#TuesdayBookReview- The Quest For Home by Jacqui Murray #PrehistoricSuspense @WordDreams


Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor.

“Bravo Jacqui! A fine read and meticulous research.” — Sue Harrison, author of the acclaimed Ivory Carver Trilogy,

Xhosa flees what she had hoped would be her new home after being attacked by invaders from the North. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands of what we now call Europe. As she struggles to overcome strangers around her and disruptions within her People, Xhosa faces the reality that her most dangerous enemy may not be the one she expected. It may be one she has trusted with her life.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate any who came before.

Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man spreads across Eurasia. Xhosa must regularly does the impossible which is good because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.

Biography

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, and a contributor to NEA Today. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days here on Amazon Kindle. Also, read her new series, Man vs. Nature, starting with Born in a Treacherous Time–also on Kindle.

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My Review

Xhosa continues her journey leading The People to a new homeland against impossible odds. She must survive cold, heat, lack of water and food, as well as those who wish to destroy her People. Other tribes try to stop them, but they aren’t the only danger- someone in her tribe has become the enemy, and it is up to Xhosa to stop him before another member dies.

This is a fast-paced novel filled with interesting characters and descriptions that place the reader smack in the paleolithic time period where the basic fight for survival supersedes almost everything else.

I was especially drawn to the relationships such an existence forged between Xhosa, her People, and the strays she gathers along the way. One of the standouts is leader Pan-do and his love for daughter Lyta. His is the voice of calm and reason while Lyta- the dreamer- is adored by the tribe even though she has a deformity that normally means death for children who must contribute to the tribe or be left behind.

Another favorite is Zvi, a female Other who towers over most males, is strong as a mammoth, and has a heart of gold.

This story may be set in prehistoric times, but it touches on subjects that are just as relevant today; sexual abuse, family values, love and betrayal.

This series is well worth the read!

keeping calm during armageddon

37 thoughts on “#TuesdayBookReview- The Quest For Home by Jacqui Murray #PrehistoricSuspense @WordDreams

  1. Lovely review! Nicely done. 🙂

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    1. I highly recommend this series, Kevin- so good!

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    2. Thanks, Kevin. I concur!

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  2. I’ve seen some great reviews for this one – congrats to Jacqui!

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    1. It’s so good, Teri! I can’t imagine how much research went into a series like this, and the best part is how the author integrates what she learned into the story without it coming off encyclopedic 🙂

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    2. Thanks, Teri. I’m excited to be here with Jacquie’s community

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  3. Thanks for sharing your review for another of Jacqui’s books.

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    1. And she nailed it. Happy day!

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  4. A great review of Jacqui’s book.

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    1. I’m really enjoying this series!

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    2. Thanks, Darlene. She really caught the essence.

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  5. Thank you so much for brightening my day, Jacquie. You captured my characters perfectly. An FYI for your readers: I have a Kindle Countdown sale going right now on this book–Day 2. Nice savings!

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author April 21, 2020 — 9:28 am

    Great review, Jacquie:) I loved this story and can’t wait for more!

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    1. I rarely read books back-to-back from the same author, but Jacqui hooked me on this series! 🙂

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    2. Thanks, Darlene. I’m working on book 3 as we speak.Thanks to everything going on, I might even get it out early.

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  7. I agree with you Jacquie, this series is well worth the read! Nice review, thanks for sharing.

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    1. It’s so different from anything else I’ve read- I loved it!

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    2. Thanks so much, Balroop. Fun being here with Jacquie’s friends.

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  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader April 21, 2020 — 2:03 pm

    Excellent review Jacquie!

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    1. I sure liked it too, Sophie!

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  9. Wonderful review, Jacquie. I’m looking forward to reading more. All the best!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Gwen!

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    2. This series is so well-written, Gwen. I’m sure you’d enjoy the books 🙂

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  10. A wonderful book, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie for visiting!

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  11. Awesome review, Jacquie. Bravo to Jacqui! 🙂

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    1. If you haven’t had the opportunity, this series is well worth the read!

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    2. Thank you so much, Natalie. I love writing this series.

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  12. Nice!
    such a amazing review. this is very great.

    thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Ritu. Have you read her books before?

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    2. Thanks, Ritu. These books are such an escape to write.

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  13. A spellbinding reality and an exciting fictional journey! There’s a little historic wilderness in a lot of us. Prehistoric times are very intriguing!💕☕️☕️👍👍

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    1. They sure are. A bit like the wild west where survival depended upon having the cleverest brain.

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      1. Thrilling, because life today keeps on edge and we have, at times resort to our primitive skills! LOL. Hunting and gathering? Maybe next! 💕🌺🌺☕️☕️

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