The Dawn Country

A People of the Longhouse Novel

North America's Forgotten Past (Volume 18)

Kathlean O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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The epic tale that began in People of the Longhouse continues in this second book of the thrilling new Iroquois quartet by bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear.

War Chief Koracoo and Deputy Gonda of the Standing Stone People have successfully rescued their children, Odion and Tutelo, from Gannajero the Trader. Known as the Crow, Gannajero is a figure out of nightmare—a witch who steals children. Odion’s friend Wrass is still held captive, along with several other children, in Gannajero’s camp, and Koracoo and Gonda are determined to save them all.

This time, Koracoo and Gonda have allies: a battle-weary Mohawk war chief and a Healer from the People of the Dawnland, who have also lost children to Gannajero. These bitter enemies must learn to trust each other and find common ground. Will they be able to put their differences aside and rescue the children before they are sold and carried off to distant villages—and lost to their families and homes forever?

With their trademark mastery of American prehistory, Kathleen and Michael Gear tell a very human story of love and courage set against the backdrop of violent and endemic warfare of the Iroquois nations prior to the founding of the League of the Iroquois.

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The Dawn Country
OneNightfall had silenced the mountains. No owls hooted; no trees snapped in the cold wind that swayed the branches. There was only the faint roar of the fire in the distance.Sonon pulled his black cape more tightly around him and studied the frozen ground. The warriors' feet had hewn a dark swath through the frost that glittered in the gaudy orange halo. His gaze followed their trail to the burning village. The Dawnland People had called it Bog Willow Village. Yesterday it had contained over one hundred houses.He hadn't expected the village to be this bad.

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“The multitalented Gears, husband-and-wife archaeologists and bestselling authors, score a literary bull’s-eye as they weave another vivid narrative thread into their stunning tapestry of Native Americana…. The Gears continue do a magnificent job of advancing a fascinating historical chronicle via action, adventure, and archaeology.”  —Booklist on People of the Longhouse

“Rich in cultural detail… Both longtime fans and newcomers will be satisfied. Another fine entry in an ambitious, long-running series.”  —Kirkus Reviews on People of the Longhouse


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Kathlean O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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 holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.  Together they have written the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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The Dawn Country
A People of the Longhouse Novel
Kathlean O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2011
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765359803
ISBN10: 0765359804
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765320179
ISBN10: 0765320177
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.99

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e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429991483
ISBN10: 1429991488
304 pages
$7.99
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