This start of a new series by the Gears about the enigmatic Native American tribe, the Anasazi, features the same accurate anthropological information and gripping plots of the Gears' successful "First North American" series. This story alternates between the Dawn of the Age of the Katsinas and a present-day anthropological search of a mass grave ...
This start of a new series by the Gears about the enigmatic Native American tribe, the Anasazi, features the same accurate anthropological information and gripping plots of the Gears' successful "First North American" series. This story alternates between the Dawn of the Age of the Katsinas and a present-day anthropological search of a mass grave in New Mexico. NPR announcements.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-07-05 In the upper Sonoran desert of present-day New Mexico, a charismatic yet troubled archeologist named Dusty Stewart is unearthing a mystery that began about A.D. 1200. While excavating a site of the Chaco Anasazi Indians, Stewart and his team discover mass graves containing the bodies of young women, all with their skulls smashed. Using flashbacks to merge past and present into a relatively seamless tapestry, the Gears depict an ancient, waning Anasazi people plagued with drought, declining resources and rampant tuberculosis. Ash Girl, the wife of the tribal war chief, Browser, has been found deadÄher head crushed and a wolf mask at her side. Young girls continue to disappear from surrounding villages, and Browser, with the aid of his shrewdly eccentric uncle, searches for a serial killer. Meanwhile, in the present, a team of archeologists and anthropologists, most notably Dr. Maureen Cole, who's the heroine of this series launch, are also trying to solve the puzzle of the graves, using not only 20th-century technology, but, in addition, extrasensory perception that links them to the spirits of the past. Breathtaking descriptions evoke the harsh beauty of the desert in both winter and summer, while the lucid, erudite historical perspectives are informed by the authors' own extensive archeological experience. Yet the mystery is needlessly complex, and the enormous cast is unwieldy. For all its considerable strengths, this first book in the Anasazi mystery series falls a notch below the level attained by the Gears in their First North American historicals. $125,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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