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People of the moon, W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear

People of the moon
People of the moon
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W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear
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People of the moon
A tale inspired by the Native American builders of the famous Chimney Rock finds reluctant young Ripple dispatched by the goddess of winter on a perilous quest to destroy the hated Chacoan conquerors of the First Moon People
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  • The authors Gear began their First North Americans series of preistoric historical novels in 1990 with People of the Wolf. This thirteenth installment is one of the best novels in the whole series. The Gears have consistently captured early Native American life with precision, detail, and narrative excitement, but in Moon they reveal their skills to even sharper effect. The geographical locale this time is an area that will become northern New Mexico and southern Colorado; the Chaco Anasazi hold sway over the region and have done so for 200 years. As is the case with all conquering people--and almost certainly guaranteed by the people they have conquered--maintenance of suppression proves difficult. The gist of this riveting novel is that the warrior Ripple, visited by the goddess Cold Bringing Woman, begins a campaign to destroy the hated overlords. Of course, resistance is met with retribution, and the Gears don't shy away from authenticism in depicting the violence that resulted--their motive, though, is to be realistic, not sensational. -- Brad Hooper (BookList, 08-01-2005, p1952)
  • The Gears revitalize their First North American series (People of the Raven, 2004, etc.) with a lively tale of warring clans.This 13th installment explores the history of the Chaco Anasazi, a 12th-century tribe who lived in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado, and were known for their great prowess as builders (they left behind five-story buildings and intricate roads). The tribe's members were divided into castes: the First People, who have always been human, and the Made People, who were said to have once been animals that turned into humans. This division ignites conflict when Ripple, a young hunter of the First Moon People (a Made People clan) receives a vision and is sent on a quest, along with some youths from his village, to destroy his people's arrogant and oppressive rulers—the First People. Opposing them are the Red Shirts, an infamous war band, led by Deputy War Chief Leather Hand, who, in an effort to keep the lower caste clans under control, makes an example of one by performing a heinous act designed to make the others "fear losing something more than just their lives." The protagonists, a group of young hunters of the First Moon People, are the heart of the novel. Less engaging are the portions told from the point of view of one-dimensional antagonist Leather Hand.Ends with an epic battle that should leave readers hungry for more entries in the series. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2005)
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The first North Americans series
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by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear
People of the moon
People of the moon, W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear
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25 cm.
528 p.
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illus. + map

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