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Friday, July 23, 2010

Allan Richard Shickman: Zan-Gah

Thanks to the kind folks at Earthshaker Books, I have a signed copy of Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman. I had never read a book set in prehistoric times, so I was intrigued.

"She began to move warily in a circle as the men tightened the trap, and as they got closer the lioness began to stride and prowl in a circle so small that she almost seemed to be chasing her tail. But she was watching, watching while she turned and snarled, for a weakness in the ever-tightening ring of her pursuers. Then, at the moment the attack finally was sounded--when the men, putting down their drums and torches, charged on the run with their spears--the lioness saw what she was looking for. One of her enemies was smaller, weaker than the rest. There was a point in the strengthening line that could be broken! Thought merged with furious action and the beast, with a mighty bound of astonishing swiftness, darted toward Zan. Five hundred pounds of snarling fury sprang directly at him with claws bared and fanged mouth open!"

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure has hardly started. A bad conscience and concern for Dael, his missing brother, cause Zan to begin a search which will lead him to captivity, conflict, love, and victory. In a time of war, the hero goes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood, and a role of leadership among his people.

It's about survival, discovery, a long search, and a good fight.

It doesn't take long for the action to get started. And, once it does, the reader doesn't get a chance to come up for air.

The story begins with Zan-Gah's tribe battling a vicious lioness and what follows is a gripping, action-packed journey through dangerous terrains, encounters with angry rival tribes, and a brave attempt to endure in the most primitive of conditions.

This book was unique and like nothing I've ever read. Allan Richard Shickman is such a descriptive writer that it was easy to picture the barren landscapes and feel Zan-Gah's curiosity and fear.

Some of the violence was a bit hard to take but necessary to understand how tribes captured food, handled danger, and survived in prehistoric times.

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure was both educational and captivating. I'm definitely going to recommend it to my thrill-seeking little cousins. I know they'll enjoy the Zan-Gah's adventures and bravery.

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