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About the Author

Kathleen Flanagan Rollins taught composition and literature at Mott College in Flint, Michigan and developed a decades-long fascination with early explorers in the Western Hemisphere. Travels in Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas, especially ancient sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and South America, provided the inspiration for the Misfits and Heroes series of novels.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479308269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479308262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,064,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Flanagan Rollins spent over thirty years teaching composition and literature at Mott College in Flint, Michigan, as well as doing freelance work in technical writing and advertising. But all that time, there was another interest brewing: the search for real history of the Americas.

It started with a set of handprints she discovered on a rock ledge in Canyonlands National Park and led to Moundbuilder sites, then Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, then to visits to much older sites in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize, as well as Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

History books used to say that all the people came to the Americas across the land brige between the areas now known as Russia and Alaska. Some probably did, but the theory is too limited to answer the questions raised, like why the earliest known human remains in the Americas were found in Brazil and Chile. There had to be other paths as well.

Then there were the pronounced African and Asian influences in the earliest recorded Mesoamerican culture, known as the Olmecs, whose influence spread from the east coast of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico to the west. The sophistication of this group was amazing, as if they'd sprung from nothing to greatness and brought their calendar, technology, cosmology, and social order with them. The famous Olmec heads, each weighing over nine metric tons, were carved with such fine detail that they're still amazing to see. Despite many efforts, scientists cannot figure out how the ancients moved these massive blocks of stone from the quarry many miles away, or how they carved the very hard basalt in such fine detail with stone tools.

Long before Columbus "discovered" America (which is sort of like you discovering New York), other civilizations had risen and faded on these lands, other great tales were told.

These thoughts led to the creation of the Misfits and Heroes novels.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
The clever politician plots how to gain more followers for his band. Meanwhile one misfit looks at the stars and another allows his dreams to propel him forward when mystery beckons. When storms--of the human or natural kind--pour through, it just might be the misfits, with their talents and willingness to try, who win through to the sun...

...which could describe people almost anyplace, anytime really. But the misfits of Kathleen Flanagan Rollins' novels live long before the world of the present day. In this second book of her Misfits and Heroes series, they navigate the mysteries of Pacific islands without the benefit of compass, penicillin, guns or the weather channel. Beautifully researched, and equally beautifully imagined, history and geography permeate their tale, as lightning strikes magnetize ore, volcanoes pour flame into the sky, and foolish men spread fire and terror through forest and beach.

The story is stitched together from threads of characters who soon become almost friends to the reader. The "ugly" boy, the tiny woman, the fat man deposed from his throne, lovers deprived of the rites of their traditions, and adventurers embarking on that "something" more that might make their lives make sense. My favorite character is Nulo--"nothing" who proves he is something more than most. My favorite scenes are on the water as the young experiment with wind and waves. And my favorite lessons are where characters learn to think and decide for themselves, making their own futures and taking their own risks...

...maybe my favorite lessons are where strangers come together as family, as tribe, and care for each other even though nobody's perfect (not even "nothing"). And perhaps that's an important part of the beauty of this book. The characters aren't perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill on January 29, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I find there is a beautiful clarity to this author’s writing. The places, people and customs are wonderfully described as we are transported back in time 14,000 years. Although the descriptive writing is perfect the characters certainly are not. Despite the idyllic setting, we have all the mix of emotions; love, anger, jealousy, fear, greed, superstition and many more, which we encounter in the modern age.
This is an adventure story filled with a mixture of odd characters and by nature of when it is set, everything described is the result of the author’s vivid imagination and research. That the author managed to completely immerse me in this world and never really have me questioning the authenticity of anything she writes is an amazing accomplishment.
This is the second novel I have read from this author and both are evidence of a highly skilled writer who tells a wonderful story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Knauss, Author on April 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Past the Last Island is the second book in the Misfits & Heroes series, but it has none of the pitfalls of a traditional sequel. From the subtle cover that hints at the adventure inside to the psychologically complex characters, this book gets everything even more right than the first.

I enjoyed Nulo's misfit story the most out of all the threads. He has none of the advantages of even the average people in this community where everything is changing. His transformation is gradual and accomplished realistically through showing craftsmen what a good worker he can be. He still doesn't gain real acceptance until he has to lead the willing people into the unknown, relying on his dream visions and compass rocks. In the end, he'll always feel removed from the others, so the whole trajectory is sympathetic and believable.

But the overall book is about bigger, outward changes that inspired me to go to the wide open sea even though I have no prospects for travel in the near future. The daring and the risks are so real.

The text seems effortless, so I can only stand in awe of the gargantuan effort it must have taken to make it that way. The research and dedication required for a historical novel to really put the reader in the characters' shoes is huge -- how much more dedication and imagination must it take to create such convincing landscapes, seascapes and headscapes for people who lived before history, whom we can know only by the non-verbal evidence they left behind? Kathleen Rollins does it well, and could consider her accomplishments complete, but something tells me she'll be gracing the world with another compelling story before long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Lipman on August 7, 2015
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Kathleen Rollins has done it again, weaving history, mythology, archeology and obviously a great deal of meticulous research together to build a novel, a story, a raft-like boat that takes us on a sea journey. The alternative path...a voyage through the Pacific that seems to be more and more probable as events occur. It's a journey that begins in the far reaches...perhaps the Maylasian Islands of today...over the Pacific Islands to the western coast of South America. The characters, the 'misfits and heroes' all have their reasons for making the journey. The 'volcanoes' could be Krakatoa, Dempo, or any one of a number that exist or may have existed near the 'Fire Belt' of the Earth. The 'signs' are read, and the compass of lightning and electromagnetism that combines heaven and earth is in the background. The central character Nulo who's name means "nothing" is the unforgettable Misfit-hero. I read Book Three of this series, and then Book One. Each book can be read as standing alone, yet they are part of a greater, cohisive plot. The Spirituality that drives these people to adapt and follow the inner and outer compass is beautifully described and rendered against a strange landscape that is both real and surreal. Landscapes, seascapes and mindscapes of the author's imagination are shared with us. Kathleen Rollins has the rare talent for telling a tale that should be told--a new way of seeing our ancestors in a refreshingly new light. (Review by Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author of the alternate history, fantasy and science fiction 'Theoclea and Phoebe', Tesla's Tower' and 'The Mage and Source' metaphysical and visionary books)
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