- File Size: 4287 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Structured Learning LLC (June 6, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CTCR944
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in a Treacherous Time takes place at the very start of mankind’s development – we are inventive, communal, thoughtful, emotional beings, but still deeply rooted in our animal origins, fully integrated into the harsh volcanic landscape and with the creatures who share our world. Survival is an ongoing challenge and hunger a constant companion. Overlaying the struggles of daily life is the threat of man-who-preys, the next generation of mankind.
The story follows Lucy (Woo-See) through a period of years. She’s a strong character, a healer, and a hunter who’s eager to learn new skills that make her an asset to her group as well as an outsider. There are a number of compelling characters, fully developed and distinct, with a wide range of personalities.
No doubt, Murray did her research, but so little is truly known about this time, that I’m certain she had to employ her imagination as well. The world-building is meticulous. Murray deftly presents a world as seen through the eyes of those who inhabit it. She created words (and hand-signals) to describe the landscape based on the characters’ observations: “Night Sun” instead of moon, “Fire Mountain” instead of volcano. Her attention to creating a logical and detailed reality is stunning. I was honestly enthralled.
The world-building extends to characters as well, and I loved that none of them had “modern” sensibilities that would have tainted the believability of the story. No one is squeamish about raw food or bodily functions, and death is viewed as a natural occurrence. The characters have many of the natural abilities and acute senses of the animals living around them, yet unlike their animal cousins, their understanding of the world grows with each experience.
Best of all, as a reader I became quite attached to these primitive humans, empathizing with their struggles, losses, and choices. There is a depth of emotion, spirit of community, and generous nobility that stretches through the hundreds of thousands of years to our current lives. A captivating book that I recommend to any reader who enjoys adventures, exquisite world-building, or works of historical fiction and prehistory.
The books main character is Lucy, a woman who belongs to the very first species in the genus Homo. Lucy’s world is a harsh one full of perils including a nearby volcano, hungry predators and a new kind of homo species that hunts not only animals but Lucy’s people as well.
In spite of the dangerous times in which she lives, Lucy’s plucky Spirit helps her prevail against not only outside forces but the jealousies within the band. She is a survivor of the best kind and a heroine who keeps the reader riveted to the unfolding story. Another plus for me was all the interesting prehistoric beast from this era, many that I was unfamiliar with. Lucy interacts with them as well as they are part of her world, finding comfort at time in unusual places.
Although Jacqui Murray has gone to extraordinary lengths to re-create authentics hominids of the era, it is the personality and courage of Lucy that I remember most. She is a remarkable 'heroine' and a distant ancestor I'm proud to claim.
The one small problem I had with the ebook was that sometimes the scene dividers went missing, and so I'd go from one part of the story to another without a clue how I got there. Other than that, Born in a Treacherous Time was brilliantly researched and very well written.
This book describes the gritty, realistic details of early man’s social culture and daily livelihood. Jacqui Murray's descriptive settings will transport you to prehistoric East Africa where you can almost feel the intense heat and walk the rugged terrain. Her characters are interesting and believable, with hearts and souls bent on survival and curiosity.
That Lucy has the capacity to learn and understand her environment, as well as to befriend an orphaned hominid child and injured proto-canine, speaks to the humanity in all of us and our innate need for love and acceptance.
I enjoyed this, and it's arguably Jacqui Murray’s best work to date, at least in my humble opinion (though I haven’t read her latest novel yet, Survival of the Fittest, which I see is also starting to get great reviews).
Born in a Treacherous Time works as a slice of early hominin life. The details appear to be well researched, so I got a solid idea of what life might have been like 3.2 million years ago. It’s brutal and bloody in places, damn right heartbreaking in others. Recommended.
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Lucy, (whom you may remember from the ancient female who mentored the female protagonist in To Hunt a Sub.) shows both ape like and human traits. She exhibits empathy, kinship, responsibility, inquisitiveness and tenderness. In her longing to belong Lucy into a new group Lucy confronts jealousy by the female members who disapprove of her going out to hunt. (Not a female thing to do). With her skills at hunting,
The hunt plays a major role in this novel where Lucy sometimes stalked by predators, sometimes herself the predator encounters life and death situations. Murray excels at describing the different hunts and the rituals attached to it. You are right there in the jungle following Lucy in her will to survive. Right there with her in the climatic changes. You are running alongside her and admire her creativity and passion to solve problems and invent tools. Admire her knowledge of plants and their healing properties.
We are far away from online shopping, mega grocery stores, walking on the moon, finding cures for AIDS and build cities and thirty stories high buildings.
Born in a Treacherous Time is a testament to the greatness and dominance of man against nature. This is a novel which filled me with gratitude and respect for my ancestors and their resilience.