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Fire the Sky (Contact: The Battle for America #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  335 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
An itinerant trader and outcast from his tribe, Black Shell was swept into the Spirit World and returned a transformed man. Now, carrying his white-feathered trader's staff, he devotes his life to a sacred mission that only the tall, beautiful Pearl Hand--his lover, confidant and wife--truly understands. Black Shell has seen what the incomprehensibly violent, shining-armor ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published February 9th 2011)
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Fire The Sky is the second book in Contact: Battle For America series by the bestselling author duo, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Just like the first book in the trilogy, it delivers breathtaking action, gripping plot developments, well-drawn characters, impressive abundance of historical details and, most of all, an excellent, profoundly meaningful story. Captiva
Shawn Spjut
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Battle for America: Fire the Sky; W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear, 2010; Gallery Books

Fire in the sky is the second novel in Gear & Gear's "The Battle for America" series. Just as with the first book "Coming of the Storm", the authors have done a remarkable job of drawing this reader into the social, political, and geo-agricultural life of the Native American Indian. And even though the book is a fictional archeology of the history and culture of Indigenous Americans during the ti
Eileen Souza
Fire the Sky is the second book written by the Gears in their new First Contact series. I've been reading the Gears for 18 years now, love so many of their books, but have recently been disappointed by several - mostly due to the requirements of their publisher to keep the pages down and split up manuscripts. This was the first book that they had written knowing that they would be trapped to under 400 pages, and I was much more satisfied with it. It was gripping to the point that I was itching t ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of three historical novels on the first contact that the Native Americans had with the Europeans--in this case DeSoto, someone I would like to call an evil Spaniard, but unfortunately he and his tactics were all too common.

This is a fantastic novel, that is well-researched and well-written, as are all of the Gears' novels. It's a story of the superior technology of the Spaniards, their treacherous activities, including, rape, murder, mutilations, as well as, the po
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the trilogy. Interesting read on the "early" discovery of America and how it affected the native Americans.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good story about the early contacts of native americans with the Spanish, from the native American perspective.
Erin Bright
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the history lesson. The drama of trying to bring one man down and the tolls it takes!
Roxie Gallinger
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read by these two authors that write about historical American Natives...loved it
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review of Fire the sky
By Theresa Hulongbayan
"It amazes me reading stories by these authors, the research and information that they bring to life with dynamic characters, conflicts and changes in the North American world make history worth learning. As you read this powerful story, you find that the technology, and war capacity of the Spanish was not why they gained such a foothold in the new world, as they wandered throughout the country, destroying nations, killing people, capturing captives,
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fire the Sky (Contact: The Battle for America, #2)
Gear, W. Michael
Gear, Kathleen O'neal Gear

It amazes me reading stories by these authors, the research and information that they bring to life with dynamic characters, conflicts and changes in the North American world make history worth learning.
As you read this powerful story, you find that the technology, and war capacity of the Spanish was not why they gained such a foot hold in the new world, as they wandered through out the country, destroy
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Fire the Sky picks right up where Coming of the Storm ends. Black Shell and Pearl Hand are still in hot pursuit of Hernando De Soto, trying to figure out how to stop his ruthless destruction of the Indian nations standing in the way of his pursuit of gold.

The Gears are especially good at pointing out that the historical reference to Native Americans as savages is a misnomer. The series reveals extensive Native American cultures and civilizations with thriving economies that included active trade
Neil Hanson
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another really outstanding book in this series. For folks (like myself) who love historical fiction, this series is a wonderful trip back into a possible life at the time DeSoto first landed in Florida. The authors paint a picture of a pretty advanced and well-populated SE United States at the time. Since they're also in the business of understanding and knowing about past cultures, I'm assuming they're painting an accurate picture of what things might have been like at the time.

