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I generally really enjoy the books by the O’Neal/Gears. This one, however, I found rather monotonous. This was due, in part, to the narration. Kevin Orton rarely varied his tone no matter who was speaking or what the situation in the story. This, combined with the repetitive nature of the plot, made it hard to get through. I also found keeping the names of the various tribes straight particularly at first. I stuck it out to the end, but was glad when it was over. This will not make me give up on the O’Neal/Gears. I know I will continue to enjoy their books and to re-read my favourites.
Admittedly, when I started the series I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. I've never read novels that weave in snippets of historical events, no less from the more undertold side of the story. W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear do a respectful job and create and entertaining and interesting story that compelled me to complete the series. I strongly recommend the series for those who have both an intellectual curiosity about Native American history and who enjoy a good entertaining story that is definitely fiction, but brings up some interesting thoughts about Desoto's losses in the US when he was so victorious in Mexico.