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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear present the third installment of their gripping chronicle of the earliest European settlers, as seen through the eyes of North American natives.
Here Black Shell and his wife Pearl Hand emerge from exile and rededicate their lives to stopping de Soto and his Kristiano invaders. Taking a great gamble with his own life and those of his people, Black Shell crafts an elaborate plot that will change the course of history.
©2012 Michael W. Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear (P)2012 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Francesca M. Parker on 03-20-18

Not one of the better offerings from the O’Neal/Gears.

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 09-06-13

A great conclusion to an interesting series

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.

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