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People of the Wolf Special Intro Edition (North America's Forgotten Past #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,513 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
In the dawn of history, a valiant people forged a pathway from an old world into a new one. Led by a dreamer who followed the spirit of the wolf, a handful of courageous men and women dared to cross the frozen wastes to find an untouched, unspoiled continent. This is the magnificent saga of the vision-filled man who led his people to an awesome destiny, and the courageous ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 16th 2004 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Karen Definately. I think the authors took quite a bit of liberty making the people more 'human' so that we could more easily relate to them in our time and…moreDefinately. I think the authors took quite a bit of liberty making the people more 'human' so that we could more easily relate to them in our time and society.(less)
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Jun 20, 2011 Jessika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Native Americans
When I picked up this book at the library, my very first thought was, "Oh man, cheap dime store cover...this is going to be so cheesy." And then I thought, "Crap...if this is really cheesy, at this length, it'll take me a year to read it."

Well, I'm here to tell you that I did judge this book by its cover, and I was very wrong.

I loved this book. The idea in itself was fascinating, but at the same time, it sounded tremendously boring--a story about the first Native Americans who crossed the Beri
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 02, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I liked the premise of this novel, a tale of the Clovis people of the Pleistocene, the stone age hunters who crossed the Siberian Bering land bridge to become the ancestors of the native tribes of America. The husband and wife writing team are archeologists, and certainly must have the technical knowledge to ground the tale. The problem is the puerile quality of the writing, so bad from the beginning I could barely push myself to persist to at least page fifty. The mystical/spiritual aspect isn' ...more
Mar 12, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I thought it would be similar to Jean Auel's "Earth Children" series. (Sadly, I love those Ayla books. I read them in high school and have so many fond memories of dog-earing the dirty parts. My parents thought I was reading historical fiction - ha!)

This book was similar since it had a prehistoric setting, but there were a million characters and no dirty parts. Overall I liked it, but I had trouble keeping track of all the people. There were two tribes and the name
Mar 05, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these books a long time ago. I really enjoyed them and how they progressed through time.
Definately not an easy book to get into, for numerous reasons (such as writing style, the slightly confusing names, etc), but once I got going, I found that I could not put it down. I had to find out what what happened next. Though one thing that I was really impressed with was the detailed exploration of the whole concept of shamanism and what it entails for a shaman (in this case, a Dreamer). Not everyone may understand the whole concept of Dreaming, The One, The Dance and all that, but they w ...more
Terry B
Aug 15, 2009 Terry B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This whole series was enjoyable,trapping me in the pages as I went through book after book. As a native American, it brings me back to my heritage and makes me proud of the people i came from, regardless of these being fiction. I loved the color that was painted with the words i read, as the whole story was written out, through the generations of these people.
Oct 26, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the beginning of a series of truly awesome reading. When I checked it out in the library it was for a college assignment. However, when I saw how long it was I did not think I could finish it. But soon I became so engrossed with the characters I had a hard time putting it down. The author describes the people and surroundings so well it wisks you away to that time period. I could see the people in my mind and feel their feelings. I could see the landscape of the area, feel the cold, ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not my type of book. I got lost in all the weird names.

Some of the natural objects named in the book were "Mother Wind" (of course this would be the wind), "Long Dark" (winter), "Father Sun" (sun), "Grandfather Brown Bear" or "Grandfather White Bear" (bears) "Long Light" (summer) Cloud Mother" and "Blue Sky Man", "Monster Children's War" (northern lights).

Some of the character names were even worse. Here are some of them: "Throw Bones, Broken Branch, Red Star, Wolf Dreamer and Runs in
Dec 08, 2008 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jodi by: Grandpa Dudley
All of these North American series books were recommended to me by my Grandpa Dudley, who recently passed away. He would read these books, then send them on to me to read. Through reading and discussing them, my Grandpa and I grew closer these last few years of his life. Maybe that's why I enjoyed them so much. Or maybe it was because they were all such great, unique stories filled with details about each Native American tribe but with brilliant, twisting plots, action and mysticism. I learned a ...more
Dr. Thanatos
Aug 31, 2011 Dr. Thanatos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first is a very long and still ongoing series of books. Even though each book stands alone as its own complete story there are nuances and references that, while not tying them all together, add another layer of depth to the world that the authors create and they all lead back to this book.

