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The Visitant: Book I of the Anasazi Mysteries (The Anasazi Mysteries #1)

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At the Dawn of the Age of the Katsinas...

A woman runs away in search of a Spirit Helper and never returns...

An ancient village is swept into a shattering crime beyond reason, beyond belief...

An old man must learn to walk the dark labyrinth of a murderer's mind to find him before he can strike again...

A young war chief must enter the mesmerizing word of the insane if he ist
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sarah
The Visitant is an absolutely fascinating tale of life with the ancient Anasazi in the Chaco Canyon area. The Gear’s work together to create a rich, vibrant world filled with very memorable characters. Readers will not only learn a lot, but gain a huge appreciation for the ancient peoples and life back in those times. While the modern portions of the book are sorely lacking compared to the ancient portions, they are still entertaining. It is very interesting to see how two very different people ...more
Loretta
so I stumbled on this at the library. And, OH WHAT A FIND!

This tale jumps from modern times at an archealogical dig to the distant past of the Anasazi. Lots of murder, mayhem, and evil spirits roaming and possessing/displacing souls dispatching women during an epidemic of tuberculosis causing an old man to come out of hermit-like, self-imposed exile to come out and investigate in a quirky yet astute manner. A husband on the search for any ties to the true culprit against the crimes committed aga
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Krista
I really enjoyed The Visitant more than I expected to. I would have never bought or checked it out of the library, but I happened to pick it out from a pile of old paperbacks at the beach house of some friends' I visited recently.
I'm not generally a big murder mystery person, but I enjoyed the fact that I didn't see the truth from miles away. I thought the murderer was one person, and then I was pretty sure it was another, and didn't see the truth until the very end. I like when a mystery is tr
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Dlora
I have mixed feelings about this book. It bounced back and forth between a modern-day group of archaeologists in New Mexico who have uncovered a mass grave from the Anasazi times and that exact time in the distant past when those murders are taking place. The juxtaposition of what the scientists think might have happened based on the evidence of old bones and remains and what did happen in the villages of the Katsinas Peoples is interetsting. The characters in both time periods are complex with ...more
Paul
I'm back less than a month from the Southwest (Chaco Canyon will wait until our next trip there), so listening to this book had instant appeal, especially after having visited several of the sites that showcase the ruins of Ancestral Puebloans. What could be better than a novel to flesh out their daily lives an culture? Not this book, at least for me. The authors chose a very creative way to explore the mysterious deaths: two time streams populated by Ancestral Puebloans and current-day archeolo ...more
Jeanette
This was the longest and most confusing book I have read in a long time. If you are looking for a completely hard to solve Native American indian mystery and have a while to read, then pick up this book. Other than the fact that I really really wanted to know who has killing all these women, I would have stopped reading about half way through.

The story is split between two times. The present day at an archaeological dig and the time when the Native Americans that they are excavating lived in. T
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Jess Michaelangelo
It took me a little while to get into this one, and I actually contemplated putting this one down. Once I got past the first couple chapters, though, something grabbed me and the book absolutely took off for me. I had a hard time putting this one down. I spent so much time trying to figure out what was going on, and I just couldn't figure it out. It was frustrating me in the best way possible. As always, I find the different Native American cultures and beliefs fascinating, so of course, the Gea ...more
Jackie
I enjoyed reading and learning about the Anasazi people, their culture, their environment. I also enjoy reading about archaeology, everything about the subject intriques me. The characters on the archaeological team were interesting and how their relationships to one another was well done. In the end, though, the reason for the murders was probably a big deal in ancient times but rather mundane to a person of our time with all our psychological disorders.
It's the first in a series but I don't t
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Sarah
4.5 stars

trigger warning: contains corpse mutilation and child sexual abuse


Another great book in the Gears' Peoples of North America series. Follows modern archaeologists in the present and a village of Native Americans in the past as both seek an answer to who killed women in the village and why. And why are stones placed over their heads? They can't all be witches, can they?

