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The Night of the Eleventh Sun by [Burgauer, Steven]
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4 stars out of 5
" . . . the author has quite cleverly interweaved hisnarrative with a science lens to help us make sense of the Neanderthal'sactions . . . so the tag of science fiction/fantasy stands in this enjoyabletale."
-- December 9, 2016, "The Book Reviewers" Full MediaLtd.
The Night of theEleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer
Existence as aNeanderthal is explored through the life of a clan leader: hunting, familyproblems, a declining clan, mysterious strangers and keeping the spirits happyare just some of the issues facing Strong Arms in this enjoyable tale.
A typical science fiction book will project you so manyyears into the future and wow you with all that has been achieved or dismay youwith the awfulness that is our possible destiny.  Not so for Steven Burgauer's latest book, TheNight of the Eleventh Sun, which takes us back to the dawn of our time.
But it is not us that are his focus; we are a mere bit partin this tale.  Rather it is our rivalhominid species, the Neanderthal, that takes centre stage.  Hold on a minute, I hear you utter, does thatnot make it historical fiction rather than sci-fi?  Well, possibly, but the author has quitecleverly interweaved his narrative with a science lens to help us make sense ofthe Neanderthal's actions.  Clearly muchof the science resides in the theoretical realm; ideas are pieced together fromfragmented clues collected by decades of patient anthropological endeavours, sothe tag of science fiction/fantasy stands.
Initially there is a simplicity to the narrative that leadsyou to think that this might be pitched at a younger audience, but don't befooled.  Once the voracious sex lives ofthe Neanderthals are covered you know that this is definitely not for children! It is clear from what we learn about theeveryday lives of the clan that their lives were similar to our own clanancestors: use of tools for hunting and preparation, plants for healing,creativity, abstract thinking and philosophising.  However, there is a question mark forever lurkingwhilst you read: why did they not endure?  The clan in the story is one in decline,weakened by infighting, high infant mortality and threats from other, moresuccessful and "different" clans.  Any,or all of these reasons may explain the Neanderthal's demise, but it is tooeasy to dismiss them as a species that wasn't "fit" enough to survive; partlyas they continue to exist genetically within many of us but also, as the bookdemonstrates well, we have much still to learn about their cultural legacy.

About the Author

Steven Burgauer, Biography Avid hiker, Eagle Scout, and founder of a mutual fund, Steven Burgauer resides in Florida. A graduate of Illinois State University and the New York Institute of Finance, Steve writes science fiction and historic fiction. Burgauer’s The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture is based on the journals of an American WWII infantryman who landed at Normandy, was wounded and taken prisoner by the Nazis. “Publishers Daily Reviews” says of it: Five-plus unequivocal stars to The Road to War. It’s an extraordinary read that everyone should enjoy. A member of the Society of Midland Authors, Steven is included in The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination. Some of his SF titles include The Grandfather Paradox, The Railguns of Luna, The Fornax Drive, and SKULLCAP. Other books include The Night of the Eleventh Sun, a Neanderthal’s first encounter with man, and The Wealth Builder’s Guide: An Investment Primer. Steven contributed to the zany, serial mystery, Naked Came the Farmer, headlined by Philip Jose Farmer. His work has been reviewed in many places, including LOCUS, the PEORIA JOURNAL STAR, the EUREKA LITERARY MAGAZINE, PUBLISHERS DAILY REVIEWS and PROMETHEUS, the journal of the Libertarian Futurist Society. SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE says of his The Railguns of Luna: Steven Burgauer writes old style science fiction in which heroes and villains are easily identified, the action is fast and furious, and the plot twists and turns uncontrollably. His newest is the story of a crack team of military specialists who discover that the brilliant but warped Cassandra Mubarak is planning to use advanced scientific devices to seize control of the world. To stop her, they must infiltrate her heavily guarded headquarters and rescue the fair maiden in distress. This is action adventure written straightforwardly and not meant to be heavily literary or provide pithy commentary on the state of humanity. Don D’Ammassa When Steven lived in Illinois, the State of Illinois Library included him in a select group of authors invited to the state’s Authors’ Day. He has often been a speaker and panel member at public library events and science-fiction conventions across the country. His websites are:

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  • File Size: 2079 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419671545
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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