W. Michael Gear is an American author of historical fiction in addition to being an archaeologist. After getting sick of reading historical fiction with historical inaccuracies, Michael immediately wrote a 550 page novel – his first attempt at a novel – that may not have read well, but was at least accurate historically. Michael frequently co-authors his novels with his wife Kathleen O’Neal Gear, which includes their best known work, the First North Americans series.

W. Michael Gear made his literary debut in 1988. That year, he had three novels published – The Big Horn Legacy, The Warriors of Spider and The Way of Spider. Below is a list of W. Michael Gear’s books in order of when they were originally released (and in chronological order):

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Publication Order of The Athena Trilogy Books

Athena Unleashed (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Genesis Athena (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Athena's Wrath (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Spider Trilogy Books

The Warriors of Spider (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Way of Spider (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Web of Spider (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of First North Americans Books

(with Kathleen O'Neal Gear)

People of the Wolf (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Fire (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Earth (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the River (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Sea (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Lakes (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Lightning (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Silence (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Mist (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Masks (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Owl (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Raven (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Moon (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Nightland (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Weeping Eye (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Thunder (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Longhouse (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dawn Country (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Broken Land (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Black Sun (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Copper Falcon (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Morning Star (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead Man's Doll (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Songtrail (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sun Born (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moon Hunt (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star Path (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Canyons (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lightning Shell (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of First North Americans Books

(with Kathleen O'Neal Gear)

People of the Wolf(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Nightland(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Sea(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Raven(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Lightning(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Fire(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Earth(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Owl(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Lakes(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the River(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Silence(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Moon(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Masks(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Weeping Eye(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Thunder(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Mist(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Longhouse(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dawn Country(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Broken Land(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Black Sun(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Morning Star(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Songtrail(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Copper Falcon(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead Man's Doll(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sun Born(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moon Hunt(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star Path(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
People of the Canyons(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lightning Shell(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anasazi Mysteries Books

(with Kathleen O'Neal Gear)

The Visitant (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Summoning God (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bone Walker (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This series was re-issued in 2023 as a 6 book series breaking up the 3 books.

Publication Order of Contact: The Battle For America Books

(with Kathleen O'Neal Gear)

Coming of the Storm (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fire the Sky (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Searing Wind (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Donovan Books

Publication Order of Flight of the Hawk Books

Publication Order of Forbidden Borders Books

Requiem for the Conqueror (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Relic of Empire (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Countermeasures (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Genetic Thriller Books

(with Kathleen O'Neal Gear)

Dark Inheritance (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Raising Abel (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Saga of the Mountain Saga Books

The Morning River (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Coyote Summer (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Mist Dog (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Panther's Scream (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Saga of the Mountain Saga Books

The Morning River(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Mist Dog(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Panther's Scream(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Coyote Summer(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Team Psi Books

The Alpha Enigma (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Implacable Alpha (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The Wyoming Chronicles Books

Dissolution (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fourth Quadrant (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
After The Eagle Has Fallen (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Long Ride Home (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Big Horn Legacy (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Artifact (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Starstrike (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Children of the Dawnland (With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Athena Factor (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus (With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Scorched Earth (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fracture Event (With: Kathleen O'Neal Gear) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Foundation (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Vikings in North America: Pursuing the Myth of Paradise (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Ridin’ with the Pack(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Note: The First North Americans, Anasazi Mysteries, Genetic Thriller and Contact series along with the standalone novels The Betrayal and Children of the Dawnland were co-authored by Kathleen O’Neal Gear.

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2 Responses to “Order of W. Michael Gear Books”

  1. Lorraine Morris: 12 months ago

    Loved these books from the first, hope to keep reading them.

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  2. Cheeryos: 10 years ago

    The Morning River is very good and Coyote Summer even better. They are amazing reads I could hardly put down. The people I have shared the books with have been pleased with the writing and the content. They hold a spot on my book shelves.

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