Synopsis: After years of abuse from his father Wing leaves the only home he's ever known to find, as the male lion he sees leave its pride, a new home or die. At age 16, frail, injured, and alone in the mountainous untamed and untouched wilderness of Mexico of 250,000 BC, Wing struggles to survive, proving himself against a bear, where he learns elementary freedom.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and unfailingly entertaining novella that demonstrates author Bonnye Matthews as having a genuine flair for deftly crafting a truly riveting read from beginning to end, "Freedom, 250,000 BC", although a work of fiction, is based upon years of painstaking iconoclastic research on the origins and history of homo sapiens in general, and the arrival of humans in the America's in particular. While very highly recommended, for readers to whom this is their first introduction to the writings of Bonnye Matthews, it should be noted that she is the author of five novels comprising her "Winds of Change" series on the theme of the 'peopling of the Americas' and include: "Ki'ti's Story: 75,000 BC" (9781594333125, $19.95 PB, $10.49 Kindle); "Manak-na's Story: 75,000 BC" (9781594333736, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle); "Zamimolo's Story: 50,000 BC" (9781594334566, $19.95 PB, $10.49 Kindle); "Tuksook's Story: 35000 BC" (9781594335211, $19.95 PB, $9.49 Kindle); "The SealEater's Story: 20,000 BC" (9781594336003, $19.95 PB, $9.49 Kindle).
The Midwest Book Review
The original review may be found here http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/feb_17.htm#fiction
Bonnye gave our local writer’s guild a presentation on prehistoric mankind and their migration to the new worlds.
Her research of over five years is extensive and referenced in the back of each of her five books, Winds of Change and the fictional characters therein.
Her research cited other researched evidence of man’s habitation in North America much earlier than we have been led to believe. Archaeologists have found evidence of earlier presence dating back to 14,000---65,000 in New Mexico and one site in Southern Mexico dating 200,000---245,000 years ago.
Bonnye is convinced these earlier people where much smarter than they have been giving credit for and were able to build boats, navigate back and forth across oceans and settled in North and South America much earlier than originally thought.
Based on her presentation to our group I ended up buying all five of the books and her two DVD’s. After Bonney’s presentation I stopped and bought a carton of coffee ice cream to read a new release of Tom Clancy’s book.
Couldn’t wait to get home to enjoy the ice cream and Clancy’s new book. After I settled in I thought I would read a few pages to see what this first book Ki’ti’s Story was about.
I should have known better. Well I’ll just peek at this second story and see what it is like before starting Tom Clancy’s novel, I couldn’t wait. Well you know how that went. Wish there was more.
Such an enjoyment, having finished the Winds of Change now, I can settle in and read Tom Clancy’s book. But alas, I am out of Coffee ice cream.
"Winds of Change" by Bonnye Matthews is an exceptionally and impressively researched five volume series of prehistoric novels focused upon a theme of the Peopling of the Americas. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, this outstanding and original series is comprised of "Ki'Ti's Story, 75,000 BC" (9781594333125, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 350pp); "Manak-Na's Story, 75,000 BC" (9781594333736, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 352pp); "Zamimolo's Story: 50,000 BC" (9781594334566, $19.95 PB, $8.79 Kindle, 266pp); Tuksook's Story: 35,000 BC" (9781594335211, $19.95 PB, $9.49 Kindle, 354pp); and "The Seal Eaters, 20,000 BC" (9781594336003, $19.95 PB, $9.95 Kindle, 314pp). This inherently fascinating series deals with such diverse anthropological issues as when humans first came to the North and America continents, where did the first humans to occupy this new world come from, and just who were they? The currently popular notion that humans didn't cross over from either Asia or Europe until around 10,000 years ago is becoming increasingly obsolete given the continued advances in anthropological and archaeological research. What author Bonnye Mathews has managed to do is to expertly craft a series of notably entertaining novels that incorporates new data into an historical fictional accounts that bring these ancient peoples alive in a way that will prove inherently fascinating, informative, and entertaining for the non-specialist general reader. Each of these five volumes can be read as 'stand alone' works by themselves, but enthusiastic readers will find themselves wanting to engage in what amounts to a more than 50,000 year saga and read all five volumes, especially when reading them in the above chronological order. Simply stated, this outstanding "Winds of Change" series is very highly and enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Historical Fiction collections.
Midwest Book Review
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
May 7, 2015 This is the explanation of the Awards for Zamimolo's Story, 50,000 BC and Tuksook's Story, 35,000 BC both submitted for the 2015 competition:
Award review of The SealEaters, 20,000 BC disclosed the following:
Bonnye Matthews is America’s preeminent writer of prehistoric history. Her task is one we could believe insurmountable—to chronical the lives, relationships and activities of people 20,000 BC—in this case “The SealEaters.” The reason this book is successful is because Matthews tethers fantasy to fact and bases fiction on reliable and credible sources. Her characters are well drawn and believable; their emotions are plausible; their psychological action is commensurate with physical action. This is not only an action adventure story, it’s a book of hearts and minds, and humans who combat nature and an unfriendly environment to survive and succeed. There are places that captivate the reader and Matthews’ writing is exemplary and riveting.
Grace Cavalieri, multiple award winning author of 16 books and chapbooks of poetry, 26 plays the 21st of which was presented at the Smithsonian Institution, and producer and host of "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress ."
I Loved This Book
Bonnye Matthews has done something incredible in this book. She invents a culture that is believable despite being fantastic, stunningly severe even while it is incredibly compassionate. Pre-modern human groups, one of which includes the protagonist, Ki'ti, are living in a semi-nomadic subsistence lifestyle in Asia, when a volcanic eruption forces some of them to move. Differences among groups in spiritual and moral ethics are seamlessly imagined against a backdrop where men are hunting for large mammals with hand weapons and people are living mostly in caves. But the star, the focal brilliance, of this story is not the danger of the hunt or the drama of the volcano, it is the growth of Ki'ti from a young child to the wise woman responsible for maintaining the oral traditions of her people, and the tremendous burdens and joys that it brings her along the way. Though it is the start of a longer story, this book is nevertheless a wonderful read on its own. It has a lyrical pace that is difficult to capture in words, with steady, fluid movement, often surprising, toward a future that we all are living, but by a path that is not at all clear but is delightfully uncovered one step at a time. I feel no reservations in highly recommending this book.
Troy Hamon, Author, 14 Days to Alaska