“Coming of the Storm” is my first taste of historical novelists Gear & Gear, and I hope not my last. As a displaced Irish/French/Native American, growing up in rural America, I was made to feel less than human – even by members of my own family; not to mention parrot mouthing young kids who were as blinded by their parents bigotry as many would later become by their own.
So observing the First Nations people through the eyes and words of fictional archaeologists Michael and Kathleen Gear, I very much appreciate the care to detail and accuracy these two have taken; not only in writing a great story about how the early American invaders were eventually driven out of the land (if only for a few hundred years), but by telling it with as much authenticity and vulnerability as possible, as well.
Yet even if I were to separate the savagery and injustice of early European invasions from the story, we would still be left with a great historical novel about culture, community, drama, and love; as the books main protagonists, Black Shell and Pear Hand guide the reader through the intricate lives of those without a home, called to change the world, and looking for the courage to do both.
When I was pursing the internet for additional information about the book and its authors, I came across this embedded YouTube. Listening to them share about the decision to write Battle for America series, I immediately got a sense of Gear & Gear’s passion for not only the First Nations People, but their need to correct the injustice of a people portrayed as less than who they really are.
On my reader’s scale of 1-5, I give The Coming Storm 4 stars.