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The Morning River

The Morning River

A Novel of the Great Missouri Wilderness in 1825

Man From Boston (Volume 1)

W. Michael Gear

Forge Books




During the winter of 1825, Richard Hamilton—a timid Harvard philosophy student—arrives in St. Louis on business for his father. Robbed and beaten, desperate to save his life, he reluctantly joins the crew of the Maria, a fur trader's keelboat. Bound for the beautiful, wild, and dangerous Indian country of the Upper Yellowstone River, the native Bostonian begins the education and adventure of a lifetime.

On a converging path is Packrat, a Pawnee warrior who captures a beautiful young Shoshone medicine woman named Heals Like a Willow. But slaves with ties to the spirit world can—and do—fight back.
As the Maria struggles deeper into the wilderness, Richard and Willow are cast together: seekers of knowledge and spirit, unwitting adversaries separated by time, space, and birthright. As inevitable as the collision of their two worlds, their love begins to unfold—and with it the terrible consequences of a forbidden consummation.

Morning River is the first novel in W. Michael Gear's Man from Boston series—a historical fiction saga of the dangers and possibilities of the American frontier.

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Here then is the only expedient, from which we can hope for success in our philosophical researches, to leave the tedious lingering method, which we have hitherto followed, and instead of taking...


Praise for The Morning River

“Gear is a vigorous writer....He tells a gripping tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“Michael Gear's Indians, mountain men, entrepreneurs, and even effete New Englanders ring faithful to their time and place. This is not only a good story with finely etched characters, but good history as well. Michael Gear has crafted fiction and history into a good read.” —Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

“I am thrilled with pleasure and deep satisfaction at every page I read.” —Norman Zollinger, Golden Spur Award-winning author of Riders to Cibola and Chapultepec

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About the author

W. Michael Gear

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.

W. Michael Gear and his wife, Kathleen O'Neal Gear are co-authors of the First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series (USA Today bestsellers) and live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

W. Michael Gear

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