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People of the Lakes

People of the Lakes

North America's Forgotten Past

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Tor Books


Set in what will become Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, People of the Lakes is another spellbinding epic in New York Times and USA Today bestelling authors' W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's North America's Forgotten past saga.

Clan fighting over a powerful totemic mask has brought the Mound Builder people of the Great Lakes region to the edge of destruction. It is up to Star Shell, daughter of a Hopewell chief, to rid her people of this curse. Along with her companions: Otter, a trader; Pearl, a runaway; and Green Spider, either prophet or madman, she braves the stormy waters of the lakes to reach the majestic waterfall known as Roaring Water. She is determined to banish the mask forever to a watery grave.

But vengeful clan members are close on her heels, and they have a similar fate planned for her.

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People of the Lakes

The naked young man lay facedown on the split-cane matting of the temple floor. His name was Green Spider, but now he looked more like a plucked bird than a spider. His arms stuck out like wings, his...

Praise for People of the Lakes

"As archaeologists, this best-selling writing team (e.g., People of the Sea, LJ 10/ 15/93) know a thing or two about early civilizations. Here, a young woman must dispose of an evil totemic mask in order to free her people." - Library Journal -

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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 Morning Star, People of the Songtrail, 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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