The characters are engaging and believable, with strengths and weaknesses as well as flaws. The story is the classic grand scale brother against brother battle that engulf their entire world. It's
Jun 06, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, own
I have had this series on my shelves for along time, and just recently picked up the first one. I had a hard time putting it down. the authors bring you to intense relationship with their characters, that make you root for this or that one, and breaks your heart when one dies. Any author that can bring me to emotion when a character is lost is worth reading! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
People of the Wolf (North America's Forgotten Past, #1)
Gear, W. Michael
Gear, Kathleen O'neal
Review: People of the wolf the wonderful story of a boy finding the way into a new world, the dynamics of twins of light fighting darkness. Twin brothers born from rape, are living in a dying world. The people are pushed to the edge of survival. Faced with the edge of the world (a wall of ice) and the others (a section of their own people separated by conflict so far in the past it is not remembered) the
Eden Hazardelirium
I was really excited to read this book, since the peopling of the Americas is one of my favorite subjects. Not only did I get a Master's degree in Archaeology, I live in the American Midwest, where much of the earliest remnants are found.

But I was horribly disappointed. I could not even bring myself to finish the book. And I don't understand how so many people have given it 5 stars!

First of all, just in the quarter of the book that I managed to get through, there are multiple rapes. It's not to
Good Reads Missoula, MT
I have not been able to put this series down since I first found it a few months ago. It is written by a husband and wife who are both Archaeologists. They have written a series of books called The First North Americans, as well as each writing their own individual books. Though the stories are mainly fictional, they are supplemented by real archaeological and historical findings and facts. Very intense at moments and really sad at others, overall, an excellent read.
May 01, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Jeff by: Patty Pittack
Shelves: contemporary
I devoured ALL of these books.
At times the flow of descriptive data about the local flora and fauna can be daunting but I found it to be enriching and informative for the most part.
The Relationships, Character strugles and the dynamics of survival are spectacular.
People of the Wolf is the first book in The First North Americans series. The series numbers into the teens now, so if you're looking to start a long term reading project, this is probably a good one to go for. Although I do have to say, this first book was pretty chaotic.

Two brothers, born of rape, have very different destinies. Runs with Light is given a dream, one that could potentially save his people, although it involves a perilous journey under Ice into a new world. Raven Hunter is the wa
Mar 23, 2008 Jere rated it it was amazing
People of the Wolf is an historical novel by husband and wife co-authors and the first in The First North Americans series. The story explores the migration of humans into pre-historic North America.

The plot concerns a band of Siberian hunters pursuing game across Beringia during the last Ice Age. Spurred by a vision he had while on a hunt, a young tribesman named Runs in Light, later called Wolf Dreamer, leads a handful of tribes people, in rebellion against the tribal shaman, south down the Yu
Jul 28, 2012 Mikaere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People of the Wolf - Definitely must read this book first in the series. Although the setting was very cold and it made you feel cold sometimes it was fantastic reading. I also really enjoyed People of the Lakes. Have read the whole series but like these two the most. If you enjoy learning about ancient peoples, hunting, spirituality, survival, customs, their journeys, both the negative and the positive, nothing is really glossed over, it feels quite real, then you will enjoy these two books esp ...more
Nov 28, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entire series is EXCELLENT. It's educational, gripping, romantic, exciting, mystical, it's many genres all rolled into one. I won't list all the books on goodreads cuz there are just too many, but I will tell you the ones I remember the most and were probably what I would consider, the "best".

