People of the Thunder
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Forge, Jan 2009, $25.95
By 1300 in an area now known as Alabama and Mississippi, the Sky Hand People rule with an iron fist controlling territory for vast miles from their Split Sky City. Their Chief Flying Hawk is devious and ambitious with plans to expand the tribe’s land. His nephew War Chief Smoke Shield is a brilliant merciless strategist, who expedites his uncle’s plan. Together they are intelligent, abusive and deadly; complementing one another
They attack their peaceful neighbors the Albaamaha tribe with a blood thirsty assault. The “most dangerous man alive” Old White the prophet, Trader a man with dark bloody secrets and the enigmatic female shaman Two Petals seek peace. To achieve peace in their time, the trio knows they must end the reign of terror of Flying Hawk and Smoke Shield.
This completes the tale first started in THE PEOPLE OF THE WEEPING EYE. As always in the incredible Gear North American Forgotten People saga, readers obtain an insightful look at Native American culture and everyday living inside an exciting action-packed thriller. Although extremely but appropriately graphic with murder, rape, torture and the abuses of war, fans will relish the fifth Mississippian story as the Gear duet bring to life the early fourteenth century through fully developed characters leading to a confrontation that will determine whether peace or war will dominate the region.