes, traders by nature have come to the realization that their plans have not stopped “the Monster”. They must again try to conv...more
A Searing Wind is the third and final book in the Battle for American trilogy. This is a not to be missed trilogy. If you enjoy history, Indians, or just reading a really good book, than you have to check this series out.

I got to meet Mr. and Mrs. Gear a long time ago. They were so nice. They are really knowable about their craft. You can tell that they have done their home work and have a passion for what they do. I tried them both as separate authors and together. While, I like them both, I h...more
Shawn Spjut
Battle for America: A Searing Wind; W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear, 2010; Gallery Books

Book #1: The Coming Storm

Book #2: Fire the Sky

Book #3 in Contact: Battle for America brings the story of Pearl Hand and Black Shell to a unresolved ending. Why do I say that? Because no matter how well Michael and Kathleen Gear tell the story about the battle of Native Americans to save their land, and the failed attempt of Hernandez de Soto to conquer and subjugate its citizens, the sad fact remai...more
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 will admit to a certain fuzzin...more
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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,...more
Eileen Souza
This was the finale of the Contact: Battle for America series. The premise of the story, told in three parts, was of Hernando de Soto's arrival in the new world, and his attempts to take ownership of the southeastern part of the the US.

The third book continued the story of Black Shell and Pearl Hand, two of my favorites in the pantheon of characters that the Gears have created over the years. The story is told from Black Shell's perspective, which is unusual for People books, but he had a witty...more
This third book in a trilogy by two of my favorite authors is so well done! Not that I expected to be disappointed.
Reasons for my admiration:
-a story of great depth that does more than illustrate the experience of first contact. It gives it the textures, tastes and smells of its reality.
-the Indigenous peoples, their tribes, and their cultures are the main characters. They are whole people with vivid mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives.
-the spirituality is addressed: differences...more
Matt D
What an amazing book. I'm really sad to see the series come to a conclusion. It was remarkably well written, with every character brought to life with vivid detail. Despite knowing the outcome of these encounters, you can't help but sit there and wish for the happy ending that the book deserved.
Jeanette Adams
I don't remember ever enjoying a series as much as this one. I did not want it to end! Often the books don't live up to the first one, but in this case the Gears were able to successfully build on each book and I developed such a connection with Black Shell and Pearl Hand as their characters moved forward.

In school De Soto was an "explorer" who was admired. These books were real eye openers as they revealed him to be an egomaniac who used religion as an excuse to murder, butcher and attempt to...more
Tamara Call
This is a very well researched fiction book of the Mississippian tribes, mainly the Chicaza, and their hard fought defeat of DeSoto's men. It was an eye opener of the atrocities the Native American nations had to endure under the banner of the Christian faith. Reading about the inhumane way they were treated, made me often have to put the book down, it was so disturbing.

The author's clearly have a side they stand on, and they paint a very good picture of what monster's the Europeans were toward...more
Review cross-posted at my blog

A Searing Wind is the third and final installment of the Contact: Battle for America series, which chronicles the native peoples battle with Hernando de Soto during his brutal march through the Southeastern US from 1539-1542. This is the story of Black Shell, a trader, chosen by “power” and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand and their mission to destroy the brutal invaders. They have seen, firsthand, the destruction, enslavement, and degradation that the Kristiano’s caus...more
Mandy's Review:

If you were chosen to go on a mission that you knew would end in death would you do it? Would you be brave enough to continue on as you see those you love die around you? Would you have the courage to go back to a home that you were banished from and face the humiliation and anger of those who once loved you?

This is what Black Shell faced. Although he was banished from his community and labeled a coward, he was a man of great courage and bravery. There were plenty of times he was...more
Fantastic finale to the Gear trilogy--Contact: The Battle for America. The Gears are great at combining a thrilling story with historical information on the Native Americans who lived during the era that they are writing about. It was very interesting to read about how the natives felt about and reacted to the Spaniard De Soto, his soliders and the new animals--cabayos (horses) and puercos (pigs). I think this could be read as a stand alone book and still enjoyed but to really get the terror, an...more
It is very rare when I give five stars to each book in a trilogy. Comparatively, each book in Contact: The Battle for America is better than any of the Gear novels I've read that I rated 5 stars as well. I really love the characters. The hero and heroine are so good and the bad guy so evil. The Gears are excellent at First Nations historical fiction. I will be reading more of their books. I'm very thankful to my local library for having this series and many of the Gear's novels.
J. Ewbank
This book by the Gear's is every bit as good as the other books in the series. Have read about all of their books and think that for a series or for an output by an author or authors it is about as good as it gets. The stories about our native Americans helps us put a different perspective on our historical events which we have learned. It is a great series.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and he 'Isms'" and soon to be released "Wesley's Wars"
Laurie Blacker
Book 3 In the Battle For America trilogy, we learn the fate of Spaniard DeSoto as he attempts to conquer the so called savages of the new world. We follow along as former trader Black Shell and his wife Pearl Hand do everything in their power to defeat the hated Kristianos. Once again the Gears create a very believable world in ancient America. You can almost smell the forest, breathe the smoke, and hear the screams as the two cultures battle for survival.
couldn't depressing
This is the third volume of a trilogy and the review applies to the whole. This is what H. G. Wells tried to write about in War of the Worlds. The Gears have managed to do the whole thing of native-alien war in a convincing and enthralling fashion. Highly recommended to students of Southeastern anthropology and fans of speculative history.
Another well written and highly informative series by the Gears. I have a much better understanding of what the Spanish entradas must have been for native Americans. Highly recommended.
Good, not great. I did like that it was based on the real history of the early Spanish and the brutal way they claimed this land as their own in spite of the current residents.
Tim Barrable
As always I can't wait for the next episode in this fascinating series.... stunning storytelling, historically accurate and thought provoking. Brilliant!
Anna Mancour

loved! the best of the three! cried at the end! thank you, Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear! Omg! just the best!

Michelle McPherson
Sad to see the last book in this series end. It was wonderful, even as it left questions - leaving me with hope that it is not COMPLETELY over.
Preordered it for my nook as soon as I could. Great ending to a series... Can't wait for more from the gears!
Erin Al-Mehairi
Book 3 in an amazingly gut wrenching series. Very well written.
Jim Young
Fun read. Love all the books by the Gears.
Love these books. Always sorry they have to end
Very good.
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W. Michael Gear was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the twentieth of May, 1955. A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard-rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism. After his father's death in 1959, Michael's mother received her Master's degree in journalism and began teaching. In 1962 she married Joseph J. Cook, who taught tool and die making, and the fam...more
More about W. Michael Gear...
People of the Fire (North America's Forgotten Past, #2) People of the Wolf (North America's Forgotten Past, #1) People of the Earth (North America's Forgotten Past, #3) People of the River (North America's Forgotten Past, #4) People of the Sea (North America's Forgotten Past, #5)

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