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Bone Walker: Book III of the Anasazi Mysteries [Hardcover]

Kathleen O'Neal Gear , W. Michael Gear
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Nov. 21 2001 Anasazi Mysteries (Book 3)
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, award-winning archaeologists and international bestselling authors, break extraordinary new ground in the riveting sequal to their bestselling The Summoning God. Bone Walker is more than a murder mystery, it is a psychological thriller filled with the action that have made this the dynamic duo of the historical. They have breathed life into the vanished world of the Anasazi, bringing out the spirit, the loves, and a mysterious world where mystery and horror lurk in every shadow, behind every door, sometimes right before you. The Gears invite you to follow them down the dark labyrinth of the serial killers mind in Book III of the Anasazi Mysteries.

Eight hundred years have passed since the Mogollon holy man was murdered in Flowing Waters Town. The threads of evil spun by Two Hearts are drawn across time to ensnare modern archaeologists Dusty Stewart and Maureen Cole. The "Wolf Witch" has killed archaeologist Dale Emerson Robertson, and Dusty and Maureen must unmask the murderer before he strikes again. But in so doing, Dusty will root out disturbing secrets about his own past that will cast his father's suicide in an unsettling light. With so many skeletons in the closet, even a bone expert like Maureen can be baffled...and the Wolf Witch is two steps ahead of them, drawing them relentlessly into his trap...

From the national award-winning archaeologists and international bestselling authors of The Visitant and The Summoning God comes a novel of unforgettable terror about a murder in America eight hundred years ago...and a power that transcends time.

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Nearly a millennium ago, the Anasazi ruled the cliffs and canyons of New Mexico with a rich, vibrant culture that disappeared as mysteriously as it arose. The link between the 800-year-old murder of an Anasazi holy man and the ritual death of archaeologist Dusty Stewart's beloved mentor drive this rich tapestry of a novel, which moves almost seamlessly between the past and the present to its riveting conclusion. But long before that happens, the reader is drawn into the hunt for a wolf witch that resonates down the centuries, unearthing not only the secrets and relics of an ancient world but also those of Dusty's past--his father's suicide, his mother's desertion, the existence of a sister he never knew, and the reappearance of the woman whose tangled love life set a series of bloody crimes in motion. Archaeologists themselves, the authors bring the past to life with skill and verisimilitude in this terrific story. --Jane Adams

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In their third cleverly constructed Anasazi mystery (following The Visitant and The Summoning God), the Gears continue the saga of Browser, Catkin, Stone Ghost and the rest of their small group as they seek to ensure their survival by ending the bloody strife that's tearing apart the various villages within the Anasazi territory. Paralleling the past story is a present-day murder mystery involving archaeologist Dusty Stewart, his family, friends and colleagues. The two narratives intertwine and interconnect in ways sometimes effective and sometimes irksome. The Gears' qualifications as archaeologists have given this series a strong foundation, and although this volume adds no new insights, the background is again superbly drawn. Browser's desperate attempts to form alliances and to hunt down and slay the evil Two Hearts give the war chief a chance to display his great cunning and bravery. And Dusty is forced to confront a great many personal demons as he struggles to solve a witchcraft-related murder that could lead to more deaths. Browser's resourcefulness makes him a truly engaging character, while the identity of the witch/murderer Dusty seeks remains well hidden to the end. The Gears' extensive bibliography provides documentation for their use of witchcraft, cannibalism and the rise of conflicting religious beliefs, as well as the more mundane aspects of 12th-century Native-American life in New Mexico. (Jan. 3)and modern stories occupy the same geography but employ different names.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bone Walker is Scary Aug. 21 2002
By Tribute
"Bone Walker" is much scarier than "Summoning God" and "The Visitant." It also puts Dusty and Maureen in peril, which didn't allow much advancement in fleshing out supporting characters like Steve, Magpie and Sylvia who were so engaging in the other books. Still, it's great to see the Dusty/Maureen relationship flourish, and with additions of new characters I imagine this isn't the last we'll see of Dusty, Maureen, Browser and Catkin. I don't recommend reading this book without first stocking up on nachos, salsa and burritos because in between the scares there are many detailed descriptions of delicious Mexican food that will make your mouth water.
This book brings Browser to the forefront by putting many of the scenes from the 13th century in his POV. Browswer wishes to revenge the wrongs done to him by the "Summoning God" and "Visitant." No longer a brooding War Chief, Browser is now the one who needs to lead Catkin and Stone Ghost out of harms way. The action in this book is more vivid and disturbing than the first two, but it also requires you puzzle out intricate plots both in the 13th and 22nd centuries.
It's well worth reading, and I hope there will be another in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating mystery Nov. 17 2001
In the thirteenth century, the once majestic Anasazi Empire is in a rapid state of decline. A nasty drought has led to a food shortage, which exacerbates the religious disputes and inter-clan genocide becomes the norm. War chief Browser and his trusted aide Catkin want to kill the witch Two Hearts, who burned their home to the ground. Two Hearts covets an amulet Browser wears because the witch believes that will extend his life.

At the same location, but in the twenty-first century, the FBI asks archeologists Dusty Steward and Maureen Cole to help on a homicide investigation. Someone killed a mutual friend Dr. Dale Emerson in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico with the evidence pointing towards a witch. Dusty and Maureen have the knowledge to see what the Feds might miss because the proof lies outside their belief system.

The alternating chapters between the thirteenth and twenty-first centuries keeps the readers on full alert as they try to connect the link between the eras. There are many fascinating mysteries contained within BONE WALKER, but it is the vibrant and perceptive panorama on the Anasazi culture that makes this novel stand out amidst the crowd of archeological who-done-its. The audience feels the decline of this mighty civilization and wonders if history will repeat itself with the United States.

Harriet Klausner
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By Sires
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I definitely would not advise anyone to start reading this series with this book. There is a lot of backstory and while the authors do a good job with weaving explanations in the text, there were times when I found myself asea about certain points dealt with in the earlier books. However, I read the two previous novels and I was delighted to find this one.
Moving in time between American Pre-history and the present, the authors touch on nearly every major controversy about the Anasazi, past and present. Vicious scholarly infighting is contrasted against the swing of war clubs. As the suspense builds, the authors do a good job at showing how the investigative skills of archaeologists are not that different from that of law enforcement (whether in the past or present)-- both are attempting to reconstruct past actions and draw conclusions about the actors.
Definitely recommended for a reading on a chilly evening with a pot of hot coffee and a few biscotti on a tray.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could it possible be so disappointing? Nov. 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the first two books, I really had hopes that Book 3 would tie things together and get better. Obviously this is a "beach book", but not even a good one. It did improve to a certain extent; the grammar and spelling were greatly improved. Unfortunately, it lacked something, and was fairly predictable. I was disappointed with the trite, "old" excuse of Dusty's mother acting like a... so that's why she was a "bad" person, and made his life miserable, and every other male she came in contact with, ya da, ya da. Original, this isn't. In fact, I got pretty sick of all the whining. The Anasazi story wasn't bad, but the descriptions of the black ebony hair, etc. etc. finally got to me. If you want to read it, don't pay for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes I am puzzled Jan. 14 2002
By A Customer
I am a Native American and I have been a big fan of the Gears and
this series of mysteries. The Gears display a rare sensitivity to Native American values. But in this novel I find myself puzzled. From my perspective, one of the arch-villains escaped without punishment. This left me feeling that there was a loose end flapping in the wind. All of the wicked Native Americans got killed but the wicked white woman is to get a couple of years probation. In my value system she was even more evil than some of the Native Americans because she devoured people's spirits. Four stars because of this.
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