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People of the Raven (North America's Forgotten Past #12)

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In People of the Raven, award-winning archaeologists and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear spin a vivid and captivating tale around one of the most controversial archaeological discoveries in the world, the Kennewick Man---a Caucasoid male mummy dating back more than 9,000 years---found in the Pacific Northwest on the ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Anne Hawn Smith
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books of this series. It deals with the fictional setting for the Kennewick Man. The story takes place at a time when the "Caucasian-type" prehistoric North Americans were diminishing and the "Mongoloid-type were expanding.

The story is very hard to get into because of the number of characters and the profusion of names like "Windwoman"that may apply to a person or, in this case the wind. Anyone who has read books by the Gears is familiar with this and has to be prepared
Katrin von Martin
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book almost…wow…ten years ago at a library book sale. At the time, I remember seeing these “First North Americans” books everywhere and, frankly, I liked the almost cheesy cover art, so I thought I’d give it a go and see what these Native American books were all about. I started it not long after buying it. And then university happened and I sort of forgot about it until recently. I don’t even know what brought it to mind after all these years, but I was looking for something a li ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a tale of survival and strategy. The People of the Raven are in a subservient relationship with the North Wind People; they provide food and resources whilst the North Wind People provide them with skilfully-produced artefacts. What should be a symbiotic relationship has descended into one that verges on the borders of genocidal warfare - and it is the North Wind People who have the edge!
Anyone who comes to the First Americans series has to accept that these
J.M. Northup
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Masterful, Intriguing, and Thought-provoking!
The Kennewick Man - do I have your attention yet? That was all it took for the Gears to have mine!
I love the different theories about how North America was populated and what peoples were here pre-Columbus. I am also an avid reader, particularly drawn to historical fiction, pre-historic works, and Native American lore. The Gears give me all the elements that make a story a powerhouse for me and the biggest part of that mix is their detailed and rich s
May 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
the "people of..." series has become my brainless book. what i find annoying, even though i keep reading them, is while the science and history behind them is quite fansinating, the novels themselves are tedious and lack development. the politics seem contrite. the endings are anti-climatic. i guess that's what happens when you churn out a novel every 18mons.

these books could be really well written and deep (if you want really well researched, well-written historical fiction, try colleen mccollo
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read about 15 of their books and this one is just as good as the rest!

If you want to learn about the Native American Indians in a fictional story then I highly suggest you pick up any of their books.

This book is about the Raven people. It's every engaging, fascinating and although it is over 500 pages long you can't put it down.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Written by the husband/wife team of Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear who are both archaeologists, this novel was driven by the discovery of Kennewick Man along the Columbia River. The remains were discovered to be Caucasoid which caused a stir among scientists. A "white" man in North America 12,000 to 9,000 years ago? That created questions and the old understanding of Mongoloid types traveling across the ice bridge that covered what is today the Bering Strait began to look like one of p ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
People of the Raven By W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
History is dynamic, and conflict in universal. Looking at the archeological history of the United States has only happened in 2% of the land, but that does not negate controversy.
Kennewick man is one of those historical anomalies, a Caucasoid skeleton on the North American Continent over 10,000 years ago. The Gears dive head into the controversy. Theory that there are three genetic groups that settled in the American Continent
Katie Rhodig
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Gears this time have thrown you back in time 9,000 years ago. Set in the Pacific Northwest along the banks of the Colombia River, People of the Raven brings the reader up close and personal with the controversial Kennewick man. Kennewick man is a Caucasoid mummy found here on those very banks. Why so controversial? Supposedly white men didn’t show up in North America until the Vikings made a few tentative trips to the area called Vineland. This story follows the two different races of people ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm starting to feel like I'm reading the same book. Young, seemingly incapable boy who must Dream a new spiritual path for his people. Old (but not too old) powerful woman dreamer who dances on the sides of both good and evil. Strong leaders who fall in love and help lead their clans away from the bad guys. The good news is this means you don't have to read any of the other books, you'll be just fine reading this on your own.

The Raven People and the North Wind People have always had an uneasy a
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of W. Michael and Kathleen's books!
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
These always looked like they would be interesting books to read, so I grabbed a few from the library booksale one time. I really enjoyed this story, set in the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia region of North America. Even though the characters, their ways, customs, and culture are prehistoric, their emotions and actions are so very human. It reminded me that throughout the ages, people are essentially the same, especially in regards to their motivations and desires, hopes and fears. This is ...more
Bruce Steffensen
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating Story. The story is a novel that takes its inspiration from the discover of the ancient remains dubbed the Kennewick Man discovered in 1996. When the remains were first discovered scientist believed they suggested that caucasoid peoples were present in North America 9000 years ago. People of the Raven is a Novel that explores that possibility.

