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As the prophets have foretold, a child of power has been born unto the Turtle People of the Iroquois Nation. The Elders call him False Face Child, for he is the son of a powerful spirit. A living talisman, the child has inhuman eyes--black mirrors, ageless and deep--and all fear him.

All but Jumping Badger, the most powerful war leader of the Bear People. He destroys an entire village to take the boy to use as a spiritual weapon. But his triumph is short-lived. The Bear People suffer terrible visions and hear the voices of the spirits. Strange ailments and mysterious deaths take them one by one.

Though he is a seer, False Face Child is also a sad and lonely young boy named Rumbler. Twelve-year-old Wren befriends him and together they escape across the winter landscape of New York and Ontario with Jumping Badger close behind. He now fears the boy's power and seeks to kill him. Their only hope is to stay alive long enough to find Rumbler's legendary father, known only as The Disowned.

An epic journey, People of the Masks is another riveting volume in New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's North America's Forgotten Past series.

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People of the Masks
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4.3 / 5
Another great Gear book!
April 28th, 2015
I love they incorporate their knowledge that is factually sound into these books. I also think it is very interesting how they weave things we deal with today into their characters' lives from their n perspective: dwarfism, mental illness, etc. And they manage to make the events that the characters deem magic or godly events meld with reality. As in, signs from their spirit helpers they interpret as divine could be just a bird in the right place at the right time.
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Wow GREAt Book
March 5th, 2015
This is a great read turning factual events and fiction into a thrilling and interesting read. If you are not into the history of the first nations people this will get you into it. It provides the reader with glimpses into the lives and ways of the first nations people and the pride and bravery they endured at times.
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Tightly written
February 24th, 2015
Week written, seamless editing. A definite page Turner. My only question is the very beginning of the book not tying in anywhere else in the book. Otherwise very much enjoyed. An interesting Window into the past. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Wonderful book and series
January 30th, 2015
I've read the entire series. These books are outstanding and addictive. The Gears are a husband and wife team who are archeologists. The books are fiction based on histories based on archeological evidence and American Indian lore. Even without the bonus of learning about America's lost history, the stories are wonderful. Masterful writing. Highly recommended
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