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People of the Earth (North America's Forgotten Past #3)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,442 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Thousands of years ago, small hunting bands crossed the fragile land bridge linking the Eurasian continent to the Americas and discovered a land untouched by humankind. Over the centuries that followed, their descendents spread throughout this land. Bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O?Neal Gear bring the stories of these firs ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published 1994 by Tor (first published January 1st 1992)
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

Once again we are taken back through time, to another era of climate change and the movement of whole peoples across the land. The life and death struggle to survive is always the focal point of the "First Americans" series. Once again Power forges a leader to lead the people along the path to new lands and a new life. If there is a degree of predictability in the "First Americans" series then it is easy to forgive. We are drawn into the struggle of a people who are tied to the land but are also
Jan 12, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
The First North Americans series is a prehistoric fiction series written by the husband/wife team of Michael & Kathleen Gear. People of the Earth is the third book in that series, and actually the best one I've read out of the first three.

White Ash was kidnapped as a child from the Earth people by a man of the Sun people. Which was actually ok with her. Her adoptive parents were much nicer than her original family. But hostile tribes are attacking the Sun people now and they are being forced
Nov 17, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
This novel, based on the archeology of authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear as well as others, explores the mythology and relationships between native peoples living 5000 years ago in what is now Montana and Wyoming. I was thoroughly engrossed. Character driven novels enthrall me.
Jul 13, 2010 Elfdart rated it it was amazing
i’ve read a few books in this series and i’d have to say that this one’s my favourites. I liked the perspectives from which the authors presented their characters. it was a kind of pensive, but not seriously so… meaning that there are little tidbits to think over every now and again but these tidbits are by no means the focus of the book, more a backdrop to the story, and they don’t really inspire any intense thought, just more of a lazy sunday afternoon pondering kind of thought. if that makes ...more
Carol Storm
Jun 28, 2012 Carol Storm rated it liked it
An unforgettable gallery of characters makes this ancient saga of North American Indians come alive.

The year is 5000 B.C. Somewhere in the West, ancient Indian tribes are battline for supremacy, lead by competing "Soul Fliers" or shamans, each with a radically different vision for the ages yet to come in North America.

BRAVE MAN -- the power-mad psychopath, whose twisted Vision leads him to kill and rape while dreaming uncanny prophecies of the untold might of the Aztec Empire!

WHITE ASH -- the
J.M. Northup
Jan 19, 2016 J.M. Northup rated it it was amazing
A Richer Look Into Our Past!
One of the things that I love about this book series is that it is both educational and highly entertaining. It has a depth that allows the authors to bring history to life, allowing modern man to relate to their ancestors from long ago.
The complex characters represent all aspects of the human psyche. They show the good, the bad, and the ugly. Still, my favorite thing about them is that it doesn't matter if they are male or female, visually handsome or somehow broken;
Oct 29, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
This is the sixth book by W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear that I've read and the third in the First American's Series. This book did not disappoint me. The Gears story of the early American Indian includes their culture, religious beliefs, food, cooking, and daily life interwoven with a cast of characters and adventure. Each book in the series could stand alone but the underlying theme of respect and reverence for nature threads through out the series. These books show the American Indian as ...more
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.
Jun 04, 2015 Lacey rated it it was ok
I feel like some of the characters.stories parallel with other characters in the book, so it feels a little repetitive. Also when relationships are being made it just all of a sudden happens without any real insight to the reader on what the characters have going on in their minds(the love triangle for example), but I do understand that it would have made the book longer with explaining better because there are so many characters and things going on in the book. Perhaps if there was a little les ...more
This is the second book of this series that I have read and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. The Gears have a knack for creating a complex, interwoven tale with many characters that, despite the length of the novel, keeps you interested and invested till the end. Just when you think they've forgotten a story thread they tie it back into the story, which is the sign of careful and skilled authorship. The story was a bit repetitious as times and a bit too long, which could could grate ...more
Adam Sprague
Apr 26, 2013 Adam Sprague rated it it was ok
By far the worst book I've read by these authors. 500 pages of repetition ending with a 10 page climax. This book would have been better at 200 pages. Very disappointing since a few of the characters were pretty interesting.
Bryan Richard
A really great book and I enjoyed it completely. It is the 3rd. book in a series. I really enjoy this type of subject matter. It was written by a husband and wife team. (They were both arachaeologists).
Mar 08, 2008 Darby rated it liked it
It was long ago when I read this book but I remember enjoying it. It had war, history, love and suffering. It is good historical fiction series.
Mar 27, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Interesting story about how the plains people spread out. I love the battle of power at the end.
Mar 29, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
People of the Earth (North America's Forgotten Past #3)
by W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The story begins with a description of common practice in modern times of project managers wanting to hurry their projects as the consequence of history.

