Eye of the Bear: A History Novel of Early California (Book 1, California Gold Trilogy)
Grizzly Hair, a Miwok Indian, leaves his peaceful village in 1824 to investigate the mysteries of the Spanish missions. He’s captured and taken to Mission San Jose, where he escapes and participates in a huge native rebellion against government forces.
This moving story of adventure and love brings to life forgotten native peoples, Spanish colonials, Russians in Fort Ross, and American trapper Jededdiah Smith.
“. . . an engrossing experience that will haunt the reader with its challenging historical realism . . . a gifted writer with prose that informs as well as entertains.”
— Robert Santos, California State University, Stanislaus
“If you’ve enjoyed adventure books like Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel, you will love this book. If you want to learn more about the history of northern California, you will love this book. If you are intrigued by Native American culture and spirituality, you will love this book. Even if you just want a rollicking good read, you will love this book.” — Colfax Record
“This is one of the most important books I have ever read.”
— Hans Feickert, archeologist
“Incredible. There were so many spiritual messages (beautiful) in it!”
— Jeanne Strong, rancher
“Eye of the Bear will certainly begin to move Naida West into consideration as one of America’s top writers.”
— Don Ian Smith, author