The mystery kept me guessing til the end, a big plus for me, as I often get frustrated by predictable mysteries. It wrapp
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Danessa
I finished this book last night and I have been pondering it since. This book follows two separate story lines, in two very different time periods. One, modern day archeologists who have stumbled upon a fascinating dig. The other, the ancient Anasazi Katsinas people who are being terrified by a series of murders and disappearances.
I felt like the concept of the book was fascinating. It is well researched, and the characters are interesting and compelling. It did get really confusing at times to
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George
First in the Anasazi mystery series set currently in New Mexico at an archeological dig in western New Mexico to assess the site of a proposed government weather station. The dig is monitored by an onsite native American elder to be sure if any remains are found, they are handled properly. The dig quickly uncovers a number of female bodies each of whom had been killed and then buried.

The story jumps back and forth between the current time and around 1200. The flashbacks provides the history or e
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Scott
This is a very interesting story. There aren't (to my knowledge) many fiction books that have the Anasazi as center of focus. Even less that are based on a murder mystery. I really liked this book and look forward to reading the next two in the series. Reading this book, you can't help but learn about the people in this time period and their ways of life. The book jumps from the story in the past, about the murders that took place, to the story in the present, about the archeologists digging in ...more
Theresa
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A marked divergence from the normal People series, first there is a chapter by chapter switch from modern archaeological plot, and the pre-historical fiction of events with in the book. The modern archaeologist Dusty, and Dale with the help of the emetic Silva, are preparing a site for NOAA on the Chaco canyon site. They are surprised by a rare and interesting find that requires them to find a physical anthropologist, Maureen Cole, and a Native America Keres mon
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Pau
Visitant means supernatural being of some sort, like angels or demons. They aren't real now but the world of an Anasazi revolves around them. Of course, what's important to the Anasazi is also very important to the scientists/researchers who dig them... the Archaeologists. The Visitant is two stories in one. It tells of the murder-mystery of a time long past concerning an Anasazi village and the archaeologists on an impact assessment of an ancient burial ground.

The Anasazi part follows Browser,
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Victoria Adams
A series written by the award-winning archaeological team Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. This couple has an incredible talent for bringing their field work on North American aboriginals into vivid focus. They develop their characters with such style you become certain you would know them if you met them on the street. Each book they have written draws a story around their own archaeological finds in such a way that they take you back to the fireside councils and the raging battle fiel ...more
Katie S
I have finished reading a book called The Visitant by Kathleen O'Neal Gear. This book was about two different stories: one in the past, and one in the present. They’re connected, and what the diggers try to find out is something that the past will have already known. I liked this book and you should read it too.

The point of this book was to entertain the reader. The author was trying to tell us that you may not always be the first one to discover things. People in the past could have figured th
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Marci
I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. I love the setting in New Mexico and the Anasazi ruins and the book kept me guessing/wondering "whodunnit". The story alternates between the people who were living in the ruins 1000 years ago and current day archealogists digging the site. The disturbing part of the book for me was the fact that the majority of the characters seemed to come from abused/broken childhood. Fascinating to read about a serial killer from olden days and a mix of "witchcra ...more
Nora Peevy
This book is dear to my heart because I lived in Albuquerque for almost two years. I've been to Acoma, Sky City. It's a magical place. And hiking The Petroglyphs and the mesa, I could see the history of the land come to life. That part of the country just oozes history. This book captures that history beautifully in a great murder mystery spanning ages. I loved reading a chapter from present day and then a chapter from the past. The characters are all so wonderful and real. The history and cultu ...more
Kc
In most cases, I really enjoy books by these authors. However, this particular series is not my genre and I will not be reading the remainder of the series. As always, I was engaged by the historical details interwoven with a present day story line. However, I don't like reading stories that include child abuse as a plot line or actually include it as a topic at all. I get that people are screwed up and that it can often be traced to their childhoods but unluckily the most memorable parts of thi ...more
Cathleen Ash
This is not YA fiction! And not especially well-written. While the story is good, and I like how the book moves between a present-day archeological dig and centuries old tribe seeking the Kava of the First People, the characters are not well drawn enough early on, and it takes a lot of work to remember who was who when you are returned to a different time frame. A nice trick was the timing: the find of an archeological piece tended to fit nicely with the piece of the story from the past that lai ...more
Kitty Sutton
The Gears are the best at what they do, which is writing about pre-history based on archeology, creating a plausible fictional story to help us to understand the facts and thus preserve our own Native American history. Kathleen and Michael have been my lamplight in becoming a Native American historical fiction writer. They alone are responsible for peeking my interest in our dim past and have provided a window to that time and place of which they write. If you desire to see the past of our unkno ...more
Enoch
This book is a great juxtaposition of modern Native American views and historical Native American perspective. Chapters fluxuate between Modern Archeologist, Modern Indigenous Opinion and Historical Society through the means of solving an Ancient murder mystery.

