People of the Moon

North America's Forgotten Past (Volume 13)

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Forge Books

They were called the Chaco Anasazi. They built thirty-foot-wide roads that crossed miles of mountains and mesas and constructed five story buildings which had more than 800 rooms. Their priests and warriors presided over the conquered populations of Chaco Canyon via an extensive system of signal towers that could send messages across the vast distances day or night. Messages could be sent easily, and warriors could be dispersed to quell any rebellion within hours of the start of an uprising.
The Anasazi believed their destiny was charted in the paths of the moon, sun, and stars. The moon had reached its maximum three times since the Chacoans conquered the First Moon People. The Chaco matrons had built their Great House high atop First Moon Mountain, and their red-shirted warriors stalked arrogantly through the villages, taking what they pleased. But the gods can only stand so much human arrogance.
Young Ripple of the first Moon People had no desire to become a Dreamer, but when Cold Bringing Woman, the goddess of winter, appears at his high mountain camp, she sends him on a perilous quest to destroy the hated Chacoans. But Ripple will not face the task alone; he is aided by his stalwart friends on this mission.
But the blessed Chacoan Sun Webworm and his Dragonfly Clan matrons will brook no insurgency. In retaliation, Chacoan war chief Leather Hand and his warriors embark on a campaign of terror so gruesome it remains unrivaled in the annals of prehistory. It all comes to a climax atop the mountain we now know as Chimney Rock. In the white light of the lunar maximum, the Pueblo gods will dance--and an empire will be engulfed in flames and mayhem.

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People of the Moon
First DaySUN CYCLE OF THE WATER SERPENT, THE MOON OF PRAYER FEATHERSThe mountains are quiet and cold. The stone upon which I sit sends its chill up through my flesh, into my spine. Cold. The world is cold. Even this sunrise spilling across the landscape below me in a blaze of orange-yellow reflects its cold in the purple shadows cast by the buttes, canyons, and peaks.I look into eternity. There, distant in the southwest, the light narrows to focus on a rising column, a pillar of billowing pink climbing into the sky: the Rainbow Serpent.For five years now, it has been pumping


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"I haven't read a novel this good in a long, long time. People of the Raven draws you into a magnificent, sweeping world--America, circa 7300 B.C.--that is so real you can almost breath in the air of it. It tells a bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years--I guarantee it."--Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Brimstone on People of the Raven

"People of the Raven, at one level, is the recreation of a lost and forgotten civilization by two noted archaeologists. But this story of Kennewick Man also involves an important legal battle pending in the U.S. Supreme Court and is a good read for those of us intrigued by the earliest Americans."--Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Novels on People of the Raven

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"[The Gears] go where few have gone before, weaving bodice-ripping . . . tempest-tossed tale of lust and savagery around a pre-Columbian culture."--The Oklahoman on People of the Raven
"Extraordinary. . . . The Gears colorfully integrate authentic archaeological and anthropological details with a captivating story, replete with romance, intrigue, mayhem, and a nail biting climax."--Library Journal on People of the Owl
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  • W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal 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, 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.

  • W. Michael Gear Jeff Corney
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  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear Jeff Corney
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    People of the Moon

    North America's Forgotten Past

    W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

    Spur Awards - Finalist


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