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People of the Lightning (North America's Forgotten Past #7)

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People of the Lightning takes us to ancient Florida, to a village of fisher folk who must face their deepest fear: Pondwader, now a lanky boy of fifteen summers. He is the White Lightning Boy--the first of his kind to be born in tens of tens of summers. His white hair, pink eyes, and pale skin make him fearsome enough, but legends foretell that a Lightning Boy will make Si ...more
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Forge (first published 1995)
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People of the Lightning (North America's Forgotten Past, #7)
Gear, W. Michael
Gear, Kathleen O'neal
A divergent story from the normal formula of "people" series... Don't worry fans you still have a found object "Turtle bone doll", and you still have a fantastic story with loveable characters. The divergence of the story is that the story is "told" by an elder, orally. It’s a hilarious break in the story as the elder loses his train of thought and suggests other stories he has not yet related. It i
This is probably the oddest book of the series so far. The 7th book, it isn't necessary to read any of the others before reading this one, it doesn't even really reference too much from any of the other books. But it certainly has a weird plotline and characters.

Pondwader was born special. He is a lightning boy, which is what his people call albinos. To satisfy a debt, he is married to a warrior woman of a neighboring village. But she has some problems of her own and doesn't really want to drag
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I like the First Americans series despite my reservations about the fantasy element. I don't believe that ancient peoples were somehow in touch with a more spiritual aspect of the Universe so I find the ability of some of the characters to "see" what's going on, or even more unbelievably, predict what's going to happen via some mystical forces as total baloney. Of the series I think this was one of the best I've read so far (despite my reservations).
It's Ancient Florida and the tribes are being
Paige Comston
As an individual book, it was quite satisfying and I would have rated it a 4 or a 5, but when compared to others in the series, it didn't strike me as worthy of a rank that high. It was a page turner all the way through, but the story just didn't linger with me when I closed the book, unlike other characters' plights in the series. I do, however, find that it is an amazing piece of work, with carefully thought out historical detail.
As for the specific characters, Pondwader, with his obvious we
Katie Rhodig
As the legends go, the 4 shining eagles that hold back brother breathe maker are getting weak and one day a white lightning boy will shoot them down, unleashing destruction on the beaches of ancient Florida. Well that day has finally come to those in the Heartwood Clan. Pondwader, the gawky 15 year old white lightning boy, walks among them, hoping and praying he is not the boy the legends tell of. Pondwader dares not tell his clan what he feels in his chest or of the visions of Turtle Bone Doll ...more
Very well written book which was hard for me to put down. Pondwater is an albino and becomes White Lightning Boy. Legends predict that Lightning Boy will make Sister Moon bury her face in the clouds and weep falling stars and the winds of destruction will be unleashed. The First American series of books tell in detail the day-to-day life, rituals, ceremonies and skills. There are currently 16 books in this series. I have nearly all the books and have read and re-read them. I learn something new ...more
Kristin Gleeson
Tracing the imagined lives of Native Americans approximately 5000 years ago in the Florida region this tales the tale of a 'lightning boy' an albino boy marked with special powers. He is thrown into the conflict between two warring communities and unwittingly draws the central people to the final confrontation acting as a lightning rod of sorts.

Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's works on early Native Americans is full of historic detail that is interesting and informative and reveals their great k
Although the book was beautifully described and explained, it was hard to get through. To believe that people actually acted in the way described in the book is questionable at best.

The series is WELL worth your time. However, this book can be left out. You won't miss a beat.

Kendra Nichols
Even though in my opinion it was a bit sad it was a wonderful book and as I work through this series I just can't help anticipate the next book.
This was a good story, with some major points that irritated me. Primarily the thought that thousands of years ago a woman would be trim and fit and sexually attractive to a young teen, when she herself was in her 40s, let alone willing to marry him with all that entails. Ugh.

I would have liked to have seen more about the people than the main characters, simply because of the information that would be available. I enjoyed reading the interpretation of the burial rites, and the true depiction of
I really liked this! I like novels set in deep history, and this one takes place in ancient Florida (~10,000 years ago?) Pretty good summertime read.
The Gears really can do no wrong. Brilliant world-building, this time set in pre-history Florida, conjures a mystical and multifarious pre-colonization America and the fascinating cultures of indigenous tribes. Rather than writing historical fiction of Native American tribes, the Gears use extensive anthropological research to create absorbing stories that are informed and molded after the beautiful and exceptional cultures they study. Elements of magic and sublime wonder abound which creates an ...more
First book of the series I have read, and it's interesting enough that I wouldn't mind reading the others in the series. The beginning of the book, set in the "present,"didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the tale, but the rest of it flows smoothly. The characters are fleshed out well, and you get to empathize with what many of the characters are experiencing. A slight letdown at the end, but overall a good read.
Featuring complicated characters, relationships, and mythology, the plot of this book moves quickly and absorbingly. It certainly has more of a plot than the Clan of the Cave Bear books which are also based on archeology. This book was delightful and I highly recommend it. So much so that I am bound for Amazon to get more books in this series.

the story of an albino boy called pondwader, and his clan, and the acceptance process of becoming a dreamer and finding his place within his clan and the universe, people of the lightning is an interesting look at pre-historic indian culture and life.
well written and easy to read.
What a great way to learn all about native life before Europeans came! The story is compelling and told very visually, with all the details of daily life and special occasions, such as celebrations and warpath behaviors.
This was a good book
not the book to have playing as my campers drift off to sleep- if you want a quiet night that is. my all time favorite of this series of which I think I'm over due to read the latest in...oops
An excellent novel with strong characters, a fast paced plot, lots of historical and archaeological details and well written. A joy to read.
You have to like this type of book to really appreciate it. This is about the first North Americans in ancient Florida.
Kimberly Beatty
Amazing piece of historical fiction, just like all the rest!
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Amazing piece of historical fiction, just like all the rest!
Ida Skovhus
Another great book about the people of north amarica.
Douglas Shelly
Interesting, easy reading book.
Enjoyable but ended quickly.
I do like these People books.
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