This epic historical romance is a fascinating, well-told tale of ancient superstition and culture, set in Florida approximately 8,000 years ago, amid a hauntingly eerie, mystical, and primeval landscape. The story begins in a village besieged by enemy tribes, where Musselwhite, a revered woman warrior and leader, must face her archenemy Cottonmouth after he has captured her beloved husband and murdered her son and is now determined to destroy her and the village. Through a series of events, Musselwhite meets and agrees to marry another husband, 15-year-old Pondwader, an albino, who because of his eyes, hair, and skin is both hated and feared as a "lightning boy," and together they face the dreaded enemy Cottonmouth. The Gears' thorough research and their experience as professional archaeologists lend credibility to their novel and contribute to its absorbing portrait of ancient life.
**Although fiction, this book is based on an actual find located about 30 miles from Orlando, for all of you Disney visitors. There is quite a bit a factual research in this book - the Florida indians were an amazing people and many of the shell mounds and burial sites are still around, if you know where to look - off the beaten paths of theme parks in Florida.
Story of a Pre-Columbian culture in Florida.
Yes, this is book seven of the People of the.... whatever... series - but it can be read on it's own. It was a nice bit of historical fiction.
An adventure saga with a wealth of historical detail, centers around a totemmic mask with great evil powers.
I fasinating book about prehistoric Florida. Well written and exciting, taking place about 6,000 BC, at a well documented archaeologial site. A great trip back in time.
Seventh of the great anthropologically based series beginning with the settlement of the epi- glacial North American Continent and visiting tribal peoples over the next few thousand years. I loved them all.
another step in "The People" series... if you enjoyed any of the first 6, then this is a good read
A novel of the first North Americans.
The Gear's are very good at this.
People of the Lightning takes us to ancient Florida, to a village of fisher folk who must face their deepest fear: Pondwader, now a lnaky boy of fifteen summers. He is the White Lightning Boy-the first of his kind to be born in tens of tens of summers. His white hair, pink eyes and pale skin make him fearsome enough, but legends foretell that a Lightning Boy will make Sister Moon bury her face in the clouds and weep falling stars-and the winds of destruction will be unleashed.
The folk manage to trade him in marriage to Musselwhite, a woman warrior who does not really want him. She must face an old enemy who has captured her beloved husband, an enemy who is determined to destroy her. What good to her is this soft-hearted youth? She has yet to learn that Pondwater is a Lightning Boy. He can hear the voices in the wind, telling of coming horror...