White ash is a dreamer, who is taken by power from her people to allow her to grow up with love and understanding. In an attempt to change the future he strives to change the path of man from harmony to discord. White ash must face her greatest fears,
Farhana Faruq
Jan 31, 2015 Farhana Faruq rated it it was amazing
This is the sixteenth book I've read by the Gears! This one is number 3 in the First North American series..I clearly don't read them in order, nor do I feel you have to.

Loved this story line, it's another of my favorite so far. This one weaves two unlikely dreamers, spirit battles, a changing world and love all in one.....and some bad guys!! (can't go wrong)

Always look forward to reading more by them.
J.E. Docken
Oct 30, 2015 J.E. Docken rated it it was amazing
While the stories tend to follow the same path - good against evil that is threatening to end their world and throw everything out of balance - I love the look into an ancient world in North America.
Christy Willis
I enjoy the historical aspects of this series; however, the stories for each book are so similar that I would advise a person to only read one or two per year.
Patricia Kaniasty
Feb 24, 2016 Patricia Kaniasty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very religious in nature. More so than the first 2 books in the series. Beautifully told. The words sparked the imagination about another time and place. At times, it felt like a dream.
Britt Lauren
Jul 06, 2016 Britt Lauren rated it liked it
I read this entire series back in my teens and early twenties. I loved it back then. Perhaps I was more easily dazzled then, or maybe there's a reason I just did not like this book. I found it painfully slow and the plot was so similar to the first book that I actually rolled my eyes at times. I also did not find the characters interesting enough to hold my attention. I will continue my quest to reread the entire series, but perhaps I will read other books between these.
Dec 05, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok
Painfully slow.....but I'm determined to read the whole series
Gautama Siddartha
Nov 11, 2015 Gautama Siddartha rated it liked it
another good work of fiction
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 03, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Ancient natives in what is now North America are facing troubling times. Clans are splitting into separate tribes and killing off each other for limited resources constantly moving south. White Ash is stolen as a girl by the White Clay people. In another clan Still Water becomes a cripple. After White Ash is almost raped by a friend she is captured by another man as her people are destroyed. But spiritual power comes to her and Still Water as they are destined to battle a eevil spirit dreamer fr ...more
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.
Matt D
Mar 18, 2012 Matt D rated it it was amazing
An excellent book in the Native American series by the Gears. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, establishing multiple main characters in several different clans. But once they have everything established, the book builds momentum until the conclusion. They do a wonderful job of weaving each individual story together by the end of the book. One of the better ones in the series.
Neil Hanson
Feb 12, 2015 Neil Hanson rated it really liked it
These folks are great storytellers, and I love the work. The only reason I use 4 instead of 5 stars is that it is just so long. I think the story could have been told as well in a shorter book. Just my opinion. But I really LOVE the storytelling and the story. I keep buying their work and reading it, but the length becomes a problem at some point.
Carolina Montague
Oct 20, 2012 Carolina Montague rated it it was amazing
I liked this even more than the first book, People of the Wolf. I've read it a number of times :-)

What I loved was the depth of engagement in Power, which is pretty much awakening and god-realization, but in this book, firmly grounded in Native American spirituality of this time period. I always learn something more with each of the Gear books.

Dec 30, 2007 Joanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't pay attention to the comic book cover on the paperback--this is a well-written novel about the tribes who first settled the Americas. It's fiction, obviously, but is based on what we know of these tribes from archaelogical finds. Great adventure, suspense and spirituality all mixed together.
Aug 25, 2014 Chloe rated it did not like it
This was terrible. Went into it thinking it was historical fiction. Instead a bad romance novel with flat characters and contrived plot lines that tries to pose as something with historical interest. I am not one for romance novels to begin with... but regardless, this was sooo bad.
Jul 23, 2012 Suanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: western
This is the third of a seemingly endless series. I enjoyed #1, #2 was less appealing, by the time I finished the third, I felt I'd read #1 and #2 all over again, very repetitive recycling of the same basic story. Didn't finish the series, which is very rare for me.
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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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