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Publisher's Summary

Of best-selling husband-and-wife writing team W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Booklist proclaims that “nobody does Native Americana better than the Gears.” Coming of the Storm launches a series featuring Black Shell, a Chicazaclan trader, and his struggles with Hernando de Soto, an invader intent on spreading Catholicism at the point of his sword.

©2010 W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Mark
  • Lakewood, CO, United States
  • 05-24-13

Creates a story line from history

Anytime an author attempts to create characters and a storyline from a time in history they're taking a chance. There's no doubt that there are things that are way out of whack with this book like any other of the genre, but for the casual reader who's looking for entertainment and not historical accuracy, it's clear the authors took the time to learn enough that the setting comes across as real. The characters are appropriately flawed and gifted to lend to its readability and by the end you're certainly cheering for them to succeed.

Personally, I was looking for something a little racier after reading the Psy-Changeling series and the Elder Races series, but this romance is definitely less explicit and subdued. There's nothing wrong with that, but it wasn't what I was expecting and overall the storyline is enjoyable enough to have me purchasing the next book in the series.

Where the book succeeded was in the construction of several complex characters driven by different motivations coming together toward a common end. Particularly, the Black Shell and Pearl Hand characters are deep in their complexity, making them more realistic and pulling the reader into the story deeper.

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  • kamau
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 09-25-12

An awesome narrative

One of my best listens...the whole series...a story that needs to be told. Great storing telling

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Wish there were more books by the gears

No one does native like the gears. Love all there books. Wish there were more
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  • ron
  • mars, Pa
  • 02-24-16

great book

Would you consider the audio edition of Coming of the Storm to be better than the print version?

yes,

What did you like best about this story?

everything, from start to finish they caught the best idea of how the natives must have taken the new people coming to their land

Have you listened to any of Kevin Orton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes outstanding

If you could take any character from Coming of the Storm out to dinner, who would it be and why?

the chick she sounds hot and easy

Any additional comments?

great book.

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enjoyed the story

I really enjoyed this story. I will be getting the rest of the series . Thought I was told well.

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Story was great, reading, not so much.

The Gears, once again, have written a wonderful story of N. America's indigenous peoples.

The reader's diction was clear, but he had below average affect and the variety of voice between characters was so lacking it was sometimes confusing to know who was speaking.

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BORING

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Normally the Geer books are better than this but take a monotone reader with no story and a nap is all that can be hoped for. Clear the Greer's best yearsare as long gone as a Guiness in Dusty Stewart's hands.

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Not worth the time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story, the story was not that good, too many gaps as well as taking very modern principals and trying to write them into a very old story, just didn't work for me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet, still have to browse

Did Kevin Orton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, slight voice inflections and very well red.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, was not well written.

Any additional comments?

Not a book I would recommend to any of my friends. Too bad, there was a great premise, just didn't do a good job of making me believe that the character telling the story was either Native American, or from the period.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dialogue does not fit the time of the story.

What aspect of Kevin Orton’s performance would you have changed?

The preformer can only read what is written. He cannot change the content.

Any additional comments?

People of that time did not speak in such a mannner. Their speech was simpler.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful