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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (26 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: Related: The Contact: Battle for America Series Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461807766
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From New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear comes a landmark new series portraying the devastating clash of cultures that followed the European invasion of early America.

Coming of the Storm launches a series featuring Black Shell, a Chicaza-clan trader, and his struggles with Hernando de Soto, an invader intent on spreading Catholicism at the point of his sword.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Gears display their usual narrative finesse as they combine history, archaeology, and anthropology with an irresistibly intriguing story line that brings the past vividly to life.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 2/16/2014

    " It is a good novel. reminds us of things that history whitewashes. mostley we prefer not to call the exploration and settlement of our country genocide. Looking forward to book two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/5/2014

    " Probably no more gory thatn the reality was. Interesting insights into the early native Americans of the Florida area-- number of tribes, differences in mores, customs, etc. deSoto certainly not pictured as a kind conqueror-- not=r were his troops. violence begets violence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/2/2014

    " Really gets you into the characters. Different set up than People of the Wolf series but I always love reading their books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin 55077 | 1/27/2014

    " I love the Gear writing team. Their understanding of paleo-indian culture and their background in archaeology set their books apart from any other writers out there writing on the ame subject. You can feel an anrchaeological authentication to their writing that I love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Medlock | 1/21/2014

    " A great look at First Contact from the native perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 1/18/2014

    " I was really disappointed with this novel as I have loved Gear's novels in the past. The main characters are great but perhaps it was the brutality of the the Kristianos that has dampened my enjoyment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/10/2014

    " I loved the history put in detail in this book. Everything was described wonderfully. I'm left cheering for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Boudreau | 1/4/2014

    " A different take on history that I was taught in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/17/2013

    " I loved this book. The authors are amazing at creating characters that truly come alive. The humor throughout is so appreciated. I am also somber due to the realness written of the devastation and brutalization committed against native americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/26/2013

    " Excellent story told from the indios point of view. Sucked me right in and I couldn't wait to read the rest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby | 5/21/2013

    " Love these authors and these books.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marijo | 5/11/2013

    " Loved it, can't wait for the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/3/2013

    " looking forward to the next one....ending was a bit abrupt but still an engaging story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/14/2013

    " I was totally enthralled! It was such an awesome story and for it to be told from the Native American perspective was fabulous. I have just had to keep reading these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 7/28/2012

    " The Gears' books are always excellent.s Loved this one as well. It has a slightly different flavor, since it overlaps into history as recorded by the Europeans, still good, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie B | 6/18/2012

    " Not my favorite Gear book. Probably won't do the others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Frasure | 3/25/2012

    " I picked this book up and read the back cover, sounded interesting. It was amazing! The Gears have done their research and really make you feel like you are there with the characters! If you enjoy historical fiction this is a MUST READ! I am anticipating the next book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 6/29/2011

    " The Gears never fail to capture the historical value and remind the reader that the early Americans fought long and hard to maintain their way of life. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/12/2011

    " A great look at First Contact from the native perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 12/17/2010

    " I picked this book up and read the back cover, sounded interesting. It was amazing! The Gears have done their research and really make you feel like you are there with the characters! If you enjoy historical fiction this is a MUST READ! I am anticipating the next book in the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sweetweeks | 10/14/2010

    " Too much explicit gore. They repeated the same horrible stuff too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 9/19/2010

    " I have read all of the Gears books and love their style, detail and ability to bring history, native america and native americans to life. This series is the first time they have touched on European contact and is all the better for it... brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/13/2010

    " I enjoyed the early Florida history and the early colonial conflict - but Pearl Hand and Black Shell have some very modern views and conversations while the rest of the characters flounder around in the 16th century. This was a good book that could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 4/26/2010

    " It is a good novel. reminds us of things that history whitewashes. mostley we prefer not to call the exploration and settlement of our country genocide. Looking forward to book two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/25/2010

    " looking forward to the next one....ending was a bit abrupt but still an engaging story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn | 4/9/2010

    " This is an excellent novel. It tells the story of de Soto and first contact with the indians of the Southeast. The tale is told from the perspective of the indians and is engrossing.

    I highly recommend this novel. "

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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.