The Mastodon Series
by James Strauss
In a time some 25,000 years ago, a small tribe located in a primal valley attempts to survive the many threats from the catastrophes of geological upheavals, where survival is wrested from the elements and life is to endure starvation. The perspective of this sweeping adventure is told from that of a young boy.
The hard-learned lessons of life provide a romance of epic proportions in which The Boy, Daryl fights for love and acceptance while overcoming seemingly insurmountable tribal beliefs. Terrifying and beautiful, in a world full of cataclysmic change, prehistoric man and animals learn to accept and trust one another. Through these trials, Daryl develops a sense of reason and respect for others which is founded on friendship and trust, rather than fear. At the turning of the last Ice Age, old tribal beliefs and customs are shorn from their fabric as homo sapiens evolved from the last vestiges of primitive man. This is a five-novel series and establishes a benchmark for tracing the beginnings of the meteoric rise of the homo sapiens species from their lowly beginnings to their eventual dominance over the planet.
The 5 volumes of the Mastodon Series follows Daryl's journey through life and observes the evolution of strengths and weaknesses of Societal Evolution