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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Synopsis for MISTS OF DAWN by Chad Oliver

"It would be sheer and utter folly to attempt to journey into a time that we knew nothing about." These were Mark's uncle's words a few minutes before the explosion that threw Mark against the controls of a space-time machine - hurling him back to 50,000 B.C. Victim of this twist of events, Mark is trapped in the terrifying days of the dawn of man, destined to play out the deadly game of fight for survival across the plains of the Ice Age.

Stepping out into a world old beyond comprehension, Mark suddenly finds himself stalked by monstrous half-men - the hideous Neanderthals - in a desperate chase that mounts to nightmare proportions. Hopelessly cut off from his only means of escape, Mark stumbles upon one of the most remarkable cultures in all the fantastic history of mankind - the Cro-Magnon. Here among giant warriors, in this faraway corner of history, he finds refuge and friendship - and a glimmer of hope for return to a home that is fifty-two thousand years away!

Brimming with details of thunderous wars between man and mammoth, crammed with vivid descriptions of the Neanderthals who prowled the plains in wicked packs, this tale charges toward a spectacular climax. Unforgettable in its evocation of an incredible world, MISTS OF DAWN is told with the force and reality that only a writer of remarkable skill and an anthropologist of rare wisdom, such as Chad Oliver, could give it.

1 comment:

  1. I have an original copy of Mists of Dawn. I read it when I was ten years old. I have often thought of a sequel to the original book. One where an older Mark goes back. It's complex, but his uncle dies and he is left the house in New Mexico and a "gift". The time machine has been rebuilt and is ready to go. Mark's life is a mess. Divorce. Viet Nam War. He is now 35 years old.

    He realizes he was happiest when back in 50,000 BC. He decides to go back but 17 years later so that the age of things back then will match his present age.