Favorite Prehistoric
and Native American Novels

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a)Torrey Philemon's Ancient Sites resources
b) Tika Yupanqui's Machu Picchu home at Ancient Sites:
b) OR  Our club at Yahoo on Prehistoric and
    Historical Native fiction:

Since one of my offline hobbies for over 10 years has been reading
prehistoric fiction and historical Native American novels, and I have
never met anyone who has shared my interest, I thought I'd do some
outreach on the Web in this regard. Am particularly looking for
opportunities to exchange recommendations and comments on
books, and perhaps also locate the many out of print books in
this genre.

Here is the preliminary page I put together in regard to my favorites
in this genre that are IN PRINT.......


compiled by  Tracy Marks
(Torrey Philemon and Tika Yupanqui from the now defunct Ancient Sites)

These pages are in process. Over 80% of my favorites are OUT OF PRINT,
so I am only including in-print books at present, with links to Amazon.com
discount book purchasing.

Prehistoric Novels by Kathleen and Michael Gear
Prehistoric Novels by Margaret Allan
Prehistoric Novels by Jean Auel
Native American Historical Novels
Prehistoric and Anthropological Links

BEST OF ALL: Kathleen and Michael Gear
The Gears' have over 25 years experience as professional archaeologists.
Their novels are not only based on reputable prehistoric research, they are
a pleasure to read, with engaging, realistic, and sometimes humorous
characters. Many also have a spiritual focus. NOTE: You do not have
to read them in order; each one is self-sufficient.

People of the Wolf
by W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, reprint 1994, on sale
Before the dawn of history, a brave people crossed the frozen wastes of
Siberia and Alaska to found a new world. Their leader was a dreamer, who
follows the spirit of the wolf.
COMMENT: Highly engaging, strong emphasis on dreaming and spirituality.
A favorite.

People of the Fire
W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, reprinted 1994, on sale
During the time of fire, a heroic young dreamer and a woman warrior in an
unforgiving, drought-stricken land lead a small band of Native American
pioneers to keep their ancestors' dreams alive.
COMMENT: Another exceptionally engaging, spiritually-focused novel.
Another favorite.

People of the Earth
by Michael Gear
Tor Books, reprinted August 1994, ON SALE.
A courageous young woman is torn between two peoples and two dreams.
Two men love her, and third must have her, but she is guided by the vision
given to the ancient people by the spirit of the wolf.

People of the River
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, reprinted September 1994, ON SALE.
In A.D. 1300, Cahokia is suffering a prolonged drought, and warfare is
increasing among the various tribes of the Mound Builders as they
struggle to survive. Central to the story are the priestess Nightshade,
captured as a child when her people were destroyed in battle, and the
girl heroine Lichen.
COMMENT: Harsher characters than in previous novels, but a blend
a blend of the dreaming supernatural and the swashbuckling adventure.

People of the Sea
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, May 1995, on sale
Set 11,000 years ago on the southwest coast, at a time when the mammoths
are disappearing, People of the Sea is the story of Kestrel, who is condemned
to death by her violent husband, and forced to leave one of her newborn twins
to die. Also central to the story is the dreamer Sunchaser, who is haunted by
the rival dreamer Catchstraw, and who joins Kestrel on her journey.
COMMENT: Believable characters and situations, accompanied by touches
of myth, metaphysics, mysticism and humor.

People of the Lakes
Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Tor's Forge Books, December 1994, on sale
Feuding over a powerful totemic mask, the Mound Builder Hopewell people are
driven to the edge of  destruction, and chief's daughter Star Shell and her companions
are charged with ridding the tribe of  the cursed item. In the process, she journeys
with a motley crew  - warrior, trader, contrary and woman fleeing her brutal
husband - to brave the stormy waters of the St.Louis River and the Great Lakes,
so that Starshell can banish the mask forever to a watery grave beneath Niagara Falls.

COMMENT: This is one of the best novels I have ever read!! Of particular note are
the amazingly three-dimensional, delightful characters, especially the humorous
character of Green Spider, the Contrary, and the portrayals of his relationships with
the other journeyers. Never have I encountered such realistic, heartwarming characters
in any kind of novel...nor have I laughed so much when reading fiction...especially
fiction so thoroughly researched as to be based on historical fact. Incredibly
engaging....My favorite novel by the Gears (though I haven't read their last three).

People of the Lightning
Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Tor Books, 1996, on sale.
Description forthcoming.

People of the Silence
Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Tor Books, September 1997, on sale
Description forthcoming.

People of the Mist
Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Forge/Tor Books, hardcover, November 1997, on sale
paperback edition to be released November 1998:
Booklist review: http://www.ala.org/booklist/v94/adult/fe1/31gear.html
Description forthcoming.

People of the Masks
W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Forge/Tor Books, November 1998, Hardcover, Not Yet Published
Description forthcoming.


Sand in the Wind
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, 1993, on sale
Description forthcoming.

This Widowed Land
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tor Books, 1994, on sale
Description forthcoming.

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