Bone Walker: Book III of the Anasazi Mysteries Hardcover – Nov 21 2001
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The story takes turns and grabs the reader's attention form beginning to an unexpected end.
the best of the trilogy's 3 installments.
I found the book very frightning and hard to put down. If you are a Gear fan, it is a must read.Published on Sept. 22 2003 by Carol A. Sealy
This is a great series, and I think this will be the last in this particular trilogy. This is a great series because it melds the past and the present so seamlessly. Read morePublished on April 14 2002 by Shirley Schwartz
The Anasazi mystery series by the Gears is tremendous fun to read and teaches one a lot about archeology and the Anasazi culture. Don't start with this one. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002 by Melrose Plant