W. MICHAEL GEAR holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.
KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of America's cultural heritage.
Praise for the North America's Forgotten Past Series
"The Gears have written an epic novel that combines the cultural history of Cahokia with the fast-paced narrative of a thriller to explore the all-too-human and universal dangers of greed and overweening ambition."--New York Journal of Books on People of the Morning Star
"A magnificent, sweeping world--America, circa 7300 B.C.--that is so real you can almost breathe in the air of it. It tells a bighearted story of war and peace, love and violence, with a cast of richly drawn characters. This is a novel that will stay with you for years--I guarantee it."--Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author, on People of the Raven
"The Gears have brought readers fascinating and richly detailed stories of prehistoric North America with tales as rich in cultural meaning as they are in political context."--RT Book Reviews on People of the Owl