W Michael Gear Books

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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 Spider Trilogy Series

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

Order of First North Americans Series with Kathleen O'Neal Gear

1People of the Wolf 1990Description / Buy
2People of the Fire 1990Description / Buy
3People of the Earth 1992Description / Buy
4People of the River 1992Description / Buy
5People of the Sea 1993Description / Buy
6People of the Lakes 1994Description / Buy
7People of the Lightning 1995Description / Buy
8People of the Silence 1996Description / Buy
9People of the Mist 1997Description / Buy
10People of the Masks 1998Description / Buy
11People of the Owl 2003Description / Buy
12People of the Raven 2004Description / Buy
13People of the Moon 2005Description / Buy
14People of the Nightland 2007Description / Buy
15People of the Weeping Eye 2008Description / Buy
16People of the Thunder 2009Description / Buy
17People of the Longhouse 2010Description / Buy
18The Dawn Country 2011Description / Buy
19The Broken Land 2012Description / Buy
20People of the Black Sun 2012Description / Buy
21Copper Falcon (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
22People of the Morning Star 2014Description / Buy
23The Dead Man's Doll (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
24People of the Songtrail 2015Description / Buy
25Sun Born 2016Description / Buy
26Moon Hunt 2017Description / Buy
27Star Path: People of Cahokia 2019Description / Buy
28People of the Canyons 2020Description / Buy

Chronological Order of First North Americans Series

1People of the Wolf1990Description / Buy
2People of the Nightland2007Description / Buy
3People of the Sea1993Description / Buy
4People of the Raven2004Description / Buy
5People of the Lightning1995Description / Buy
6People of the Fire1990Description / Buy
7People of the Earth1992Description / Buy
8People of the Owl2003Description / Buy
9People of the Lakes1994Description / Buy
10People of the River1992Description / Buy
11People of the Silence1996Description / Buy
12People of the Moon2005Description / Buy
13People of the Masks1998Description / Buy
14People of the Weeping Eye2008Description / Buy
15People of the Thunder2009Description / Buy
16People of the Mist1997Description / Buy
17People of the Longhouse2010Description / Buy
18The Dawn Country2011Description / Buy
19The Broken Land2012Description / Buy
20People of the Black Sun2012Description / Buy
21People of the Morning Star2014Description / Buy
22People of the Songtrail2015Description / Buy
23Copper Falcon (Short Story)2014Description / Buy
24The Dead Man's Doll (Short Story)2015Description / Buy
25Sun Born2016Description / Buy
26Moon Hunt2017Description / Buy
27Star Path: People of Cahokia2019Description / Buy
28People of the Canyons2020Description / Buy

Order of Anasazi Mysteries Series with Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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

Order of Contact: The Battle For America Series with Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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

Order of Donovan Series

1Outpost 2018Description / Buy
2Abandoned 2018Description / Buy
3Pariah 2019Description / Buy
4Unreconciled 2020Description / Buy
5Adrift 2021Description / Buy

Order of Flight of the Hawk Series

1The River 2018Description / Buy
2The Plains 2019Description / Buy

Order of Forbidden Borders Series

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

Order of Genetic Thriller Series with Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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

Order of Richard Hamilton Series

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

Order of Team PSI Series

1The Alpha Enigma 2020Description / Buy

Order of The Wyoming Chronicles Series

1Dissolution 2021Description / Buy

Order of W Michael Gear Standalone Novels

1Long Ride Home 1988Description / Buy
2Big Horn Legacy 1988Description / Buy
3The Artifact 1990Description / Buy
4Starstrike 1990Description / Buy
5Children of the Dawnland ( With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) 2003Description / Buy
6The Athena Factor 2005Description / Buy
7The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus ( With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) 2007Description / Buy
8This Scorched Earth 2018Description / Buy
9Fracture Event ( With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) 2021Description / Buy

Order of W Michael Gear Non-Fiction Books

1Vikings in North America: Pursuing the Myth of Paradise 2015Description / 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 Fracture Event and was released on August, 24th 2021.


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