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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal Gear Narrator: Kevin Orton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Contact: Battle for America Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781464029721
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Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his cowardice in battle. To his fearsome patron spirit, Horned Serpent, however, he is imbued with the courage and keenness to stop the Kristiano onslaught. He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida Peninsula through the very heart of native America. A trader by profession, Black Shell now dedicates his soul to destroying the invaders, with their impenetrable armor, their swift, enormous cabayos, and their flashing, razor-sharp swords.

Black Shell and Pearl Hand have seen the shackled, naked, starving slaves, heard the broken promises, and learned de Soto’s plans. While the battle of Mabila cost many Kristianos life and limb, the marauder does not retreat. Now he heads for Chicaza and the people from which Black Shell was once exiled.

Wounded and pursued by memories and visions, Black Shell is obsessed with setting the perfect trap. To do so, he must use the Chicaza and their stockpiles of food and supplies. And he must gamble everything on his people’s pride, traditions, and failings. As winter sets in, new dangers abound for the pair, that of a family’s shame, a woman’s anger, and a betrayal that may force Black Shell to forfeit his last chance to save their world from utter destruction. But, worst of all, he and Pearl Hand must walk boldly into de Soto’s camp and engage the cunning monster in a desperate game of wits that will decide the fate of a continent.

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  • “An irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life…Nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt D | 10/28/2013

    " What an amazing book. I'm really sad to see the series come to a conclusion. It was remarkably well written, with every character brought to life with vivid detail. Despite knowing the outcome of these encounters, you can't help but sit there and wish for the happy ending that the book deserved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 10/15/2013

    " Good, not great. I did like that it was based on the real history of the early Spanish and the brutal way they claimed this land as their own in spite of the current residents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 9/25/2013

    " Preordered it for my nook as soon as I could. Great ending to a series... Can't wait for more from the gears! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/11/2013

    " Another well written and highly informative series by the Gears. I have a much better understanding of what the Spanish entradas must have been for native Americans. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 4/30/2013

    " Love these books. Always sorry they have to end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Young | 2/16/2013

    " Fun read. Love all the books by the Gears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle McPherson | 12/18/2012

    " Sad to see the last book in this series end. It was wonderful, even as it left questions - leaving me with hope that it is not COMPLETELY over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Al-Mehairi | 8/13/2012

    " Book 3 in an amazingly gut wrenching series. Very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Barrable | 7/28/2012

    " As always I can't wait for the next episode in this fascinating series.... stunning storytelling, historically accurate and thought provoking. Brilliant! "

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About the Author
Author W. Michael Gear

W. Michael Gear and his wife, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, have written over twenty international bestsellers which have been translated into twenty-one languages. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award in 2005. Separately and together they have written more than forty books. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction, the Gears operate an anthropological research company called Wind River Archaeological Consultants and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming.

About the Narrator

Kevin Orton is a musician, composer, and actor. He performed in the 1999 Broadway revival of Amadeus and has appeared in numerous other New York and regional theater productions, as well as on television and in film. As a musician, he is most noted for composing and performing original music in the Tony Award–winning production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.