W Michael Gear Books

W. Michael Gear is an American archeologist turned novelist from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is best known for the “First North Americans” series of novels that he co-wrote with Kathleen O’Neal Gear. However, Michael has also written twelve more novels under his own name. A graduate of Fort Collins High School, he got his Bachelors and Masters in Archeology from Colorado State University, and for a time worked for Western Wyoming College before establishing his own archeological consulting firm in 1981. He lives in Thermopolis with his co-writer, fellow author, and wife, Kathleen O’Neal Gear.

Order of A Novel of the American West Series

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1 Flight of the Hawk 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Donovan Trilogy Series

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1 Outpost 2018 Description / Buy
2 Abandoned 2018 Description / Buy

Order of The First North America's Series

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1 People of the Wolf 1990 Description / Buy
2 People of the Fire 1991 Description / Buy
3 People of the Lakes 1992 Description / Buy
4 People of the Earth 1992 Description / Buy
5 People of the River 1992 Description / Buy
6 People of the Sea 1993 Description / Buy
7 People of the Lightning 1995 Description / Buy
8 People of the Silence 1996 Description / Buy
9 People of the Mist 1997 Description / Buy
10 People of the Masks 1998 Description / Buy
11 People of the Owl 2003 Description / Buy
12 People of the Raven 2004 Description / Buy
13 People of the Moon 2005 Description / Buy
14 People of the Nightland 2007 Description / Buy
15 People of the Weeping Eye 2008 Description / Buy
16 People of the Thunder 2009 Description / Buy
17 People of the Longhouse 2010 Description / Buy
18 The Dawn Country 2011 Description / Buy
19 The Broken Land 2012 Description / Buy
20 People of the Black Sun 2012 Description / Buy
21 Copper Falcon (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
22 People of the Morning Star 2014 Description / Buy
23 People of the Songtrail 2015 Description / Buy
24 Sun Born 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Richard Hamilton Series

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1 The Morning River 1996 Description / Buy
2 Coyote Summer 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Genetic Thriller Series

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1 Dark Inheritance 2001 Description / Buy
2 Raising Abel 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Contact: The Battle for America Series

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1 Coming of the Storm 2010 Description / Buy
2 Fire the Sky 2011 Description / Buy
3 A Searing Wind 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Spider Trilogy Series

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1 The Warriors of Spider 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Way of Spider 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Web of Spider 1989 Description / Buy

Order of The Anasazi Mysteries Series

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1 The Visitant 1999 Description / Buy
2 The Summoning God 2000 Description / Buy
3 Bone Walker 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Forbidden Borders Series

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1 Requiem for the Conqueror 1991 Description / Buy
2 Relic of Empire 1992 Description / Buy
3 Counter-Measures 1993 Description / Buy

Order of W Michael Gear Standalone Novels

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1 Long Ride Home 1988 Description / Buy
2 Big Horn Legacy 1988 Description / Buy
3 The Artifact 1990 Description / Buy
4 Starstrike 1990 Description / Buy
5 Children of the Dawnland 2003 Description / Buy
6 The Athena Factor 2005 Description / Buy
7 The Betrayal 2007 Description / Buy
8 The Dead Man's Doll (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
9 This Scorched Earth 2018 Description / Buy

Order of W Michael Gear Non-Fiction Books

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1 Vikings in North America: Pursuing the Myth of Paradise 2015 Description / Buy
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Michael Gear got hooked into writing when he read a western that drove him insane with its terrible ending. He knew that he could do far much better and within two weeks, he had completed a five hundred page Western, but eight unsold novels later, he could not find a publisher. A couple of weeks after meeting Kathleen, his dream was back on track. He went on to publish twelve Western, Historical, Thriller, and science fiction novels under his own name. He also published over forty religious, young adult, historical, techno-thriller, and pre-historical novels co-written with Kathleen. The novels have been on a host of American and international bestseller lists, and have sold over 15 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages.


Michael Gear won the 2005 Spur Award for Novel under the Novel of the West category. His novel “Morning River” was a nominee for the National Book Award in 1998, and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.


Three of the more popular novels by W. Michael Gear are:

The Warriors of Spider: The novel is a fantastic thriller of a novel that is set far out in humanity’s future. The Directorate, an organization of a few powerful humans permanently linked to a computer and genetically altered. Their genetic superiority and computer linked brains means they have knowledge of all the planets and all galaxies known and claimed by humans, and hence they rule the entire universe. The Directorate had been the ruler over numerous galaxies for centuries with unquestioned and absolute authority. But now their vast number of subjects in their empire are growing restive.

A race of humans on a planet they refer to as World on their Empire’s far-flung edges have become a race of fierce warriors that take their instructions from prophets. These prophets have the ability to see far into the future and hence had already predicted the coming of the Directorate’s reconnaissance ship, and prepared their followers for their first contact. They are now in a precarious situation in which one wrong move by either party could destroy both the Directorate Empire and the World.

The Way of Spider: The warriors on Sirius had given the subjects of the Directorate empire hope of throwing off the yoke of their oppressors. Even with their computer linked brains and computer-linked brains that visited tyranny on the empire’s subjects; they seem to be losing their grip on their prized possessions. To crush the Sirian rebels, they rely on the Romanans a primitive race of fierce warriors and a fleet of battle damaged war ships.

The Directorate had been inculcating capability for violent behavior and initiative in their human subjects for years. Only the people of the World still had true warriors of spider. But would the Romanans join forces and fight for a cause of aliens that had once tried to annihilate them. And even if they did, do they have the firepower to defeat an enemy that now has access to weapons of war that are more powerful than any ever made.

The Web of Spider: The Sirian rebellion has fomented the rise of two powerful armies in the universe. The leader of the failed rebellion, the enigmatic Ngen Van Chow had gone underground only to reemerge in a far-flung part of the empire known as the World. He now intends to launch an intergalactic war that portends immeasurable destruction. He is emboldened by the discovery of a technology that can transform ordinary folk into fanatical soldiers ready to die for a cause.

The Romanans who are also known as the Warriors of Spider have had years to prepare for the advance. What is even better, they have with them former members of the police force and the military that have crossed over from the Directorate. Will the Directorate’s technology and the Romanan soldiers succeed in halting the advancing army intent on destroying everything in their path by fighting a holy interstellar war.

When Does The Next W Michael Gear book come out?

W Michael Gear doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Abandoned and was released on November, 20th 2018. It is the newest book in the Donovan Trilogy Series.