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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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Do your research, but don't make it so obvious

I listened to the author’s “A Gift of Time” and gave it four stars, so I was looking forward to this book as another pleasurable listen. I was disappointed.
Novelist Jerry Merritt can write beautiful descriptions, but more is expected of an author.
This volume can be didactic, with a fair amount of information dumping, and descriptions in conversations that were sometimes so stilted, they sounded like they were cribbed from an encyclopedia.
Merritt claims inspiration from “Clan of the Cave Bear,” which is no surprise given his horribly inaccurate depiction of hunting scenes. Note for novelists of the Pleistocene: Large animals don’t just drop over dead when you stick them with a spear. Expect some tracking. Expect to lose game. Expect most of your hunts to end empty-handed.
Merritt’s understanding of animal behavior is also lacking. Wolves have a particular style of hunting, of which he is ignorant, making some scenes a sour read for the student of animal behavior. Also, contrary to his depiction, wolves are best fed in winter, when they can run over snow more easily than hooved animals.
His understanding of hunter/gatherer considerations for migrating is also lacking.
His handling of Denisovans is reminiscent of the original depictions of Neanderthals: Savage beasts with only the most primitive behaviors. We know almost nothing of the Denisovans, so Merritt could have done what he wanted with them. His handling was sadly unimaginative. At least he doesn’t have the various tribes speaking the same language.
Towards the end of the novel, he introduced supernatural aspects that were poorly/unsatisfyingly prepared.
For a much better novel with a strikingly similar structure (divided between the Pleistocene and present-day archaeologists), I recommend “The Last Neanderthal” by Claire Cameron, which is unfortunately not available on Audible.

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Don't assume

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because I enjoyed "a gift of time" so much, I assumed that I would enjoy this book and I also assumed there would be time travel in the book. The second assumption was my fault. The first one, not so much. The book is dull. Nothing much happens until the end and even then, it doesn't make any sense and it's only kind of interesting. Narration seems a little sleepy but it's not terrible.

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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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Not at all what I expected

I’ve listened to Mr Merritt’s book, “A Gift of Time” and it has become one of my all time favorites. I decided to listen to Time Pebbles on a 7 hr road trip to Lake Tahoe from Los Angeles. I was gripped by story of Tekla’s unrelenting quest to find his future mate Ka Li who was kidnapped by a raider tribe along with other abducted women. This is a story of fierce courage in the face of uncertainty in dangerous surroundings, survival against savage predators (people and wild animals), the origins of a society and unfailing loyalty and love. There is also a parallel story of Helen who millennia after Tekla’s era pieces together their story after finding key artifacts. The ending was not what I expected but a good one at that. Recommended read.

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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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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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What is this

Narrator is fine, everything else is just rubbish and tries to sound mysterious. I don't even get what the story was about, and every character is boring. Worst one in my library.
And I did like gift of time so if that is why you are here turn around don't make my mistake.

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Good read

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

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This cannot be the same author as A gift of time?

I read "A Gift of Time" and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read, so thought this one would be excellent as well. I was sorely disappointed. The story of the ancient people could have been interesting if the writer hadn't taken every liberty in making them centuries beyond their counterparts in everything they did and had. It would have been interesting to imagine how they might have lived, but the story line failed. The modern characters, especially the women, we're portrayed as stupid and ditsy. And the fact that they found every single artifact related to the ancient couple.. really? they would have been lucky to have found one single item in an entire career... I know that the story is supposed to explain how this would have happened, but without spoiling it for anyone else.. even if it DID happen the way we are told, it was still too far fetched to be believed.. even knowing that the story was pure fiction. The narration may have been my least favorite of all books I've listened to. The narrator spoke too slowly and with way too much precise diction... there were no inflections of emotion or character. It was as if she was reading the book for the first time, so had not learned anything about the characters that would enable her to bring them to life. I finished the book because I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something by stopping early and getting my credit back, but in the end there was nothing redeeming about it.

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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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  • Mrs.Meri.Black
  • 07-29-19

A little predictable

A rich story that in the tradition of Jean Awre and Clan of the Cave Bear tried to bring life to ancient history. An enjoyable read . Just a little 'organised' and tried hard to fill in history. However I learnt a few things from the archaeological time line that I glad to known before.

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  • JanBee48
  • 01-28-19

Great story awful narration

I loved the story but the narrator sounded like a robot, she really spoilt the overall enjoyment

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  • 06-25-22

Brilliant story

Loved the story, so clever to tie it all in. Will definitely look out for any other books by Jerry Merritt.

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  • 11-02-19

Everything I am fascinated by in this book

This story gripped me emotionally and spiritually. A little spoilt by the slightly robotic narration. If you are passionate about our ancient history and even if you are not you won,t be disappointed .

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  • Karen Beevers
  • 06-03-19

Good

I like this author hope he writes more very interesting and different decor book of his I've listened to and enjoyed

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  • andrew johnstone
  • 02-04-20

Beautiful and Inspiring

After an attempt at the soulless hell of Salman Rushdie's new novel I decided on something with a little less intellectual weight. I recently enjoyed Merritt's delightful time travel yarn A Gift Of Time and decided to give him another spin.

An archeologist in modern day Alaska is on the trail of a European woman she believed crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia to the America's some 60,000 years ago. It's a beautifully crafted yarn full of emotion, detail and magic, not that sort of magic...... more the sort that inspires wonder at the miracle of human creativity.

I fair ripped through it and decided that chiding myself for not being able to grasp the intellectual cleverness of Rushdie was a waste of time. To finish a book and feel joyful and inspired by the experience is about as good as it gets..... for me anyways.

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  • Colleen2630
  • 05-14-22

A real gem!

This book was such a find. So many of my recent choices have been a bit dreary, leave me disappointed. Had never heard of Gerry Millett but the blerb intrigued me. So pleased I bought it. Great story and good narration. I’ve looked the author up and purchased another. Looking forward to some enjoyable hours.

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  • Jayltee
  • 07-16-20

Unexpectedly engrossing

Far more interesting than the description led me to believe. The story of these long ago people had me enthralled.