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Coming of the storm
Gear, W. Michael.
Adult Fiction GEAR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In their first book of a planned epic series about the European explorers' conquest of the Native Americans, the archeologist husband-and-wife bestselling writing team (People of the Thunder) follow Black Shell, a wandering, mystical trader of the Chicaza clan who in 1539 first clashes with Hernando de Soto and his Conquistadors invading south Florida. Enslaved and cruelly mistreated by de Soto, Black Shell is soon freed by his extraordinary mate, Pearl Hand. Emboldened by his powerful "Spirit dreams," Black Shell, aided by wily feminist Pearl Hand, swears revenge for the atrocities committed against the Native Americans and vows to defeat the brutal de Soto. De Soto obsesses over acquiring gold and spreading Catholicism in his armed scuffles with Black Shell and his intrepid band called the "Orphans," a struggle cast as a traditional good versus evil showdown. The rich historical details and keen characterizations are offset by the graphic depictions of battlefield violence and social cruelty in this smooth, brisk-paced narrative that should generate wide appeal to American historical fiction fans. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Exiled from his Chicaza tribe, Black Shell emerges as a renowned trader among the Native American tribes in Florida. On his excursions, he hears about the pale-faced and bearded invaders, the "Kristianos," and becomes obsessed with finding them. When Pearl Hand, a woman of stellar beauty and intelligence, becomes Black Shell's partner, she warns him of the evil Kristianos' unconquerable might. Led by Hernando de Soto, they butcher all who resist them and enslave the survivors. When Black Shell witnesses firsthand the Spaniards' inhumane treatment of their captives, he devises a plot to save his homeland. VERDICT The prolific authors of Native American prehistoric sagas ("First North Americans" series) launch a new series that explores the clash of cultures that resulted from the early European explorations of America and boldly portrays the stark atrocities committed by de Soto following his 1539 landing in Florida. The riveting plot leaves the reader intensely engaged and thirsting for the next book. Recommended for historical fiction fans.-Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Fort Mitchell, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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