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People of the Fire (North America's Forgotten Past #2)

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A heroic young dreamer and a woman warrior lead a small band of Native American pioneers to keep their ancestors' dreams alive.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Tor Books (first published 1991)
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Rusty
Jan 09, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the series by Auel you will like this one by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. People of the Fire is the second in the series, following People of the Wolf. Situated in a drought stricken land, a small group of people work hard to keep the dreams of their ancestors alive. It's a love story, an adventure story and a view of the people who lived in this era.
J.M. Northup
Jan 19, 2016 J.M. Northup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A respectful presentation of Native American Beliefs wrapped in an exciting tale!
When I read book 1 of this series, PEOPLE OF THE WOLF, I was hooked. Picking up PEOPLE OF THE FIRE just ensnared me more! I have never read a book series so deep and compelling; so rich and complete.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and loving archaeology, I was initially drawn to this tale. The Native American culture, which is so respectfully presented in this book (and the entire series), fascinated me. I am
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. It flows as it grips you, it's that entertaining. The themes are familiar to regular readers of the First Americans series; climate change, young men coming to grips with their abilities, strong women leading the way. Put that to one side and you really do have a superbly written tale that takes us through the life of young Little Dancer as he is exposed to the evil actions of men who seek power, sees those he loves suffer and becomes aware o ...more
J.M. Northup
Jan 19, 2016 J.M. Northup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A respectful presentation of Native American Beliefs wrapped in an exciting tale!
When I read book 1 of this series, PEOPLE OF THE WOLF, I was hooked. Picking up PEOPLE OF THE FIRE just ensnared me more! I have never read a book series so deep and compelling; so rich and complete.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and loving archaeology, I was initially drawn to this tale. The Native American culture, which is so respectfully presented in this book (and the entire series), fascinated me. I am
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A B
Aug 26, 2013 A B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entwives
Where's the fire?

Seriously, where is the fire?

Oh wait, there it is. 20 pages from the end.

The first 300 pages of this book do nothing. It's only in the last 150 pages that the story gets remotely interesting and begins to come together. Once I figured out where the writers were going, I enjoyed it, but were I not such a stickler for finishing books I would have abandoned it long ago.

It starts off as a ripoff of the first book in the series - a boy with a special destiny and a complicated parenta
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Chris
Mar 21, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well....I LOVED his first book. Unique and interesting. But reading this one....the plot was EXACTLY the same as the first book. The characters had different names, but not different roles/personalities from the first book. The setting, farther to the south and a couple hundred years later, but again, basically the same...living with, understanding and surviving, mother nature. WTH? Really? And he wrote something like 16 more just like it.
Jeff
Feb 08, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly disappointing compared to "People of the Wolf". Rather than gradually introducing the characters, the reader is inundated with them in the first 20-30 pages. This forced me to return to earlier pages just to get it straight who is who...and who is who relative to the Red Hand and the Short Buffalo.

As another reviewer noted, the plot does eventually get interesting. Unfortunately, the plot had no direction or interest until about the 80% mark. Further, the plot turns out to not be all
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Melissa
People of the Fire is the second book in the First North Americans series by the Gears. I don't really think you have to read the books in order. Honestly I read the first book first and was still a little confused at times.

Drought is upon the land and has brought strife between the different peoples who dwell in the mountains and the plains. The plains people have a dominating leader who is striving to make women inferior. Little Dancer, a boy who has been with them for awhile, is suddenly thru
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E. Newby
I really like the idea of this series, and found the first book pretty entertaining/thought-provoking. This second installment, however, felt almost like a more complicated rehash of the first story. There were too many characters that filled almost identical roles to characters in the first. Even within the second book, there were too many characters who's roles were paralleled. For example, I had a hard time with the antagonists. Events would happen in Blood Bear's story line that (to me) got ...more
Billy Dominguez
This book was was a strange one for me. It was the fourth book of this series I have read (no I dont read them in order, but they aren't all tied together) and it was weak overall especially in comparison to People of the Silence and People of the Lakes. The first 100 pages are great and then the book just gets so boring in the next 200 pages, so boring and luck-luster I was about to put it down but then the last 100 pages picked back up to a great ending so for that... 2 stars. The book is prim ...more
Theresa
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
People of the Fire (North America's Forgotten Past, #2)
Gear, W. Michael
Gear, Kathleen O'neal
The world is dying. In drought and over hunting the animals are disappearing. The people are starving. The wolf bundle the legacy of first Man has weakened, all it power and prestige has been drawn out. In a gamble First Man and the wolf bundle being a quest to renew the wolf bundle and find a path to save the world. Clear water is a dreamer, who is given a vision she does not like. But she follows the
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Carolina Montague
Oct 23, 2012 Carolina Montague rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a number of uncomfortable moments, as it covers a time in Native American prehistory where the environment is drastically impinging on the lives of the characters. It seemed even more violent and bloody than People of the Wolf, so be advised.

But prehistory was filled with violence. Life was pretty gritty, especially during a great drought in the plains and Rocky Mountains, where this book takes place.

That said, I really liked this book. I have pretty much their entire series and A
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Nadja
Nov 16, 2014 Nadja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took three-quarters of the book to really get into it. I like the storylines of this series; would've been nice if it was written with more skill...and writing talent. However, I'm not giving up on this series yet...Book #3 beckons and might just top my expectations :)
Fredrick Danysh
In prehistoric times a great drought is hitting the area on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Clear Water conceives a child and runs away from an abusive husband stealing the power bundle. After Little Dancer is born she is killed while hunting buffalo and the child is fostered with Sage Root. Little Dancer has the potential of vast power through dreaming. When Sage Root is killed for resisting a false dreamer, Little Dancer and his foster father go into exile. As he grows and resists t ...more
Kitty Sutton
Nov 23, 2012 Kitty Sutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken
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J.E. Docken
Oct 30, 2015 J.E. Docken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way the Gears draw the reader into the minds and the world of their characters. This is another good one from them.
Victoria
Feb 09, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting! I'm sad that each time I feel I am really beginning to get to know the characters it's time to start anew. On to another time though...
Suzanne
Jan 04, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. This was another historical novel based on the indigent peoples already living in ancient North America.
Gautama Siddartha
It was good. Written by some people who did a pretty good work at this...
Werretired
Mar 19, 2014 Werretired rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Makes me glad I'm leaving now. Life was hard just to live it.
Julie
Mar 02, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why I find these stories so fascinating. Great characters. Great mythology. And wonderful descriptions of our own northwest as it underwent climate change and people hunting the buffalo to near extinction (perhaps the first time)7000 years ago. I was wrong about the main character appearing in People of the Earth...I think this book is set about 1000 years prior to People of the Earth. This includes the story of the discovery of how to harvest wheat and other grains which will sav ...more
Susie Creamcheese
I love the free thinking heroine in this book
the female character was way ahead of her time for women's liberation
Jazmín
Nov 30, 2015 Jazmín rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
uno de mis favoritos, aunque triste
Donna
Dec 05, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Painfully slow
Joshua de Vries
Jul 31, 2014 Joshua de Vries rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this one even more than People of the Wolf. The characters are given more depth and the society is drawn in much more detail. I love how the events of the first book have become distant legend by this one, and then the epilogue shows how the events in this novel are becoming legends in their own right.
Beautifully done.
Kimberly Beatty
Jan 27, 2010 Kimberly Beatty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Erin
Feb 16, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and I'm rereading it for the 10th time.
Colleen Lahey
Good story.
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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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