Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Kathleen O’Neal Gear is one of the highly noteworthy authors from America, who is famous for writing historical fiction and fantasy novels. Apart from writing novels, she has also been a successful archaeologist and historian. Author Gear is best known for writing the First North Americans novel series, which she wrote in collaboration with her novelist husband named W. Michael Gear. The husband and wife pair have co-authored a number of novels together in their respective writing careers. Author Gear started her career in the year 1990 with the release of a few of her books. She was born in the year 1954 in Tulare, California, The United States. Gear studied at the University of California State in Bakersfield and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a cum laude. Later, she earned her Masters degree from the same university in Chicago, summa cum laude. Author Gear’s Ph.D studies were conducted at the UCLA, while she completed her studies in post graduation from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, Israel. As of today, she lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming along with her beloved husband, Michael Gear. As a former archaeologist and state historian, Gear has worked in a number of places such as Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming, for the Interior Department of the US government. On two occasions, she has been awarded with the Special Advancement Prize from the federal government for her outstanding achievement in managing the cultural heritage of the US nation. Author Gear has said that she first began her professional career in the basement of the Cultural History Museum in Los Angeles. There, she was mainly involved in cataloguing the carvings of a 3 hundred year old Guatemalan saint. After a little into this job, Gear decided to call it quits, even though she found it very fascinating, and shifted to Wyoming to work in an even more fascinating job in the archaeological department of the U.S. Government.

After a few years of working in this field, author Gear felt that there were many errors in her way of working. It was at this point that she decided to try her hand at writing novels. Since then, author Gear has penned around 54 books and more than 200 works of nonfiction, both as author and co-author. In addition to writing, Gear is fond of buffaloes and hiking in the woods of the back country of Wyoming. In her spare times, she likes to enjoy watching buffalo along with her loving husband, as well as discussing plots, stories, and characters with him. Gear was one of the 6 children born to Wanda Lillie O’Neal and Harold Arthur O’Neal. They had migrated to California from Oklahoma during Dust Bowl. For most parts of Gear’s youth, her parents were involved in farming, growing mainly alfalfa and cotton. However, her father was also a writer and had penned around 50 short stories by then. Gear’s mother used to work as a journalist. During the summer vacations, Gear used to join her family in spending time at the archaeological and historical sites across the nation. Such visits left great impressions on author Gear, motivating her to take up archaeological excavations from a very young age. She also used to the experiences to write stories. Gear won a writing contest when she was 14 years old based on one of her initial historical fiction stories. Later, she went on to acquire the first position in the essay contest of American Legion organized at the Tipton Elementary School. Currently, Gear operates a company of archeological research, known as Wind River Consultants, with her husband. Out of all the novels that she has co-authored with Michael Gear, 34 have been international bestsellers, which has also been translated into as many as 21 foreign languages all across the globe.

The Anasazi Mystery series written by Kathleen O’Neal Gear is a well known novel series. It is comprised of 3 books in total, which were released between the years 1999 and 2001. An initially released book of this series is entitled ‘The Summoning God’. It was released by the Tor Books in 2000. Author Gear has set the plot in New Mexico, United States, at the time of the year 1263 A.D. The story revolves around a killer who roams around a dying civilization, stalks the weak into terror. At the start of the story, the Chief Browser of War arrives at a ceremonial chamber in the subterranean, which is full of headless bodies. He realizes that the haunting darkness has returned to give him nightmares once again. In order to solve the mystery behind the increasing number of dead bodies, Browser seeks the help of an elderly man from the village’s tribe. This man is known to have solved many cases before, but he is adamant not to open his mouth. Browser seems absolutely certain that this man knows who the killer is. He frantically works to hunt down the murderer, who seems to be keeping track of all his activities. From here, the novel’s plot moves to the present, where well known archaeologist William Stewart finds a mass grave full of burned bodies of tribal children, during an excavation in New Mexico. The number goes on increasing as the excavation proceeds further, forcing Stewart to call upon the renowned physical anthropologist from Canada, Dr. Maureen Cole, for help. Both Stewart and Maureen study the pattern of the mass killings and become stunned to discover the horrible methods of the killer.

Another mind blowing book written in this series by Gear is titled as ‘Bone Walker’. This book’s story also takes place in New Mexico. The Tor publication released it in 2001. At the beginning of the book, it is depicted that around 800 years have gone by since the murder of the Mogollon man in the town of Flowing Waters. The threads belonging to this evil act seem to have spread in the modern times to ensnare Maureen Cole and William Stewart. They learn about the murder of an archaeologist named Dale Emerson at the hands of a Wolf Witch. They begin to investigate this heinous act so as to unmask the killer before he kills someone else. During the investigation, Stewart comes across some disturbing secrets from his past life related to the suicide of his father. Maureen becomes baffled at the findings of numerous skeletons. It appears that the killer is a couple of steps ahead of both Maureen and Stewart, relentlessly drawing them into a trap. This novel demonstrates an unforgettable terror related to a murder many centuries ago, which transcends into the present time. Author Gear has described the plot sequences in an excellent manner, which helped it to become extremely successful all over the world.

Books in order of publication by series:

The First North Americans Books

People of the Wolf(1990) 
People of the Fire(1990) 
People of the Earth(1992) 
People of the River(1992) 
People of the Sea(1993) 
People of the Lakes(1994) 
People of the Lightning(1995) 
People of the Silence(1996) 
People of the Mist(1997) 
People of the Masks(1998) 
People of the Owl(2003) 
People of the Raven(2004) 
People of the Moon(2005) 
People of the Nightland(2007) 
People of the Weeping Eye(2008) 
People of the Thunder(2009) 
People of the Longhouse(2010) 
The Dawn Country(2011) 
The Broken Land(2012) 
People of the Black Sun(2012) 
People of the Morning Star(2014) 
People of the Songtrail(2015) 
Sun Born(2016) 
Moon Hunt(2017) 
Star Path: People of Cahokia(2019) 
People of the Canyons(2020) 

Powers Of Light Books

An Abyss of Light(1990) 
Treasure of Light(1990) 
Redemption of Light(1991) 

Anasazi Mysteries Books

The Visitant(1999) 
The Summoning God(2000) 
Bone Walker(2001) 

Genetic Thriller Books

Dark Inheritance(2001)
Raising Abel(2002) 

Black Falcon Books

It Sleeps in Me(2005) 
It Wakes in Me(2006) 
It Dreams in Me(2007) 

Contact: The Battle For America Books

Coming of the Storm(2010) 
Fire the Sky(2011) 
A Searing Wind(2012) 

Morning Star Trilogy Books

People of the Morning Star(2014) 
Sun Born(2016) 
Moon Hunt(2017) 

Standalone Novels

Sand in the Wind(1990) 
The Widowed Land(1993) 
The Moon and Cold Mist(1995) 
The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus(2008) 
Children of the Dawnland(2009) 
Maze Master(2018) 
Cries from the Lost Island(2020) 

Short Stories

Copper Falcon(2014) 
The Dead Man’s Doll(2015) 

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Vikings in North America: Pursing the Myth of Paradise(2015)
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