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Tekla, son of an ancient shaman, loses Ka Li when she is torn from his life by a brutal tribe of Denisovans in a Late Pleistocene kidnapping.

Ka Li escapes but is unarmed and forced to flee across the Bering land bridge where she becomes hopelessly lost in the endless tracts of North America. Only Tekla cares enough to search for her over the years. As Ka Li survives fierce predators and scarce resources, she leaves behind a series of signal cairns to help Tekla find her.

Skipping forward 60,000 years, Helen Ryland, a mid-20th century archaeologist, unearths one of Ka Li’s surviving signal cairns and realizes she has found trace of people who populated the Americas even before the Clovis culture. Helen’s detective work tracking Ka Li’s timeless signals across the Alaskan wilderness now intertwines with Ka Li’s story. As Helen solves the puzzle of the signal cairns she finds universal fame and suffers devastating misfortune. In the end, Helen discovers that science in isolation cannot answer all of her questions for Tekla’s devotion to Ka Li had not died even though 600 centuries had passed.

©2014 Jerry Merritt (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Elegant parallels

Engaging from start to finish Jerry Merritt does it again. Like his last book there's a point where it seems that two sets of story points have wandered too far afield to ever meet up again and then he does his writerly magic and brings it on home to a satisfying and emotionally compelling conclusion.

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Loved it

I wish the songs where in it, but otherwise it was amazing. Can't wait for your next book the first two are very well done.

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A very memorable story!

As I started my listen my mind wandered but shortly I could not stop listening! I sat the last 5 hrs. seeing it and being there.haven't been that taken away in many years! My family wonders what have been doing for so long. Their dinner is very late but part of me is still in that story! Thank you so very much!

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  • Andrew
  • Wesport, CT, United States
  • 06-12-18

Good read

Interesting story, very timely also with old fossils being found in the news, spring of 2018.

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Superb StoryTelling

Loved the concept and its implementation... Gotta say though, not really SF, more historical fiction adventure, unless you consider anthropology and paleontology SF... The back and forth chronologically is seamlessly done, and uber enjoyed the early scientific advances... Has some serious power and poignancy, and keeps you hooked w/ the interweaved story arcs... However, the narration was pretty bland and detracted a bit... It’s a professional job, but has no feeling... 1.25 too slow and 1.5 a touch too quick... Overall an excellent story, better than average audio book, due to only average performance...

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Finding your tribe

The ancient portions of this story seem to be genuinely researched and truly “could” depict what life was like for early man and woman. The modern portions also feel authentic but this isn’t just a story about geography and history- there’s a really appealing mystical element of connection between people in the same time and across time

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Good story-just a tiny bit stiff at times

This was a good story. There are actually two storylines interwoven. The author does a good job of keeping both storylines moving/interesting. The only drawback I saw was a few times when the characters were relaying information or explaining some action they needed to perform the language was a little stiff and slightly self-conscious. Still a great read/listen!

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  • JLM
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 07-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyed

A most unusual story involving time. No discussions of time- and yet there are two distinct time flows that eventually connect in unexpected ways. This is surrounded by a really creative and compassionate imagining of humans as we were a long long time ago - like the Pleistocene. Well done and well read.

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Excellent Read

Although the first two chapters was relatively slow, it was an important setting for a magnificent story. The pace definitely picks up from there. The story is beautifully written, weaving between future and past in a very creative way. While I thought that the survival aspects of the story might be boring, it was quite the contrary. The story was so captivating that I couldn't stop myself from listening for hours at a time. While it is difficult to summarize the plot in a couple sentences, you shouldn't worry. The characters all face continuous challenges and drama at every chapter, allowing the plot to steadily pace its way from beginning to end.

Like Jerry Merritt's other books, his details are rich, flawless, and very believable. All of the characters are extremely very personal and likable.

The narrator also did an excellent job maneuvering through the various characters and impersonating each of their unique voices.

Definitely give this book a try!!!

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I found a new favorite author!

I am on my phone now and I will write a longer review later. But I will say now that I loved this book! It got me quickly and kept me. In fact I am laying in a hospital right now recovering from a joint replacement. I hope I packed everything I needed but I did pack what I had to have, this audiobook. This book actually brought emotional tears from my eyes as it ended. This book was epic. The author is amazing and this book along with his previous book have made me a loyal and grateful fan. Buy it and listen. Then do the same with his other book and any future books. Thank you Jerry Merritt.

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  • Paul Denny
  • 05-27-18

Not great

I thought this was a sequel to a gift of time as one of the characters was called lovely pebbles. The first book was about time travel and I though this was the natural progression to the sequel but I could not have been more mistaken. This is a completely different book whose narration leaves something to be desired, unfortunately I returned this book which is the first time I have ever done this.

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