People of the Mist by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
(North America's Forgotten Past)

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With People of the Mist, the Gears take us to the Chesapeake Bay of six hundred years ago, when the unprovoked and brutal murder of a young woman on the eve of her wedding threatens to turn the entire Algonquin Nation against itself in a brutal war that could destroy them as a people.

No ordinary woman, Red Knot was the heir to the Greenstone clan and the future leader of the independent villages. Her death has shattered all alliances and left a power void which several ambitious clan chiefs see as their destiny to fill. The very air vibrates with the drums and war cries of the rallying warriors.

Into the eye of this brewing storm steps the bitter old man they call The Panther. Feared as a sorcerer, The Panther is the only one with the power to demand to be heard by all. But as he digs deeper into the ever-thickening web of lies surrounding the murder, and uncovers darker, more deeply rooted secrets, he fears there may be no words to stop the impending bloodshed.

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About Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage.W. Michael Gear, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.The Gears, whose First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series, are both international as well as USA Today bestsellers live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Tor Books. 573 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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 Ninth in the First North Americans series from the savvy Gears, who specialize in tales about prehistoric cultures (People of the Silence, 1997, etc.) that are correct in every spear and stewpot, sometimes hilariously anachronistic in diction, but generally sturdy of plot.

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The eighth in a series of popular novels about precolonial North America (People of the Wolf; People of the Fire; etc.) concerns the Algonquins who inhabited the Chesapeake Bay area 600 years ago. Onc

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