Wyoming is just starting to see some days in the high 40s. Most of the snow has melted around the house, though the mountains are still white and beautiful.
On the writing front, Mike is working on a screenplay for OUTPOST, his science fiction novel set in the Donovan universe. He’s having a grand time. Writing screenplays is a different talent than novels, so it’s a learning experience, but fun and challenging.
Kathy is working on a new novel, a modern thriller, that she hopes to have completed by May. No title yet.
AND!! Book 3 in the Wyoming Chronicles series, AFTER THE EAGLE HAS FALLEN, will be released the first week of March. We are excited. It has a great cover.
If you haven’t read FOURTH QUADRANT, you might want to before book 3 comes out. It helps.
Mike will be at the Tucson Book Festival March 2-3. Stop by the Wolfpack Publishing booth and say hello!
We hope spring arrives in your neck of the woods soon.
Mike and Kathy
THANK YOU for the GREAT new review for FOURTH QUADRANT!
Monday, 23 May 2022 15:11
Fourth Quadrant – W. Michael Gear – Wolfpack HC $28.00 – 9781639773015 – 5/2022
This book continues the story begun in Dissolution following the outcome of an international banking collapse and corruption of the entire internet banking system. We are reintroduced to some of the characters from the previous book and meet new ones as well. Here, Lauren Davis, a young woman working in a bank in Colorado Springs is startled to find several million dollars in the account of an elderly woman wishing to withdraw a few hundred from her meager savings. As other tellers begin muttering about obviously incorrect figures appearing on their screens, one of the supervisors quietly approaches her and tells her to pull all her cash out and leave town, quickly. Thus begins her transformation from a normal existence to one of violence and moral ambiguity that challenges her very basis of belief in herself and the world.
As society unravels and people resort to brutality and aggression to either stay alive or profit from the chaos, Lauren speeds north to her home in Wyoming, dodging brigands who take advantage of the lawlessness to murder, rape and rob. When she finally reaches the border and having demonstrated her legitimate claim to be Wyoming girl, she volunteers to use her skills with her motorcycle to become a runner delivering food, water, ammo and whatever else to the border guards, founded once it became clear that everyone in Colorado wanted to escape the conflagration on the Front Range. As a result she becomes embroiled in a life and death struggle that shakes her morals to their foundations. Having been both the victim and the perpetrator of fatal violence, she descends into a hell of self-doubt and depression. She is reunited with a childhood friend, many years estranged and finds salvation of a sort, but no peace.
It is easy to write “this is a page turner you can’t put down” but in this case the phrase is apt. If you don’t get a nervous stomach reading this, afraid every minute about what will happen or not happen, you’re not paying attention. With vivid characters, non-stop action and a philosophical question at the root of all of it, this book delivers on several levels. It has all the greater “punch” because everything is completely believable. The reader does not doubt that all of this could very well happen. We have fallen into a state where we take for granted that our neighbors and others in our society will act, if not totally morally, at least with a modicum of civility, to the extent that we don’t murder each other over food, water and gasoline. When that certainty of safety is removed, the world becomes a frightening and disheartening place. How we deal with it can mean the difference between life and death, and between decency and indecency.
Shelf Talker: The post-apocalyptic outcome of an international banking failure thrusts the world into a violent struggle for existence and brings into question the meaning of what it is to “do the right thing”. Eric Boss for Read The West
We took the dogs for a walk at 4:00 AM this morning, and the sky was stunning. Orion, The Hand constellation in the Southeastern Ceremonial tradition, was blazing just over the mountain. Now, we are off to work on PEOPLE OF THE CANYONS.
New Books coming…
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:39
It’s been a busy August for us here in Wyoming. We turned in the final manuscript for STAR PATH, the latest book in the People of Cahokia series, and Kathleen also delivered the final manuscripts for the first books in her two new series: THE ICE LION, book 1 of the Rewinding Chronicles, and CRIES FROM THE LAST ISLAND, Book 1 of the Ancient Egypt Saga.
THE ICE LION is a science fiction novel set in a Pleistocene Ice Age future, and CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND is a fantasy novel set in modern America and Egypt about two teenage boys searching for the lost graves of Antony and Cleopatra.
It’s a real joy to be able to write very different kinds of archaeological stories. Keeps our creativity fresh and vibrant.
The bison are doing exceptionally well. We’ve had good rain this year, which means the grasses and wildflowers have been beautiful.
We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer.
Michael and Kathleen
An article I wrote for THE HISTORY READER
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:10
Buffalo cow and calf at Red Canyon Ranch
MAZE MASTER was released yesterday! It’s wonderful to finally see a book in print, and it never gets old. Despite the number of books we’ve published, they aren’t real until we hold the actual book in our hands.
I hope everyone is having a beautiful summer. It’s been cool here. We woke to 55 degrees this morning, which is just perfect for our northern souls. And the buffalo love this cool weather. They are almost finished losing their shaggy winter coats.