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Jon Land, author of THE RISING, says…

MAZE MASTER is getting some nice advance praise…

     “MAZE MASTER is a masterpiece of a bio-thriller that seamlessly melds science and superstition into a      tale as relentless as it is riveting. Kathleen Gear has lent credence and credibility to the end-of-the-world tale championed by the likes of WORLD WAR Z, I AM LEGEND, and Stephen King’s THE STAND. This is speculative storytelling at its level best, weaving cutting edge genetics into a puzzle that must be solved if mankind is to survive. A master of the historical novel, Gear proves herself equally adept at handling the future in this cure for the common thriller.”

Jon Land, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series and THE RISING

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Hi All,

For those who’ve asked, MAZE MASTER, which is coming out next July, just became available for pre-order. I really loved writing this book. I hope you enjoy it, too!





MAZE MASTER final revisions are in!

Hi All!

I just shipped off the final revisions to my thriller, MAZE MASTER, which is coming out in July.  

It’s been an interesting editorial process this year. There are a few pivotal editors–I mean truly great editors–in literary history: Maxwell Perkins, Gordon Lish, Judith Jones, among a handful of others.  Remember the classic Tom Wolfe novel, LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL? Maxwell Perkins made Wolfe take out 90,000 words… That’s why we consider it a classic.  

My editor at St. Martin’s Press, Peter Wolverton, falls into the Perkins group.  It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him on this book. 

Hope you are all healthy and happy.  Winter has come to Wyoming.  As I write, frosty buffalo are frolicking through the snow in the meadow outside my window.  

Stay Warm!


DNA Search for First Americans…


More evidence that contradicts the theory that prehistoric native peoples came to the Americas in a single wave.  This new DNA study of Amazonian peoples indicates they are related to Australian aboriginal peoples and New Guineans, and while the DNA evidence is new, this is not a new hypothesis.  Archaeologists studying the remains of Luzia and her people in Brazil (which dates to over 12,000 B.P.) have long said that the physical characteristics of Luzia most closely match those of Australoids or Africans.   The new study suggests there were at least two very early migrations into the Americas, but hang onto your hats, folks.  We suspect when the dust finally settles, the genetics will suggest many more migrations.


Genetics. 17% of what we think we know about disease genes is wrong…

For those of you who have decided to have genetic testing done to determine your likelihood of certain diseases, please read this article.  The study of genetics is amazing, but the truth is that no one really knows what most of those genes do.  There are still way too many ‘holes in our knowledge’ that need to be filled in.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2015/05/31/17-of-our-genetic-knowledge-is-wrong/Genetic eye color 

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