People of the Earth
People of the Sea
People of the Lightning
People of the Lakes** Very very good!
People of the River

There are a few news ones also! Yay! So, if you are interested in how the various Nati
Nov 23, 2014 Enikő rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book becuse the plot was well thought out and kept me guessing until he end. However, I think that having read other early man novels, such as the Earth's Children series, spoiled this one for me somewhat. I picked out some details that bothered me. For example, whereas the belief systems and views of the world of the various groups (the People and the Others) were simple, with entities like Wind Woman, Cloud Mother, Blue Sky Man, Father Sun, Long Dark and Grandfather White Bear, th ...more
J.M. Northup
Jan 19, 2016 J.M. Northup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The start of a literary journey that changed my life!
This novel started me on a journey that changed my life. It drew me in and forever linked me to the historical fiction genre and the Gear's work. They have helped to educate me about Native American culture while entertaining me. This book is fantastic and I loved it! I love how it is interlinked through the whole The First North Americans series and how well it brings history to life!
Feb 25, 2015 Alaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I rented this book from the library because it seemed like it was going to be similar to The Clan of the Cavebear. The book started out really promising, after a quarter of the way through I started to loose interest. I didn't love any of the characters. Some parts were really gruesome. Towards the end the book picked back up again and the ending was crazy! It was an okay book, just not my favorite prehistoric fiction story.
Adam K.
Dec 22, 2014 Adam K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised by this book. Several years ago, I came into possession of many books from several people, and I'm pretty sure I got this one from the same person who also gave me Jean Auel's The Plains of Passage. I thought for sure I was getting into the same kind of crap. The book quickly changed my mind when, about 10 pages in, it presented its first sex scene, and it only lasted about a paragraph, nothing specifically throbbed, heaved, took something else into its mouth, etc., and I re ...more
Deborah Pickstone
Mar 29, 2015 Deborah Pickstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't expect to like this - but I did like it. I was a bit put off by the dialogue being all in modern-speak (I know, I usually LIKE that and hate 'writing forsoothly'; I am just difficult to please) but put that aside by halfway through, mainly because it was consistent and so I was able to adjust to it. By modern-speak I mean literally using terms and phrases that have only been used in the modern day.

I am always fascinated to reach some sort of understanding of another person's way
Jun 03, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was intended to be the first in the series, this chronicles People's first crossing of the ice bridge into the American Hemisphere and the traversing of the glacier leading into what is now the USA. Most engrossing. Set 15,000 years ago.
Ciaran Mealer
Apr 09, 2015 Ciaran Mealer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the complex storyline and multidimensional characters. It was both well-researched and respectful of Native American culture. I look forward to reading further titles in this saga.
Mark Smiley
Jan 09, 2015 Mark Smiley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was aiming for a three and a half rating actually.

Got this at the library book sale. It was first in the series (ha! Learned THAT lesson!) so I got it. I like the adventures and survival and hunting type of books. This had all of it along with shamanistic properties.

I was hoping for more info on how to kill a mammoth because you really never know when you will need that. A pit trap, falling off a ledge or gut wounding it and then following it for days or weeks until it finally keeled over fr
Matt Bohnhoff
Feb 19, 2015 Matt Bohnhoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I picked this book up looking for a novel depicting the daily life in the Clovis culture. It has that, sort of. It also has the messianic tale of a paleo-savior who leads his people through the underworld into the promised land, brings peace to feuding clans, and prophesies the development of native american civilization. Does that sound like a bit much? What could have been an interesting prehistorical fiction, vividly recreating a long lost way of life for the casual reader is dragged down by ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing I enjoyed more than reading this, was knowing I had 12 more in the series (by my count) to look forward to. It's not the easiest book to get into, and for a moment I disliked the sometimes modern style in which this prehistoric setting-novel was written, but ultimately I found it to be such an engaging read that I couldn't put it down until I finished it, and as authentic as can be for a 21st century writer to peer into the motivations and ambitions of very-long-ago. Time will tel ...more
I had trouble reading this book. I usually sink my teeth into books that I like. This one I wrestled with. I kept comparing it to Sue Harrison's Mother Earth, Father Sky series which I ripped through. The comparisons I made were in the following way: writing style was dry, sometimes the dialog was unbelievable, it was too long and sometimes I got lost if I put the book down for a week and tried to pick it up again. It did contain good elements like: historical native american ideas and the "drea ...more
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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
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North America's Forgotten Past (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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