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Beyond the Sea of Ice: The First Americans, Book 1 Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: The First Americans (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Domain (November 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553268899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553268898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This audiobook, the first in a novel-based series called "The First Americans," gives a fictional scenario of the migration of humans from Asia to the New World 30,000-40,000 years ago. Torka, a hunter, loses his band to a rampaging giant mammoth during a hard winter. His grandfather and a young girl are the only survivors. Together they travel east to find a new home. Along the way they break old taboos, tame a wild dog, produce children, invent the atlatl, and more. The story is trite and syrupy. Paul Ukena reads well but, curiously, makes all the bad guys sound Japanese. The musical interludes are irritating in their frequency. Purchase only where the book is popular.
Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Stunningly visual, extraordinarily detailed, powerfully dramatic, here is the first volume of a remarkable new series . . .The First Americans. When humans first walked the world, when nature ruled the earth and sky, a proud tribe is threatened by a series of natural disasters. A bold young hunter named Torka, who lost his wife and child to a killer mammoth, leads the survivors over the glacial tundra on a desperate eastward odyssey to the save their clan. Through attacks of savage animals and encounters with strangers not unlike themselves, they must brave the hardships of a foreign landscape and learn to live in an exotic new world of mystery and danger. Toward the land where the sun rises they must travel.Beyond The Sea Of Ice, toward a new day for their clan--and an awesome future for the American.

More About the Author

Joan Hamilton Cline is the real name of William Sarabande, author of the internationally bestselling First Americans series. She was born in Hollywood, California, and started writing when she was seventeen. First published in 1979, Joan has been writing as William Sarabande for eleven years. She lives with her husband in Fawnskin, California.

Customer Reviews

I believe I will enjoy this series of books.
Carolyn Svatonsky
William Sarabande keeps your attention through all his books I have read.
Wendy A. Holland
Interesting characters, good plot, nice storyline.
cherrylee14

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By cherrylee14 on February 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a great book. Interesting characters, good plot, nice storyline. I really enjoyed Torka and Lonit's struggles to survive in this harsh land. Well I didn't really ENJOY it, but you get the picture. The first series by the author is decent, I had no problem reading all four books. The FIRST book in the next series is good. After that don't even buy them used, you'll still hate yourself. Just bask in the glow from the first series and pick a new author.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate gory or disturbing tales, and this book was packed with them, but I found it to be amazing anyway. It was very believable (mostly). I can't say why I liked it so much; I just couldn't put it down. It's a fast read. I intend to order the next book. I've read all four Earth's Children books and was looking for something to read while waiting for the next book. This book was better than EC in some ways, but overall it lacked some of the warmth of Jean Auel's books. Don't let that stop you though. This is an excellent, freaky, chilling, suspenseful adventure.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Courtney L. Lewis on July 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had anticipated from the other customer reviews that this book would be similar to the Auel "Earth's Children" series. While both take place in humankind's prehistory, I'm afraid I found little else in common. Particularly disturbing was the widespread misogyny and violence against women portrayed as part of the culture of the humans at the time. I also found the author's often excessive descriptive sytle distracting at times - a little more simplicity would have been appreciated. The main character, Torka, was difficult for me to connect with and I felt his character development to be abrupt and without explanation. I'm afraid I'll stick to Auel's perhaps more utopian, but certainly better written, view of this time period.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a little suprised at the one very negative review posted, as I prefer Sarabande's sagas to Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series (I bought Auel's first book and never wanted to read another), but that just goes to show how opinions differ. Like another reviewer, I have eclectic taste and enjoy thriller, mystery, sci-fi and fantasy genres, but after giving this book a read, I liked it enough to run out and purchase several more. I think some are better than others and haven't tried to read them all. They do go on forever! But if you peruse the back cover copy you can select the storylines and timeframes that most appeal to you.
Since Beyond the Sea of Ice begins the saga of Man leaving Siberia and entering the Americas via a land bridge, it's a good place to begin. I found the main characters simple, but compelling. It seems to me that each represents a role within prehistoric society: the hunter, the wife/mother, the elder, etc. They are developed as individuals, but they also serve to highlight the author's painstaking and detailed research. The author (actually a woman writing under a pseudonym) has a dramatic, very visual style. I think she does an excellent job of bringing the prehistoric world--in this case the windswept Siberian and Alaskan tundra--to life All the details of daily life are here--how camps were set up, clothes and weapons made, game stalked, wounds dressed; how men, women, children, and the elderly may have interacted in prehistoric hunting/gathering society. These theories are NOT presented in a boring way, but they are a big part of the story. So if you're looking for pure action, this is not the book for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jill Cook on August 28, 2004
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I ordered this book off one of the recommended lists and have been pleasantly surprised. I loved this book- it has everything people love about the Auel series- but without all that "caveman sex." I guess some like it- but I think Auel overdoes it a bit (I just finished Mammoth Hunters). It has great action and characters that you take a stake in their survival. I also have to say that the last 20 pages have to be some of the most exciting reading I've ever experienced at the end of a book- I can't wait to get a hold of the rest of the series- you can get them dirt cheap from some of the used sellers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This woman who writes under a man's name writes novels in this genre that just blows the others away. This is stuff that I usually don't read but this book was soooo good from start to finish, I have read all of them back to back. The first 4 in the series are the very best. You will not believe how good she is guys, wow!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I typically don't read these types of books -- I'm more into thrillers, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and historical romances. But I stumbled across this one while book browsing simply because the cover caught my eye. After checking here first for reviews -- and seeing them all positive, I decided to give the book a try. I'm very happy I did. I bought the audiobook version -- since I have little time to sit down and read for pleasure -- and I was captured by the book just minutes after it started. The storyline is excellent, the descriptions vivid, and the characters likeable. In addition, you get a sense for what it might have been like to live during those times. The narrator (Paul Ukena) is pretty good too. You can't ask for much more.
I agree with the other reviewers...this is a darned good book that you won't regret reading. I liked the book so much that I just ordered the next three in the series -- since they're available on tape too, and I can't wait for them to get here!
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