They also do a r
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here I go again with one of these pre-history type books! I really like these stories by the Gears! This is the second in the Contact: Battle for America trilogy and tells about the nativity of the Native Americans when deSoto arrived with his band of bad guys and the horrors that they endured at his hands. DeSoto was the badest of the bad guys for sure but in these stories there is a small group of NAs that dogs him through the South determined to save their people and their way of life. Unfort ...more
Matt D
This was an exceptionally well written book about the earliest periods of contact between the Native Americans and the invading Spaniards. W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neil Gear put an exceptional amount of research into their writing, and it shows. The story is s continuation from the first novel in the series, and follows the Chicaza trader Black Shell as he, Pearl Hand, and Blood Thorn harass the army of Hernando de Soto across what will become the Southeastern United States. It is touching at s ...more
J. Ewbank
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by the Gear's is in their tradition of informating you about Indian culture and history through interesting stories. The characters in the plot of this novel and very believable and ones you come to like very quickly. The plot is strong and interesting. This is the second in the series and I am waiting for the next one.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
A. L. DeLeon
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not only does this second book in the series grip you but you also learn just how damaging the march of de Soto was at the time. You can't help but wonder why we as humans like to forget the truths of history versus the perceptions and fallacies that are often written down about it. I'm very interested in reading the third book in this set to get the full picture and would recommend this, along with any other books written by W.Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, to anyone.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great follow-up to Coming of the Storm. The series follows Black Shell and Pearl Hand, as they rally people to fight Spanish invaders.

The depictions of Native American life are fascinating and well-researched. The books are wonderful glimpses into a bit of history that really doesn't show up much. Unfortunately, the Spanish antagonists are very one-dimensional. We know they're bad and are looking for gold, but that's about it.
Dec 26, 2011 added it
This was another excellent novel in the "First Contact" series. A great deal of research goes into each novel written by the Gears and their story-telling ability is par excellence. There are several strands in each novel masterfully woven together, all based on historical data. Colorful details based on culture, geography, and human emotion all combine for addictive reading of historical fiction.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure
I enjoy the Gear's writing and this book only stands to support that. It's been some time since I read book one of this series and, yet, I was right back into it almost from page 1. Looking forward to finding time to finish out the series, I think (though if my powers of prediction and what I am reading as foreshadowing are accurate, I may not be happy with the finale).
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second volume of a trilogy and the review applies to the whole. This is what H. G. Wells tried to write about in War of the Worlds. The Gears have managed to do the whole thing of native-alien war in a convincing and enthralling fashion. Highly recommended to students of Southeastern anthropology and fans of speculative history.
Wellington City Libraries
I enjoyed this very much. i had read book 1 some time ago but could not find book 2 until your library purchased the book. I enjoy historical fiction more so of it is based on a person or events. This series has both. Both the authors write very good booksabout the American Indians. I will now after I read the series read about them.
Elizabeth Scheller Williams
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember being taught about de Soto in Catholic grade school and being smacked when I questioned bringing 'God' to the ignorant savages. I wondered if white greed was a better reason for de Soto's actions than the mission to bring Jesus to the 'devil worshiping heathens' and got smacked a couple of more times. I am >SO< glad that the Gear's brought this part of American history to light.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the Gears, together and separately, but this series has been a little more difficult to read. I do love the characters and I did learn a lot, but it didn't grab me as much as their other books.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I raced through book two of this historical fiction. DeSoto's troups again are gruelish but loosing the battle. Not sure I like the style of the main character talking to the reader.. New to the Gear's writing style. Still, I like the books and series.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As usual, the Gears have left me wanting the next installment in this wonderful series of books about DeSoto's invasion of the south.

Black Shell and Pearl Hand continue on their quest to rid their homeland of the Monster DeSoto and Pearl Hand comes face-to-face with her past.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
keeps you hoping that black shell will get de soto soon.but if you know your native american history you know it doesnt happen in this book.good read.cant wait for the last one.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Camille Siddartha
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book as it creeps into reality of what went on...too bad it wasn't accurate in fiction as it could have been and no one would have blinked...
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Book 2 in the series Contact: The Battle of America
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like the first of the series, this was a page turner. I've had to work hard to put it out of my mind in order to wait for the next book.
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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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Contact: The Battle for America (3 books)
  • Coming of the Storm (Contact: The Battle for America, #1)
  • A Searing Wind (Contact: The Battle for America, #3)