A Searing Wind: The Review

12352360Battle for America: A Searing Wind; W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear, 2010; Gallery Books

Book #1: The Coming Storm

Book #2: Fire the Sky

Book #3 in Contact: Battle for America brings the story of Pearl Hand and Black Shell to an unresolved ending. Why do I say that? Because no matter how well Michael and Kathleen Gear tell the story about the battle of Native Americans to save their land, and the failed attempt of Hernandez de Soto to conquer and subjugate its citizens, the sad fact remains that he was one man in a long line of  megalomaniacs who would continue to believe it was their appointed destiny to bring the ‘barbaric savages’ of the Americas under the rule and reign of whatever nation and god these demonized conquers claimed to represent.

And we who call ourselves ‘Americans’, are living proof of that fact.

Frequently in a series of books, there will invariably be one or two I like better than the rest. Take “The Lord of the Rings” series for instance; I like “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Return of the King”, but didn’t care too much for the “The Two Towers”. Not that the second novel wasn’t important to the over all story, only that J. J. Tolkien didn’t make me feel as emotionally invested in the second, as he did in the first and third.

But I can’t say that about “Contact: Battle for America”. In each book Gear and Gear captured my mind, will, and emotions, then compelled me to be as invested in the one as I was in the other. Truth to tell, it is the developing intimacy between the main characters that allowed me to hitch a ride on their journey and experience first hand the hopes, disappointments, outrage, fear, and sorrow of the books many heroes.

If I had any criticism about the overall story, it would have been that I might have enjoyed them even more (if that were possible) had the POV been divided between the two heroes, rather than predominately Black Shell. Several times I felt like a particular scene or battle could have been experienced better through the eyes of a woman versus those of a man. But as I said, doing so would have only heightened my enjoyment of an already well told story, not defined it.

On my readers review of one to five stars, I’m giving “A Searing Wind” 4 stars for overall story, and 3 stars for making me cry.

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