Synopses & Reviews
In John R. Dann's thrilling and romantic prehistoric saga, Song of the Axe
, the tribe's chieftain was called Grae, after a famous ancestor. Now Dann returns to tell the saga of the wanderings of one prehistoric tribal family over several generations, always led by that famous, original Grae, and by his children.
The powerful daughters of River Woman saved young Grae from a flooded river after a volcano erupted and destroyed their tribal home. Then they made him chief, but that's almost the last thing they agree on before the tribe splinters.
Grae leads the main group out of Africa ever northward, into central and eastern Europe, always searching for safety and a better life. Challenged by truly monstrous evil tribes, but guided by spirits, they survive. It takes three generations, and three chieftains named Grae, before the tribe comes to rest. Their story is an adventure on the grandest scale, full of dangers, romance, and beguiling mystery in an exotic setting. A rich and complex story told with simplicity, authenticity, and vigor, Song of the Earth is a worthy companion to Song of the Axe.
Praise for Song of the Axe:
"This novel will remind readers of Clan of the Cave Bear. As such, die-hard fans of Jean Auel's works will enjoy this tale. The story line provides much insight into known prehistory . . . . for those who relish prehistorically set tales, John R. Dann's novel is the right stuff." -Midwest Book Review
"Impressive research lends flintiness to a work that holds up well indeed to Jean Auel's Earth's Children trilogy."-Kirkus Reviews
"In the tradition of Clan of the Cave Bear, this prehistoric epic introduces a gallery of memorable characters while successfully conjuring the primitive culture and environment of the Ice Age. . . . Suffused in the mythology and mysticism of an ancient era, this mesmerizing saga will enthrall a broad spectrum of readers"-Booklist
"A novel of high adventure set in Eurasia, 30,000 BC, introducing women of the Ice Age camps as courageous hunters, clever instigators for good or evil, spiritual leaders. The amazing story of Eena and Agon and their progeny will thrill anyone who delights in prehistorical reads and will entice the reader who looks for supporting archeological finds along with an author's fantasy."--Ruth Beebe Hill, author of Hanta Yo
"Potent . . . Dan's prehistoric epic is a dizzying amalgam of legend, myth, archaeology, warfare and romance. . . . In his sweeping, cast-of-thousands tale, Dann tackles the culture of the Ice Age in sparse, biblically tinged prose." -Publishers Weekly
About the Author
John R. Dann
is a retired chemist with a lifelong interest in prehistory. He has visited prehistoric sites, cliff shelters, caves, and museums in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. He lives in Friday Harbor, Washington, with his wife, Barbara, where he teaches creative writing and ethnic dancing.