Coyote Summer

Coyote Summer

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Upper Missouri River, 1825

Against the wild grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and a richly woven tapestry of Indian cultures - Sioux, Mandan, Crow, Shoshoni - "Coyote Summer" unfolds into an unforgettable tale of love and reconciliation, destiny, and the indomitable human spirit.

No two people could be more different: Heals Like A Willow, a beautiful young Shoshoni medicine woman, and Richard Hamilton, a Harvard philosophy student new to the frontier. Though they come from worlds apart, hindered by vastly different cultures, their souls have met and will not be denied.

But Willow has ties to the Spirit World and a reponsibility to her people. In visions she has seen the coming White Storm brewing in the East - the endless stream of settlers overrunning the land, pouring ever westward. She must leave the trading posts, the river, and the company of white men. Even if it means leaving behind the one who has taken her heart.

Armed only with his philosophy, meaningless in the harsh reality of the Rockies, Richard sets out after her. Facing the endles expanse of mountains and snow, a new understanding dawns on Richard - that his desperate search for love and illumination may bear the ultimate price.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 45.72mm | 839.99g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765333473
  • 9780765333476
  • 1,633,653

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In Coyote Summer, W. Michael Gear returns to a vanished America - a time when the last great Indian nations lived in unfettered freedom. In the path of cataclysmic change, two people, bound by forbidden love, must face the terrible truth about themselves, their peoples, and their most cherished principles. Heals Like A Willow has traveled with the white traders, learned their ways, and finally returned to her remote mountain people. As the White Storm brews beyond the eastern horizon, Willow struggles to prepare her people for the onslaught. But plagued by her ties to the Spirit World and her broken-hearted love for a misfit white man, Willow finds few who will heed her warnings. Richard Hamilton's education in philosophy hadn't prepared him for the hard reality of life beyond the frontier. Now, his philosophical beliefs shattered, he faces the brutal winter wilderness - a man alone, armed only with his wits and his dogged determination to discover an elusive truth. Willow holds the key - if he can ever find her in such a vast expanse of mountains and snow.
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Review quote

"A tremendous novel which takes the reader back to vanished America--a time when the last great Indian nations lived in unfettered freedom. Gear delivers a compelling story of cultural clashes and forbidden high voltage prose complete with finely etched characters." --Tulsa World

"The sequel to The Morning River and a dandy book on its own merits. In fact, Coyote Summer may be the better story of the two. Certainly, it doesn't lack for excitement....Gear succeeds in creating something more than a mere historical novel." --Roundup magazine
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About W Michael Gear

W. Michael Gear, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

W. Michael Gear and his wife, Kathleen O'Neal Gear are co-authors of the First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series (USA Today bestsellers) and live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
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Rating details

280 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 44% (123)
4 34% (96)
3 15% (43)
2 6% (16)
1 1% (2)
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