It is a well conceived and told story based written by a couple who are archaeologists by profession. The book explores the environment, cultur
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
While Kathleen and Michael Gear know their archaeological facts and can tell a good story, they have greatly over populated this particular book. To keep track of the characters, I had to write them down, and try to separate them as to which side they were on. I counted more than 50 named characters before I gave up trying to keep track. The authors would do well not to give names to people who do nothing in the story or may even be dead. In fact, they could just edit some of them right out of t ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book by the Sears that I have read. It is not necessary to read this book in the order in which the series is written.

People of the Raven is a fictionalized story of two tribes, the Raven People and the North Wind People, whose history is closely intertwined. Over time, war between the tribes appears inevitable.

I enjoyed this book. It contains details on tribal life in America about 9,000 years ago which I found fascinating. Whether it dealt with spiritual beliefs, or clothing
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Finally done! I've been cleaning out the books from the last paperback swap I went to. As a rule I love paleo fiction. This book just seemed to on and on. It uses the discovery of Kennewick Man, a caucasoid type skeleton, found in Washington state (Read the book Kennewick Man by Chatters, which I rated 5 stars). Using the premise that there were 2 distinct races competing for the same dwindling resources at the time the Ige Age was receding and ecosystems were in major transition.

The book was OK
Bee Birch
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the second book I have read from the Gear Empire. Nice premise, but again too much violence, rape, murder, and torture. Too many characters to follow. Too many tangled plot-lines. I couldn't figure out what was going on and I am not a stupid person. But I persevered because I wanted to know who Coyote was, but I must have missed it because I still didn't know at the end of the book. I resent that kind of cheap teaser to keep people reading through this book that is way way too long in th ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I swear each of these books is better than the last. Since writing People of the Wolf new people have been discovered living in the area that is now Seattle--Caucasoid people. Where they came from is a mystery, but the bones were definitely dated to about 9000 BC, meaning both Mongoloid and Caucasoid people existed at that place and time. Using that discovery, the Gears come up with a whole new story focusing on suspicions these people might have of the other while able to see and understand the ...more
Kitty Sutton
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Billy Dominguez
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book, ranks up with People of the Silence, Lakes, Weeping Eyes, and Thunder. This book is different among all the others I have read by the Gears, it starts off with action immediately and will grip you into the story after the first few chapters. The plot was easy to follow and I didn't trouble remember all the characters the Gears like to introduce into their stories. The story slows a lot mid way through but picks back up with a brilliantly written ending. 4 1/2 stars because I felt the ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is based upon the archaeological find of the Kenniwick man in Washington in about 1996. I remember vividly the thoughts I'd had when this finding was released. Finding a white man over 9,000 years ago in the America's stirred so much in the Anthropology and Archaeology world. As the Gear's weave their tale of historical fiction...the events intertwine with my own study of Ancient Americas.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Raven people and the Northwind people become locked in an epic battle for survival as shifting climate change makes resources ever scarcer. This book, set in a pre-history Washington State, uses the archeological discovery of the Kennewick Man to spin a “What if…?” tale full of suspense, mystery and action. The Gears show their usual attention to details as they create a world rich in characters and history. Great set up, but kind of anti-climactic. Not their best.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
i loved the setting, but the Gears pulled out their formula a bit too much for this one. The last book i read by them, 'People of the Masks," was also very formula-apparent. The previous few were more original. Still I think I will continue with this series to see which cultures the Gears will drop me into.
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Set in pre-historic America over 9,000 years ago there are light skinned people with red hair among the native populations. Evening Star is one of them and has been captured and made a slave by the North Wind People. Escaping, she flees to the People of the Raven seeking help. Rain Bear must decide wether his people should flee or stand and fight.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read this entire series. It's been a couple of years since I finished this particular book. I am sure there are a few more newer ones in this series that I haven't read yet. But this is one of my absolutely favorite genres.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This fictional tale of very early native Americans was pretty good, but I found it somewhat confusing that the characters in the story referred to the elements as if they were people, especially since the characters names were also frequently 'earthy'.
John Capraro
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first began reading this book, I wasn't sure I'd like it. It's out of my normal genres of interest. But the writing is solid and captures the tone of the story and setting. I grew to like the characters and the journeys--both external and internal--they found themselves on. Quite enjoyable.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This 'period book' took place 14,000 years ago in what is now the states of Washington and Oregon. The envisioned life of people's day-to-day activities needed for survival and corresponding beliefs was entertaining.
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on the "Kennewick Man" and how it could have fit into paleo Native American society.
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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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