People of the Masks

North America's Forgotten Past (Volume 10)

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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As the prophets have foretold, a child of power has been born unto the Turtle People of the Iroquois Nation. The Elders call him False Face Child, for he is the son of a powerful spirit. A living talisman, the child has inhuman eyes--black mirrors, ageless and deep--and all fear him.

All but Jumping Badger, the most powerful war leader of the Bear People. He destroys an entire village to take the boy to use as a spiritual weapon. But his triumph is short-lived. The Bear People suffer terrible visions and hear the voices of the spirits. Strange ailments and mysterious deaths take them one by one.

Though he is a seer, False Face Child is also a sad and lonely young boy named Rumbler. Twelve-year-old Wren befriends him and together they escape across the winter landscape of New York and Ontario with Jumping Badger close behind. He now fears the boy's power and seeks to kill him. Their only hope is to stay alive long enough to find Rumbler's legendary father, known only as The Disowned.

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People of the Masks
The Winter of Crying Rocks. Moon of Frozen Leaves.Dreams. Strange Dreams ... 
I hear a child's footsteps running through deep sand. The pace is halting, erratic, as if the child turns frequently to look over his shoulder.I see the grains sink beneath his weight as 'he approaches.Sand blows.But there is no child.There is only blood red sunlight falling through gaps in the clouds.The steps run up to me, and I reach out, desperate to touch him.But my hands find air.Cold. Unbearably red.My wife ... my former wife ... told me that when a child dies, somewhere in the world,

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"This epic historical romance is a fascinating, well told tale of ancient superstition and culture, set in Florida approximately 8,000 years ago, amid a hauntingly eerie, mystical, and primeval landscape...[An] absorbing portrait of ancient life." --Booklist on People of the Lightning

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Kathleen 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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People of the Masks
Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
June 1999
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780812515619
ISBN10: 0812515617
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 576 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
December 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466817920
ISBN10: 1466817925
416 pages
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