Mammoths, mastodons, and giant lions have become extinct, and Rain Bear, the chief of Sandy Point Village, knows his struggling Raven People may be next. One day a beautiful red-haired woman, Evening Star, stumbles into his council lodge and begs him for sanctuary. He soon learns that she's an escaped slave from the North Wind People, a Caucasoid race and the Raven People's mortal enemies. If he offers to protect her, the North Wind People will attack, but if he sends her back, Rain Bear knows Evening Star will be tortured and perhaps killed. When she warns him that warriors are already on their way, Rain Bear must decide if his people should run or prepare for a war that could result in their demise.
©2004 Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear; (P)2004 Books on Tape
This book is as captivating as their other books. It keeps you in suspense the entire time waiting to figure out what each person's path is within and how it will effect the outcome of power..
I find this book to be convoluted and too long for the amount of enjoyment I get out of it. The character development is not deep. I can almost hear them thinking, "hmm, better add a subordinate clause with some nice adjectives about the sunset here." Not enough detail of the cultures and their differences for me to get much of a sense of them as peoples. Narration is flat. Not the worst, but not so great, either.
I don't think I would recommend to anyone interested in this series. At least not this book.
They should put the reader in the area of 40 thousand years ago. The language that the clans used was that of a college professor. Their conversations with each other were completely unbelievable. The people of the raven or any other tribe/clan would not be using this advanced vocabulary during this time period. I would have liked to know how they grew their food, hunted, and gathered, made and used tools, and lived day to day. I understand they needed the drama of "conflict" and "sex" but.... Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I would have liked to hear of some geographic similarities. We have many beautiful scenes here, I'm pretty sure Mt Rainier, Mt. St. Helen's, and the others in the Cascades and Olympic areas were here. Having just returned from Kennewick, I think they could have described the area better. What were the people were seeing, and put the reader there. To the east are the plains, and high desert of Washington and Oregon, to the south the Columbia River, to the west the Central Cascade mountain range that stretches from Canada to California. The weather is extreme in the high desert. Summers are very hot and can be in the 90's and 100's for days. Winters are harsh, snow is common and measured in feet. Very cold, and weeks of temperatures in the 20's or lower. Overall...... Disappointing.
I liked his performance. It's too bad that he had to read a novel that read like a college thesis. These people did not speak to each other with type of vocabulary. The people in 2012 don't converse with this vocabulary, I'm pretty sure the people of 40 thousand years ago had a more simple vocabulary.
They have follow up books, although not all of them are in audio versions that are downloadable most are still on CD's.
I have removed the remainder of the " People " series from my wish list.
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