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"A fast-paced...compelling journey through the lives and ideas of some of the earliest cultures on Earth." -Kirkus
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, October 06, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Just over a year after Neanderthals made the news in the journal, Science, for signs that they could "hear and make sounds" and another piece in the journal, Nature touted "…research adds to growing evidence that modern humans mixed regularly with Neanderthals," author Richard W. Wise releases an exciting new historical novel, The Dawning: 31,000 BC, embracing the growing theory of the Neanderthal's humanity and advanced culture.
A mixture of truth and fiction woven together to paint an evocative tableau of what the ancient past might have looked like for Neanderthals, The Dawning introduces Neanderthals not as knuckle dragging primitives often portrayed in cartoons, but as our highly evolved human ancestors. (Most modern humans have at least 2% of their DNA according to the Max Planck Institute.)
Leading with fictional characters, Ejil and Lada, members of a Cro-Magnon tribe, Wise sets the scene of a society capable of living and loving with all of the passion of their modern-day counterparts. An encounter with a clan of Neanderthal hunters tears the young lovers apart. Wise masterfully creates a story that seeks to answer the questions of the Neanderthal evolution and eventual disappearance. Where did they go? What happened when Neanderthals encountered our direct ancestors on the Ice Age tundra of ancient Europe?
Pre-order The Dawning now and travel back 33,000 years into our deep past with Richard W. Wise to follow his theory and dive into the sweeping narrative of ancient cultures met in bloody conflict.
Early Praise for The Dawning
"A fast-paced...compelling journey through the lives and ideas of some of the earliest cultures on Earth."
"Richard W. Wise captures the vivid setting, confrontations between very different peoples, and the ancient world of Southwest France in an adventure that immediately grasps reader attention, introducing the atmosphere and adversity of these times...Readers of Jean Auel and libraries seeing interest in this genre of prehistoric fictional settings are in for a treat."
-Midwest Book Review
Brunswick House Press will debut The Dawning: 31,000 BC (Trade Paperback ISBN: 979-8986420813, $17.99) on October 11, 2022 in hardcover, softcover and eBook formats.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard W. Wise has had a diverse writing career. He is the author of four books. The Dawning: 31,000 BC is his second historical novel. Previous publications include: Redlined: A Novel of Boston (2020), The French Blue (2010) and Secrets Of The Gem Trade: The Connoisseur's Guide (2003). Born in Providence Rhode Island, Wise currently lives with his wife, Rebekah, and their two cats in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For further information, contact the author: [email protected]
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