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Review: Paleolithica – Nando Gray

Review: Paleolithica - Nando Gray

Genre: Historical, Prehistory, Action-Adventure

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Entin has never belonged. His tribe had never accepted him. And so, when the raid began and his village erupted in flames, he froze. Now, abducted and far from home, he must confront his past to survive the future. He’s never known war, yet now the threat of combat is the only thing that might ensure his freedom and survival. Flung into a culture foreign to him and forced to rely on a young man near his age for survival, he’s destined to make choices he never dreamed of to reclaim his freedom…

Cascade knew duty. It compelled him. And so it had been his designs that allowed the raids to be possible. But he also knew honor. And a part of him had always resisted the path his tribe traveled. As he dragged his captive toward Mountainhome, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of dread about what awaited them. The Wolves were coming. And he feared none of them were ready for the terror the ancient legends warned of…

Fall in Love with History as you confront the terrors of our past. Fight for love as two unlikely heroes come into their own. Adventure abounds around every corner, from the Mastodon-filled plains of the seacoast to treacherous predators and sacred mountaintops. Be forced to compromise to survive and ultimately discover that sometimes the strongest bonds are those forged in fire…

You’re being hunted.

The Review

Paleolithica mixes modern language with the society of humans in the Stone Age, and their tribes. There are three different tribes: Summerhome, Mountainhome, and the Wolves. They experience their first volcano, and believe that it’s a god.

Entin is part of the Summerhome tribe. At a young age, his parents died and his twin sister disappeared. He was always kind and loved nature, and didn’t believe in fighting or killing. He was kept separate from other boys, and was shunned by his tribe. He was forced to work and learn the ways of the women of the tribe, and his only friend was Aiel.

Cascade is a member of the Mountainhome tribe, and has a good heart. His father is the tribal leader, and often seeks advice from the witch of the tribe. His father’s brother, Harlak, is power hungry and crude. Cascade has friends, but he still faced the prejudice of the tribe. He had made a weapon called a bolo, and at times he regretted it. He never designed it for killing, but that was the way of his tribe – hunting, fighting and killing.

The Mountainhome tribe decides to raid the Summerhome tribe. They set the Mountainhome village on fire, and kill and/or kidnap the Mountainhome humans to keep them as slaves.

Entin and Aiel are captured and taken to Mountainhome, and Entin and Cascade are witness to a tragic incident. He and Entin become friends and learn from each other, but their new relationship is not without moments of hardship and trouble along the way.

Besides the hatred amongst the different tribes, there is also hate within the tribes. There are the Wolves and a witch to contend with, and the struggles of surviving during this time.

The chapters are short, not long and wordy, and Gray’s writing is very clear and precise and flows well throughout the story. The colorful illustrations throughout the book are excellent, and paint a wonderful picture of each chapter.

The characters are also very interesting. I liked Aiel – she is a strong and caring woman. And Entin and Cascade are very likable, and bring many steamy moments to the story.

The book is filled with fast-paced action, danger, sadness and plenty of excitement. I am looking forward to Paleolithica 2 – I can’t wait to read it!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California. Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018. My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen. New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012. She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series. Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book!

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing. I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews. One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group. Joining her site was such an eye opener. I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.