The series ties into the American Southwest and brings to life the Anasazi Indigenous culture and lifestyes. The Gears have shown expert research and infused a brilliant modern day perspective into an ancient enigmatic tribe.

The Visitant
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Stephanie
Great book if you are interested in Native American history or even if you don't. This is the 1st book in this history murder mystery Trilogy. It has all the things needed in a good novel; love, hate, mystery, family, smarts, and wit. Jumping from present day to 1100 bc, you will constantly be wondering what is going to happen next. But most importantly for me, this historical trilogy is as accurate as a fiction can get about a topic that is still a mystery. I love reading historical fiction and ...more
Arlene Shulman/Lichtman
I loved reading about an ancient culture. The Author did a lot of research and it shows. The story dragged on too long and after reading 500 pages, I found the ending disappointing. I also found the characters confusing at times, especially at the end of the book. I gave it four stars for the general information and knowledge I acquired from the book.
Tom
bought this from Mckay's

An interesting murder mystery set in North America's ancient southwest, this story incorporates Indian culture and spirituality, multiple personality disorder, archaeology, and male/female relationships, among other threads.

The main characters are Ash Girl, Two Hearts, Browser, Catkin, Stone Ghost, and matron Flame Carrier. In present times we meet Dusty Steward, Maureen Cole, Dale Robertson, Sylvia, Magpie Walking Hawk, and Hail Walking Hawk.
Sandy
very much struggling.... reached chapter 3...put the book down, with the thought that it had yet to entice me on the journey... "must add it to my "did not finish" shelf." Went back and re-read all the reviews, ... now I'm drawn back in.... What has everyone else seen that has yet to be revealed to me?? OK so I will give it another go!


Second attempt.... just not seeing it all you 5-star readers... as of chapter 7 it's shelved in my "did not finish"
Deb
I started this series on the Anasazi when I went to Abiqui(sp?)NM and found it in a bookstore. The writing is quite clever focusing on a murder that took place 800+ years ago w/present day archaeologists that have dug up the bones and try to solve the mystery. The writers go back and forth so u actually understand what happened and see if the archaeologists can put all the facts together.
Debbie
Interesting and fun story about a serial killer in Chaco canyon when it was inhabited by the Anasazi. The story is told back and forth between the past and the present - the past told in the eyes of the Anasazi who are experiencing the killings first hand and the present told by archeaologists who are digging up the graves. I'm curious to read the next books in the series.
Kathy Sebesta
Kathleen and her husband Michael have written a wonderful series of Native American stories - "People of the [and fill in the blank]".

This isn't from that series, but in its own way it's even more intensely Native American. This is a murder mystery that flashes to and from Anasazi culture to modern archeologists excavating the site. It works, and it works well.
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My professional life began in the dark basement of the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, where I was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint carvings. I quit this fascinating job and moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. When I finally understood the error of my ways I moved to Wyoming and started writing books. Sinc ...more
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